A month of celebration planned at Wentworth Castle Gardens

5th June 2024

June 8 marks the fifth anniversary of the reopening of South Yorkshire’s Grade I listed landscape, Wentworth Castle Gardens. The National Trust work in partnership with Barnsley Council and Northern College to both care for the estate and make it a destination that welcomes the local community and visitors to the area. 

Torri Crapper, General Manager for the National Trust at Wentworth Castle Gardens said “It’s an enormously special place filled with nearly 300 remarkable staff and volunteers who are all passionate about their work and making the estate welcoming to all. I am proud to work alongside partners and community groups who have collaborated with us to continue the ongoing conservation of this unique landscape.”  

The unique quality of the gardens mean they reflect and reveal not just one style of gardening but layers of design from the three centuries of its existence. They are home to three national collections: species Magnolias, species Rhododendron and Camellia Williamsii as well as twenty-six listed buildings and monuments.  

Visitor numbers, volunteers and events are growing year on year and June 2024 is no exception with a month packed full of ways to connect with Wentworth Castle Gardens. Throughout June, opening hours will be extended on Thursdays until 6.30pm – perfect for an after-school picnic or time to relax exploring the gardens leaving the day’s work behind. A regular programme of led walks offers a memorable way to discover more about the five hundred acres of parkland or significant history of the estate. Choose from ranger rambles, themed history walks, gardener-led walks or join the running group every Wednesday. The gardens have a history of young owners and their friends playing in the garden and this tradition continues with ‘Summer of Play’ during the school holidays. 

Torri went on to say “Weekends are understandably a popular time but for local visitors and those with option to visit during the week, I would encourage them to visit for an altogether different experience. The size and orientation of the garden means at times it’s just you, the wildlife, and the view.” 

The month of June is packed with exciting events at Wentworth Castle Gardens, including Big Help Out volunteering events, history walks, house tours and the ever-popular Teddy Zip-Line! 

For more information visit  Events at Wentworth Castle Gardens ( 

A month of celebration planned at Wentworth Castle Gardens