Wentworth’s ‘bird-spotting’ trail creates eggstra garden fun for Easter visitors

by | 2 April 2021 | Community Event, Rotherham

Hop over to Wentworth Woodhouse for fresh air and fun in its gardens this Easter.

To give families opportunities to visit safely during the school holidays, the gardens will open daily from 26th March to 11th April.

In addition to meadows and woodland to roam in and historic landmarks to discover, families can pick up an Easter Trail Map and find some eggstra special garden birds roosting for spring.

There are eight little wooden Flock birds to locate. The Flock, a stunning art installation of 10,000 birds hand-decorated by the public to mark the pandemic, took over the Grade I listed Rotherham mansion’s lawns in the autumn.

The Trust plans to give supporters the chance to own a Flock original. Just 500 birds will be going on sale in April to support the Trust in its 20-year, £200 million regeneration task.

“As the nation looks forward to restrictions lifting, Wentworth Woodhouse decided Easter, a time of new beginnings, was the ideal opportunity to ‘release’ the birds again,” said Sarah McLeod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, which is repairing and regenerating the site, a 20-year, £130million task.

Mini flocks will also be displayed in newly arrived garden cabins. Bought alongside a new outdoor classroom with emergency grant cash received from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in spring 2020, they add extra versatility to the Trust’s outdoor facilities during the pandemic. The cabins will be ready to hire from June.

Garden visitors are asked to respect social distancing, signage and one-way systems and pre-book arrival times online so safe distancing can be ensured.

Pre-booked ticket prices: Adults £6.00, children (age five to 16) £3.00, under fives free. Family passes (two adults, two children) cost £12.00. NT members get a 50% discount

For advice on government guidelines on travel, go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus before buying tickets.