Waterlily Festival at Sheffield Park
12 June – 18 July

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. Saturday 12 June – Sunday 18 July.

  • If you are visiting the gardens please book your visit in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. We are generally able to welcome visitors without pre-booked tickets during the week but if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission.  Book your Sheffield Park tickets here. Tickets are released every Friday for the week ahead and need to be booked by 3pm the day before. 

We invite you to wander the shores of the lakes, adorned by thousands of waterlily plants. There are seven different species, in different shades and colours, from buttery yellow to deep crimson red. 

The pontoon on Middle Lake surrounded by water lilies at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Get closer to the Waterlilies during the Festival

Get up close to the bright blooms and buzzing dragonflies with our floating pontoon, installed specially for this natural event.

A giant fountain offers a new addition to this year’s celebration. The elegant new installation promises to bring some dazzle to the lakes through the five-week long festival.

Look out also for giant lily pads and flowers created by award-winning community art charity Same Sky; and fun family activities to keep the kids entertained during the long, sunny summer days. 

Identifying the waterlilies

We've put together the sheet below to share some information on the varieties of waterlilies in the lakes here, as well as a map showing you where everything is during the festival. We will have some copies available at Visitor Reception, but please feel free to print one of these to bring along or save to your phone or tablet.

Sheffield Park Waterlily Guide 2021 (PDF / 0.5MB) download

It really will be a festival to enjoy all around the property, so make a note of the dates and come along to join us to marvel at these beautiful blooms.