Calling all spring chickens: A brand new 1940s petting farm is coming to Sheffield Manor Lodge!

In Spring 2019, we are opening a brand-new home for our farm animals and for our 1940s war-time activities in a bigger, better and more immersive experience!

1940s Washroom

1940s Washroom

At our exciting new petting farm, visitors can get closer than ever to our animals, and there will be plenty for everyone to get involved with, as the new pens and stables will have petting and feeding stations. The farm will provide the perfect family day out for big and small animal-lovers alike!

All our current furry friends will be there, with even more animals joining us as the farm grows, including:

  • Daisy, the goat
  • Our guinea pigs – Caramel, Treacle, Honey, Peanut and Rascal
  • Our pigs – Edie, Piglet, Chip and Lucky
  • Rosie and Lilly, the donkeys
  • Plus, our rabbits, ducks, chickens – and even some new additions to our animal family!

A new barn space will be home to smaller animals and have an area for school visits. There will also be plenty of space for play and hopefully some toy tractor rides. Artefacts from the traditional heritage collection will be on display here, so little ones can learn about Sheffield in the 1940s in a traditional and engaging environment.

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Unfortunately, we will be saying goodbye to our traditional 1940s cottages as they will be closing after the Christmas event on Sunday 18th November. However, the new home for our 1940s experience will have a fully functioning kitchen and wash room where kids will be whisked back to the Second World War period, and can have a go at washing without electricity, putting out an incendiary bomb and dig for victory! There will also be a working range to cook some ration book tasty treats. Eventually we will also be bringing the parlour and bedroom up the hill into what was the old Rhubarb Shed Café.

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Spring is also the perfect time to see our beautiful wildflower meadow blossom; and you can visit the Rhubarb Shed café, which has just reopened on their new, bigger premises, for delicious meals and treats!

We would like to say thank you to Veolia for supplying the grant to help us get started on our new farm. It will be a phased build due to funding restraints but you can show your support by donating in our boxes around site and joining us and all the animals when we open in spring 2019.