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 all be well worth it when you all 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 pick up a ‘50 things’ guide from the visitor centre.
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.
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.
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
Look and listen out for pollinating insects in the wildflower meadow
Our wildflower meadow is full of different flowers species and throughout the summer months it hums with insect life.
Den building area
Test out your architecture and construction skills in our den building area – No. 4 of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’!
Mini beast zone
Tucked away behind the learning centre you’ll find an area teeming with marvellous minibeasts. Carefully turn over the logs and see what’s hiding underneath – remember to always put things back gently where you found them! Use the identification boards to learn more about the creepy crawlies you uncover – and if you’ve picked up a Tracker Pack from the visitor centre, you’ll be able to observe them in detail through a magnifier bug pot!
Eating with us?
You will always find a friendly welcome at the Courtyard Café. We offer children’s lunch boxes, which consist of a sandwich, Pom Bears, a carton of juice and a choice of either a yoghurt, a piece of fruit or raisins.
If it’s sunny weather, why not bring a picnic to enjoy on one of the many picnic benches near to the visitor centre and throughout the Bower? Lunch with a view… what could be better?
Good to know
• You’ll find unisex baby-changing facilities in the toilet barn, opposite the visitor centre.
• Bottles and baby food can be warmed up in the courtyard café.
• High chairs are available in the courtyard café.
• 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, just pick up a map from visitor reception so you know where to go.
• Children’s tracker packs are available from the visitor centre – why not borrow one for a few hours to add to the adventure?
• 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.
• Look out on our events page for a diverse range of family activities over the school holidays.
If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not enjoy the benefits of family membership? 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.
Here’s a summer holiday planner with some of the National Trust events in this area (PDF / 1.6MB) download – visit our events page for a full listing of everything happening at Sheringham Park