The school holidays are upon us and that means Wordsworth House’s poetry tree is in full bloom once more!
Last year, Head Gardener Amanda had the brainwave of hanging one of our apple trees with poems – and encouraging visitors of all ages to add verses of their own.
Before long, the branches were groaning with leaves of literature – even TV presenter Michael Buerk, who was visiting to film for TV series Inside the National Trust, contributed a rhyme.
We’re open from Saturday to Thursday from 11am to 5pm (last entry 4pm) throughout the holidays – and there are special events and activities every day.
As well as flexing their literary muscles, visitors can meet the Wordsworths’ servants and help with their chores, explore the hands-on rooms, write with a quill pen and ink, dress up in replica 18th-century costume and play with reproduction toys.
On Mondays, grown ups can take in a short talk about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and foraged plants, and on Wednesdays, they can learn about William’s poetic influences (talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm both days).
On Tuesdays, children can get busy in the kitchen making clapbread, and on Thursdays, they can turn out a pastry fish (drop in either day between 11.30am and 3.30pm).
On Saturdays and Sundays, the whole family can turn house detective, delving into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with a family explorer bag.
Entry to Wordsworth House and Garden is £7.40 for adults, £3.70 for children and £18.50 for families. National Trust members enter free.
Visit our website or call us on 01900 820884 for more details.
PS If you enjoyed watching Amanda and my other friends on Inside the National Trust – or if you missed them – DVDs of the entire series are now on sale in Wordsworth House’s shop.