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Families can step back to Tudor times in Dove Valley

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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FAMILIES can step back from the 21st century to the time of Henry VIII by joining the Great Tudor Farming Day in the Dove Valley.

The event on Saturday, June 28, from 11am to 4.30pm, at the Dove Valley Environmental Centre, Under Whitle Farm, Sheen, 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 their 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.

Peak District National Park ranger Lynn Burrow, who helped organise the event, said it would offer a range of activities.

She added: "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.

People should bring a packed lunch, clothing suitable for a day outdoors and boots or wellies in case it has been wet the night before.

Drinks will be available at the event.

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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