For families

Hallowe'en hunt

Enjoy spooky Halloween fun with us this half-term © National Trust

Enjoy spooky Halloween fun with us this half-term

Mon 27 - Fri 31 October

Explore the garden on our family Hallowe'en trail - look high and low to find all of our special pumpkins in and around the trees. There will also be a pumpkin competition to judge and creepy crafts to enjoy in the Spooky Shant. Bring your little ones dressed in their scariest costume for a trick or treat reward.

Edible decoration workshops

Make a yummy edible tree decoration at Sheffield Park © NT_NEN_Sheffield Park

Make a yummy edible tree decoration at Sheffield Park

Bring your little ones along and help them create their own edible gingerbread tree decoration to take away. Things could get a bit messy so it is advisable to wear something that can withstand icing sugar and glitter.

Explore inside an old oak

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

Familiy 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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