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Christmas at Wentworth Castle Gardens

A festive family enjoy a winter visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens
A festive family enjoy a winter visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens | © National Trust/Annapurna Mellor

For Christmas 2023 we invited you to join us for a range of festive activities at Wentworth Castle Gardens: from winter walks and craft workshops to 'Meet the Deer' and theatre performances.

Christmas 2023 has now finished at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

The information below is for Christmas 2023. We hope you enjoyed what we had on offer during the festive season. Please check back closer to Christmas 2024 to see what we are planning for next year.

Discover winter days out at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Explore the beauty of winter this festive season at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Set out on a brisk walk across the parkland, listen out for seasonal birdsong in the gardens, and enjoy glimpses of wildlife in the gardens.

A couple walk in the parkland at Wentworth Castle Gardens on a sunny winter's day
Stretch your legs on a walk in the parkland at Wentworth Castle Gardens | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Getting ready for Christmas

Get into the festive spirit at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Why not stop in the Long Barn Café to warm up with a hot drink and a slice of cake?

Wreath Making workshop

Thursday 23, Friday 24 & Friday 25 November, 9.30am-1pm.

Enjoy making a seasonal wreath with the Wentworth team.

Inspired by and using natural materials from around the gardens, the team will guide you through each stage of making your own Christmas wreath, from selection to inspiration. Using greenery, such as holly and yew, from the gardens will mean that you will be able to take home a little bit of Wentworth, to enjoy over the festive season.

  • £45 per person (includes admission to the gardens and parkland)
  • Booking is essential.
  • This workshop is suitable for those aged 16+

Community Toy Swap

Sunday 26 November, 10.30am-2.30pm

Bring along pre-loved toys that your children have grown out of and swap them for new-to-you gifts that they will love! Bring a toy on the day to have free admission to the gardens.

  • No need to book, just pop along on the day.

Festive scene at Wentworth Castle Gardens
Festive scene at Wentworth Castle Gardens | © NT images/ Annapurna Mellor

Wildlife in Winter

What wonderful wildlife stories will you and your family discover this winter and Christmas time?

Enchanted Tree Trail

Throughout December and January, anytime between 10am & 4pm

Enjoy the magic of nature on this new winter trail. If you were an owl, spider or a dormouse, which tree would you choose to make your home?

  • Free, normal admission applies

Twelve Birds of Christmas

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December, 11am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm (run time approx. 35 minutes)

Join HandMade Theatre Company as they explore this magical winter story with beautiful bird puppets, live music and festive fun for all the family.

It’s Christmas term at ‘Hatchling College’ and the bird professors are keen to help everyone learn about The Twelve Birds of Christmas, in this exciting twist on the famous festive song. Join us as they explore each of the song's featured birds in this immersive, fun filled family theatre performance.

  • Standard tickets are £6, £3 for under 5s, plus normal admission fee.
  • Booking essential.

Meet the Deer at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Friday 15, Saturday 16, Friday 22, Saturday 23 December, 8.30– 10am.

Come and meet the Wentworth Castle deer, before the doors open for other visitors, and experience a magical time for all the family.

Join farmer, Terry, to learn about caring for these wonderful creatures and then help to give the deer their breakfast before heading off to Long Barn to enjoy your own seasonal breakfast.

Adults and children £15, £5 for under 5s.

Booking essential

Woolly Jumper Walk

Throughout December and January, anytime between 10am & 4pm

The parkland has a beauty all of its own in winter. Pull on your wellies, wrap up warmly and head out to explore wide open spaces, experience fantastic views, admire parkland monuments and enjoy the company of the parkland deer.

  • Free, normal admission applies
Woolly jumper trail marker at Wentworth Castle Gardens
Woolly jumper trail marker at Wentworth Castle Gardens | © NT images/Annapurna Mellor
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