Chance to step back to the time of Henry VIII

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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 tranquil Dove Valley. on Saturday July 6.

The outdoor event – which takes place on July 6 from 11am to 4.30pm at the Dove Valley Environmental Centre – Under Whitle Farm near Longnor, 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 our 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: “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 exploration and Tudor dancing.”

The event is co-ordinated by Elspeth Walker of the Dove Valley Environmental Centre and run mainly by volunteers. Although free, donations are invited to help cover costs.

People should bring a packed lunch (drinks will be available), and clothing suitable for a day outdoors including wellies in case of wet ground.

The postcode for the Dove Valley Centre is SK17 0PR, or ordnance survey map reference SK107 305 (between Longnor and Sheen), tel: 01298 83282.