Summer activities at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Visitors on Lady Lucy's Walk at Wentworth Castle Gardens

The summer is a beautiful time to visit Wentworth Castle Gardens and there’s plenty to see and do.

From Monday 25 July- Tuesday 30 August we will be taking part in the ‘Come and play’ summerThere will be activities to keep the whole family entertained, from archery and tennis to garden games and sack races. Get creative and invent your own games or obstacle course, or discover the hidden table tennis in the Union Jack garden. Find the fun throughout the gardens and on our dedicated play field. For more details, ask the Visitor Welcome team when you arrive on site.

From 25 July, our new Orienteering courses will also be live! Orienteering is a fun way to explore the gardens, using a map to navigate from marker point to marker point. We have worked with South Yorkshire Orienteers to develop two permanent courses in the gardens – a short and a long. Both courses are suitable for beginners, though we would recommend doing the shorter course first.  The courses can be raced as a sport or enjoyed together at a more leisurely pace. Maps can be picked up from the Visitor Reception Building for £1 each. Please remember to supervise your children as feeling lost can be worrying for both children and carers.

We have a number of volunteer-led walks taking place over the summer, exploring the fascinating history of the gardens and parkland. For more details, see our What’s on page.

Look out for our two exhibitions on site. In the Conservatory Building you can see a fabulous costume which was made for our 'Encounters' project. Earlier in the year Gobbledegook Theatre worked with us and our partners at Barnsley Museums to tell stories from the extraordinary life of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. The costume, inspired by Mary’s life, is not to be missed!

In the Long Barn, you can see the 'Taking Root' exhibition while you’re having a drink and something to eat. The exhibition features work by our Community Partner ‘Feels Like Home.’ Members of the group worked with artists and poets at the gardens to explore their personal journeys through the national flowers of their countries of origins.