Wheel fun for all the family with a packed diary at industrial hamlet

Abbeydale Dam
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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is celebrating Sheffield Environment Week this Spring Bank Holiday.

There’s free admission for all at the steel city tourist attraction and a packed diary of events, including nature trails, that encourage exploration of the hamlet’s environment and badge-making with exciting waterwheel, insects and plant designs,



Daily Waterwheel Walks will give enthusiasts the opportunity to look at the course of water through Abbeydale and explain the restoration work happening as part of the £1 million Heritage Lottery Project to revive the Hamlet. For all Spring Bank activities taking place between Sunday, May 26 and Thursday, May 30, including a forthcoming have-a-go drop-in fishing sessions on Abbeydale Dam, see www.simt.co.uk for details.

At Kelham Island Museum, as part of the Galvanize Festival of Contemporary Metal, the Melting Shop Children’s Play Area is open. Here, younger children can mimic the process of being melted, rolled and hammered into steel objects. They will be inspired by the two exhibitions ‘Rustless: The Story of Harry Brearley,’ which includes the Metal Lab interactives for children and ‘Stay Bright-Keep Bright: The impact of stainless steel on everyday life’ forming part of the 100 Years of Stainless Steel celebrations at the museum.

Both sites are open Monday to Thursday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 11am - 4.45pm. Closed Fridays and Saturdays.

Shepherd Wheel is open every weekend and Bank Holiday Monday. Come and see the waterwheel and machinery in action and find out more about the grinders who worked here over the centuries.

For more information, visit Sheffield Industrail Museum Trust or call 0114 272 2106