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Concealed in the foothills of majestic Mount Roland is the enterprising town of Sheffield, where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Almost 1,000 people live in Sheffield, farming sheep, cattle, deer and emus. You can learn about the history of the Kentish district from the murals themselves, or in local museums, but there are also many galleries and studies to browse in. At the Working Art Space you can talk with local artists as they work. The views from the summit of 1,234 metre Mount Roland are worth the climb. Sheffield is close to an alpaca farm, vineyards, Devil's Gate Dam and Kimberley's thermal springs. The beautiful Lake Barrington, created by the Mersey-Forth Hydro Electric Scheme, is an international rowing course and a haven for water sports. When you get to The Promised Land, you'll find Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot, which has its own postcode. With seven mazes, Tasmazia is the largest complex of its kind in the world. It specialises in lavender, honey and pancakes. Sheffield was explored by Nathaniel Kentish in 1842 but its dense forests meant that it was not settled until1859. It was named by Edward Curr, after his homeland in Yorkshire. The town prospered in 1963 with the Power Development Scheme, but declined when the dams were completed. Sheffield is the centre of the Kentish district, and Mount Roland (named by Captain James Rolland in 1823) is a great source of artistic inspiration. Sheffield, 30 kilometres south of Devonport, reaches an average maximum temperature of 21 degrees in January and 11.5 degrees in June. Occasionally Mount Roland receives a dusting of snow and a visual delight.

Sheffield

Sheffield: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Mural Park


The epicentre of the annual International Mural Fest, this park houses the murals of the nine international finalists from that year's competition. Mural Park also features the Wall of Fame, which presents the winning murals from previous years' competitions. The murals follow a competition theme each year, in which murals must be painted to fit a theme derived from the winning entry in a poem competition held as part of International Mural Fest. Entry to Mural Park is free.




6 Pioneer Crescent
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.1K from Sheffield

World of Marblesand the Contraptuary


The World of Marbles specialises in hand-made glass marbles, based in Sheffield, North West Tasmania. All marbles feature contemporary art designs and many are made on site. The studio is open for visitors to watch the marble making process using hot glass. There is a gallery with marbles to purchase, a kids room full of playing marbles and an exhibition room which houses the owners' private collection. This is the only gallery of its type in Australia.




34 Main Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.2K from Sheffield

Working Art Space, The


The Working Art Space is located in the famous northwest Tasmanian Town of Murals, Sheffield. It is both an art gallery and thriving hub of local arts related activity. Established in 2005 by the Kentish branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts, it is situated in a heritage-listed, Kentish council owned, former drill hall built in 1912 for the 22nd Light Horse Company
The interior of the building has been transformed into a high quality arts based facility where you can view and purchase the exceptional work of local artists and artisans, enrol in one of the regularly held workshops plus check out the latest exhibition on display. You can also pre-book a demonstration session by an artist for your tour or special group, which includes complimentary refreshments.
If you take the self-guided audio tour of Sheffield's murals, which can be arranged through the Visitor Information Centre, you will eventually find yourself at the Working Art Space because it boasts its own mural with a fitting theme - an old man reminiscing on his youth as a Light Horseman - just outside the main entrance. Step inside, it is definitely worth taking a look.




2 Albert Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.3K from Sheffield

Kentish Museum


The Kentish Museum is a heritage museum at Sheffield, North West Tasmania. Sheffield is a 40-minute drive south of Devonport (30 km) and a one-hour drive west of Launceston (93 km).
The Kentish museum preserves and displays artefacts from Sheffield's history. Exhibits include agricultural machinery, minerals, shop fittings, old books, historical newspapers, pioneer household effects and clothing. The museum also has excellent displays on the history of hydro-electricity in the local area. The Kentish Museum is located in Sheffield's main street and is open from 1000 until 1500 each day.
Sheffield is known internationally for its collection of public murals, which depict the area's rich history. Since 1986, dozens of murals have been painted in the town, ranging from large scale work by professional painters, to murals by local school children. Sheffield attracts over 100,000 visitors each year who come to admire this collection of public art. The town also hosts the annual Mural Fest - a national competition of mural art.




93 Main Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.3K from Sheffield

Sheffield: Events

Sheffield Town Hall Market


The Sheffield Town Hall Market is held on the second Saturday of every month, from 9am to 2pm, at the Sheffield Town Hall on High St, Sheffield.
The stalls along High Street and inside the Town Hall include fresh produce, secondhand goods, biscuits and cakes, preserves, handcrafts and handmade gifts and stationery supplies.
Coffee and yummy food are available with seating in the supper room of the Town Hall.


Event Dates
2016
      9th Jul
      13th Aug
      10th Sep
      8th Oct
      12th Nov
      10th Dec


High Street,
High Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.0K from Sheffield

International Mural Fest


Be captivated by this truly unique art competition that is held annually in Sheffield - the 'Town of Murals', in Tasmania, Australia, commencing Easter Sunday every year. Mural Fest is so successful that similar events are now happening interstate and overseas.
Each year, nine artists compete in a public 'paint off' from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Each artist must complete a mural, using the same poem as their mural's central theme and inspiration.
The competition is conducted in Mural Park - Sheffield's very own outdoor art gallery in the heart of Tasmania's Cradle Mountain touring region.
Mural Fest tests artistic skill, endurance and tenacity: artists are subjected to public scrutiny, time constraints and sometimes unpredictable Tasmanian weather!
The Redwater Creek Railway steam train will be running during this time. Check the website for details.


Event Dates
2017
      16th Apr
      17th Apr
      18th Apr
      19th Apr
      20th Apr
      21st Apr
      22nd Apr


Pioneer Crescent
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.1K from Sheffield

Sheffield School Show


The Sheffield School Show and Junior Cattlehandlers Show of Tasmania is an event aimed at judging and educating Tasmania's youngest and future cattlehandlers.
Each November the school show hosts cattle handelrs and breeders from all over the state at the Sheffield School Farm, a working dairy farm.
Separate events will be held for handling and showing the cattle, with judging competitions run to educate the children coming through as junior cattlehandlers.
Roberts Real Estate, Sheffield is the Show's major sponsor.



Event Dates
2016
      4th Nov


1a High Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.5K from Sheffield

SteamFest 2017


Lots of raves from visitors showed our 2016 SteamFest was a steaming success! Our 2017 SteamFest is going to be better again, that is because we always aim for more next time! We want to build on what we achieved in 2016 with many more stalls offering Tasmanian foods, crafts and fresh produce, and new exhibits, entertainers and children's activities.
SteamFest brings history to life over three days with one of the biggest collections of working steam machinery in Australia, steam train rides, exhibitions of pioneering skills such as blacksmithing, historic machinery such as steam powered threshers and rock crushers showing how things were done in yesteryear, and vintage cars.
Kids vs Steamroller Tug-o-War, plenty of kid's entertainment plus lots and lots of art, craft and food stalls. And of course, our Krauss steam loco running every half hour, all day long!
Check out the website for photos and updated information from time to time.


Event Dates
2017
      11th Mar
      12th Mar
      13th Mar


Cnr Main and Spring Streets
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.6K from Sheffield

Sheffield Medieval Festival


The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania (SMOKTT) presents a wonderful merry-making family event displaying some of the best Sword, Jousting and Archery skills.
New to the event this year is Horse back archers, recently returned from USA tournaments.
From Tug-O-War, kids participative games, Medieval Dress Competition, to stalls, hot and cold food, bar, camping, Music entertainment on Saturday night, Belly dancing displays and MUCH more, there is something for the whole family to experience and enjoy at this affordable and amazing medieval extravaganza.


Event Dates
2016
      24th Sep
      25th Sep


Main Street and Spring Street
Sheffield, TAS, 7000

Located 0.6K from Sheffield

Sheffield: Travel Tips

Kentish Visitor Information Centre


Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres are staffed with skilled and knowledgeable locals who can provide expert travel information, itineraries and tour suggestions, as well where to go, what to see and where to eat.
Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres can also making bookings for you.
Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres are located around the Island and are open seven days a week..




5 Pioneer Crescent
Sheffield, TAS, 7306

Located 0.1K from Sheffield

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