Wordsworth House & Garden programming and events 2020

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Wordsworth House & Garden programming and events 2020

 

We will be open from Sat 15 Feb to Sun 8 Nov 2020

All events and activities are free with entry to house and garden, unless otherwise stated

BE        Booking essential

C          Suitable for children aged 4-11. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

7+        Suitable for children over 7 years

 

Late evening opening

 

Scented summer evenings

18 June, 2 & 16 July, 6 & 20 August, 4–8pm (last entry 7pm)

Take an early evening stroll with a glass of prosecco or Pimms around the tranquil riverside garden that gave Wordsworth a lifetime’s poetic inspiration. Relax amid the heady scent of roses and the bright summer flowers, then step inside to meet the maid-of-all-work and discover how the other half lived.

 

Exhibitions

 

The Child is Father of the Man

Daily except Friday, 14 March–8 November, 11am–4pm

Our special exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth explores how he was shaped by his wild, outdoor upbringing. Alongside insights from Wordsworth expert Kathleen Jones and poet Helen Mort, evocative photographs by Simon Mooney focus on the ephemeral nature of childhood objects and what their loss or preservation means to us. Admission free with entry to house and garden.

 

Paid-for events

 

Sister of my soul

Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm

Torn apart as children, when William Wordsworth was reunited with his sister Dorothy, she became the centre of his world. Wordsworth expert Kathleen Jones discusses the unique sibling relationship that shaped the poet and the man. £10 including glass of wine. Booking essential. Tickets: 01900 824805.

 

Loved and lost

Thursday 21 May, 7.30pm

Simon Mooney, whose photographs are at the heart of our exhibition, ‘The Child is Father of the Man’, talks about visiting the places that were special to Wordsworth and creating artwork to evoke the emotional power of childhood objects. £5 including coffee and cake. Booking essential. Tickets: 01900 824805.

 

He gave us eyes

Thursday 25 June, 7.30pm

Jeff Cowton and Michael McGregor, from the Wordsworth Trust, explore the relevance of the poet 250 years after his birth and how this has shaped their new museum and the Reimagining Wordsworth project. £5 including coffee and cake. Booking essential. Tickets: 01900 824805.

 

In Wordsworth’s footsteps

Thursday 17 September, 7.30pm

Award-winning poet and novelist Helen Mort talks about William Wordsworth, walking and creativity and reads from her own work.  £10 including glass of wine. Booking essential. Tickets: 01900 824805.

 

Walking like Wordsworth

Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm

Door-to-door poet Rowan McCabe shares work created during his 2020 residency at Wordsworth House and Garden and inspired by the lives of ordinary people. £5 including coffee and cake. Booking essential. Tickets: 01900 824805.

 

 

Term-time activities

 

Monday 24 February to Thursday 26 March

Tuesday 14 April to Thursday 21 May

Monday 1 June to Thursday 16 July

Monday 31 August to Thursday 22 October

Monday 2 to Sunday 8 November

 

Matters of life and death

Monday & Thursday 11.30am

Join us for a 30-minute guided house tour and enjoy a personal insight into the family life that forged one of our greatest poets – plus the story of how this special house was saved from demolition.

 

Conserving William’s garden

Tuesday (June & September only) 11.30am

Meet the head gardener for a seasonal guided tour of William’s childhood playground and discover what it takes to care for a heritage garden.

 

Undressing the Wordsworths

Wednesday Talk 11.30am

From louse-filled bigwigs to loose women: join the maid as she strips back the layers to reveal how Georgians dressed and cared for themselves.

 

William warts and all

Wednesday Talk 2.30pm

Discover – and make up your own mind about – the husband, brother, father and hypochondriac behind some of our best remembered poems.

 

How green was my Georgian?

Saturday Talk 11.30am

In the Wordsworths’ time, everything from leftover food to teeth and hair was recycled. Find out from the maid if we could learn some useful lessons today.

 

The horrible truth about Georgian life

Saturday Talk 2.30pm

Step into a world of pinching matches and tipsy toddlers, as the maid describes the strange and often harsh reality of life in the 18th century.

 

Pastimes from the past [C]

Sunday 11am–4pm

Think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some of the indoor and outdoor games William and Dorothy would have enjoyed.

 

 

School holiday activities

 

February half-term: Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February (closed Friday)

Easter: Saturday 28 March to Monday 13 April (inc Friday 10)

 

Every hat tells a story [C]

Monday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Inspired by Dorothy’s baby bonnet, craft a cool paper cap or a handsome hat that says something about you.

 

Make your mark as a Georgian [C]

Tuesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Learn about 18th-century letter writing, pen a missive or poem of your own and seal it the Georgian way.

 

Become a natural artist [C]

Wednesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

 

Spooky stories by the fire [7+]

Thursday 11.30am & 2.30pm

Join the servants by the kitchen fire to hear some of the ghostly tales William and Dorothy might have enjoyed. (Also Fri 10)

 

Pastimes from the past [C]

Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm

See term-time

 

Half-term: Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May (inc Friday 29)

 

Every hat tells a story [C]

Monday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Inspired by Dorothy’s baby bonnet, craft a cool cap or a handsome hat that says something about you.

 

Make your mark as a Georgian [C]

Tuesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Learn about 18th-century letter writing, pen a missive or poem of your own and seal it the Georgian way.

 

Become a natural artist [C]

Wednesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

 

Walk on the wild side [C]

Thursday and Friday 11.30am & 2.30pm

Join a costumed servant on a fun, family garden adventure to taste flowers, touch bugs and discover how to turn your own outside space into a wildlife haven.

 

Pastimes from the past [C]

Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm

See term-time

 

Summer: Saturday 18 July to Sunday 30 August

 

Every hat tells a story [C]

Monday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Inspired by Dorothy’s baby bonnet, craft a cool cap or a handsome hat that says something about you.

 

Get cooking in the kitchen [C]

Tuesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.

 

Become a natural artist [C]

Wednesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

 

Walk on the wild side [C]

Thursday 11.30am & 2.30pm

Join a costumed servant on a fun, family garden tour to taste flowers, touch bugs and discover how to turn your own outside space into a wildlife haven.

 

Pastimes from the past [C]

Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm

See term-time

 

Half-term: Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November (inc Friday 30)

 

Every hat tells a story [C]

Monday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Inspired by Dorothy’s baby bonnet, craft a cool cap or a handsome hat that says something about you.

 

Get cooking in the kitchen [C]

Tuesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.

 

Become a natural artist [C]

Wednesday Drop in 11.30am–3.30pm

Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or create a poem out of stones.

 

Spooky stories by the fire [7+]

Thursday & Friday 11.30am & 2.30pm

See Easter

 

Pastimes from the past [C]

Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm

See term-time

 

Special events

 

Free for locals

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 11am–4pm

Join us for a free visit – just tell us how you found out about this event – and see what’s new for 2020.

 

Easter eggsplorer hunt [C]

Friday 10–Monday 13 April 11am–4pm

Become an Easter nature eggsplorer and win a Cadbury chocolate prize. £2 per hunt.

 

William’s 250th birthday

Tuesday 7 April 11am–4pm

Help us celebrate Wordsworth’s 250th birthday with free cake, music, tours and poetry.

 

Daffodil Day in Cockermouth

Saturday 4 April 11am–4pm

  • Talks on William Wordsworth, the man
  • Free entry on Saturday 4/4/19
  • 2x garden tours by Amanda Thackeray
  • Art and craft with the servants
  • Presence at All Saints church?
  • Town tours finish at WWHG
  • Some type of castle opening

 

Cockermouth Live

Saturday 4 July

Details 2bc – free entry and music.

 

Heritage Open Day

Saturday 19 September 11am–4pm

Visit the house and garden free of charge and listen to a special talk to celebrate Heritage Open Day.

 

National Poetry Day

Xxxxxday xx October 11am–4pm

Celebrate National Poetry Day at Wordsworth’s childhood home. Seek inspiration, take in a tour or write a poem and share the things that inspire you.

 

Normal admission price applies to all events unless otherwise stated.

BE        Booking essential

C          Suitable for children aged 4-11. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult

7+        Suitable for children over 7 years