Join the 50 things challenge at Sheffield Park

Exploring the garden, parkland and woodland at Sheffield Park offers the ideal chance to tick off some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. Come dressed for the outdoors, bring your curiosity and get ready for an adventure.

Here's a list of our top ten activities to do at Sheffield Park and Garden:

    4. Build a den

    Den building 50 Things

    You will find everything you need to create your own den in our woodland play trail; plenty of branches, sticks and soft leaves – all you need is your own imagination.

    6. Run around in the rain

    little boy splashing in the rain

    There are plenty of places to shelter from the rain around the garden. Put on your wellies and see how many puddles you can jump in around the garden and parkland.

    7. Fly a kite

    images of a boy flying a kite on the parkland

    With over 300 acres to explore, our parkland is a great open space to fly a kite. There's lots of room to get a good running start and launch your kite into the air.

    12. Make a trail with sticks

    A trail of arrows made of sticks

    Our natural play trail in Ringwood Toll is a great place to explore and big enough to hide in. Can you make a trail of sticks so others can find where you are?

    18. Create some wild art

    Creative art at Wicken Fen

    What can you find in the woodland play trail to make into a wild art piece? If you’re lucky, you might even find some sheep's wool that our herd have left behind. Don’t forget to take a photo of your work to keep as a memory.

    22. Explore inside a tree

    A picture of a 200 year old oak with its back missing so that children can explore inside

    There is a great old oak on the edge of the wildlife haven with the whole of its back missing. The centre of the tree is completely exposed - climb in and see what it feels like to be inside a tree.

    27. Go stargazing

    Night sky during Stargazing Live at Clandon Park, Surrey

    As the evenings get darker our parkland is a great place to do a spot of stargazing - it's always open and there isn't much light pollution to worry about.

    31. Hunt for bugs

    Bug hunting at Bateman

    Our garden and parkland is teeming with bugs of all shapes and sizes. Look out for beetles, spiders and larvae under stones and fallen branches.

    33. Catch a falling leaf

    Little girl smiling throwing leaves up in the air

    As the leaves start to fall it's a great time to see how many you can catch before they reach the group.

    44. Go bird watching

    Going bird watching

    The sound of birdsong fills our garden, woods and parkland with birds darting in and out of the trees and shrubs. Can you spot who is making which sound?

Don't forget to get a sticker for your scrapbook each time you complete a challenge. You can get stickers and scrapbooks from our visitor reception.