Wentworth Garden Centre Things To Do

Wentworth Garden Centre is located near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. We visited briefly a couple of years ago in the winter and I was keen to visit again, especially as I wanted to try the new Bothy restaurant that they opened in 2020. It’s not just a garden centre though, there’s so much more to it than that.

They have a small children’s farm with play areas (small entrance fee), some beautiful gardens (small entrance fee, see below), another play area, a pet shop with small animals and lots of fish, places to eat and a massive gift shop/garden centre. It’s certainly somewhere you could spend a good few hours, especially in nice weather. It chucked it down when we went so sadly we didn’t spend as much time outdoors as we’d planned.

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We had chosen originally to meet my Mum there on what was going to be a dry day. I had prebooked our table at The Bothy as the restaurant can be full at the weekend. Instead of a dry day there ended up being a huge deluge of rain that did stop every now and then but not enough.

As it was raining when we arrived we started our visit with a drink in the Walled Garden Cafe. This is huge and although it can get very busy you normally don’t have to wait long for a table if it’s full. It has tables indoors and outdoors and it is a self-service restaurant. Breakfasts and cake are both very popular here.

After our refreshments, we headed for the children’s farm. This opens at 10 am and I had heard it can end up with a very big queue outside. We didn’t need to worry as hardly anyone ventured over there in the rain. Adults are just £2.95 and children £2.75, under 2s are free. I can recommend that you also purchase a bag of animal food or else you may be in trouble with some of the animals.

Wentworth Garden Centre

The pony in the photo above was hilarious, it certainly knows how to get your attention for food. Other animals included alpacas, goats, sheep, poultry and they even had a fox.

Kids will love the outdoor adventure playground. Sadly, it was too wet for our visit but there is a huge sandpit with a massive pirate ship kids can play on and other things to play on. There were plenty of buckets waiting to be played with.

Wentworth Garden Centre

The farm isn’t massive and as it was too wet for the play area we didn’t spend very long in there. But it would be great on a nice weather day. They do have a couple of covered play areas. One is a fun area perfect for toddlers with wooden tunnels and all sorts to play on. The other was an electric go-kart track at £1 a ride. Our son was too tall for one and for some reason didn’t want to go on the karts.

Wentworth Garden Centre
Wentworth Garden Centre

It was still drizzling after our visit to the farm so we headed to the pet shop. There is no charge to wander around and there is also a small play area just to the right of the shop. Inside there are small pets you can look at and they have loads of fish tanks. We then had a wander around the garden centre as we were too early for our lunch booking.

Wentworth Garden Centre Things To Do

As mentioned above if you do want to eat at The Bothy make sure you prebook online in advance as we heard people being turned away as they were fully booked. It’s a lovely restaurant with lots of plants and arts and crafts decor. You can find out more about our lunch at The Bothy here – The Bothy Restaurant Review

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This photo credited to Wentworth Garden Centre

After lunch, it had stopped raining so we headed for the historic gardens. When we walked past earlier on in the day there was someone in a box office taking money for entry to the gardens. Adults are £1.75, children £1.25 and under 3s free. However, when we arrived after lunch there was no one there and instead, there was a donation box on the wall. Neither of us had any cash so we entered for free.

Inside the gardens, there is a hedge maze. We failed miserably at this and ended up cheating to find the middle.

Wentworth Garden Centre

The gardens have seen some major renovations over the past few years including a lot of cutting back in very overgrown areas. In the gardens, you should be able to spot some deer and there are a few ponds where we spotted some ducklings. If you head into the centre of the gardens you will find the Bear Pit which is more like an ice house with a grand entrance.

Wentworth Garden Centre Things To Do

There is a woodland walk but we have never ventured that far. The gardens themselves aren’t massive but they are very pleasant to walk around and it feels like there are lots of hidden areas to explore.

Wentworth Garden Centre Things To Do
Wentworth Garden Centre Things To Do

Wentworth Garden Centre FAQ & Further Information

Address: Hague Ln, Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TF, South Yorkshire. Phone: 01226 744842

Category – Garden Centre – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

The Garden centre is free to visit. The Children’s farm costs £2.95 per adult and children are £2.75, under 2s are free. The gardens are £1.75 per adult, children £1.25 and under 3s free. This may be a suggested donation.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Garden centre with shop, pet shop, play area, children’s farm with adventure play, historical gardens with maze and more. There are toilets and places to eat.

When are they open?

The Garden Centre is open almost all year round. Please see their website for up-to-date information.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe and a restaurant, both serve a selection of hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on-site provided that they are kept on a lead at all times and that their owners clean up after them. Dogs are not permitted in the gift shop, restaurants, deli or the family farm.

Are they accessible?

The following photos are credited to Clifton Park museum, they show the land train, splash pad and the large slide.

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