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Summer of Play at Wentworth Castle Gardens

With a fairy-tale castle, secret gardens and winding wilderness paths, Wentworth Castle Gardens is the perfect setting for your Summer of Play, sponsored by Starling Bank and supported by Sport England. Join us every day throughout the holidays.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Are you ready for a fun filled Summer of Play?

We'll have an array of outdoor games on the Play field: somewhere to enjoy an old favourite or have a go at something new. Discover our Natural play space in the wilderness, where you can scramble and climb and keep your balance.

New for this year, discover our musical play space and join nature's band. Up at the magical setting of Stainborough Castle, become a storyteller and weave a tale of knights and dragons. Where will your imagination take you?

For smaller members of the family, there’s the chance to become a mini gardener and get digging in our messy place space in the Union Jack Gardens. In another section of the maze-like gardens, take a break from the noise and the sun with sensory play and quiet games.

Stop by our second-hand bookshop to find stories to read at home this summer and look out for pop-up storytelling sessions in our new reading room.

We will have extra activities on selected days throughout the summer, including archery every Tuesday and the return of our popular teddy zip-line on Thursdays.

Archery Experience. Have a go for just £2. Tickets can be purchased on arrival, every Tuesday. 23, 30 July & 6, 13, 20, 27 August. Please note, spaces will be limited.

Teddy Zip-line. Bring your teddy for a thrilling ride down Stainborough Castle, every Thursday. 25 July & 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August.

Orienteering. Try our short or long courses for just £1. Buy your map on arrival, every day of the week.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Suitable for all the family

Meeting point

Collect your Summer of Play map from the Visitor Welcome building on arrival. Tickets for Archery can also be purchased here on Tuesdays.


Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.

Contact info

Business Services and Booking Enquiries

Upcoming events


Beginners’ Running group 

Meet like-minded people and build up your fitness in the beautiful surroundings of Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Event summary

24 Jul to 18 Dec 2024
10:15 to 12:00
+ 21 other dates or times

The Steelosaurus visits the Reading Room 

Join us for a fun and interactive book reading with Helen Hunt, local author and illustrator of 'The Steelosaurus'.

Event summary

24 Jul 2024
11:00 to 12:00
+ 1 other date or time

Ranger Rambles at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Join the Rangers for a monthly ramble in the extensive parkland and woodlands of Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Event summary

25 Jul to 28 Nov 2024
11:00 to 13:00
+ 4 other dates or times

Step into history walks - Parkland Monuments 

Head out into the parkland on a friendly volunteer-led walk to learn about the way in which Thomas and William Wentworth shaped their wider estate.

Event summary

26 Jul to 18 Oct 2024
11:00 to 12:45
+ 5 other dates or times