Norfolk Heritage Park is an historic park just outside Sheffield City Centre. This unique park has so much history, ancient woods, a fantastic cafe, playgrounds, sculptures and really nice views over the city.
A lot of people don’t even know it is there, and those that do, don’t seem to know what it offers for families. It is an inner city park; but it feels special because you have the big, open green spaces with views over the city; to the ancient Jervis Lum woods. There are 5 grade II listed buildings in the park and “The original park boundary is listed as Grade II* on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest” (Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park).
We love going to parks; taking a toddler to the park is an easy, (relatively!) stress free day out. Especially if it has a cafe and playground. Add in some good picnic areas; especially if they’re in and outdoor, history, city views and it’s a favourite for me.
Norfolk Heritage Park is free to visit and has two playgrounds; one adventure playground and one toddler playground. There are swings, climbing frames, slides, roundabout and all the best things that kids love to play on. The playgrounds are a little bit dated but totally usable and enjoyable, and the good news is that the park have just been granted a refurbishment and will be doing up the playgrounds. There is so much potential and just needs updating, and a little extra care to make it a more attractive day out.
Norfolk Heritage Park is part of the Norfolk Heritage Trail; a trail around the city which shows some the best medieval and modern hidden gems the city has to offer. Some highlights on the trail include South Street park and amphitheatre, Cholera Monument and Clay park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield manor farm and lodge. All of these places are free to visit, making this trail a good idea for a family day out. Read more about the trail on ourfaveplaces.com here.
Norfolk Heritage Park is just outside the city centre and can easily be reached by foot from town, tram, bus or train. There are a few different entrances to the park, but I like to start by the Granville Road entrance and walk up to the playgrounds along the landscaped tree lined avenues.
One of the best things about taking a picnic to Norfolk park is that it can be enjoyed all year round as there is a great indoor and outdoor cafe and resource centre called Centre in the park. There is a reception desk where you can find maps, trails and park information, meeting rooms, halls, a nursery, toilets and cafe with nice homemade food and drinks. When the weather is not so nice, we use the tables just outside the cafe to eat our picnic. The coffee from the cafe is nice and they have soya milk, too.
There are a number of trails and sheets you can get from the reception desk including a bird trail, sculpture trail, quiz sheets and walks.
After finding some sculptures we took stroll through the ancient Jarvis Lum woods, before heading home. Norfolk Heritage Park is our local park, so we are here often and really appreciate living so close to such a great green space with good resources. And best of all, it’s all free!
Have you been to Norfolk Heritage Park? Do you visit your local park often?
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