Visiting Sheringham Park as a family?

Here’s what to expect when bringing your family to Sheringham Park. You’ve still got to pack the car and get the kids strapped in, but it will be well worth it when you return home full of fresh air and memories of outdoor adventures!

Burn off some energy outdoors

There’s plenty of space here for those needing to burn off some energy. With nearly 1,000 acres to explore, you can take a stroll or cycle around to enjoy the variety of habitats Sheringham Park has to offer.

'50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾'

How about becoming the explorer you were meant to be, with our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities. You can download a 50 Things guide or pick one up when you arrive.

No. 1: Get to Know a Tree

Explore the woodland, many of our trees are hundreds of years old. Listen to the bids singing in them, what do you think they are saying? Explore the ground under the tree, who makes their home here. Touch the bark, is rough, smooth, damp or dry?

No. 28: Climb a huge hill

Get a new perspective – Sheringham Park has Temple Hill, what can you see from the top? Take a picture to remember your visit.

No. 33: Go cloud watching

Find a spot to lie down and look up to the sky and see what shapes, trails and colours you can see in the clouds. Can you make up a story about any of the shapes you can see?

Family activities for outdoor adventures

There are lots of different ways to take in the sights and sounds of nature. You can collect natural materials, use a spotter's guide to identify wildlife or immerse yourself in the colours, noises and textures of the world around you.

Explore the Bower garden

Abbott and Charlotte Upcher were the first owners of the Sheringham Park estate and they fell in love with the place. As their daughter Emma later said of her parents, ‘they found a spot they thought a paradise, and there began to build their ‘bower’.’ 

Some 200 years later, the Bower garden has been created as a fantastic place for adults and children to explore, discover and have fun.

Use all your senses as you explore the Bower
The Bower sensory garden
Use all your senses as you explore the Bower

Sensory garden

The sensory garden is full of plants to awaken your senses – take in the smell of the lavender and rosemary, feel the texture of the different leaves, look at the spiky structure of the sea holly and listen to the leaves rustling in the breeze. 

The Pond

Peer into the depths of the pond and see what lurks beneath the surface of the water. You might be lucky enough to spot newts hiding, and on a summers day you’ll probably see dragonflies patrolling for prey and laying their eggs on the surface of the water.

The wildflower meadow

Our wildflower meadow is full of different flowers species and throughout the summer months it hums with insect life.

Eating with us?

Our friendly Courtyard Café serves soup, sandwiches and a delicious range of cakes and drinks to take away - including kids hot chocolates, which are always popular after a long walk! Please check the opening hours before your visit. 

Good to know

• You’ll find unisex baby-changing facilities in the toilet barn, opposite the visitor centre.

• If you fancy a picnic, you'll find picnic benches close to the visitor centre, but you’re also welcome to picnic on a blanket in the grounds throughout the estate.

• There are plenty of buggy-friendly paths around the estate, the Repton trail has a sealed surface for 1 1/2 miles taking in views on the North Norfolk coat. Return the same way.

• The Bower is a dog-free place for families to explore, relax and have fun. If you bring your four legged family friend with you, you can secure it to a post outside while you go in to see the wild flower meadow, sensory garden and to see what’s in the wildlife pond.

• We advise that appropriate footwear is worn for a countryside walk.

• Lockers are available close to the visitor centre.

National Trust Membership for families

If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not enjoy the benefits of family membership? We've also introduced a £10 junior membership to inspire the next generation of nature and heritage lovers. You’ll be able to explore over 500 special places like Sheringham Park for free and if you join as part of your visit to Sheringham Park, you’ll have helped support the conservation of this incredible place.