Wentworth Castle Gardens Reopened

2nd August 2019

Janette Robinson, Programme Development Manager, Barnsley Arts, Museums and Archives

Wentworth Castle Gardens reopened in June 2019 through the partnership work of Barnsley Museums, The National Trust and The Northern College. This special place has a significance that is nationally, even internationally, important. It is the only grade I listed park and garden in South Yorkshire and is a vital green space for the people of Barnsley; its 63 acres of gardens and 500 acres of parkland complement the cultural offer of museums and visitor attractions in the region.

To celebrate the reopening and to invite our communities to shape how Wentworth Castle Gardens will continue to develop over time, we are placing people at the centre of all we do. Opportunities to be involved include family, wellbeing, arts, sports and horticultural inspired activities, work placements and volunteering; from learning new skills and discovering hidden stories to quiet contemplation whilst immersed in nature. Our learning programme is inspiring pride and confidence in the next generations and we’re providing meaningful participation opportunities for people to discover how our heritage sites are relevant to their lives.

Through our partnerships, Wentworth Castle Gardens will become a platform for unheard voices. In a setting once reserved for the elite, we will hear their stories, change perceptions, challenge conventions and give people the time and space to rewrite their own futures. Through allowing different views and voices to be heard and reflected we will strive for social justice; everyone is welcome.

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Wentworth Castle Gardens Reopened