Waterlily Festival at Sheffield Park and Garden

This page is for the 2019 Waterlily Festival which is now over - but the Waterlilies will continue blooming until September so do still come along for a visit. Join us at Sheffield Park and Garden 8 June - 14 July to celebrate the serenity and elegance of the spectacular waterlilies on our lakes. Have a stroll round the mirror-like lakes or why not get an even closer view on our floating pontoon or on a guided tour to the bottom of Pulham Falls. If you are feeling creative then the Waterlily Photography workshop is for you.

Enjoy the view from the pontoon during the Waterlily Festival
Sheffield Park pontoon
Enjoy the view from the pontoon during the Waterlily Festival

Get closer to the waterlilies during the festival

In order to get closer to the waterlilies again this summer, we're installing the floating pontoon on Middle Lake to give you the opportunity to walk out onto the water and see them close up. It's normally only the outdoors team that get to see waterlilies against the backdrop of the garden from this view point, so we're excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity to visitors once more this summer. 

You can also expect to see the installation of the giant lily pads and flowers created by award-winning community art charity, Same Sky. They created a big visual impact on Ten Foot Pond last year, matching the scale and grandeur of the garden surroundings. 

Smiling older man with picnic basket

Sheffield Park Midsummer Evenings

Enjoy a glass of Pimms and live music after-hours on the midsummer evenings of 21 & 22 June. After 9.30pm join experienced astronomers on the parkland for a stargazing experience.

Events taking place during the festival

Whether you're a keen gardener, a photographer, a budding artist or just a lover of Sheffield Park and Garden, we have something to interest you during the festival.

Waterfall Walks

Every Thursday during the festival at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Waterfall Walks are a new edition to the festival this year. When the Pulham Falls are running, it's quite a spectacle to be down next to it and visitors this year can take part in an exclusive opportunity to walk along the bottom of the waterfall as the water cascades down. Dont worry you won't get wet, but you will get a different perspective on the falls and an appreciation for the Victorian engineering that still pumps the water around the garden.

There's no charge for this event but places will be limited so book now if you'd like to take part. Please note that this is not suitable for visitors with limited mobility.

Book Waterfall Walks tickets here now...

Pulham Falls at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
Pulham falls in Spring at Sheffield Park East Sussex
Pulham Falls at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex

Create an origami waterlily

We're asking visitors to get creative with us during the waterlily festival by making an origami waterlily to add to our installation on the lakes.

Photography workshops

Thursday 13 & Saturday 13 July, 9.30am-12.30pm.


 If you’d like to capture the waterlilies on camera, then perhaps one of our photography workshop mornings would be of interest? Join professional photographer, Roger Bloxham, to learn how to get the most from your digital camera using the waterlilies as your subject matter. Expect to be out on the pontoon and around the water's edge to capture those close-up images, as well as the long views across the garden capturing the entire landscape.

Participants are limited to 10 in total so you can be sure to receive some personal instruction and guidance. The morning also includes some theory and a break for tea or coffee and cake.

Book Photography Workshop tickets here now...

Learn how to use your digital camera at a Sheffield Park and Garden photography workshop
Sheffield Park photography workshop
Learn how to use your digital camera at a Sheffield Park and Garden photography workshop

Waterlilies for sale and around the property

If you feel inspired by the waterlilies here at Sheffield Park then why not take some home for your own pond. Head to the plant sales area next to the main gift shop where you will find a selection for sale. Themed items will also be available to purchase in the gift shop. Look out for last year's sell out waterlily tea towels, as well as some handprinted silk scarfs and waterlily plants to take home and add to your garden pond. Also look out for waterlily displays in the tearoom and Visitor Reception, plus new for this year, a waterlily archway to greet you as you enter the garden.

Browse the waterlily souvenirs in the shop during the festival
Waterlily festival tea towels
Browse the waterlily souvenirs in the shop during the festival

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 and Garden Waterlily Festival guide (PDF / 1.13671875MB) download

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