February half-term fun at Sheffield Park and Garden

Create some wild art with natural materials in Knole Park, Kent.

This half term we're welcoming play ambassadors to Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex to encourage you to play in nature and have some fun. What will you choose to do? Find our play ambassadors and see what suggestion takes your fancy then go give it a try.

There's plenty of fun to be had during half term at Sheffield Park and Garden this February. Our play ambassadors will be in the garden with a selection of activities for you to try outdoors, using nature as your playground. You might want to have a go at making some wild art, try your hand at some false-perspective photography, find your name in nature or make a memory stick. 

Have a go at creating your own false perspective photo
A false perspective photograph
Have a go at creating your own false perspective photo

There's no need to book. Just come along during opening hours (10am-4pm) and find the team in the garden who can fill you with inspiration of what you can do.  You may discover a new skill or the start of a new hobby.

Creating wild art at Stoneywell, Leicestershire

Run wild on the parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden

After you’ve finished, 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

Enjoy lunch or a snack in the tearoom

If all the enjoyment has left you in need of refreshments, then head to the tearoom down in Oak Hall. There's kids lunchboxes, soup, jacket potatoes, one pot stews, sandwiches and savoury snacks, plus the usual hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice creams and biscuits. There's plenty of room for all and colouring sheets to keep kids amused, as well as high chairs, baby food warming equipment and accessible toilets.

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 Play Ambassadors

The play ambassadors tent will be in the main garden. Please ask for directions at reception when you arrive. 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.