We had our first day out at Wentworth Garden Centre last year and what a little hidden gem it is! We have been a few times since and always had a good time there.
Wentworth Garden Centre is just on the outskirts of Rotherham and is an 18th century retail setting with plants, gardening, furniture, farmyard, playgrounds. There is a good variety of things for families to see and do suitable for all ages. This time, I took my mum for her first visit. It was a sunny day and Eric loves animals and outside play, so I remembered this little place and knew it would be a nice day out for us all, plus, it isn’t expensive. The farm and historic gardens cost, but both of them come to less than £5. We take a packed lunch and enjoy it either in the gardens or on the playgrounds.
The historic walled garden is absolutely beautiful. The family farm is worth the money and you can easily spend a few hours there, there is animal feed to buy and the farm is a great little place for kids to enjoy. For the price of the farm entry, at £2.50 for adults & children (free under 2’s) there is a good selection of animals with llamas, farm animals, fox and birds. A large sand pit filled with toys is always popular and busy there, and the kids love the tractors!
My son especially loves the many different things to do; the animals, the sand pit, big tractors to ride, funy mirrors and the covered play area with tunnels and climbing frames is his favourite parts. He likes to go back and forward between them all and this keeps him entertained for ages. The Thomas is a big hit too!
As well as the farm, there is an adventure playground in the farm. This has good equipment for toddlers with swings, rockers, rope climbing frames, etc., There is also another playground outside of the farm free for all to use. This has good slides and climbing frames.
The pet and aquatic centre includes lots of attractive fish; Eric always enjoys going in and watching them, as well as the birds, rabbits and hamsters.
The historic gardens are entirely self funded and an expansion of the old kitchen gardens. There is a deer park, beautiful flowers and plants, statues, maze, rock gardens, woodland walk, rock garden, hidden corners to explore and wildlife to spot. There is an entry fee of £1.50 for the gardens but it is very enjoyable and a stroll around taking it all in really adds an extra something to the day. There’s benches and you could enjoy a picnic, spend as long as you like in there. We usually do the animals first, have lunch, then finish up with the walled garden as it just seems to work better that way.
The Wentworth Walled garden kitchen and restaurant is lovely, they serve delicious afternoon teas, good coffees and a big selection of drinks. There’s outside seating on a patio which overlooks the playground area, so it is perfect for all the family, depending on what everyone wishes to do on the day. If you have the time, a stroll down into the village of Wentworth is really worth it. It is only a few minutes away from the garden centre and is soooo pretty! Full of cottages, nice old pubs, beautiful gardens and an old post office; it’s very picturesque and doesn’t take long to walk down the Main Street.
We spent only a few hours at Wentworth Garden Centre; as we had been in Elsecar in the morning which is just 10 minutes away by bus or a short drive. Both of these places can be a whole day, or as long as you like, really… you could spend hours in the walled gardens, playgrounds and make a whole day at Wentworth garden centre; same with Elsecar, too, but it’s nice to have two good day out options within such a short distance of each other. Read and watch this post to see what we did at Elsecar.
Do you pay any regular visitors to garden centres? I would love to know your favourite ones, they’re such lovely places to go especially in spring.
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