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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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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.

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