Discover the Secret Garden at Wentworth Woodhouse

8th July 2019

Open-air theatre nights are now a popular summer event at Wentworth Woodhouse.

This year’s chosen drama is The Secret Garden, and with good reason…

Much of the rambling acres of gardens behind the stunning Grade I listed mansion in Rotherham are still unknown to anyone other than the gardening teams who tend them.

But that is changing fast… This is the year of the garden at Wentworth Woodhouse, says Preservation Trust CEO Sarah McLeod.

“More outdoor events than ever are being staged, fundraising is about to start for the restoration of the derelict Camellia House, which houses some of the rarest camellias in the UK, and our head gardener Scott Jamieson is now leading visitors on special tours of his domain.”

Scott has tended the gardens for 15 years and will be pointing out the unique collection of plants, shrubs and trees carefully collated by his predecessors over the centuries.

His next tours run on Wednesday July 24, Thursday September 12 and Friday October 18. Tickets are £25.

Meanwhile, theatre-lovers can head to the hidden West Front gardens for a performance of author Frances Hodgson Burnet’s 1911 classic novel on Tuesday, July 16.

An enchanting tale of secrecy and curiosity, it follows the story of Mary Lennox, who is orphaned and sent from India to her uncle’s house in the Yorkshire countryside. She discovers new friends, a passion for the natural world – and an abandoned secret garden.

Performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, tickets are £16 adults, £11 children 5-16. Family tickets – two adults and two children – are £46.

Go to www.wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk/events or call 01226 351161.