Visiting Sheffield Park and Garden with a family

What's more rewarding and enjoyable than spending time outdoors as a family? We want everyone to find something special about Sheffield Park and Garden, so here are some ways you can make the most of your next visit.

Fill a day with adventure

Our garden is teeming with opportunities to let children’s imagination run wild and explore nature’s outdoor playground.  Seasonal trails and activities provide a chance to take part in something new, or you can try ticking off your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list by flying a kite, playing in a stream or building a den. To find out what's happening when you're planning to visit, take a look at our What's On page or call us on 01825 790231.

Spend a day on the parkland

Make sure you visit the parkland to find our natural play trail, Skyglade and the Hammerdick stream, all sure to provide hours of entertainment for families. Our River Ouse Restoration Project has made some real changes down by the River Ouse, including opening up the river bank and two new bridges giving access to new areas of the estate.

The new rope bridge across the historic lock to the island in the River Ouse
Sheffield Park rope bridge on parkland
The new rope bridge across the historic lock to the island in the River Ouse

The rope bridge takes you across Irongates Lock to the island where you can explore this small piece of land and enjoy your own adventures. The other wooden bridge takes you across the River Ouse where you can walk to the Ouse Valley Way and connect to a long path network across Sussex and to the local village of Fletching.

The new bridge over the River Ouse on the parkland
Sheffield Park new bridge Ouse Valley Way
The new bridge over the River Ouse on the parkland

Family-friendly facilities

We want to make your visit as easy as possible, so there are baby changing facilities in our toilets at reception and in the Coach House Tearoom.  Children's lunches are available in the tea-room, with hot food served between 12 and 2.30pm as well as a bottle warmer and microwave.  At busy times of the year, The Shant in the garden is open for quick refreshments such as tea, coffee, sandwiches, snacks and cakes. If you prefer to bring a picnic, you can sit at one of our picnic tables, or simply pick a spot to put down a blanket wherever you like.  The paths in the garden are buggy and wheelchair friendly whatever the weather, but bring your wellies if you want to enjoy a wet day on the parkland.

Enjoying a family picnic
Enjoying a picnic
Enjoying a family picnic

Arrive by steam

Leave the car behind and experience travel the way it once was.  Make the whole day an adventure when arriving by steam train on the Bluebell Railway which runs a regular service from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park station.  Our facilities and garden are just a ten minute stroll from the station up through the parkland.

The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station

Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have a great day exploring Sheffield Park and Garden.