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Tuesday 19th March to Sunday 23rd June 2024

The ritual of coming together to eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company unites people across the centuries. The exhibition Flora, Fauna & Feasting | Rockingham Pottery Meets Contemporary Craft celebrates this – animating three of the State Rooms at Wentworth Woodhouse with table settings for breakfast, tea and dessert.

Pieces of historic Rockingham Pottery, made locally in Swinton, will be displayed alongside stunning contemporary pieces created by some of the UK’s most significant contemporary craft artists!

Each table presents Rockingham Pottery and contemporary craft, in ceramic, textile, glass and metal. The historic and contemporary table adornments are united by their inspiration: Rockingham Pottery was commonly decorated with flowers, fauna and fruit, and contemporary crafts people continue to seek inspiration in the natural world. The exhibition oscillates between the old and new, giving pause to think about the changing nature of creativity, flowering from roots grounded in our history.

Adult: General Admission
Child: Free
Accompanying Carer: Free

Curated by Charlotte Dew and Gregory Parsons.

With Thanks

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the kind donation of Stephen Watson. Thanks also go to Sheffield Auction Gallery and the following contemporary makers who have contributed pieces to this exhibition:
Helen Beard | Michael Brennand-Wood | Rachael Colley | Josephine Gomersall | Zoë Hillyard | Vanessa Hogge | Toni De Jesus | Jennie Moncur | Verity Pulford | Chino Ridge | Richard Slee | Kaori Tatebayashi | Barry Stedman | Neil Wilkin | Rachael Woodman

Rockingham Pottery

Amethyst Fruits, 2022, Rachael Woodman. Photo: Stephen Heaton

Rockingham Pottery

The Botanical Collection Ferns Jug, 2019-2024, Helen Beard. Photo: Michael Harvey

Rockingham Pottery

In a World of One’s Own II and II, 2023, Verity Pulford. Photo: Stephen Heaton

Glass Flower Workshop

Friday 12th April, 10.00am-12.00pm

Inspired by our Flora, Fauna & Feasting exhibition taking place throughout the State Rooms, channel your creativity with our next fundraising event – a Glass Flower Workshop with local artist, Pam Goodison!

Click here for further details.

Further Information

  • Large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the State Rooms featured in this exhibition and must be left on the rack at Front of House.
  • Pushchairs are not permitted in the State Rooms featured in this exhibition and must be left in the Buggy Park in the Pillared Hall.
  • Please note, possessions are left at your own risk and Wentworth Woodhouse is not liable for any theft or damage.


Due to the age and nature of the House, there is no disabled access to the upper floors which include some of the State Rooms featured in this exhibition.

Help Support Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Remember, any money made from our exhibitions goes straight into the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust and contributes towards the restoration of this magnificent house and gardens.