Woodland Heritage Festival returns for fourth year

The Woodland Heritage Festival will be returning to Sheffield on bank holiday Monday, providing people with historical activities such as poem writing workshops and cave painting.

The student-led event aims to highlight parts of the Sheffield heritage, as well as showcasing the talents and craftsmanship of local people.

A representative for the event said: “The festival aims to bring to life the more colourful, exciting and engaging aspects of our shared heritage, as well as showcasing the talents, creativity, and diversity of students, heritage practitioners, and craftspeople from Sheffield and beyond.”The festival aims to bring to life the more colourful, exciting, and engaging aspects of our shared heritage, as well as showcasing the talents, creativity, and diversity of students, heritage practitioners, and craftspeople from Sheffield and beyond. The festival aims to bring to life the more colourful, exciting, and engaging aspects of our shared heritage, as well as showcasing the talents, creativity, and diversity of students, heritage practitioners, and craftspeople from Sheffield and beyond.

Archaeology students from the University of Sheffield run the event and it gives them a great opportunity to interact with the public.

Anyone can visit the 10am-4pm event at J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and watch historical demonstrations, play with clay and drink the specially commissioned festival beer from the Blue Bee brewery.

Funding and donations from the University of Sheffield, The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and the Red Deer Pub, mean that the event is free of charge.

A shuttle bus is also running every hour to the event from the Red Deer pub.

The festival has been running for 4 years and brings archaeological and historical events to life.

Last year just under 500 people came to take part in the activities, making it a hugely successful day. It is hoped that this year will attract even more people.

Courtenay Crichton-Turley, one of the lead organisers, said: “The day ran smoothly and we couldn’t have done it without our many student volunteers, Ecclesall Woods Discovery Centre, Heeley City Farm and the Feminist Oral Histories Archives, so a huge thank you to all of them!”

Volunteers work the festival to provide an exciting day out for adults and children. If you would like to help out email them at archaeologyinthecity@sheffield.ac.uk.archaeologyinthecity@sheffield.ac.uk. archaeologyinthecity@sheffield.ac.uk.

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