WentWORTHshaping – Camellia House

The back of this significant building was built as Lady Rockingham’s tea house in 1738. The front was added in 1813, replacing an earlier greenhouse where we believe pineapples were grown! Though now a shell, Wentworth’s Camellia House still houses some of the oldest and rarest camellias in the Western world.

This year we are busy developing plans and funding applications to give it a new life as a daytime café and evening events space, where the camellias will still have pride of place. It could be open as soon as 2022.

Craft a camellia to show your support!

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust invites you to make a camellia and contribute to a collaborative artwork in the Camellia House at the end of the summer.

Together, we want to visually demonstrate to potential funders that our local communities and visitors want to see this building regenerated, and that people have helped us shape an engaging, inclusive and meaningful programme of activities, experiences and opportunities that EVERYONE can benefit from in the future.

What to do

1. Craft a camellia!

You can download and print one of our A4 camellia flower templates onto white, pink or red paper There are three to choose from. The different shape petals are inspired by the Camellias at Wentworth Woodhouse. Follow our step-by-step instructions or watch the tutorial to see how to make it.

For our younger supporters, we have a camellia colouring sheet.

2. Contribute an idea!

Please cut out and colour a leaf shape and write an idea on it about what you would like to see, do or discover in the future at Wentworth Woodhouse.

In particular we’d like your ideas and suggestions about how we can…

  • contribute to people’s health and wellbeing
  • create opportunities for local children and young people
  • build a greater sense of ownership, connection and pride in Wentworth Woodhouse for communities living in Rotherham and in other parts of South Yorkshire
  • Provide information and tell stories about the history of the buildings and people who have used them
  • Create a visitor experience that meets the needs of all our visitors.

3. Fill in the ‘About You’ section.

We’d like to include your first name in our list of artwork contributors and know roughly where in the world you live!

4. Snap it, share it or bring it!

Either bring your camellia (and leaf) and your ‘About You’ section to Wentworth Woodhouse if you are visiting before the end of August


You can take pictures and share them with us instead for a digital artwork.

Share on Wentworth Woodhouse’s social media using the hashtag #WentWORTHShaping or email to suzanne@wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk

Thank you so much for showing your support.

You can also contribute a horse if you’d like!