Waterlily Festival at Sheffield Park and Garden
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 or Lino Printing workshops are for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 11 & Thursday 20 June, 9am
Get creative designing your own waterlily printing block with local artist Catherine Greenwood, inspired by the blooms in the garden. Spend time in the garden studying and sketching the waterlilies before returning to design, create and use your own waterlily printing block. Once you've designed your print block, you'll be able to print your design on a fabric bag to take home with you.
The workshops include all materials, plus tea or coffee and cake mid-morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.