Summer adventures for families at Sheffield Park

There's lots to look forward to at Sheffield Park and Garden this summer. Whether you visiting with friends, family and children, looking to learn something new, enjoy an activity or just escape to a quiet corner of the garden, take a look at what is on this summer at Sheffield Park.

It's the season when the garden comes alive with kingfishers and dragonflies darting across the waterlily covered lakes. Sun dappled glades wait to be discovered and the cooling sound of the cascade soothes and calms on a hot day.

Cricket at Sheffield Park

Kwik Cricket. Every Wednesday during the holidays

Practise your skills this summer with our kwik cricket sessions, running every Wednesday through the summer holidays in collaboration with Sussex Cricket. A great chance to get your under 12s active and enjoying themselves, whilst playing on Sheffield Park’s famous cricket pitch.
Sessions will run 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, from Wednesday 21 July to Wednesday 25 August and there is no need to book in your cricket session. Just turn up and play as long as you like!
Please get in touch if anyone in your party has a disability and we can accommodate accordingly.

A family playing by the lake at Sheffield Park

Wellbeing Walk - 24 July to 3 September

Take a moment to slow down and relax on our summer Wellbeing Walk trail through the garden, running 24 July to 3 September. Included in your regular Sheffield Park entry, families can enjoy a range of mindful and creative activities, including a Meditation Maze and Zen Garden. Activities are suitable for all ages. Part of the National Trust’s Get, Set, Go! Summer, pick up an activity card and tick them off as you visit different properties or try some at home.
The Coach House café and the Shant are both open throughout the summer offering drinks, ice creams, sandwiches and other refreshments from 10am-4:30pm.
Accessibility: the Wellbeing Walk runs along the main paths in the garden which are wheelchair friendly. We have a variety of activities on offer including sensory and physical engagement.

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.

There are loads of den building materials in our woodland playtrail

Discover the woodland family play trail in Ringwood Toll

Head over the parkland to Ringwood Toll to discover the natural play trail nestled in the woodland. See what adventures unfurl as you make dens, climb trees, explore and run just as fast as your imagination.

Pond dipping

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

From building a den to making friends with a bug, or from helping a plant grow to watching a bird, adventure awaits. Experience ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ with the whole family this season.