50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Sheffield Park

Child on welly walk

Exploring the garden, parkland and woodland at Sheffield Park offers the ideal chance to tick off some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11¾. Come dressed for the outdoors, bring your curiosity and get ready for an adventure. Here's a list of our top ten activities to do at Sheffield Park and Garden:

No.4 build a den

You will find everything you need to create your own den in our woodland play trail; plenty of branches, sticks and soft leaves – all you need is your own imagination.

No.6 run around in the rain

There are plenty of places to shelter from the rain around the garden. Put on your wellies and see how many puddles you can jump in around the garden and parkland.

No.7 fly a kite

With over 300 acres to explore, our parkland is a great open space to fly a kite. There's lots of room to get a good running start and launch your kite into the air.

No.12 make a trail with sticks

Our natural play trail in Ringwood Toll is a great place to explore and big enough to hide in. Can you make a trail of sticks so others can find where you are?

No.18 create some wild art

What can you find in the woodland play trail to make into a wild art piece? If you’re lucky, you might even find some sheep's wool that our herd have left behind. Don’t forget to take a photo of your work to keep as a memory.

No.22 explore inside a tree

There is a great old oak on the edge of the wildlife haven with the whole of its back missing. The centre of the tree is completely exposed - climb in and see what it feels like to be inside a tree.  How many people can you fit in there?

No.27 go stargazing

As the evenings get darker our parkland is a great place to do a spot of stargazing - it's always open and there isn't much light pollution to worry about.  Alternatively, join one of our stargazing evenings which run several times a year.

No.31 hunt for bugs

Our garden and parkland is teeming with bugs of all shapes and sizes. Look out for beetles, spiders and larvae under stones and fallen branches.  Don't forget to put them back in their homes once you have looked at them.

No.33 catch a falling leaf

As the leaves start to fall it's a great time to see how many you can catch before they reach the ground. How many different types of leaves can you catch?

No.44 go bird watching

The sound of birdsong fills our garden, woods and parkland with birds darting in and out of the trees and shrubs. Can you spot who is making which sound?
Don't forget to get a sticker for your scrapbook each time you complete a challenge. You can get stickers and scrapbooks from our visitor reception.