WentWORTHshaping – Camellia House and The Stables



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.

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.

The Stables and the Riding School

Originally built in the late 1700s to house the Marquess’s 84 horses, the southern range of the Stables and the Riding School could be hosting large wedding parties and events for up to 600 people by 2027.

This year we are busy developing plans and funding applications to secure a new life for these special historic buildings which have also been used by the Lady Mabel College of Physical Education and as barracks for military personal during WWII.

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust invites you to make a horse and contribute to a collaborative artwork in the Riding School and Stables courtyard at the end of the summer.

Make a horse to show your support!

Together, we want to visually demonstrate to potential funders that our local communities and visitors want to see these buildings 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.

Craft on site!

Why not join our team of friendly facilitators in the West Garden, every Wednesday to Sunday, 11-4pm, book your garden ticket here

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. Craft a Horse!

You can download and print our A4 sized horse template onto card. Follow our step-by-step instructions or watch the tutorial to see how to make it. Or make your own horse designs in whatever materials you like!

Horse template (PDF)Download

Saddle template (PDF)Download

Instructions (PDF)Download

Younger supporters can still take part by colouring in this horse colouring sheet!

Colouring sheet (PDF)Download

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), horse and your ‘About You’ section to Wentworth Woodhouse if you are visiting before the end of August

OR

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.