Easter days out at Sheffield Park and Garden
Enjoy a fun-filled Easter at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex with our Active Animals Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, family-friendly lunches in our tea-room and hundreds of acres to explore.
Can you hop like a frog, balance like a squirrel and move like dormouse?
Take part in our Active Animals Easter challenges around the garden to earn your delicious Cadbury chocolate treat.
From paw print hopscotch to nest building, or from balancing on beams to quacking your favourite song like a duck; have fun with the active animals that make Sheffield Park their home.
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will be running everyday from Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April, 10am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm. Normal admission charges will apply, plus £3.50 for the hunt.
What else can I see and do?
Once you’ve finished exploring the world around the garden, why not explore the parkland and take a walk down to Ringwood Toll where our natural playtrail offers opportunities to climb, jump, see-saw and build dens in this woodland dedicated to playful imagination. You'll probably need your wellies to get down there as it is a bit muddy at the moment.
Visit Walk Wood
Or why not pay a visit to Walk Wood? Tucked away at the back of the garden, this hidden gem of the Sheffield Park and Garden estate is a peaceful area of historic woodland to explore with a wide variety of flora and fauna whatever the season. The bluebells may well be carpeting the floor with shades of blue as you take in the wider landscape or go looking under fallen branches for bugs and fungi.
Don't forget you could also ask at reception for one of our ’50 Things to do before you’re 11 and ¾’ booklets and start ticking off your list of fun activities to do outdoors.
Planning ahead to visit during the Easter holidays
Sheffield Park can get very busy during the Easter holidays, particularly over the bank holiday weekend. On occasion, weather permitting, we may provide additional parking on the parkland. As the Easter trail runs every day from 4-19 April, you may find less crowds (but just as much fun) on a mid-week visit.
Come along whatever the weather
The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will mostly take place along the paths in the garden but you may wish to bring your wellies to go off the paths to explore Walk Wood, the parkland or East Park. The nest building challenge is a little way off the path so may be harder to access with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Rain shelters in the garden offer you the chance to escape a passing shower, but come dressed for the weather and you’re sure to have a good time. If you’ve been caught out, just ask at reception to borrow one of our umbrellas. Don’t forget that some of your 50 Things can only be achieved in the wet weather.
Bringing your four-legged friends
Well behaved dogs on short leads are welcome in the garden after 1.30pm daily. Dogs are welcome all day on a lead in the parkland. As the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place in the garden, please bear this in mind when planning your visit.
There's a good selection of family-friendly and seasonal choices on the menu in the Coach House tea-room. Light snacks, kids pick and mix lunch boxes, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits are available all day with hot lunches served from 12pm to 2.30pm. Take a look at the seasonal menu to see what's on offer, there's always a soup or stew, baked potatoes and a vegetarian dish to choose from, all of which are freshly prepared in our kitchen.
If you're in the garden and don't want to tear yourself away, then stop by The Shant for a quick refreshment stop. You can find this behind Ten Foot Pond along Shant Path and it's marked no.8 on the map in your welcome leaflet. Here you will be able to purchase a reduced selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks, either to take-away or to sit down outdoors or under shelter to enjoy there.
Something to take home
With two gift shops and a secondhand bookshop, there are plenty of opportunities for browsing at Sheffield Park and Garden. Take a look at our Easter selection of food and gifts, as well as pocket money toys and new seasonal lines now on display, or browse for a secondhand book to take home as a memento of your day with us.