Adventures for families at Sheffield Park and Garden Summer 2022

Plan a summer adventure at Sheffield Park & Garden. Whether you are visiting with friends or family, there are plenty of new things to discover, fun ways to get active in nature and quiet corners of the garden to enjoy together - so take a look at what's waiting to be explored this summer at Sheffield Park.

It's the season when the garden comes alive with kingfishers and dragonflies darting across the waterlily covered lakes. The cooling sound of the cascade soothes and calms in the background on a hot day and woodland glades wait to be discovered come rain or shine. 

Family friendly facilities, to help the day run smoothly

  • Baby changing facilities are located in our reception building and the Café.
  • The Coach House Café is open 10am-5pm with indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Lunch is served between 12.00 and 2.30pm with children's lunch boxes, hot meals, snacks, soup, sandwiches, ice cream and cakes on the menu. Indoor and outdoor seating areas are available.
  • The Shant in the garden is open from 10am-4.30pm for quick refreshments, hot drinks, sandwiches, snacks and cakes to enjoy as you wander the garden.
  • For a picnic, take advantage of one of our picnic tables, or simply pick a spot to put down a blanket wherever you like.  
  • The paths in the garden are buggy and wheelchair friendly whatever the weather, but bring your wellies if you want to enjoy a day on the parkland on a wetter day. 
  • Bikes and ball games are welcome on the parkland rather than in the garden.
  • Ask at reception if you would like to try one of our autism-friendly visitor packs, and let us know if there's anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable. 


Family Events and Activities

From bug hunts and den building to kwik cricket and a nature trail around the lakes, outdoor adventure for the whole family awaits, whatever the weather. Find out what's coming up when you are planning to visit on our What's on page

Cricket at Sheffield Park

Kwik Cricket on Wednesdays during the holidays

Back by popular demand, our kwik cricket sessions with Sussex Cricket and Sport England run on Wednesdays during the holidays. A great way to get younger visitors active and enjoying themselves, and a chance to play on Sheffield Park’s high quality historic cricket pitch.

Children drawing outside on a sunny day

Summer Sketching Trail at Sheffield Park 21 Jul - 1 Sept

Join us for our family-friendly summer trail. Grab your Sheffield Park colouring set and special trail sketch book from reception then head into the garden and let the colours and foliage inspire your artwork. A great way to get the family connecting with nature and their creative side this summer holiday. Suitable for all members of the family young and not-so-young! £2 per trail. Normal admission applies. No booking required.

There are loads of den building materials in our woodland playtrail

The woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll

A short walk across the parkland, nestled in the woodland, is Ringwood Toll our natural play trail. See what adventures unfurl as nature guides the imagination, little explorers run wild and bigger kids build dens, climb trees and let off steam.

Visitors walking by the waterlilies on Middle Lake at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

The perfect picnic spot

Shimmering lakes adorned with vibrant waterlilies are at the heart of Sheffield Park so, for the perfect picnic view, find a spot on the cool banks to throw down your blanket. Or head into the Sussex countryside to explore our 250 acres of parkland where you are sure to find a picturesque resting spot.


Sheffield Park Walk Wood

Discover the history and tranquility of Walk Wood

Cool off with a gentle stroll through the leafy glades of Walk Wood. Soak up the ambience of this historic woodland area of the garden and delight in the abundant wildlife that shelters here.

Views across the Sheffield Park parkland in East Sussex

The parkland at Sheffield Park and Garden 

Our parkland is over 250 acres of wide open spaces and dramatic skies. Full of wildlife and history, look out for butterflies, buzzards or skylarks and the historic remains of its past.

Explore the trees in the garden

The garden is full of some exotic and unusual trees, as well as some really old and really tall ones. In total there are 14,500 trees. Make sure you walk down Big Tree Walk to see the giants of the garden, including the Giant Redwood. Whilst most of the trees in the garden are not for climbing as they need protecting, this one you can climb. How high will you get?

You can try climbing the giant redwood in the garden
Sheffield Park giant redwood climbing
You can try climbing the giant redwood in the garden

Head down to Birch Grove to find some unusual patterned barks on the trees and see the water tumbling over the cascades into the lake. If you'd like to see the trees that are particularly notable at this time of year, pick up a plants of interest sheet and map from reception as you pass through.

Arrive by steam

Make the whole day an adventure when arriving by steam train on the Bluebell Railway which runs a regular service from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park station. Leave the car behind and experience travel the way it once was. Our facilities and garden are just a ten minute stroll from the station up through the parkland. 

The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
Sheffield Park pontoon

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