Autumn Colours at Sheffield Park and Garden

Famous for its autumn colour, this is the season the garden was planted for. Take in the natural beauty as Sheffield Park glows with brilliant displays of reds, oranges, purples and greens. Enjoy a warming lunch in the Coach House tea-rooms or wander freely on our wildlife-rich parkland stopping in at Ringwood Toll natural play area or the Skyglade wooden circle.  

Such a spectacle means that autumn is a busy time of year at Sheffield Park, so be sure to check our 'Plan your Day' page for top tips on opening times, dog access, parking and facilities.

Sheffield Park Sussex in autumn

Autumn in the garden at Sheffield Park

This historic garden comes into its own in the autumn months, when dazzling displays of colour reflect in the lakes. Our outdoor team shared their autumn highlights and insider top tips of plants to see this season.

A family sit and admire the autumn colour

Autumn adventures for families at Sheffield Park

Bring the family to Sheffield Park and Garden for an autumn adventure. Find an outdoor activity to enjoy around the garden or across the Parkland as you take in all the season has to offer.

View across the lake and a reflection of autumn trees in lake

Plan your autumn visit to Sheffield Park and Garden

Visiting Sheffield Park and Garden this autumn? Here are some frequently asked questions and top tips to help you plan your day.

Space to eat, drink and shop

Our tea-room is located in the Coach House at the entrance side of the car park.  You can leave the garden to use the tea-room and then re-enter as many times as you like throughout the day.  During Autumn early opening (23 Sep to 10 Nov) the tea-room is open 9.30am to 5pm daily, and serves the full menu of hot and cold lunches, snacks, cakes and drinks. Usual opening hours are 10am - 5pm.

There is plenty of seating both indoors and out. Dogs are welcome in the garden room of the Coach House tea-room at all times. To access this, please walk around the left hand side of the building, past the Secondhand Bookshop and turn right to enter through the garden.

During peak times, we will also be serving light snacks, cakes, scones and hot and cold drinks from The Pantry which is located to the left of the Coach House and next to the Bookshop. You are still free to use the tea-room seating, but this offers a quick-service option for those not looking for a hot meal. 

If you're wandering in the garden and just need light refreshments, visit The Shant for teas, coffees, cold drink, sandwiches and snacks. 

Catering in the garden, available from The Shant
Sheffield Park The Shant
Catering in the garden, available from The Shant

We have two shops here at Sheffield Park so be sure to pop in for a browse. One is located next to reception and the other is in the Coach House tea-room. Our Plant Sales Area has also been newly extended and we now stock a selection of trees found here at Sheffield Park, as well as a large selection of our favourite plants and shrubs.