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.
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?
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.