When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it’s a great time of year to wrap up, pull on a pair of wellies and discover the joys of autumn at Wentworth Castle Gardens.
Just when the flowers start to lose their summer colour, the majestic trees take over with shades of gold, orange and red splashed across Gardens and the Capability Brown inspired deer park. Autumn is the time of year when one of the favourite parts of the Garden really comes into its own - Lady Lucy’s Avenue. The tall cathedral-like limes trees change from green to gold, carpeting the avenue with leaves. Indoors, the beautiful Victorian conservatory has something to offer year round, with fabulous foliage and seasonal colour.
For anyone who has not ventured into the parkland before, there is much to discover. The deer park and woodlands are criss-crossed by waymarked trails varying between 2 and 4 miles and visitors are provided with a free map at the Long Barn Visitor Centre. The terrain is gently hilly and can be uneven and wet underfoot at this time of year, so boots or stout shoes are a must. A parkland walk will be rewarded with Queen Anne’s Obelisk, the Rotunda and the Duke of Argyle’s monument – follies and monuments left behind by the Wentworth family in their bid to outshine their family rivals at Wentworth Woodhouse.
Autumn is a busy time for the Wentworth wildlife. Whether its squirrels and mistel thrushes fattening up for winter in the Gardens or sightings of the magnificent red deer stag in the parkland, there is a wealth of wildlife to be enjoyed – an “autumn watch” experience on your doorstep.
The team are gearing up the biggest event of the year – our annual family bonfire and fireworks display. Tickets are on sale now. More information about opening times and full details of all events including prices and how to book can be found at Family Bonfire Event or by telephoning 01226 776040.