Visitors in the Victorian glasshouse at Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire

Throughout February half term Wentworth Castle Gardens are running creative events for all the family. Each event will give ways for children to connect to nature, using different methods indoors and outside.

Families can join one of the Rangers at the Fernery to build a bug hotel on Monday 17 and Friday 21 February. As part of National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’, drop in between 11am and 2pm to this free event and build habitats for bugs and resident insects using natural materials from the parkland. Children will get the opportunity to tick No. 31 off their list, making friends with a bug, by having a go at identifying any six-legged creatures they may find!

Explore printmaking techniques with artist Louise Wright on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 February, at 11am and 1.30pm. Families will be encouraged to venture outside with the artist and be inspired by what they find. Then they will learn how to print their very own pictures. Or they could have a go at designing their own wallpaper on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February at 10.30am. By using the history of Wentworth Castle Gardens as inspiration, children can create their own masterpiece. They’ll contribute to a piece of group art as well as taking home their own stencilled design. Spaces on each session are limited so don’t forget to pre-book.

There’s also a new first signs of spring trail to get the whole family exploring. Maps can be collected on arrival. To give you more time to time explore the Gardens and Parkland during half term, Wentworth Castle Gardens will be extending its opening hours. From Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February, the Gardens and Parkland will close at 4.30pm. Last entry will be at 3.45pm, with the cafe closing at 4pm.

All of the activities are free (normal admission fees apply). For more information or to book a place please visit or call 0344 249 1895.