HERE’S our weekly look at top things to do in and around Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.
* Sealed knot Grand Muster:
Wentworth Castle, Lowe Lane, Stainborough, to Monday, May 7.
The Sealed Knot is back for a second year – this time with more men, more horses and more firepower in their first Grand Muster at the castle. The event starts today, with the living village, demonstrations and talks on way of life, food, entertainment, uniform and weaponry, plus drills and displays.
On Monday the gardens will host a Grand Muster of almost 1,000 men and women. Tel: 01226 776040
* Preparing for Royalty
Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, Monday, May 7, noon – 5pm
Take a step back to the Edwardian era – the year is 1912. Meet the household and servants of Brodsworth as they prepare the master and mistress for a royal visit – with fashion, etiquette, food and drink and a healthy mix of gossip, intrigue and chatter. Entry is free for English Heritage members, £9.30 for adults, £5.60 for children (5-15) and £8.40 for concessions. Tel: 01302 722598.
Brodsworth’s grounds are a collection of grand gardens in miniature, having been restored to their full Victorian glory, and feature an array of seasonal displays. With its new children’s play area, Brodsworth Hall is the ideal choice for a family day out.
Don’t miss the gardens showcasing seasonal colours, the children’s play area, with a boat and rocking horses, and the cavernous Victorian kitchen with its impressive cooking range, and the cosier ‘Aga kitchen’ and scullery with the original housekeeper’s chair.
* Animals In–Tuition at Magna, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, Monday, May 7, 10am – 4pm
Meet a variety of rather interesting animals. Have a cuddle with a floppy bunny or hold a baby chick – or meet a snake and a tarantula. Workshops between 10am and 3.30pm will last about 30 minutes. Entry is £2 per child. Tel: 01709 720002
* Renishaw Food Fair:
Renishaw Hall and Gardens, Renishaw, Sheffield, next Saturday, May 12, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sample delicious produce and buy gifts from local traders at Renishaw Food Fair. Entry is £1 per car parking space.
There is a vineyard tour and taste at 11.30am and 2pm. Tel: 01246 432 319
* Composting Bonanza Day
Heeley City Farm, next Saturday, May 12, 10am – 4pm
The farm’s annual composting day is back this year and this time it’s on site. Tony and new composting worker Matt are holding a day-long event to get people into composting. They will be giving advice and demos on how to go about it at home – including how to sell it – and tips on manure and composting bins. They will also be showing people how it is done on the farm so ask lots of questions! Entry is free.
* Go wild! Family walk:
Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Monday, May 7, 10.30am – 11.30am
Enjoy the great outdoors with a seasonal, fun family walk with activities along the way. Don’t forget your wellies! Entry to this event is free but normal admission charges apply.
Tel: 01246 851787
* Steel City Ghost Tour
Sheffield City Centre, Monday, May 7, 7.30pm
Take a turn around the city at night with Mr P Dreadful, orator and storyteller, and learn about its dark secrets. The tour starts from the steps of Sheffield Town Hall on Pinstone Street. Adults, £5, students & OAPs, £4, and under-13s, £2.50.
* Lunchtime Talk – Italian View
Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, Thursday, May 10, 1pm – 1.45pm
Join Sian Brown, Senior Curator of Visual Art, for an in-depth look at three different Italian views at the Graves Gallery – Canaletto’s Venice: The Grand Canal with S. Simeone Piccolo, 1740 (currently on loan from the National Gallery) along with John Brett’s Mount Etna from Taormina, 1870, and David Robert’s The Pizza Navona at Rome, 1857. Free. Tel: 0114 278 2600,