A stately welcome back….Wentworth Woodhouse throws open its gardens

There’s blooming great news for fans of Wentworth Woodhouse.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 2:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th June 2020, 2:29 pm

The Rotherham stately home is throwing open its gardens to welcome visitors from July 4.

The mansion and its grounds has been closed since Covid-19 lockdown began on March 23 and income has ground to a halt.

But now that government advice allows people to enjoy the outdoors together again, Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust has worked on ways of welcoming outdoor visitors back safely.

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Families and garden-lovers alike can enjoy a day in the gardens, and discover many hidden delights, from Thursday to Sunday for 11 weeks from July 4.

Admission tickets are available to book online at wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk and allow people to enter the gardens in 30-minute time-slots to avoid queues and maintain safe social distancing.

Visitors can roam freely and picnic and relax on the lawns, or follow a visitor’s route which begins with a mini trip through the Stables and takes in the Ice House and the Mulberry Garden, where a piano awaits.From there, it’s on through the gardens to the South Terrace to see the Ionic Temple, the Camellia House and the stunning vista stretching from Thorpe Hesley to Keppel’s Column.

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Children can enjoy games on the West Lawns, tumble down Roly Poly Hill and explore the Barefoot Garden.Gardeners can take in the blue and white hues of the Summer Border, the blaze of rhododendrons, a wildflower meadow, ancient trees and picturesque woodland copses.There is an arty theme too, with sculptures by renowned artists to discover and art workshops where people can take part in The Flock, a spectacular autumn art installation.A pop-up outdoor gift shop, refreshment kiosk and toilets with hand washing facilities will be open in the gardens.

“We are really excited to welcome people back to Wentworth Woodhouse,” said WWPT’s Sarah McLeod. “It is going to take longer for us to open the house again, but we are giving supporters endless reasons to head to our gardens with lots of fun, family outdoor events planned until the end of summer.”

Visitors are asked to follow signage and to maintain physical distancing.

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