Sheffield Park Den Building

Sheffield Park Den Building

We’re very lucky where we live in the fact that we’re surrounded by beautiful countryside and we have National Trust properties right on our doorstep. During the half term, we visited one of these and headed off for some Sheffield Park Den Building.

Sheffield Park is known for its wonderful gardens and ponds filled with waterlilies but on the other side of the park is a great area for children to explore and build dens.

Sometimes we need a little push to get the girls to visit with us and it’s often a case of if you walk around the ponds with us then afterwards we’ll spend time in the adventure area. This usually works.

Sheffield Park Den Building

This part of the property doesn’t have too many restrictions in place. They have a trail to follow which is beautifully edged with foxgloves. You’ll find an opening for picnics and relax, a large rope swing and lots of areas where you can build dens.

If you’re comfortable standing you own then there’s no shortage of places to start one or like we did carry on developing a half started one. During certain times of the year, they have den building workshops if you so desire. We were happy just to gather up some sticks and logs and add to one that had been left alone.

Mia was right into it, trying to find the biggest branches possible to build some super den. I give her credit for trying and ended up with a leaf roof and everything.

During last term at school Aly went on a Bushcraft week with her class where they learn different skills and had to build their own shelter to sleep in for one night. This seems to have made her want to try it out some more and she was carefully planning her den. She did complain at one point that she required a knife to carve some of the wood, but we skipped over that part.

After a spot of building and before heading home we had a go on the rope swing that they have constructed there. It hangs off an old oak tree standing 50ft or more tall. In the past when we’ve visited the queue to get on the rope swing was quite long but this time just a few people stood in front.

Before I need to hold the girls while they flew through the air but these days it’s more a call of ‘higher dad, push me faster’. Secretly I wanted a go too but no one seemed keen on that.

Shefield Park Rope Swing

The only way to end a day that involves den building is with a tub of ice cream and a cold drink. 

12 Comments
  • Clare M

    June 9, 2018 at 7:34 am Reply

    It looks like just the sort of place my girls would love as well – perfect out door fun. #countrykids

  • Karen

    June 9, 2018 at 7:39 am Reply

    Such gorgeous photos of your lovely day out #countrykids

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos

    June 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Aw a lovely looking day and well done on getting the girls out. It is always so worth it when you do, though I know only too well how hard it can be to motivate them off the wi fi sometimes! Sheffield Park sounds great with plenty of space and creativity with those dens. You remind me that I need to add some more big sticks to our den building area, I’m not sure quite what happens to them but they do seem to “walk” to new areas of the farm.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  • Keitha

    June 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm Reply

    This looks like a great place to explore. My son would have a blast building a new den. Bushcraft week sounds like a great adventure, too. I think you should have jumped on that swing, even if your kiddos rolled their eyes at you. 🙂 Ice cream sounds like the perfect way to end the day. #countrykids

  • Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    June 9, 2018 at 4:43 pm Reply

    Whenever I see your photos from Sheffield Park I always wished we lived closer. It looks like somewhere we would love. Can’t beat a bit of den building #CountryKids

  • Anne

    June 9, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply

    This reminds me so much of my childhood when I would go with my cousins to the woods to build dens and make rope swings.
    The girls look like they enjoyed it. What a lovely place to go.
    #countrykids

  • Anne

    June 9, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply

    This reminds me so much of my childhood when I would go with my cousins to the woods to build dens and make rope swings.
    The girls look like they enjoyed it. What a lovely place to go.
    #countrykids

  • Kim Carberry

    June 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm Reply

    The den building sounds and looks a lot of fun!
    I love the look of that rope swing! Such fun! #CountryKids

  • JO

    June 12, 2018 at 9:01 pm Reply

    My girls love den building and rope swings. They could play here for hours! #CountryKids

  • Karen (Stopping At Two)

    June 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Looks like a great place. I would want to be on that swing too (in fact I would have been on it and demanding to be pushed!). #countrykids

  • Joy - Pinkoddy

    June 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm Reply

    How brilliant that there is areas to build dens – and that there is a course on it. I think it is great that more and more schools are incorporating these forest school type of activities into them.

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    June 13, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Den building sounds like it was a lot of fun. I love how Mia and Aly approached it in different ways. The rope swing looks like fun too and always good to finish off with ice-cream 🙂 #countrykids

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