family day out & picnic Sheffield
These picnic spots, family walks and fun days out are particularly great on a sunny day. I can guarantee they’ll make everyone smile! Take a picnic and enjoy 🙂
20 amazing places to enjoy a sunny family day out & picnic
Chatsworth House Gardens/Adventure Playground & Farm
Chatsworth House has some of the best picnic spots. Firstly, you’ll love exploring the gardens and so will the kids. There’s so much to see like a maze, a tunnel, a raining tree, hidden corners, beautiful landscaped areas and sculptures. It’s simply fantastic.
You could picnic out on the front and around Chatsworth Estate for stunning views and tons of space. Grazing sheep, countryside landscape and fresh air is enough to make everyone happy. I recommend a spot near down near the water next to the house.
The farmyard and adventure playgrounds, up at the top through the car park, are really fun and one of our favourite days out. There’s huge adventure playgrounds with sand and water play, nature play, cafe and kiosks, animal handling sessions and ride-ons. Highly recommend.
Norfolk Heritage Park
It’s free and has great adventure playgrounds, a cafe, woodlands and loads of space for a picnic. There’s sports courts and areas in the playground to suit all ages, including big slides, basket swings, rocks to climb and a little road track.
Forge Dam/Endcliffe Park
One of the best family walks in Sheffield has to be Forge Dam to Endcliffe Park. From either starting point (it’s not a circular walk) this woodland walk is simply stunning, with so much to do. You can easily make it a full day with enjoying both parks at each end; forge dam with a cafe, playground and ducks…. and Endcliffe Park with a cafe, playground, woods, funfair and open fields.
This free family park has loads going on, including a little water park which is great for under 5’s. There is a lovely boating lake, a nice cafe and good playground. A skate park, outside gym and woodlands with spaces to paddle really make Millhouses Park one of the best parks in Sheffield.
Clifton Park & Museum
Clifton Park is a biggg park in Rotherham and one I definitely think you’ll enjoy. Everyone loves it, and there’s something for all the family. Have fun in the big outdoor water splash area, or in the fun fair packed full with rides. The playgrounds are great and very big with different areas suitable for a wide range of ages, including sandpits and big slides.
There’s mini golf, too. Plus a land train, interactive museum, and rock garden that’s good for climbing. Free!
A walk around Damflask Reservoir
Start off at Low Bradfield where you can feed the ducks at Smithy Bridge. It’s absolutely beautiful here and a really nice paddling spot, too. If you’d like a picnic, then head to the bowling green just across from the ducks. A big, open green space perfect for picnicing. If you’ve forgotten anything, the post office has a cafe and well stocked little shop, and there’s always an ice cream van.
Finish it off with a good walk around Damflask Reservoir. A few miles with scenic views, flat paths and good accessibility means it suits everyone. No bikes are allowed. If the water is out, you’ll be able to find a spot through the trees to head down the water for a paddle. We call this a beach. 🙂
Wentworth Garden Centre & family farm
This one is fantastic for a sunny day with all the family, especially for under 5’s and grandparents. Kids will really enjoy the family farm and play areas, including a newly built sand and water play area. Visit the historical gardens to see the deer, find the hidden tunnel and see magical dells. There’s a tea room and restaurant, pet & aquatic centre and 2nd playground to have fun in, too.
FREE and a very popular choice for many. Graves Park has a good, free entry farm that everyone enjoys with lots of animals, plus a big tractor and a little go-kart track.
The playground is big and has sandpits, zip wire, play frames, swings, trampolines and everything you’d expect. There is a cafe serving hot and cold food if you forgot to pack anything for your picnic. And being the biggest park in Sheffield there’s LOTS of space to choose where to have your picnic… from big open fields, somewhere secluded in the woodlands, or near the playground.
I was really impressed the first time we went to to Renishaw. The gardens are so lovely, big and there’s LOTS to see. You’ll easily spend half the day exploring the gardens and discovering things. There is a childrens trail, story chair in the woods and a slide.
Under 16’s go free. There’s a tea room/cafe if you need anything.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The most popular place to go to see animals in Yorkshire. This is a real family favourite. Yorkshire Wildlife Park feels different to a typical zoo, with a more open feel and a passion for conservation and rescue.
There’s fantastic play areas at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We particularly loved the big adventure playgrounds with LOTS to play on, the second adventure playground next to the Camels, and the indoor play, which overlooks monkeys, and is more of a wooden playground inside.
You’ll love walking around Yorkshire Wildlife Park and there’s usually extras events and activities going on most weekends. Plus plenty of places to eat your own food, buy it there or treat yourself to a meal out in the village. Read our review here.
10 more fantastic places to spend a day out for all the family:
- Roundhay Park in Leeds is a big park with loads to do including Tropical World an indoor little zoo and aquarium, playgrounds, land train, gardens, lake and cafe. It is a very big park and you can easily spend a full day there. It’s free (there is a charge for tropical world)
- Bolsover Castle, built in the 17th century, in the town of Bolsover near Chesterfield, makes a lovely picnic spot at a castle. It’s an English Heritage day out so you can expect good facilities. There’s playgrounds, wall walk, fountain gardens, a tea room and hands on exhibits.
- Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, 5 miles from Doncaster has the most stunning gardens to explore. A really lovely place for a picturesque picnic spot. Explore the pleasure gardens, go inside the house to see how the victorians lived, and kids will have in the newly resorted play area.
- Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley has a lot to do for a bust day out. A big indoor soft play, loads of outdoor play and playgrounds, big farm with plenty of animals to see, and a busy calendar of events means there’s probably something on if you go on a weekend (check before you set off!). Why not have a picnic at the neighbouring Cannon Hall Park & Gardens (free) with lovely views, fairy garden, free museum and stunning little areas around the grounds to explore.
- Sheffield Botanical Gardens is FREE and a very, very lovely place. One of our favourite spots for a picnic and a stroll. There’s so many different gardens to see with an array of plants and flowers to look at, paths to follow in different directions, and hidden interesting things for kids like dinosaur footprint, fish in the rock garden, sculptures, fossil tree and a bear pit. I can’t recommend it enough. There is a cafe but you must have a picnic to enjoy the gardens to their full potential.
- Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. Beautiful historical park with cafe, conservatory, lovely playgrounds, 23 acres to explore, land train and pretty picnic spots. Feed the ducks, enjoy family time and enjoy the views.
- Wentworth Castle Gardens. Opened again in 2019 and now a National Trust day out. Go inside the castle and explore the ruins, have fun in the good playground (with a dragon!) and pretend to be a knight, a prince or princess! There’s a lot to see and do here and it’s a good day out for all ages. Explore the gardens and find the perfect picnic spot either in the woods, in the castle, under the trees or in a big open spot with picturesque views.
- Queens Park, Chesterfield. Queen’s Park was opened in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Now restored with a miniature train, play areas with sandpits, lake, cafe and bandstand. It’s a popular park for all the family.
- Padley Gorge, near Longshaw Estate. Everyone must paddle at Padley Gorge! Close to surprise view car park and longshaw estate, Padley Gorge is a lovely spot to paddle in the Peak District and not far from Sheffield at all. It’s very popular and for a good reason. It’s simply beautiful there and kids will LOVE paddling and climbing in the stream.
- Hillsborough Park and Walled Garden. A local family park with a beautiful hidden walled garden – that everyone MUST visit. Have a picnic inside the walled garden, or out in the park on the grass under one of the big trees. There’s loads of open space for running around, picnic and sports. Ducks to feed, a playground and always an ice cream van.