Winter activities for at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Two children setting off along a path to do a winter trail activity. Both are wearing wellies and one has a bright blue coat with white spots on

If you’re thinking of visiting Wentworth Castle Gardens in January or February, there’s plenty to see and do. 

The Rope of Hope art installation will remain in place until early March. Created by Syrian-Palestinian artist Maryam Samaam, the Rope of Hope was displayed at Wentworth Castle Gardens following the autumn visit of Little Amal, a 10-foot-tall puppet travelling from Turkey to England to represent all displaced children. The rope is 800 metres long and woven with memories of the places and people Little Amal visited on her journey. You can find it atop the hill, at the folly of Stainborough Castle.

From the second of week of January, you can take part in the Winter Bird Walk. In collaboration with our partners Barnsley Museums, follow the trail to discover beautiful seasonal birds hiding in the trees of the gardens.

If birds are your bag, Wentworth Castle Gardens is a great place to take part in RSBP’s Big Garden Birdwatch – just come along and count the birds you see for one hour between 28 and 30 January.

Our Taking Root exhibition launches in the Long Barn café from 2 February. Through images and words, we are celebrating plants and the journey some have taken to grow on our shores. In February half-term, there will also be seed planting – more information to come.

For those who want to wander and take in the natural beauty of Wentworth Castle Gardens, there will be winter planting in the Victorian Flower Garden and a walk in the parkland is a great way to stretch your legs – you can visit some of the follies left behind by the Wentworth family like the Rotunda or the Duke of Argyll monument, dramatically silhouetted against the winter sky.