February half-term fun at Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park pine cone crafts example

This half term we'll be running natural craft sessions using fir cones collected from the estate at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex. What will you make out of yours? A mouse, an owl, a hedgehog, a person or perhaps just a decoration to brighten up your home. Come and get creative with us and show us what you can do.

There's plenty of fun to be had at our craft sessions where we're challenging young imaginations to make some fun characters or unusual decorations using fir cones collected from the estate. With plenty of materials and someone on-hand to help, children age 3-7 years can enjoy this activity as part of a fun day out in half term.

There's no need to book. Just drop in to one of the workshops running daily from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February 2018, 11am-12pm. All materials are included and the cost is £3 per child.  It could get messy, so please wear old clothes.

Run wild on the parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden

After you’ve finished your crafts why not head out into Ringwood Toll on the parkland to climb a tree, make a trail out of sticks, create some wild art, have fun on the big swing or look for more pine cones? There's something for all weathers, so if it's raining bring your wellies and try making a mud pie, or build a natural shelter.

Ringwood Toll playtrail, Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Ringwood Toll playtrail, Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Ringwood Toll playtrail, Sheffield Park, East Sussex

There's plenty of wildlife on the parkland to spot too, hiding under leaves and branches as well as up in the sky. Why not take a hike and find the Skyglade hidden amongst the trees? Here you can lean back and gaze upwards at the birds gliding across the sky and see what you can identify.

Sheffield Park Skyglade hidden among the trees
Sheffield park Skyglade among the trees
Sheffield Park Skyglade hidden among the trees

Arriving early? Then head to the tea-room for an early-bird breakfast

All through this half term (Saturday 10 February- Sunday 18 February), the Coach House tea-room will be opening at 9.30am serving breakfast snacks until 11am. Choose from a bacon or sausage bap, muesli muffin or toast and jam, plus the usual hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and biscuits. So why not arrive early to fill up on some tasty snacks before enjoying the garden as it opens at 10am? To give you a bit more time to enjoy the outdoors, lunches will also be served until 3pm throughout half term. 

Visitors enjoying an early-bird breakfast
Visitors enjoying an early-bird breakfast
Visitors enjoying an early-bird breakfast

Spending some pocket money

There are two gift shops at Sheffield Park and Garden, ideal for choosing some more fun half-term activities at pocket money prices. Or for your young bookworm, visit the secondhand bookshop to pick up a good book to curl up with at home, in return for a donation of your choice.

Fun activities to take home in the shop at Sheffield Park
Toys in the shop at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
Fun activities to take home in the shop at Sheffield Park

Where to find the workshops 

The workshops will be held in the events room near the tea-room. Access is around the back of the building via the outside seating area, entering through the garden room. 

Toilets, baby changing facilities, the secondhand bookshop and gift shop are all close by. Booking in advance is not necessary, just drop in to take part. Please allow at least 20 minutes to make your decorated pine cone and we ask that parents remain with their children to supervise.