Nine Worlds Nostell Competition

Servants' bells at Nostell

We're calling on children, young people and adults to come up with wonderful works representing one of the Nine Worlds of Nostell, for local communities and visitors from all over the globe to enjoy for years to come.

Please note the competition closing date has been extended to 12noon on 31 October 2021.

It could be a photograph of one of the meadows on a sunny day, a poem about enjoying tea and cake in the courtyard, or perhaps a drawing of one of the house treasures or a particular plant or animal somewhere in the grounds.

Bring what you treasure to life

Nostell’s team would love people to submit either a drawing, painting, poem or photo that best representsthe things they treasure within one of Nostell’s Nine Worlds:

  • Treasure House
  • Courtyard (including tearoom, book shop, shop and stables)
  • Rose Garden (including the fountain and orangery)
  • Kitchen Garden and Orchard
  • Menagerie Garden (including the Gothic Archway and Menagerie House)
  • Pleasure Grounds and Lawns
  • Woodlands and Trails (including the woodland play area and cycling trails)
  • Lakes and Waterways (including the Boathouse, Druid’s and Swiss Bridges)
  • Meadows and Vistas (Including the Obelisk Lodge)
The Menagerie Garden is an enchanting space to visit every season
Red acer in the Menagerie Garden at Nostell near Wakefield.
The Menagerie Garden is an enchanting space to visit every season

Shortlisted pieces for each world – from lakes and wildlife to rooms and gardens - will appear in a special exhibition in the courtyard, with winning works set to feature on new posters for all to see and love for years to come.

Nostell’s General Manager Jonathan Brewer says: “Our team here are so lucky to see all of the different things Nostell has to offer each season and even those of us who have been here for some time still discover something new at every turn.

"We love the fact that many locals over the years have found their very own spaces to treasure within the house, gardens and parkland, and we’d be delighted if people get creative to share those experiences with us and our visitors."

How to enter

Staff and community members will help shortlist entries for one of three age categories, which are

  • 11 years and under
  • 12 to 17 years
  • 18 years and over
Intricate details in the Nostell dolls' house kitchen are sparks for imagination and inspiration.
A close up of the kitchen in the Nostell dolls' house.
Intricate details in the Nostell dolls' house kitchen are sparks for imagination and inspiration.

Email a copy of your entry to nostell@nationaltrust.org.uk using the title Nine Worlds Nostell Competition in the subject bar. Don't forget to tell us which category and age group your masterpiece is for. You can enter more than one category but please send your submissions separately.

Alternatively you can post or deliver your piece (we regret original works may not be returned) for the attention of the Marcomms Office, Stables Courtyard, National Trust Nostell, Doncaster Road, nr Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 1QE.

Please note the competition closing date has been extended to 12noon on 31 October 2021.

Good luck!

Nine Worlds Nostell Competition: Full Terms and Conditions

1.       This competition is promoted by the National Trust (Registered Charity Number 205846) and is open to all residents of the UK, except for employees of the National Trust, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.

2.       All information made available to participants as part of the process of entering the competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all terms and conditions are adhered to. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

3.       Winning entries will be chosen from a shortlist as determined by a panel and then subject to a public vote advertised by National Trust Nostell and associated organisations. Entries for each age group will be shortlisted using the following criteria; connection to place, visual and/or emotional impact, creativity.

4.       The start date for the competition is 01 July 2021.

5        Entries should be submitted by email, post, or accepted on-site delivery acknowledged in signature by a member of National Trust staff. All entries must be received by the closing date, which is 09 September 2021. Late, incomplete or corrupt entries will not be accepted.

6.       Shortlisted entrants will be notified by email between 31 October 2021 and 30 November 2021. If contacted by e-mail then winners must reply to acknowledge receipt by 10 December at the latest. Prizes will be awarded by February 2022 at the latest.

If a shortlisted entrant or winner cannot be contacted or does not reply in time, the judges may select another shortlisted entrant or winner from the eligible entries which were received before the closing date.

8.       The overall winners of the competition will win creative exposure on National Trust Nostell’s marketing channels.  The prizes as described are available on the date of publication. All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. There are nine prizes in each of three categories, totalling 27 prizes in total, available as part of this competition.

9.       The winners may be required to take part in publicity and their name and county may be published on the National Trust website, in the National Trust Magazine and other National Trust publications.

10.     Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the National Trust and accordingly the National Trust may vary or amend the promotion. The National Trust will do everything it reasonably can to ensure that participants receive prizes of at least equal value.

11.     English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.

12.     All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere (excluding social media).

13.     It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the consent of anyone who is identifiable in that image or the consent of their parent/guardian if they are under 16 and that they have been advised of the purpose of the submission and that their photograph may be published by the National Trust. 

14.     Entrants must ensure that the photographs they are submitting are their own work, that they own the copyright for them and that they do not infringe the copyright or other rights of any third party or any laws.

15.     Entrants will retain copyright and moral rights in their submitted images however, by entering, all entrants:

(a)      grant the National Trust non-exclusive rights to use the images to promote the competition the images were submitted to or for similar future competitions within a five-year period of the winners of the competition being announced;

(b)      agree that the use referred to at Clause 15(a) above may include publishing, displaying or otherwise reproducing the images (whether on the internet, in the National Trust Magazine, in exhibitions or otherwise) provided such use is for the purposes of promoting the competition or similar future competitions only; and

(c)      agree that the National Trust may contact them using the contact details they provide to discuss potential use of the images beyond promotion of the competition. Such discussion and negotiation will be independent from the competition and will not affect entrants’ chances of winning].

16.     The National Trust will ensure the photographer/creator will always be credited whenever his or her image is used and published by the National Trust.