Come with us for an explore around Sheffield Manor Lodge and Farm… we went out just for a few hours to find puddles and play. Something simple, free, AND we found pumpkins!
Half way through this video, I also talk about how I’m struggling a lot with days out now Eric has changed from baby to toddler. it was hard for me to admit it and talk about it on camera, but I did feel a lot better afterwards. Its a long video, but please do watch, you can always skip whichever bits you’re not interested in. 🙂
Come with us for an explore around Sheffield Manor Lodge and Farm
This blog post is a little bit different. I didn’t intend to blog this trip today, so I didn’t take the good camera with me, but hey it happened anyway! And whilst writing this, I remembered I had some photos taken from last year which never made it into a blog post so I can add those in, too. Win! It really is a special place that more people need to know about, I’m glad I finally get the chance to publish this. It’s a lovely little free place to visit and the cafe is fantastic. If you haven’t tried it yet I really recommend it.
We’re lucky to live really close to Sheffield Manor Lodge and farm, actually only a 20 minute walk away the S2 area of Sheffield. Sheffield Manor Lodge is a really special place full of history unique to Sheffield. The Tudor ruins and second world war cottages are 16th century & I really recommend taking one of their tours if you can. Do check opening times as the ruins, turret house & discovery centre are only open on specific dates – not all the time, although the grounds, farm and cafe are open almost daily (again, double check this) so it’s worth going even without the ruins being open. There’s so much space to explore around the extensive grounds, and inside the ruins it’s super fun to climb, there’s a turret house to see inside, a sand pit and maze to keep little ones entertained.
The grounds all around the lodge is like a park in itself so even if the ruins are not open, there’s still a reason to go and visit. There’s many trails to take, sculptures, play equipment, benches for picnics and great views over Sheffield.
Down at the farm, which is free, are some animals, a wonderful cafe; Rhubarb Shed cafe, and toy shed along with more than enough outdoor seating all spread out so kids can play whilst adults eat. it’s a fantastic family friendly option for if you need to go somewhere to relax or meet friends where your little ones can roam.
The farm is small but this works well if you have little ones, especially like mine, who can have the whole place to explore without getting to big or going too far. There’s no where really to “escape” in a sense and it’s a nice space for Eric to let him be adventurous.
The discovery centre, ruins and lodge were not open on our visit, but we had enough to keep us busy with exploring to do, playing, nature, a slide and climbing equipment, space to picnic and let off steam! After playing up near the discovery centre for a bit, we headed down to the farm to see some animals and Eric really enjoyed playing with the toys from the toy shed. We stumbled across some pumpkins which was a total surprise!
Whilst Eric played I had a coffee, he really loved the big tractors and cars they had from the toy shed… I need to find him some of those to buy! We jumped in more puddles before we headed home, Eric was all worn out and both of us muddy. This was only something simple to do, and free, great for if you just need to get out somewhere local for a little while. It was a nice few hours today, and I always enjoy a visit there. Despite the bad start today, I’m glad we went.
All days out are not perfect, and being a parent is bloody hard. Really hard. Maybe you have it nailed, if you have, share your tricks because it only feels like it’s getting harder for me! It can be so easy to look at all these days out and trips we do and think wow, we must have a perfect life. I’ve had comments like that before, but that’s far from true. Behind the scenes, parents are struggling… everywhere! These pictures above don’t show any of that, but it’s there. It happened, and it will continue to happen.
Just because we love going out and about and we have loads of trips and days out, doesn’t mean we have it easy at all. All the blog posts, the videos… you never see the tantrums, the crying, running late, failed play dates, arguments, late nights, early starts, shouting, stressful meal times. You only see the good stuff, because of course, the rest of it is negative and why would anyone want to know about negative stuff?!
From now on, I need to really try to listen to my own advice. In the video I said I need to just let it go and relax a bit… realise that yes we are struggling right now so just getting to the park, if we do, is still a great thing. Of course, we will still do the big days out and all… that’s what we love, but for now, I think taking a little step back from my expectations and figure things out. It’s incredibly stressful right now… even just getting out of the house, Eric’s always changing needs, understanding him… learning how to cope and be a gentle parent… and life in general. It does feel like there’s been a huge change and with that I guess it comes with how we spend our time and where we go. Days out/trips is a huge part of our lifestyle, and it’s changing. And I guess there’s only more to come!
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