For families

RSPB big garden bird watch

Come bird watching as part of the RSPB bird watch © NTPL/Ian Shaw

Come bird watching as part of the RSPB bird watch

Mon 19 to Sun 25 January

Bring younger visitors along to the garden, pick up a pack and see how many of our feathered friends you can spot while ticking off number 44 on your 50 Things list.

Half-term kite making workshops

Tick off number 7 on your 50 Things list and fly a kite © NTPL/Nina Elliot-Newman

Tick off number 7 on your 50 Things list and fly a kite

Mon 16 to Fri 20 Feb, 11am-12.30pm

Younger visitors can join us to make their own paper kite ready to fly out on the parkland. Our tried and tested design is (almost) guaranteed to take to the air. They can tick off number 7 on their 50 Things list at the same time.

£2.50 per child, includes all materials.

Explore inside an old oak

Tick off number 22 of your 50 Things and explore inside a tree © NTPL/Nina Elliot-Newman

Tick off number 22 of your 50 Things and explore inside a tree

Tick off number 22 on your 50 Things list and explore inside a tree. The best tree for this activity is down on our wildlife haven at the bottom of the parkland and is an oak, which is at least 200 years old. The back of the tree came off many years ago exposing the secret hollow inside - all ready to climb in and hide.

Bug hunting in the garden and parkland

Which mini beasts will you find © NTPL/National Trust

Which mini beasts will you find

Tick off number 31 on your 50 things list and hunt for bugs. Hire a bug hunting kit from reception and explore the garden and parkland and see how many mini beasts you can find.

Create some wild art

Create some wild art at Sheffield Park and Garden © NTPL/Nina Elliot-Newman

Create some wild art at Sheffield Park and Garden

See what different colours and textures you can find on the woodland floor to create your own wild masterpiece. Don't forget to take a photo to capture your wild art - we'd love to see what you make for number 18 on your 50 Things list.

Nature's playground

50 Things: build a den © NTPL/Nina Elliot-Newman

50 Things: build a den

Our woodland play trail is a natural play area in an enclosed copse, just a short stroll across the parkland. It's an ideal place to run wild and let your imagination and sense of adventure take over.

Join the 50 things challenge

How many of your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ can you tick off this year? We have complied the top ten things to do here at Sheffield Park to get you on your way to the big 50. Come dressed for the outdoors, bring your curiosity and get ready for an adventure.

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

Family facilities

A family out enjoying the autumn colour

  • Woodland play trail
  • Baby changing
  • Children's snack bags and hot meals
  • Picnic areas
  • Seasonal trails (during holiday time)
  • Buggy hire
  • Bottle warmer and microwave in the tearoom

Make the whole day an adventure - arrive by steam

Enjoy a car-free day and experience travel the way it once was. The Bluebell Railway runs from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park station. Why not make the whole day an adventure and arrive at Sheffield Park by steam train. From Sheffield Park station, our facilities and landscape garden are just a ten minute stroll up through the parkland. A shuttle bus runs from Sheffield Park station and Sheffield Park and Garden at weekends between Mar 30 and Oct 26.

Discover our unspolit meadows

Exploring nature in the meadow

A 20 minute walk across the parkland will bring you into the meadows running alongside the river Ouse - a great place to spot all forms of wildlife from dragonflies to kingfishers.

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