Amazing Abbeydale celebrates National Mills Weekend

Amazing Abbeydale celebrates National Mills Weekend

08 May 2018

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is set to showcase its four working waterwheels as part of a two-day celebration of National Mills Weekend 2018.  The event is also the launch of Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet now being open on Saturdays (10am-4pm every week). 

This family event takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, 10am - 4pm and offers visitors the chance to see the restored waterwheels and newly displayed heritage buildings following the completion of a £1million Heritage Lottery funded project to revive the Hamlet. 

Visitors can enjoy family entertainment, traditional skills displays, living history and storytelling and youngsters can have-a-go at heritage crafts and forging with blacksmiths and craftspeople. 

National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of milling heritage and provides a fantastic opportunity to visit working mills or those which are not usually open to the public. Until the advent of the steam engine, wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many different processes - from making flour, paper and cloth to hammering metal and extracting oils. 

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet or ‘Abbeydale Works’, was once a major producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. Today, visitors can catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century with worker’s cottages, workshops, crucible furnace and waterwheels. 

Traditional crafts, heritage skills and arts demonstrations will include Willow Weaving with Rachel Poole, Peter Gribbon - Grinder, University of Sheffield Student Iron Smelting, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Sheffield Lacemakers (Sun), Hallamshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (Sun), Ecclesall Sawmill green woodturning, Leatherwork with Iain Jones and our resident workshops: Martin McAssey Glass, Budgie Galore Jewellery and Forge Four Blacksmith. 

Families can enjoy living history characters, storytelling, traditional games, make-and-take activities and even a ‘selfie’ challenge trail! 

There will also be live music with the Storm Trees and Scott Russell and refreshments from the Waterwheels Café and Whirlow Hall Farm BBQ. 

The event takes place Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May 2018, 10am - 4pm. Normal admission applies Adults £4, Concessions £3, Kids go free. The Hamlet closes at 4.45pm. 

Shepherd Wheel Workshop, a water-powered knife grinding workshop dating back to the 1500s, will also be open to the public on National Mills Weekend, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May, 10am – 4pm. FREE admission.  Visitors can see the restored working waterwheel and machinery and hear stories about the grinders who worked here over the centuries. 

For more information call 0114 272 2106 or visit or @AbbeydaleHamlet @ShepherdWheelPV  or  facebook/abbeydaleindustrialhamlet    facebook/shepherdwheelworkshop 

We regret there is no parking on site. Disabled parking at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is subject to availability. Blue badge holders may park on the main road adjacent to the entrance if it is safe to do so.