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Tudor day in Sheen on Saturday June 28

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Families are being invited to step back in time to the period of Henry VIII by joining the Great Tudor Farming Day in the tranquil Dove Valley on Saturday, June 28.

The event, from 11am to 4.30pm at the Dove Valley Environmental Centre, Under Whitle Farm at Sheen near Longnor, will take people back to 1537 to share the daily lives of the Horobin family.

Children can dress in Tudor outfits and try their skills at spinning, weaving, farming, gathering vegetables and herbs, cooking and making reed lights as our 16th century ancestors would have done.

Families can watch a re-enactment of skulduggery at Upper Whitle Farm, meet a Tudor quack (doctor), discover how to research local history, write with a quill and learn the secrets of the Tudor landscape and wildlife.

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Peak District National Park ranger Lynn Burrow, who helped organise the event, said: "We want to open up a different world and show people what life was like for a Peak District farming family during the time of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

"Children can become part of an oxen plough team, and everyone can try their hand at dry hedging, archaeological activities and Tudor dancing."

The event is co-ordinated by Elspeth Walker of the Dove Valley Environmental Centre and run mainly by volunteers.

Visitors are advised to take a packed lunch (drinks will be available), clothing suitable for a day outdoors and boots or wellies in case it has been wet the night before.

The postcode for the Dove Valley Centre is SK7 0PR, or ordnance survey map reference SK107 305 (near Sheen). For more information call 01298 84992 or 01298 83282.

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