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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!

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All dressed up for an animal hunt

2 Sep
Grace Horner

In costume: Grace Horner

Our visitors have lots of fun trying on our replica 18th-century clothes. Seven-year-old Grace, pictured above, visited from Northern Ireland recently, with her four-year-old sister Cherith. Doesn’t she look splendid?

The girls’ mum, Laura, says they enjoyed everything about the time they spent at Wordsworth House and Garden.

Grace especially liked dressing up in the children’s bedroom, and arranging the words into sentences and stories on our magnetic blackboard in the Wordsworth room. She also had fun exploring the rest of the house to find the hidden wooden animals that make up one of our children’s trails.

Cherith’s favourite things were playing with the doll’s house and doing the treasure hunt in the garden.

Thank you, girls, for sharing your experiences with me – and sending such a lovely picture! I hope you’ll come back and visit again soon.

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