My family and I decided to take full advantage of the incredibly sunny weekend and headed off to one of our old favourite places to go, Wentworth Garden Centre. With it being Dementia Awareness week, it got me thinking how much family time we’ve missed out on over the years, meaning a day out was definitely on the cards. Wentworth Garden Centre is located on the outskirts of Rotherham, surrounded by the beautiful countryside. It has been established for centuries, making it one of the most beautiful historical places in South Yorkshire and also a fantastic attraction for people of any age. One of my favourite parts of Wentworth have always been the gardens, they’re breathtakingly beautiful and they make it incredibly easy to forget all sense of time or where you are.
Admission to the gardens is only £1.50 for adults, 75p for children and under 3s are free, ridiculously cheap compared to what some places are charging admission fees now. It has changed a little since I last went, one of the best changes is the new mild altering maze, located just before the entrance to the gardens. We must have spent nearly half an hour trying to find each other and get back out, I managed to get out twice on my own before venturing in to find my parents. When we finally got into the grounds, I wondered off on my own to and managed to get some amazing shots, that I’m actually pretty impressed with. There is so much to see in the gardens from the beautiful dears who live right at the beginning of the gardens, to my favourite part, the old bear pit cave that leads out to this amazing green view.
As well as the beautiful historical gardens, there’s a newly improved garden centre, pets and aquatic centre, restaurant, play area, farm with private play area and little shops for souvenirs! The garden centre is filled with some of the most astonishing and exotic looking plants that allow you to recreate parts of the Wentworth Gardens at home. We didn’t end up going into the farm area as we were warned it wasn’t spectacular, however, we headed off to the aquatic centre where my dad was more than happy to look at fish. We also decided to try out the delicious looking ice cream in the new, larger, outdoor seating area which is surrounded by adorable shops. Years ago, we used to collect gem stones from one of the shops (that actually still sells them), I was surprised to recollect a lot of their names too, I can see myself digging them out this week!
Seen as it was such a busy day it meant that Wentworth and surrounding pubs were rather full, so we headed up to Grenoside and dined at the Red Lion pub instead. Quite a picture heavy post compared to my usual ones, but the pictures definitely speak for themselves with Wentworth!