Summer in the Garden at Sheffield Park

Discover a garden that excites the senses. Summer brings vibrant blooms filling the place with colour and perfume. Winding paths, grand trees, lakes, cascades and bridges provide a varied landscape to explore as well as quiet spots to stretch out a picnic blanket. Off the beaten track nature thrives in the acres of parkland and woods that surround the garden.

 Middle Lake at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex.

Join us this weekend for Midsummer Evenings at Sheffield Park Fri 24 & Sat 25 June

Tickets may be purchased on the door: Live music, a glass of Pimm's or lemonade, traditional games on the lawn and a stargazing experience. Light refreshments will be available to purchase, or bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere as the sun sets across the lakes at Sheffield Park.

The garden is a horticultural work of art, formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can still be seen today in the layout of the lakes, the construction of Pulham Falls, the planting of Palm Walk and the many different tree and shrub species from around the world.

Pulham Falls at Sheffield Park and Garden

Pulham Falls

The Pulham Falls, which connect Ten Foot Pond and Middle Lake, were commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Sheffield and installed between 1882 and 1885 by Pulham and Son.  We turn the falls on between 12.00 – 1.00pm every Tuesday and Friday – a spectacular sight to take in during your visit.


Water has always been a key element of the landscape at Sheffield Park and our five lakes have become an iconic feature, offering a cooling view on a hot summer's day. Our hand-dug, clay-lined construction creates dramatic reflections of the carefully planned planting that surrounds them. Connected by a waterfall and cascades, the calming sound of moving water can be enjoyed around the garden. Don't miss the spectacular waterlily display throughout the summer months.

Crimson waterlilies on the lake at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Waterlily Festival at Sheffield Park
18 June – 17 July 2022

Sheffield Park's picturesque lakes burst into life in June and July. To make the most of this natural spectacle, our Waterlily Festival will return this summer, 18 June – 17 July, accompanied by art events and workshops and the ever-popular floating pontoon.

A summers day at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Free bus from Uckfield on Tuesdays during the Waterlily Festival

Every Tuesday in term time a free bus service runs between Uckfield bus station and Sheffield Park and Garden departing at 9.45am and returning at 1.45pm. There's no charge, but booking is essential as spaces are limited. Fully wheelchair accessible. Normal admission applies.

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.