There’s so much going at on Wordsworth House and Garden this October holiday that I hardly know where to begin. There are family trails, spooky storytelling sessions or kitchen activities every day.
On Monday October 27, Wednesday 29 and Friday 31, you can get cosy by the kitchen fire as my friends the costumed servants tell some of the traditional Cumbrian ghostly tales young William and Dorothy Wordsworth might have enjoyed. Sessions are at 11.30am and 2.30pm and last about 20 minutes. They’re free with entry and suitable for children aged seven and above.
Children can roll up their sleeves and have a go at making clapbread on Tuesday 28 or Sunday 2 November, while on Thursday 30, they can fashion a pastry pumpkin, dinosaur, Tardis – or anything else they fancy. Drop-in sessions run from 11.30am to 3.30pm.
There’s even a chance to listen to the servants’ stories after dark – and explore the whole of William and Dorothy’s childhood home by lamplight – on Saturday 1 November from 6pm to 9pm. Spooky storytelling sessions are at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, a host of ghostly characters, including 13-year-old William and Bill, the grumpy manservant, have taken up permanent residence in the cellar, where they’re waiting to share their own haunting and often heartbreaking tales of life in this late 18th-century household.
Every day during the holiday week, families can borrow an Explorer Bag full of trails, toys and tools to help them delve into the nooks and crannies of the house and garden. There are also lots of reproduction toys and dressing up clothes in the children’s bedroom.
In the clerk’s office, you can write with a quill and ink. In the kitchen, there’s always a Georgian recipe to taste, and anyone with a musical bent can play the reproduction harpsichord in the drawing room.
We’re open, in the centre of Cockermouth, from 11am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm, so why not come and visit us?
Normal admission price applies to all activities. Entry is free to National Trust members. Call 01900 820884 for more information.