Join in with 50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Sheffield Park

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 activities to do at Sheffield Park and Garden:

No.1 Get to know a tree

Look up through the branches - what can you see? Or head to Ringwood Toll in the Parkland and climb up into a tree for a real bird's-eye view. 

Den building at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

No.4 Build a den

You will find everything you need to create your own den in Ringwood Toll, our woodland play trail; plenty of branches, sticks and soft leaves – all you need is your own imagination. Will you make a hobbit house, a fairy hideaway or a palace fit for a king?

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 Have fun with 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?

Sheffield Park pine cone crafts example

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.31 Make friends with a bug

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.

Sheffield Park waterlily

No. 35. Discover what's in a pond

With 20 acres of Lakes at Sheffield Park we have all sorts of sights to spot. Can you see a waterlily, perhaps with a dragonfly resting on its pad? Or a duck quacking happily to its friends?

No.44 Watch a bird

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. 

A family pond dipping at Cragside, Northumberland

Download the '50 things' activity guide 

If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.