Christmas at Sheffield Park and Garden

Frosty trees by the bridge at Sheffield Park Sussex

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season with a visit to Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex, where tradition, nature and the outdoors are the focus for winter. Spend time with friends and family in a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by the beauty and charm of this special place.

Christmas at Sheffield Park

Friday 1 December - Thursday 4 January

This December, take a stroll in the garden with it's winding paths and mirror lakes to discover our extravagant Christmas trees dressed for a festive pantomime. We'll be serving seasonal treats in the cafe with Christmas lunches from 18-22 December and the shop is a cave of wonders full of Christmas inspiration so you can tick everyone off your Christmas gift list.

Christmas traditions at Sheffield Park

Christmas was always an extravagant affair at Sheffield Park and the 3rd Earl often put on a pantomime as part of the festive celebrations. In January 1897 family and friends were brought together to perform Aladdin, which was the Earl's favourite. His hostess and companion, Miss Mabel Attenborough played Aladdin and performed a ‘grotesque’ dance with her brother (Lt Attenborough playing Widow Twankey).  They were cheered and asked to perform an encore although they were already exhausted. Hilda (her sister) played the Vizier.

The Aladdin pantomime cast at Sheffield park
The Aladdin pantomime cast at Sheffield park

Make magical memories with the whole family this Christmas

Follow our themed children's trail through the garden and help us find the Earl's collection of exotic pheasants, ducks and quails which have escaped and are hiding in the garden. Make a Chinese fan decoration inspired by Aladdin and hang it on one of our trees.

Decorated Christmas trees in the garden at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Things to do with the kids this Christmas at Sheffield Park

Get out and about with fun festive walks and creative crafts to keep your family entertained this Christmas.

Get creative with Christmas crafts

Christmas Wreath Making

Thursday 30 & Saturday 2 December.

Are you feeling inspired after seeing the decorated trees around the garden? Join one of our workshops to learn how to create your own Christmas wreath. Using greenery from the Sheffield Park estate, you can make your own festive decoration to hang on your front door.

£35, booking essential: 01825 790231

Christmas crafts for children

Saturday 2, 9, 16 & 23 December, 11am.

Make a Chinese fan decoration inspired by Aladdin, the 3rd Earl's favourite pantomime and hang it on one of our trees.

Child £3.50, booking essential: 01825 790231

Celebrate old traditions with a Christmas carol concert

Sunday 10 & Sunday 17 December, 6.30pm

Enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas concert with 'The Knole Singers'.  This family-friendly concert will get you in the festive mood as you join in the traditional carols and warm yourself with mince pies and mulled wine by the fire.

Adult £18.50, Child £8.50, Family £45. Booking essential: 01825 790231

Christmas decorations in Oak Hall at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Christmas decorations in Oak Hall at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Join us for some festive food and drink

What could be better on a cold winter’s day than indulging in a tasty Christmas treats in the decorated Oak Hall?  A cosy log burner and traditional decorations add to the festive atmosphere. 

We'll be serving Christmas lunches of turkey and all the trimmings and delicious christmas puds from Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December, 12noon - 2.30pm. No booking required.