Summer adventures for families at Sheffield Park and Garden

How will you do in the summer trail at Sheffield Park and Garden this summer?

This event happened in 2018 and has now finished... 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. 

A soldier on the parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden
Sheffield Park Second World War images
A soldier on the parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden

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.

The re-created Nissen hut in the garden
Sheffield Park nissen hut 2018
The re-created Nissen hut in the garden

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.

Macro-photography display in Ringwood Toll by volunteer, Nigel Higson.
Macro-photography display in Ringwood Toll by volunteer, Nigel Higson.
Macro-photography display in Ringwood Toll by volunteer, Nigel Higson.

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.

Get hands-on with pond dipping
Students pond dipping
Get hands-on with pond dipping

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.

Eating ice cream at Tredegar House

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.

There are loads of den building materials in our woodland playtrail

Woodland family play trail at Sheffield Park

With climbing walls, storytelling chairs and loads of den building materials there's plenty to keep your little ones (and big ones too) entertained at Sheffield Park.

Children peering through the bridge at Sheffield Park Sussex

Visiting Sheffield Park and Garden with a family

There's something for all ages at Sheffield Park and Garden. Find out about our family-friendly facilities and how you can make the most of your day when visiting with children.

Children den building

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ 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.