Tag Archives: Half-term activities

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!

Bugs and bird scarers for half-term

22 May
Bugs galore

Incredible crochet: Bugs galore made by Lynne

I’m very excited about my new children’s crocheted bug trail, which was specially created by my very talented friend Lynne Hardman, who makes the amazing tea cosies for TV’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes.

Lynne has made the most gorgeous insects ever seen – Amanda wants to adopt the spider (she’s named him Boris) and take him home, but I’ve told her we need him here. There are also bumblebees, a giant ant, a pair of snails and a bright green, multi-legged caterpillar, along with plenty of others.

I know they’ll be really popular with our younger visitors, but I think they’ll make the grown ups smile as well.

If you’d like to see more of Lynne’s incredible work, have a look here.

Lynne's Autumnwatch tea cosy

Leafy: Lynne’s Autumnwatch tea cosy

The bug trail will be running throughout the spring half-term week, which begins on Saturday, May 25, and will return for the summer and autumn school holidays.

We’ve got lots of other great activities taking place in the spring week, starting – and ending – with talks on the Saturday and Sunday about the bizarre ways Georgians spent their leisure time. These are at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and you can also try your hand at a game of cards or skittles 18th-century-style.

Monday, May 27, is herbs and hedgerows day with special talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm. On Tuesday, head for the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and learn to make clapbread – drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

On Wednesday, dress up in some of our replica 18th-century costume and strike a pose for a family photo, or pop in on Thursday between 12 o’clock and 3pm and join artist Dianne Standen to create your very own bird scarer.

Dress like a Georgian

Children’s bedroom: Dress up like a Georgian

Whatever day you choose to visit, I look forward to meeting you. If you take your photo with me, you might make it into this blog – especially if you’re dressed like a Georgian! Email your pictures to me at wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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