Summer adventures for families at Sheffield Park and Garden
Have an adventure at Sheffield Park and Garden this summer and spend the day enjoying the outdoors. Children of all ages can discover what it would have been like to be a Canadian soldier here during the Second World War.
This year we're exploring the war years from 1941-1944 when Sheffield Park and Garden became the home and training ground to thousands of Canadian troops. During the school holidays, we're challenging you to follow a trail around the garden to discover what it would have been like to be one of the Canadian soldiers based in the Sheffield Park training camp during the Second World War.
Canadians in the Park summer trail
Families will be able to pick up a free map and test their map-reading skills by following the co-ordinates on Operation ‘Redwood’ to find the mission checkpoints. At each location, you’ll be put through your paces with everything from code breaking and target practice to keep fit exercises.
If you’ve still got energy after all that training, you can explore the re-created Nissen hut in the garden to get an idea of the living conditions of the soldiers, or make your way over to Ringwood Toll on the parkland where our newly installed assault course provides extra fun.
Also in Ringwood Toll, take a look at the macro-photography display taken by volunteer Nigel Higson. His pictures show the natural world in a whole new light and all the pictures on display were taken within Ringwood Toll. See if you can work out where and what they are.
50 Things activities
Younger children may find that Sheffield Park and Garden is also a great place to get closer to nature with the National Trust ’50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4’ project giving a whole host of ideas of how your family can enjoy the countryside. Ask at reception for spotter sheets or 50 Things activity cards and see what you can discover. Bookable workshops on bug hunting, pond dipping, den building and making a bug hotel are available on Wednesdays in August, call 01825 790231 for details.
For a full list of what's happening and details of how to book, follow this link What's on at Sheffield Park
Where to find refreshments
Luckily you won’t have to survive on rations with hot meals, snacks and drinks available in the Coach House tearoom. With it's family-friendly facilities, there's a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits plus just outside, we're now selling Jude's ice creams next to the Secondhand Bookshop.
If you're in the garden and find yourself in need of a refreshment pit stop, then head to The Shant* for hot and cold drinks, plus light refreshments. The two giftshops also have a selection of drinks and sweet treats to enjoy in the garden or take home with you.
* The Shant will be open at weekends and on busy days in the school holidays.