Archive | March, 2016

Bring the family this Easter

20 Mar
WWH Easter by Stuart Cox

Complete our Easter trail and win a delicious chocolate prize

Easter is the perfect time to bring the whole family to Wordsworth House and Garden. We’re running a very special egg hunt, with delicious Cadbury chocolate prizes, from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March, and there’s a full programme of fun activities over the rest of the school holidays.

On Mondays, children can join the costumed servants in the kitchen, roll up their sleeves and have a go at making clapbread. Just drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

Tuesdays are the day to get cosy by the fire as our modern-day Beatrix Potter shares her little books. Take a seat at 11.30am for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin or at 2.30pm for The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle – and discover how both stories were inspired by Beatrix’s time in this part of the Lakes.

On Wednesdays, drop in between 11.30am and 3.30pm to find out about the strange art of 18th-century letter writing. Pen one yourself with a quill and ink, then seal it with wax.

Thursdays offer another chance to gather round the fire for some stories, but this time they’re taking a spooky turn. Settle down with the servants at 11.30am or 2.30pm to hear some of the ghostly tales William and Dorothy might have enjoyed.

The house is closed on Fridays – apart from Good Friday – but at the weekends, you can become a house detective or bug hunter with the help of a family activity bag full of trails and toys.

Whatever day you visit, there are reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – in the children’s bedroom. There’s a giant magnetic storytelling game in our new Discovery Room, and, if it’s dry, there will be skittles and poetry stones to play with in the back courtyard.


Help us celebrate reopening

8 Mar
Wordsworth House artist in residence Sarah Kate Smith

Wordsworth House and Garden artist-in-residence Sarah Kate Smith

William Wordsworth’s childhood home reopens on Saturday 12 March with a bright new look – and free entry for locals all weekend to celebrate.

Like much of central Cockermouth, the historic house and garden were badly hit by December’s flooding, and our staff and contractors have worked non-stop over the winter to repair the damage and make some exciting alterations.

There are new Discovery and Exhibition rooms, containing displays and family activities, and a specially made 10-minute film playing in the cellar. The shop is now an attractive visitor welcome area, including a refreshed retail section, and even the toilets are getting a stylish 19th-century makeover!

We want local people to be among the first to experience the transformation, so anyone with a CA postcode can visit free this weekend. All you need to do is show proof of address.

The Discovery Room has a family area, including a giant magnetic storytelling game, and a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy and key role in the creation of the National Trust, while our new film explains how he and his sister, Dorothy, changed the world.

2016 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of children’s author and Lakeland farmer Beatrix Potter. To mark this, our first temporary exhibition, which will open for Easter and run until 30 June, includes almost 30 of her original drawings.

Two Bad Mice: Mischief in Beatrix Potter’s Tales, the first of two major exhibitions about her this year at Wordsworth’s birthplace, revisits the magic of childhood through her beautifully observed illustrations.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays in term time, at 11.30am, our costumed servants will be giving a special ten-minute talk entitled Two Wild Children, about how the natural world shaped both Beatrix and William.

Meanwhile, a series of Friday morning art classes for all abilities, run by artist-in-residence Sarah Kate Smith, offer anyone who enjoys sketching the opportunity to draw the type of domestic objects and garden scenes Beatrix loved.

The classes, which are on 18 March, 15 April, 20 May, 17 June, 23 September and 21 October, include morning coffee and a light lunch. They cost £35 each, or £30 if attending three or more, and all materials are kindly provided by the Derwent Cumberland Pencil Company. To book, email or call 01900 824805.

We’re open Saturday to Thursday, 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm). Entry to the exhibition, which closes at 4pm, is free with admission to the house and garden.


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