Archive | November, 2014

Vote, work or volunteer for us

17 Nov
Wordsworth House cafe

Hands-on: Helen, one of our lovely cafe volunteers

If you’d like to do your bit for Wordsworth House and Garden, I’ve got three options for you. It only takes a minute to vote for me in the UK Blog Awards, or if you have more time to spare, why not apply to work or volunteer here?

Last year, this blog was shortlisted in the Most Innovative category. This time, I’ve been nominated for that and for Arts and Culture. Please click the links below to vote in both!

Vote for me for Most Innovative blog of the year here.

Vote for me in the Arts and Culture category here.

One of the regular staff’s winter tasks is to recruit new seasonal members of the friendly and enthusiastic team who look after this special place and provide our visitors with unforgettable experiences.

There are a wide range of paid roles on offer, including visitor services, café and admin assistants, duty managers, conservation cleaners and costumed servants. All our seasonal jobs are part-time, and contracts run from mid-February next year to early November.

Click here to find out more using the search term “North West”. But hurry – applications close on November 30.

There are also vacancies on the volunteer team for people of all ages and interests to greet and chat to visitors, lead house tours and help in the café, garden and shop.

Volunteers don’t require any particular skills as full training is given. They just need a friendly manner, to enjoy meeting new people – and have a few hours to spare every week or fortnight.

For more information about joining the house or garden volunteer team, email us at or call 01900 824805.


Let’s keep in touch…

3 Nov
Hannah with Fletch

Hand in hand: Me and my new friend Hannah

Elizabeth dressed as Dorothy Wordsworth

In character: Elizabeth dressed as Dorothy Wordsworth

Elizabeth with the dolls' house

Feeling at home: Elizabeth with the dolls’ house

The last of the visitors may have left Wordsworth House and Garden for the year, but I’m in no danger of getting lonely.

There’s lots of winter work scheduled for the coming weeks both indoors and out. As well as routine maintenance and cleaning, I have everything from a wedding tea party to a tree pruning workshop to look forward to.

And who could be lonely when you are sent wonderful fan mail? I was thrilled to receive the photograph above from Hannah, who visited recently with her family to enjoy the late autumn colour in my garden.

Elizabeth has also been in touch after coming to the house to listen to the costumed servants’ ghostly traditional tales during the October holiday week.

Her mum emailed: “She loved the spooky stories and retold them to her brothers in detail. And I just loved the poetry room.”

As the picture on the right shows, Elizabeth also had fun playing with our dolls’ house.

We reopen for 2015 on Saturday, March 7. I hope you’ll come to see us then, take a picture, send a copy – and let me know the highlights of your visit.

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