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Get closer to nature this half-term

29 May
WWH three boys by Val Corbett

Hunting for bugs in William’s childhood garden. Picture: Val Corbett

Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to enjoy over the school holiday week at William’s childhood home. We’re open every day from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June.

On Saturday and Sunday, go wild like William and Dorothy with a Dumbledore and Horniegoggle explorer bag. Hunt for surprising creatures and weird words in the house and garden, and get tips on how to turn your own backyard into a nature haven.

On Monday, join the costumed servants in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and have a go at making traditional Cumberland clapbread. The theme on Tuesday is wild art: materials are supplied – all you need to bring is your imagination.

Drop in on Wednesday to write a letter with a quill and ink then seal it with wax. On Thursday and Friday, join the servants at 11.30am or 2.30pm for an informal family garden tour to taste flowers and search for bugs!

Whatever day you visit, there’s also a choice of indoor and outdoor children’s trails to follow. You’ll find reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – in the children’s bedroom, a giant magnetic storytelling game and drawing materials in the Discovery Room, and, if the rain stays off, there are skittles and poetry stones to play with in the back courtyard.

Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy our stunning Word-Hoard photographic exhibition, chat to the costumed servants or explore our award-winning heritage garden. When the sun shines, there’s no lovelier place to be!


Go wild at Wordsworth House this half-term

28 May
Come and make a wild animal mask

Come and make a wild animal mask on Thursday or Friday this half-term

Come rain or shine this half-term holiday, there are lots of fun things for families to do at poet William Wordsworth’s Cockermouth birthplace.

You can dress up as a Georgian, play with toys like William had, make up a story with our giant magnetic quilt game, follow a trail round the house, or simply let off steam in the lovely heritage garden that inspired him.

On Saturday and Sunday, delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing house or hunt for bugs in the garden with the help of a family explorer bag.

Monday is the day to join the costumed servants in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and have a go at making clapbread. Just drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

On Tuesday, it’s time to get cosy by the fire – or, if it’s sunny, head out to the garden – as our modern-day ‘Miss Potter’ celebrates the 150th anniversary of Beatrix’s birth by reading some of her little books. Take a seat for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin at 11.30am, or The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle at 2.30pm.

Find out about the strange art of 18th-century letter writing on Wednesday, pen one yourself with quill and ink, then seal it with wax.

On Thursday and Friday the theme is wild art: we supply the materials – all you need to bring is your imagination. But if you’re planning to visit us on Friday 3 June, please note that last entry to the house, garden and café will be at 2pm, because of a staff funeral.

We look forward to seeing you!

Roll up your sleeves and experience Georgian life

11 Aug
Making clapbread in the kitchen at Wordsworth House

Hands on: Making clapbread in the kitchen at Wordsworth House

There’s plenty to keep everyone entertained, indoors and out, at Wordsworth House and Garden over the school holidays.

On Mondays, children can head for the working Georgian kitchen, roll up their sleeves and help the costumed servants make clapbread, a traditional Cumbrian recipe.

Tuesdays are wild art days. Adults and children can unleash their creativity and make artworks using found objects ranging from twigs and leaves to feathers and seashells. Our staff have already had a go, and their creations are on show around the house to provide inspiration.

On Wednesdays, the servants – who are hard at work in the house every day during the holidays – give special 10-minute talks on the weird world of Georgian leisure at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Afterwards, visitors can step back in time and find out what it was like to take part in an 18th-century skittles match or card game for themselves.

On Thursdays, children can try some of the 50 things we think everyone should experience before they are 11 ¾, including snail racing and grass trumpet making. If it’s wet, we’ll just move everything indoors!

We’re closed on Fridays, but at weekends families can borrow Explorer Bags full of trails, tools and toys to help them delve further into the nooks and crannies of this fascinating house and garden.

Whatever day you visit, reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – are waiting in the children’s bedroom. The quills and ink are ready in the clerk’s office, while in the kitchen, there’s an 18th-century recipe to taste. And, if you have a musical bent, feel free to pick out a tune on the harpsichord.

Here comes the summer fun at Wordsworth House

10 Jul
American visitors

Looking the part: A family of American visitors get into the 18th-century spirit

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!

Chris Jackson

In the frame: Visitor Chris Jackson creates his own 18th-century-style portrait

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.


All-a-Buzz: Come and find out about bumblebees

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!

Art to brighten a dull day

17 Dec

I’ve been missing my friends, Poppy, Maisie and Madam Hetty, the Scots Dumpy heritage hens, who’ve gone on their winter holidays to the coast.

To cheer me up, Amanda brought me copies of some wonderful pictures the local infant school reception classes drew of them. They’re so lovely I’m going to share them with you…  May 24.05.11 007May 24.05.11 021May 24.05.11 025May 24.05.11 022May 24.05.11 027May 24.05.11 028

Halloween fun at Wordsworth House

22 Oct
Spooky: Come along and make some silhouette decorations

Spooky: Come along and make some silhouette decorations

There’s lots going on for all ages at Wordsworth House and Garden during the autumn school holiday week.

On Saturdays October 27 and November 3, we have a range of special talks and tastings at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

On Sundays October 28 and November 4, come along at 11.30am or 2.30pm to hear about some of the bizarre way Georgians of all classes amused themselves, then try your hand at a game of cards or skittles 18th-century style.

Children can make pastry pumpkins in our working Georgian kitchen on Monday, October 29, from 11am to 3pm.

Tuesday, October 30, is sugar and spice day, with talks about the Georgians’ love of all things sweet and spicy at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

We also have a very special Halloween event that day – artist Rosalie Short will be leading drop-in workshops from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm where you can make some fabulous spooky-themed silhouette decorations.

On Wednesday, October 31, children can roll up their sleeves and learn to make clapbread between 11am and 3pm.

And, finally, on Thursday, November 1, at 11.30am and 2.30pm, the costumed servants will be telling traditional Cumbrian ghost stories by the fire in the kitchen.

So why not come along and join us – and be sure to pop out to the garden and visit me while you’re here!

Normal admission charges apply for all activities. Entry is free for National Trust members.

Fun for all the family – indoors and out

19 Jul
Go hunting for bees in the garden

On the trail: Go hunting for bees in the garden

There’s something special on at Wordsworth House every day that we’re open during the school holidays.

For those with green fingers, Monday or Wednesday is the day to visit. On Mondays, from 11.30am to 1.30pm, budding young gardeners can decorate a plant pot made from recycled materials, sow a seed and take it home to grow.

Wednesdays are herbs and hedgerows days, with talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm about the bizarre ways – from poisonous puddings to nettle cloth – that the Georgians used herbs and foraged plants.

Weather permitting, any day of the week, your young ones can also pick up a copy of Amanda’s brilliant All-a-Buzz garden bumblebee and bug trail.

If their main interest is in the kitchen, they can roll up their sleeves and join the costumed servants on Tuesday, between 11am and 3pm, to make clapbread, or on Thursday, also from 11am to 3pm, to fashion a pastry fish.

On Saturdays, there are special talks and recipe tastings at 11.30am and 2.30pm, while for Sundays the focus is on the weird world of Georgian sports and pastimes, with talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and the chance to play cards or skittles 18th-century style throughout the day.

We’re open every day except Friday, from 11am (last entry 4pm) and there’s no additional charge for activities. For more details about our events programme, go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworthhouse or call 01900 820884.

Playing snip, snap snorum

Hand of cards: Playing “snip, snap snorum”

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