Contrary to current trends, the Discovery Centre at Sheffield Manor Lodge is extending its opening hours. The Centre will remain open on Fridays 10am-4pm but from Easter Saturday 7th April will also be open at the same times on Saturdays until September 8th.
As a preview to this there will be special tours on Saturday 17th March at 11am and 2pm. This follows the recent Off the Shelf Highlighting History talk by Peter Machan on “The Sweet, Sweet Story of the Tudor Banquet”. Visitors will be able to view the new Tudor Sugarcraft exhibition on loan from Fairfax House Museum in York. The highlight is a unique model of St Paul’s Cathedral originally designed for a banquet for Henry VIII and hosted by Cardinal Wolsey.
The guided tours will feature interpreters portraying the story of Manor Lodge and the lives of Bess of Hardwick and Mary Queen of Scots, who also appear with new characters in the recently produced DVD of Sheffield Manor Lodge, which will also be on show.
Entry to the Discovery Centre is free but both tours on the 17th will cost £4. Tickets are available in advance by phoning 0114 2762828.
These events herald the start of a host of exciting events throughout the summer which will include historical talks, half-term and holiday events, volunteering opportunities during Sheffield Environment week, open artists’ studios, farmer’s markets and car boot sales.
Two major open days are also scheduled, giving an opportunity to visit the entire Manor Lodge and Manor Oaks Farm site.
The first takes place on Saturday 30th June, featuring The Third Annual Sheffield Flower Festival and will celebrate the wild-flower displays of Pictorial Meadows, the skills of flower arrangers, floral sugarcraft workshops, the lavender maze and soap making in the apothecary’s garden. Tudor characters will roam Manor Lodge whilst Manor Oaks will have a farmer’s market, a classic car display, working artists and crafts people, and the new smokeless kiln
Farming takes centre stage again on Saturday September 8th, with the Second Annual Field to Feast Festival. The farm will have additions to its menagarie of animals, and there will be displays of traditional farming methods, historical reenactors, and the celebration of the harvest. This year they will be adding an observation bee house, a 1940’s theme and the chance to enter the amazing pantomime animal steeplechase.
This event coincides with the National Heritage weekend and there will be free tours of the site on Friday and Sunday.
Full details of all these events are listed in their 2012 leaflet which is accessible on the Sheffield Manor Lodge website. www.manorlodge.org.uk