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Lakes & Lilies Festival| From 15 June and throughout the summer

Sheffield Park & Garden’s picturesque lakes burst with colour during the summer. From jewel-like waterlilies to swathes of wildflowers or explosions of rhododendrons. Lakes & Lilies is a celebration of this with activities for all-ages.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Majestic Waterlilies The waterlilies take centre stage from 15 Jun. Experience a 360° view of the blooms from the floating pontoon and look out for waterlilies in different shades and colours, from buttery yellow to deep pink. Why not enjoy the gardens with Summer Evening openings complete with music from a singer and saxophonist.

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) Get a ducks-eye-view of Sheffield Park this summer as we welcome SUP on the far lake for the first time. SUP is a peaceful yet active way for all the family to enjoy the water whilst following in the footsteps of the Third Earl of Sheffield who loved nothing better than using the lakes for sport – he even held diving displays for the public to enjoy.

Waterlily Inspired Workshops Try your hand at an art workshop this summer. The series includes photography, watercolour and poetry sessions with all artistic abilities welcomed. The workshop series is aimed at adults.

Exotic Spots Family Trail Sat 20 Jul - Sun 1 Sep. Eight colourful animals are hanging out in Sheffield Park with their favourite exotic trees and plants, Can you spot them all? Trail is free, normal garden admission applies.

Kwik Cricket & Summer of Play Balmy summer days are made for exploration, laughter and family adventures. Step away from the main lakes into the Stream Garden where you will find large garden games and activities. Or head up to the Cricket Pitch for free Kwik Cricket sessions every Wednesday during the holidays.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Booking details

Call 01825790231


All welcome!

Meeting point

Enter the gardens through Visitor Reception.

What to bring and wear

Dress for the weather


Many of our paths are accessible. Please


This is a summer long event with lots going on for all-ages.

Contact info

Sheffield Park and Garden

Upcoming events


Lakes and Lilies Festival: Photography Workshops at Sheffield Park and Garden 

Capture the spectacular waterlily display at one of our photography workshops.

Event summary

28 Jun to 31 Aug 2024
08:00 to 12:30
+ 3 other dates or times

Bioblitz at Sheffield Park 29 and 30 June 2023 

Join our team of wildlife experts on the parkland for a weekend of free activities counting the flora and fauna that lives in our countryside.

Event summary

29 Jun to 30 Jun 2024
10:00 to 16:00
+ 1 other date or time

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) 

Get a ducks-eye-view of Sheffield Park this summer when you take to the water on a paddleboard! Moxie Unleashed are offering fun-filled SUP sessions for complete beginners through to experienced paddlers. For prices please visit

Event summary

29 Jun to 8 Sep 2024
10:30 to 11:30
+ 66 other dates or times

Gardener Walks & Talks: Wildflower Walk With Head Gardener 

Sheffield Park and Garden has an abundance of diverse habitats including our wildflower meadows, which become a hive of activity for insects and wildlife throughout the summer.

Event summary

4 Jul 2024
10:30 to 12:00