All a buzz over the flowers at Sheffield festival

Flower Festival at Sheffield Manor Lodge...Laura Alston as 'Mary Queen of Scots' in amongst the Meadow Fields
Flower Festival at Sheffield Manor Lodge...Laura Alston as 'Mary Queen of Scots' in amongst the Meadow Fields

Wildflowers, pantomime animals and famous historical characters were all part of a summer celebration at Manor Lodge Park.

The annual Sheffield Flower Festival at the 16th century estate saw around 500 people enjoy a wide range of both historical and floral activities.

Flower Festival at Sheffield Manor Lodge...5 years old Rylly Howe from Manor Park

Flower Festival at Sheffield Manor Lodge...5 years old Rylly Howe from Manor Park

Among the displays were giant crochet flowers, created by artist Ruthie Ford, Pictorial Meadows wildflowers and colourful animal sculptures.

There was also a wide range of activities, including flower arranging, lavender crafts, willow insect workshops, well dressing and headdress making – as well as a pantomime animal race.

Famous historical figures from Manor Lodge’s past including Mary Queen of Scots, who was kept prisoner by the Earl of Shrewsbury, were also roaming the grounds during the one day event, which included history talks and tours.

Chris Reece, visitor development officer, said: “It was an enjoyable day for those interested in the history of Manor Lodge and those who came to see the beautiful flowers, but there were also lots of events on for families to take part in too.”

Chris added that bad weather – and lack of bees – continued to play a crucial role in the appearance of the flowers at Manor Lodge.

“Last year the flowers peaked in August and September which is down to the weather,” he said. “Bee keepers are losing houses too and that obviously has a knock on effect on the flowers. That said, the flower displays looked good at the weekend and hopefully they will look even better in September,”

* Forthcoming events at Manor Lodge include a Day of Traditional Dance on Saturday, July 20, and the Autumn Open Day on Saturday, September 14.