Marvellous Meadows

July 2, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Marvellous Meadows

The Green Estate becomes a blaze of colour as our meadows bloom and begin to carpet our site from late spring until the early autumn. At their height we are inviting you to explore this idyllic landscape and discover how meadows can benefit people, pollinators and our planet, as well as how you can create your own haven at home.

The day will give you exclusive access to wander through our Pictorial Meadows trial beds and meet our experts. Uncover the secrets of differing meadow varieties, how to ensure they thrive in your garden, teem with life and have a positive impact on our environment.

Explore the 16th century grounds where meadows mix with a formal Tudor labyrinth, apothecary garden and perennial planting amongst the ruins of Sheffield Manor Lodge.

Wander our meadows and gardens

Wind your way through the various meadows from the Turret House through to the Pictorial Meadow trial garden. Along the way you'll discover meadow filled havens and green spaces full of wildflowers. A chance to ask our experts questions about meadows and experience some of the colourful and unusual species being tried out.

Explore the ruins and Tudor Turret House

From Medieval deer park to a Tudor powerhouse, you can explore the story of Sheffield Manor Lodge including the intrigues and dramas of Mary, Queen of Scots' time in captivity. We'll be offering self led tours and our volunteers will be on hand for you to ask any questions.

Time for lunch

You are very welcome to bring your own picnic. The Discovery Centre grounds or Manor Oaks House gardens offer the perfect stopping point, or there will be chairs and tables in Manor Oaks House itself. The cafe will be open but we expect it to be very busy so recommend booking in advance by calling 07375366429.

Rhubarb Shed Picnic Box - Please note this must be booked in advance 6 days before the event and will be picked up from Manor Oaks House

A sandwich on white breadcake – with salad, choices are

  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Egg mayo and cress
  • Courgette and red pepper (Vegan)
  • Hummus and pickled onion (vegan)


Packet of crisps

Sausage roll

Tea, coffee or choice of cold drink

We can provide these as Gluten free, vegan, veggie, or Dairy free. Please email or call: 0114 276 2828  with your Order number or name and your dietary requirements.


Do I need to book?

Yes. Although this is a free event we recommend advance booking as numbers are limited. Once full we will not be able to admit further visitors and you may be turned away. If you are able to donate then your donation will help us look after the Sheffield Manor Lodge ruins and this beautiful landscape.

Can I book by phone?

Yes, please call us on 0114 276 2828.
What is the accessibility like at the test beds and across site?

The Green Estate site is situated on a hillside, which is steep in places. Our paths are natural which means they can be uneven and are a stone, gravel or grass surface in most places. We recommend wearing flat sturdy footwear and come dressed for the weather. There are indoor stopping off points at the Tudor grounds and Manor Oaks House with toilets at these locations at the bottom of the site.

We are very sorry but they are not suitable for wheelchair users. The Tudor grounds are a grassed area with entrance through the Discover Centre which is accessible. The Turret House ground floor is accessible however access above is via a spiral staircase.  If you would like more details please visit our accessibility page. We have car parks across the site to help with access to each section.

Is there parking on site?

Yes, we have free parking at Sheffield Manor Lodge though welcome donations if you are able.

We recommend parking at the Tudor site as there is the largest car park. You can pick up your trail at The Discovery Centre and take the round walk across site.  There is additional parking at Manor Oaks but please be aware this is a smaller parking area and will get full quickly. From here you can pick up a trail at the top of the meadow trial garden.

When parking is full we ask you park respectfully on Manor Lane.


Do you have accessible parking?

We have designated accessible bays at both the Tudor grounds and Manor Oaks. If you cannot find parking staff members will be able to help. We are also opening parking at the very bottom of our site to blue badge holders.


Are you carrying out children's trail and craft and guided tours in the Tudor grounds?

Yes we will be carrying out these activities. You can pay for these at The Discovery Centre.
Crafts - £1.50 per craft
Guided tour - £4.50 (10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm)


Sounds lovely… but what if it rains?

If it rains heavily and is not safe, we will not open the site. We will contact you to let you know the event will not go ahead.
July 2, 2023
10:30 am

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