Digging into the past uncovers Forge Island's industrial history

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Forge Island's industrial history uncovered


An archaeological dig at Forge Island has given a fascinating insight into Rotherham’s industrial past.

Forge Island, which is currently being developed into a vibrant new leisure destination, has an interesting history and was once home to forges, mills, timber yards, a pub and even terraced houses.

The findings included furnaces, tools, pottery, glass and the well-preserved remains of a water-wheel pit!

The Council and development partners Muse are regenerating the site and excitement is building ahead of the anticipated start on site this autumn. Forge Island will be transformed into a family destination with boutique cinema operator, The Arc, and Travelodge already signed up, alongside a range of family orientated restaurants and bars.

Find out more here.

It's showtime!


Rotherham's biggest cultural festival takes place this weekend at Clifton Park featuring two days of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Visit the website here for more details.

You can also find out more about the town centre regeneration plans in our marquee next to the Rockingham stage. There will even be some fun activities to keep the kids entertained too!

The town centre is just a short stroll from Clifton Park where the indoor and outdoor market will be open from 8.30am to 5pm on Saturday. Plus it's free weekend parking in all Council off-street town centre car parks.