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Field to Feast

On Saturday 14th September from 11am to 4pm Sheffield Manor Lodge will staging their Field to Feast event as part of the annual National Heritage Open Day.

This year's event promises be bigger than ever introducing new elements of the Manor Lodge site. They will be opening the whole site from the Tudor Turret House to parts of Manor Cottages with costumed interpreters telling the story of Sheffield Manor Lodge through the ages. Highlights include Ploughing competitions, classic farm machinery, donkey and pony rides, the 1940’s group and a preview of the period Manor Village shops, artists’ open studios and working kiln and demonstrations of lace-making, weaving and other crafts.

Yorkshire Artspace ceramist Penny Withers will again be running one of her renowned clay firing sessions, this time it will be a raku firing workshop at the site of the wood-fired kiln (bottom of Sheffield Manor Lodge, near Manor Oaks Cottages). The pots are already prepared,  ready to be glazed by visitors who want to take part and will be fired on the day, cooled and ready to take home at the end of that day.  (Pictured: Simone Abram with her large burnished coil pot made in Penny's studio and sawdust fired in an incinerator bin).

Entertainment will be by Doncaster Waites Renaissance music group and Sheffield Pipe band plus wandering musicians. Manor Oaks farm will feature demonstrations of cookery, apple pressing and other food related activities. Our bee-keepers will be on hand with an observation hive.

A new feature this year will be the mobile allotment featuring a shed with a green roof, vegetables of all sorts in planters and a compost heap. The whole allotment will be moved to Town Hall Square the following week for the Sheffield Food Festival. The ploughing competition will feature experts including Manor Lodge’s own Ethel Worthington whose mules Rueben and Queenie will be star attractions alongside a pairs of Heavy Horses Lofty and Chloe and Daisy and Cindy. Pony rides will take place on the large field and our own donkeys will be giving rides on the farm track.

This free event runs from 11am-4pm or for a quieter preview there will be free tours of the Tudor turret house on the Friday as part of Heritage Open days


Everyone welcome at Sheffield Manor Lodge, off Manor Lane, Sheffield S2 1UL or visit