Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Last summer, I kept reading about Sheffield Park Garden on social media – people going for picnics in the sunshine, a perfect day out with the kids and I had no idea where this magical place was. I’d never seen it signposted but it was high on my to-do list for when Emma was running around. So last Friday we decided to return to Uckfield (who knew there is so much to do there!) and have a wonder around the National Trust park I’d heard so much about.

Getting to Sheffield Park Garden was a little easier than our previous trip to Ashdown Forest, where I mis-navigated 5 times and at one point ended up in the completely the wrong direction in Seaford. This time I decided that I do need to rely on a sat nav (don’t be a hero when it comes to directions) and it was an easy trip along the A27 and through Lewes. The sun was shining and in 25 minutes we arrived, ready for some action; Emma was super excited to be out and about.

It was a quiet day and not many people around, but the people on reception were so friendly and showed us where everything is, including the tearoom – very important for mama to get her tea and cake afterwards. So we headed to the garden and had a little walk around, with Emma spotting birds and dogs everywhere she went. There were quite a few others walking about and they stopped to say hello to her too, which I thought was so nice – usually we get a little nod and that’s it!

The garden follows a round shape, centering around the huge lake with lots of ducks waiting for their next feed. So we followed the gravel path and Emma was excited to see little puddles everywhere, with mama nervously watching on as I had yet again forgotten her wellies. It sounds ridiculous but sometimes she is so eager to get going and head to the car that I forget the most crucial of things we need to bring. But it didn’t make much difference, she was in her element walking round and looking at the daffodils that have just started to bloom and all the tall trees.

After rambling for a bit, we turned a corner and arrived at the lake with the ducks, and the most gorgeous view. Ahead of us, we could see the Sheffield Park House with the reflections of the trees in the water. It looked so serene and calm, though this calmness was quickly broken by the eager ducks climbing out of the water to greet us and see what food we have brought. I went into a mild panic, ‘what do ducks do when they realise you have no food?’ I tried to act all nonchalant and not scare Emma, but decided it was best to get her back in the buggy! Soon enough a group of boys threw in their bits of bread and I was off the hook, so we kept walking until we reached the tearoom.

I decided it was time for a bit of lunch, so we had a little lunch break in the tearoom. I was stunned by how beautiful the tearoom was – stained glass windows and ornate wooden carvings inside. As we sat down with our lunches, Emma ate her food and then was happy organising the crayons into pots while I finished off my coffee. We also shared a massive shortbread, which is becoming our ‘days out’ treat/bribe – it seems to have occured on every day out so far.

We had a wonderful day out at Sheffield Park Garden and thought it is the perfect place to come with the family in the summer. There is loads of green space to sit for a picnic and having quacking ducks nearby is a surefire hit for entertaining toddlers. I’m sure we’ll be back soon enough!

Sheffield Park Garden is located in Uckfield, off the A26. Admission is £11.50 for adults and children under 5 are free of charge.


  1. March 21, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Quack! Add it to the list of places to go. Remember ducks don’t like bread (ok they like it but it’s not good for them!) a handful of seed is so much better for ducks and environment. Thanks for the lovely story. #dreamteam

  2. March 21, 2017 / 8:57 am

    What a lovely day out, and ducks are always a big hit! #DreamTeam

  3. March 21, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Ahh what a gorgeous park to wander round! I LOVE that photo of Emma at the end, she is just stunning, and those eyes?! #dreamteam
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  4. March 21, 2017 / 10:11 am

    This place looks gorgeous! We are National Trust members so this is definitely on our list of places to visit! #DreamTeam

  5. March 21, 2017 / 10:20 am

    It looks so nice there. I am wanting to visit a few national trust places and english heritage sites in the summer, and really make a day of it with a lovely picnic while the girls run around. 🙂 x

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  6. March 21, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Wow this place looks beautiful! I love discovering new places to go for walks and showing Josh the ducks!! xx #dreamteam
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  7. March 21, 2017 / 11:04 am

    What a lovely day out and lovely post to remember all the things you saw. We are trying to find days out on our doorstep to appreciate our local area #dreamteam

  8. March 21, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    How stunning. It will be perfect for summer picnics when it warms up.

  9. March 21, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    I love that last pic of Emma in her coat! It looks like a lovely day out – I can’t wait to visit more places like this one once the weather gets a bit better. #DreamTeam

  10. March 21, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I instantly got excited when I read the title as I live in Sheffield but unfortunately this is a different Sheffield If only we had something like this, it looks fantastic and a great day out #DreamTeam

  11. March 21, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    This places looks so lovely! Now that Amelia is on the move i really want to get out and about and let her run free! 🙂 #Dreamteam

  12. March 21, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    We are National Trust members so we are definitely going to add this to our ‘must try’ list!!

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  13. March 21, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    What gorgeous photos! My 16mo is completely obsessed with ducks, he’d love this! #DreamTeam

  14. March 21, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Bridget! That is beautiful!! I super love going to parks. I used to do it much more than I do now. My boyfriend is not much of an outdoorsy type guy. I need to just start going myself with my daughter. NJ has some beautiful parks that I am missing. Thanks so much for sharing such a perfect afternoon.



  15. March 21, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Sounds like a great day out, so lonely when the little ones can wander around in a safe environment.. apart from the hungry ducks! #dreamteam
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  16. March 21, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    This sounds/looks like such a beautiful place! And it definitely doesn’t sound silly to forget stuff, it’s not a normal day for us if I dont forget something crucial (like the candles for Amelia’s cake at her party on Sunday! *hangs head in shame*) #dreamteam
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  17. March 21, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Ah I love National Trust places. My parents have membership so we often go to these sorts of places with them – so much room for the little ones to run around, and so nicely kept too. And I’m glad to hear that you escaped from the ducks! Haha #dreamteam
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  18. March 21, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    What a beautiful place! We have some fabulous National Trust parks near us that I really need to explore. Also love Emma’s coat, she looks so cute in it #DreamTeam
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  19. March 21, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    I love these blogs on your days out. This looks like another lively place. How great you’re making all of these wonderful memories. #DreamTeam
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  20. March 21, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    What a gorgeous day out. We recently took our a family membership for the national trust and are really enjoying getting out and about to visit places that we wouldnt usually go to. I’m adding this one to our list, it looks magical. I bet its gorgeous in the summer! Lovely pics 🙂 Emily #DreamTeam

  21. March 21, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Ah we love a National Trust! Gutted that we don’t have membership at the moment!! I’m glad you enjoyed it too – isn’t the tearoom always one of the most important parts, ha?! Thanks so much for letting me co-host #DreamTeam this week, I really appreciate the opportunity! xxx
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  22. March 22, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Looks gorgeous! And in a short time it will be spring and a perfect picnic spot. #dreamteam

  23. March 22, 2017 / 7:56 am

    This sounds like a perfect day out. The photo of the house and Lake is beautiful. Shortbread is a great treat! #dreamteam
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  24. March 22, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    It looks lovely. The number of times I’ve ventured out amidst chaos and forgotten something important is unbelievable! I wish all these lovely places you visit were closer to me 😉
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  25. March 22, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    What a lovely day out! I love visiting National Trust places, I used to be a member and was thinking of joining up again now the children are a little more interested. A tip for you that I have found incredibly useful…buy a second pair of cheap wellies and keep them in the boot of your car! I have been so thankful having ours to hand on unexpectedly muddy adventures! #DreamTeam
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  26. March 22, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    Beautiful, aren’t we lucky to live in such a gorgeous country! Those look like Rhodedendron bushes too so I bet that will look amazing in June/July time! Love the Eskimo coat too #DreamTeam

  27. March 22, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I’d never heard of this place before but it defo sounds like somewhere to take the little one when she’s older! #dreamteam
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  28. March 23, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    It looks stunning there and so peaceful too. I love getting out and about and isn’t it great finding somewhere new. Gorgeous pics of Emma! #DreamTeam xx
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  29. March 23, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    This place looks beautiful. Its always nice having somewhere to go with the family. Great post #DreamTeam
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  30. Nige
    March 23, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    This looks a fab place to visit the photos are fantastic thanks for hosting #dreamteam

  31. March 24, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Wow this looks absolutely beautiful and perfect for a day out. If only I was a little closer!

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