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Go wild this summer like Beatrix and William

20 Jul
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Dressing up Georgian-style at Wordsworth House

Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth’s fellow Lakeland wild child, was born 150 years ago this summer, and we’re celebrating with a packed programme of family events and activities she and William would have loved.

Come rain or shine, there’s something exciting going on every day at Wordsworth House and Garden (except Friday, when we’re closed) from Sunday 24 July to Sunday 4 September.

On Thursday 28 July, from 11.30am to 3.30pm, we’re holding a special party in the garden to mark the day Beatrix was born – if it rains, we’ll move everything inside. There’ll be storytelling, lots of fun things to do and free birthday cake. Children bringing a picnic lunch or tea plus a favourite toy can get the whole family in free to enjoy the festivities.

Do something different…

Whatever day you visit, you can dress up as a Georgian, play with toys like William’s, make up a story with our giant magnetic quilt game, follow a trail round the house based on Beatrix’s characters, or simply let off steam in our lovely heritage garden.

On Saturdays and Sundays, children can 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.

Mondays are 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 Tuesdays, if it’s sunny, our modern-day ‘Miss Potter’ will be in the garden reading some of her little books. Take a seat on our rugs – or if it’s wet, get cosy by the kitchen fire – for The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin at 11.30am, or The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle at 2.30pm.

On Tuesday 2 and 16 August, our artist-in-residence, Sarah Kate Smith, will be drawing the kind of domestic and garden scenes Beatrix loved, so why not join her for some sketching? We’ll supply the materials, and all ages and abilities are welcome to drop in between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

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Sarah Kate Smith sketching in the garden

Find out about the weird world of Georgian leisure on Wednesdays with a special 10-minute talk by one of the servants, then have a game of skittles in the courtyard or play with traditional toys in the children’s bedroom. Talks are at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

On Thursdays the theme is wild art: join us in the cellar to make stick figures, crazy pinecone creatures or colourful animal masks – all you need to bring is your imagination.

Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy our new exhibition, Beatrix Potter and a Love of the Northern Lakes, which reveals the local places that inspired her.

Whatever the weather, we look forward to seeing you at Wordsworth House and Garden this summer!

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Here comes the summer fun at Wordsworth House

10 Jul
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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!

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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.

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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!

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