Summer is a great time to visit Wordsworth House and Garden if you’re young – or young at heart – as we’ve got a packed programme of activities for all the family.
There are dressing up clothes for all ages and sizes – and lots of reproduction toys – waiting for you in the children’s bedroom. In the clerk’s office, you can write with a quill and ink, while in the kitchen, the servants are always delighted to get help with their chores.
In our newly recreated cellar, design and cut out your own pastry pie top, and in the revamped Wordsworth Room, you can read or write poetry, play word games and explore the dolls’ house.
There’s loads going on in the garden too, including the opportunity to create your very own 18th-century portrait against a beautiful backdrop – just borrow the outfit of your choice from the house and get into character!
If you’ve got poetry in your soul or enjoy reading a bit of children’s verse, visit our amazing poetry tree in the small walled garden. And if inspiration strikes, you can even add your own contribution.
We’ve also got special additional activities each day from 20 July to 1 September.
On Saturdays, join us at 11.30am or 2.30pm, when the servants will be talking about how Georgians of all classes amused themselves. Then, why not try your hand at a game of cards or skittles 18th-century style?
There will be special talks and tastings, also at 11.30am and 2.30pm, every Sunday.
On Mondays, again at 11.30am and 2.30pm, there’s our very splendid new All-a-Buzz family garden activity. Learn about bugs, bees and butterflies – and taste some edible plants.
On Tuesdays, head for the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and learn to make clapbread. Drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.
Herbs and hedgerows are the subject of our fascinating Wednesday talks (again at 11.30am and 2.30pm). From poisonous puddings to nettle cloth, find out about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and foraged plants.
Thursdays are your chance to catch a pastry fish – get creative in the kitchen any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.
And, finally, on Fridays, we all be taking a well-earned day off, as it’s the one day of the week that we’re closed!