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Notice: We will be closing the garden, shop and tearoom at 3pm on Christmas Eve. May we take this opportunity to wish all our visitors a Happy Christmas.

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland

The garden is a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of 'Capability' Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can still be seen today in the layout of the lakes, the construction of Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk and the many different tree and shrub species from around the world.

Our historic parkland forms a larger footprint for the Sheffield Park estate. Dating back several centuries, it has had many uses including a deer park and WWII camp, and is now grazed with livestock and home to our natural woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll. The River Ouse runs across the bottom of the parkland and the original meanders are still visible winding across the meadow. This area has been transformed into a wildlife haven and is home to a diverse range of species including kingfishers, birds of prey, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Winter walks

Morning sunlight breaking through the bare trees © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park

Morning sunlight breaking through the bare trees

Throughout December, pick up a trail guide for one of our winter walks around the garden. Whether it's one of our Advent Ambles to work off some festive calories, our Willow Walk to see the garden from a different perspective or booking onto our New Year's Day Holly Hike, there's a walk that's perfect for you. Alternatively there are over 300 acres of parkland to discover - perfect on a frosty day.

Winter walks

Find the festive willow pieces at Sheffield Park and Garden © Nina Elliot-Newman

Find the festive willow pieces at Sheffield Park and Garden

Throughout December, pick up a trail guide for one of our winter walks around the garden. Whether it's one of our Advent Ambles to work off some festive calories, our Willow Walk to see the garden from a different perspective or booking onto our New Year's Day Holly Hike, there's a walk that's perfect for you. Alternatively there are over 300 acres of parkland to discover - perfect on a frosty day.

Winter walks

Take a bracing stroll across the parkland © Nina Elliot-Newman

Take a bracing stroll across the parkland

Throughout December, pick up a trail guide for one of our winter walks around the garden. Whether it's one of our Advent Ambles to work off some festive calories, our Willow Walk to see the garden from a different perspective or booking onto our New Year's Day Holly Hike, there's a walk that's perfect for you. Alternatively there are over 300 acres of parkland to discover - perfect on a frosty day.

Christmas time

Join us over the festive season and choose from seasonal family trails or children's edible decoration workshops.

What to see in the garden

The peeling bark of the paper bark maple tree © NT_Sheffield Park and Garden

Paperbark maple

Winter is a great time to see the unusual bark on some of our trees. This maple has a distinctive chestnut-brown peeling bark.

What to see in the garden

Sheffield Park frosty flower in winter © Nina Elliot-Newman

Winter flowering cherry

The delicate blossoms of this small tree stand out during the gloomy winter months.

What to see in the garden

The unusual ringed bark of the Korean birch tree © NT_Sheffield Park and Garden

Korean birch

This striking birch tree has a clearly patterned bark, which shines white from the opposite side of Middle Lake.

What to see in the garden

The scented yellow flowers of the Mahonia  © NT_Sheffield Park and Garden

Mahonia

This yellow blossomed winter flowering shrub has a lovely scent, which follows you as you walk past.

50 Things to do this winter

Discover nature in the garden

There are loads of activities to tick off this winter. Why not try running around in the rain or creating some wild art? Our map shows where to tick off some of the best self-led activities and our top ten favorites will inspire you to complete your list.

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