Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage, the family home of William Wordsworth
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This traditional Lakeland cottage was the home of the poet William Wordsworth. In 1799, Wordsworth fell in love with Dove Cottage and Grasmere whilst on a walking tour of the Lake District and within a few months had set up home here with his sister, Dorothy. It was whilst living here that Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems and Dorothy wrote fascinating Grasmere journals.

In this inspiring landscape of lakes and fells, largely unspoilt since Wordsworth’s time, it’s easy to understand why he called this valley the ‘calmest, fairest spot of earth’.

An entertaining guided tour of Dove Cottage gives a vivid impression of what day-to-day life would have been like for Wordsworth and his family, as well as providing the opportunity to soak up the unique and creative atmosphere of the cottage.

Afterwards, take a stroll through the delightful fell-side garden behind the cottage, which Wordsworth referred to as a ‘little domestic slip of mountain’. The garden has been restored to the half-wild state that Wordsworth and Dorothy lovingly created from local plants and materials. It was a place of peace and inspiration for Wordsworth, who would often compose poetry outdoors.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Association or society, Heritage site, Library, Archive, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum

Opening hours

Our National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year.

The museum will be closed for the whole of 2019.

Dove Cottage will be closed from January until late summer. It will open in mid-August and will close again at the end of October (exact dates to be confirmed) until Spring 2020.

From 1 March onwards, when Dove Cottage is closed, there will be a special alternative experience held in our library, the Discover Wordsworth talk. These sessions will include a film of Dove Cottage narrated by one of our experienced guides, plus time to view the library with objects and manuscripts on display. The Discover Wordsworth talks will run every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour, every day of the week.

In March the talks will run from 10.30am, last talk 4.30pm.

From 1 April until Dove Cottage re-opens they will run from 9.30am, last talk 4.30pm.

From 1 November – 23 December the Discover Wordsworth talks will run from 10.30am, last talk 3.30pm.

There may be times when both Dove Cottage and the Discover Wordsworth talk are unavailable or when we are offering the Discover Wordsworth talk instead of the Dove Cottage tour during the summer. This could be due to pre-booked visits, events, or circumstances beyond our control. We will ensure that we share information about these occasions as soon as we are able to; however it may be that this is with very short notice. Please check our website or call us (015394 35544) the morning before you visit to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Admission charges

Adult: £6.00
Patrons and Friends: free
National Art Pass: free

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

The car park for Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum are located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District. Look for the big blue sign just south of the Grasmere mini-roundabout.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collections held at Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum are founded on the papers, books and personalia which Wordsworth bequeathed to his family. Through this material, and subsequent collecting, the museum covers not only the lives and works of Wordsworth and his circle, but the wider phenomenon of British Romanticism, and the role of the Lake District in inspiring writers and artists of the Romantic Movement.

Aside from its outstanding manuscript and portrait collections, the museum holds important paintings, prints and drawings of the Lake District. Among these is Joseph Wright of Derby's painting of Ullswater, David Cox's 'Morecambe Bay Sands', and drawings by Joseph Farington.

Collection details

Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Black and white drawing of Sara Coleridge, daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

‘A Creature Doomed to Despair’: Anxiety, Depression and Feeling with Sara Coleridge

  • 2 November 2019 2:30-3:30pm

Sara Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s only daughter, spent her adult life negotiating the complexities brought about by what she called her ‘nervousness’. Today, we’d call it depression. She advised herself that it was ‘better not to look this way’, but she also found immense creative richness in the complex nature of her own mental health. In this talk, Dr Jo Taylor (University of Manchester) will introduce some of Sara’s most moving works, and use them to explore how anxiety and depression can be – sometimes simultaneously – a personal curse and a creative blessing.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/a-creature-doomed-to-despair-anxiety-depression-and-feeling-with-sara-coleridge/

Image of Polly Atkin

Discover Poetry

  • 17 October 2019 7:30-9pm
  • 21 November 2019 7:30-9pm
  • 19 December 2019 7:30-9pm
  • 20 February 2020 7:30-9pm
  • 19 March 2020 7:30-9pm

Do you like reading poetry, but never find the time? Would you like to read more, but don’t know where to start? Would you like to talk about poetry with a friendly, open group? Join Grasmere poet Polly Atkin with a cup of tea by the fire and enjoy a selection of classic and contemporary poems chosen to reflect the changing seasons.

Admission

Free, booking advised (maximum of 15 places).

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/whats-on/events/?series=279

Image of spines of historic books

Why Should We Read Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

  • 28 September 2019 4-5pm

When we think of great works of literature, we sometimes picture serious tomes written by serious writers: unapproachable, historic…and on occasion, deeply daunting!

In this series of talks we travel back to when the Romantic authors were just starting out. Some were already establishing a reputation, others were yet to make a name for themselves, but all were creating work that would survive and thrive over the passing centuries…and none of them would have been able to imagine the impact that they still have today. Reading their works while the ink was still fresh, and hearing them for the first time, were experiences that couldn’t be matched – until now.

Our talks will introduce you to this diverse set of influential writers through the very best bits of their work. Ideal if you are new to these authors – and a pleasure for everyone to hear the words aloud, read by people who know them very well indeed. Our speakers will set aside their lecture notes, reading to you from original 200-year-old books, surrounded by beautiful early editions of all the Romantic authors…and we’ve even given them the option of doing it in character!

In this talk Dr Meiko O’Halloran of Newcastle University will introduce you to the writing of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poet, literary critic, philosopher, and theologian.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£5.00

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Calligraphy Workshop

  • 28 September 2019 10am-4pm

Why not nurture your creative spirit at one of our workshops? An opportunity to slow down, immerse yourself in a traditional craft, learn a new skill and create something beautiful. All of our workshops include the materials that you will need for the day, as well as light refreshments – with an option for a delicious lunch provided by a local café.

World-renowned calligrapher Manny Ling will introduce you to the basics of calligraphy, from how to use essential tools to some of the scripts that can transform words into visual art. By the end of the day you will have the confidence to begin your journey in this dynamic medium – as well a beautiful piece of art to hang on your wall!

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£40, or £50 including lunch. This workshop must be booked in advance.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/calligraphy-workshop/

Photograph of William Wordsworth's 'The Prelude'

Finishing The Prelude

  • 2 October 2019 2:15-4pm
  • 30 October 2019 2:15-4pm
  • 27 November 2019 2:15-4pm
  • 18 December 2019 2:15-4pm
  • 15 January 2020 2:15-4pm
  • 5 February 2020 2:15-4pm
  • 4 March 2020 2:15-4pm
  • 1 April 2020 2:15-4pm

We are delighted that Pamela Woof, former President of the Wordsworth Trust, is to continue her wonderful literature classes on Wordsworth’s great autobiographical masterpiece 'The Prelude' for a fourth year. In her own words:

‘How was Wordsworth to finish his epic, the journey through his own experience? Written in 1804, Book X was already too long. Yet the poem had to reach an ending, and that ending must be positive. Homer, Virgil, Dante and Milton had resolved the crises of their poems: the Greeks had conquered Troy; Odysseus had got back to Ithaca; Aeneas did establish Rome; Dante, after pains of the Inferno and trials of Purgatory, entered Paradise; Adam and Eve, repenting disobedience, learnt of redemption.

But Wordsworth’s crisis had no similar resolution. His poem’s events were real, unfinished business witnessed by himself; thoughts and feelings about England and France during the most violent political revolution Europe had known. The war succeeding this would go on till 1815.

It meant that there is more than one narrative line in Book X: the terrible events themselves, the killings and the blood; the elation and euphoria of the young Wordsworth aged 20 who had been in France in 1790; the innocent, thoughtful discussions that he had in Blois in 1792; his helpless despair at the Terror; the magnitude of this failure to change society; England’s part in the drama; and the considered views of the mature man of 34 looking back.

Complicated facts overlap in the poem with ever-changing feelings. The perspective of time and associations brings up images from boyhood and from Wordsworth’s reading; the past is not safely past – it mingles with the present and affects the future.

Altogether, Book X presents a rich insight into a mobile and sensitive mind, the mind of a poet – the essential subject, after all, of 'The Prelude'.

We begin with some further consideration of Book X and move on to Wordsworth’s brilliant and unique resolution of the poem’s crisis in his last three books, ending with Coleridge’s reaction to the entire unpublished poem.’

Newcomers are welcome, and copies of 'The Prelude' 1805 will be provided.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 per class or £70 for a season ticket (8 classes).

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/whats-on/events/?series=337

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Poetry Party for National Poetry Day

  • 3 October 2019 7:30-9:30pm

Come and join our Poetry Party and celebrate National Poetry Day at the Wordsworth Trust, with special host Kim Moore.

The theme for this year is 'Truth' and our guest poet will be the fabulous Ruby Robinson. Ruby's debut collection 'Every Little Sound' was published in 2016 by Pavilion Poetry. Colette Bryce wrote that 'The most vital poetry is fuelled by truth, even when it may expose us to the source of pain. Ruby Robinson's poems enact this risk with great skill, reaffirming the power of the art'. 

There will also be an open mic session during the evening – sign up on the door to read your own poems or a favourite poem by someone else that explores the theme of truth.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/poetry-party-for-national-poetry-day/

Image of wool and knitting tools

This Golden Fleece: A Creative Journey of Knitting, Purpose and Place

  • 20 October 2019 10am-1pm

Why not nurture your creative spirit at one of our workshops? An opportunity to slow down, immerse yourself in a traditional craft, learn a new skill and create something beautiful. All of our workshops include the materials that you will need for the day, as well as light refreshments.

Esther Rutter spent a year writing and knitting her way round the British Isles to learn about the country’s long-held fascination with all things woolly. In this special workshop she will take you on a journey through her new book, This Golden Fleece, invite you to examine historic knitted items from our collection, and then guide you through beginning your own stranded colourwork patterns, inspired by the Dales knitters and the landscape of Cumbria. All knitting materials included. Please note that participants must be able to knit and purl.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£20. This workshop must be booked in advance.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/this-golden-fleece/

Image of autumn leaves outside of Dove Cottage.

Outdoor Eco-art

  • 22 October 2019 2-4pm

Spend the afternoon outdoors and be creative as a family. Take time to notice the beautiful landscape around Dove Cottage, experience it through a child’s eyes and ‘let Nature be your teacher’. Spot constellations in wildflowers, think of unusual ways to describe a stream, and hunt for hidden objects in the Dove Cottage garden.

How can you make a poem from a twig, a pebble and some leaves? What beautiful art can be created from found natural objects? What can we learn from viewing nature and poetry differently?

Perfect for older children (and grown-ups too).

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free, 20 places available. Pre-booking advised.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/outdoor-eco-art/

Red berries in Dove Cottage garden

Rucksack of Rhymes: Autumn

  • 23 October 2019 10:30-11:30am

William and Dorothy loved nature and the changing seasons. Explore some of their poems and words through songs, actions and crafts this autumn time. Suitable for children aged 0-5 years.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Free, no need to book.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/rucksack-of-rhymes-autumn/

Photograph of a page of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

From the Charnel-House to the Future of Law Enforcement – It’s Franken Time!

  • 31 October 2019 7:30-8:30pm

Few books have captivated humanity’s imagination to the degree of Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein'. This talk by Richard Stanton begins with the 1818 text before getting elbow-deep in the viscera of the most imaginative and funny re-interpretations of this visionary work. We’ll join Robocop in a future Detroit, see the creature’s rebirth in post-war Iraq, and ask what the modern Prometheus means in the modern age. Come along for a bloody good time.

*Due to the nature of the material, this talk is not suitable for children.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/halloween-talk/

A black and white illustration of Sarah Coleridge, wife of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The Hidden Life of Sara Coleridge

  • 5 November 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about the hidden life of Sara Coleridge, wife of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. What did Dorothy Wordsworth write about Sara Coleridge in her letters, and why was she so critical of her?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-hidden-life-of-sara-coleridge/

Photograph of pressed flowers on a cream page.

Hedgerow Herbalist

  • 9 November 2019 2-5pm

Find the beauty in winter and explore the myriad ways seasonal berries, lichen and roots can be used to maintain wellbeing and treat specific conditions, as well as simply for the pleasure of using them. You will learn how to identify these plants in their natural habitats, as well as create your own items to take home.

This workshop is led by local herbalist Lesley Hoyle, owner of Windermere-based business Sophiology, and includes seasonal light refreshments.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£50.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/hedgerow-herbalist/

Photograph of two pages of a handwritten manuscript containing recipes recorded by Dorothy and Mary Wordsworth.

The Wordsworths and Food

  • 12 November 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about the Wordsworths and food. What does our manuscript collection, and the work of food historian Peter Brears, tell us about the recipes that the Wordsworths used and the food that they bought?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-wordsworths-and-food/

An illustration of Rome by John Ruskin.

The Romantics and Ancient Art

  • 19 November 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about the Romantics and ancient art. How did the eighteenth-century vogue for collecting antiquities inspire Romantic poets and artists?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-romantics-and-ancient-art/

Book cover of Vital Stream by Lucy Newlyn

Annual London Lecture: ‘Vital Stream’: Love and Creativity in the Wordsworth Circle, 1802

  • 20 November 2019 6-7pm

1802 was an extraordinary year in the Wordsworth circle. William and Dorothy were writing some of their most beautiful poetry and prose, while Coleridge's marriage was in a state of near collapse. Drawing on detailed knowledge of letters, poems, notebooks and journals, Professor Lucy Newlyn’s new book 'Vital Stream' (Carcanet Press, 2019) explores their thoughts and feelings about love, family bonds, friendship and creativity at this time. In this lecture, she will read from her collection and describe how she has re-told a famous love story for a modern audience, in sonnet-form.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Where

Chancellor’s Hall
Senate House
Malet Street
London
WC1E 7HU
England

Admission

Free, register online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/annual-london-lecture/

Photograph of William Wordsworth's glasses.

Poetry and Blindness

  • 23 November 2019 2:30-3:30pm

Often blindness in poetry is used for its symbolic value, where a blind character can suggest spiritual insight or inner creativity. In this talk Professor Michael Bradshaw (University of Worcester) takes a different approach, drawing upon the real experience of visual impairment, and looks afresh at the lives and writings of Ann Batten Cristall, William Wordsworth and other Romantic-era writers. He also explores the themes of blindness and sight, and the experience of non- and partially sighted characters.

Admission

£5.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/poetry-and-blindness/

Black and white photograph of Windermere Ferry, with several passengers.

The Wordsworths and Windermere Ferry

  • 26 November 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about the Wordsworths and Windermere Ferry. Wordsworth frequently used the ferry as a schoolboy and a young man – what stories does it have to tell, and how has it changed over the centuries?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-wordsworths-and-windermere-ferry/

Painting of Nelson and his horse at Waterloo.

Wordsworth and the Grasmere Volunteers

  • 3 December 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about Wordsworth and the Grasmere Volunteers. Why did Wordsworth enlist in the Grasmere Volunteers during the Napoleonic Wars – and what was being a volunteer like?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/wordsworth-and-the-grasmere-volunteers/

Cartoon of a scene in Paris 1793, showing a dismembered corpse being devoured by a male and a female.

Wordsworth and the French Revolution

  • 10 December 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about Wordsworth and the French Revolution. In France at the heart of the Revolution, how did Wordsworth’s experiences affect his life, politics and poetry?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/wordsworth-and-the-french-revolution/

Image of orange studded with cloves, greenery and a candle.

Yuletide Traditions

  • 11 December 2019 6:30-9:30pm

Explore the Yuletide traditions and rituals connected to the abundance of seasonal plants that can be found in Dove Cottage garden and the surrounding woodland, and create aromatic and decorative items to take home with you! You will also receive a booklet of instructions, templates and herbal traditions that you can try for yourself at home.

This workshop is led by local herbalist Lesley Hoyle, owner of Windermere-based business Sophiology, and includes a vegetarian buffet supper.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£30.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/yuletide-traditions/

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A Handmade Tale: The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Women of the Langdale Linen Industry

  • 14 December 2019 2:30-3:30pm

John Ruskin, an artist, critic and social reformer, created the Langdale linen industry and saw it as one of his finest achievements. Women who had no previous experience of hand-spinning or weaving were taught to do both, proving that handmade linen could compete with mass-produced and that women could find fulfilling and creative roles in the world of work.  Penelope Hemingway, author of 'Their Darkest Materials' (2019), goes in search of the women who created and drove the Langdale linen industry's success and will demonstrate handspinning flax (linen).

Admission

£5.00, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/a-handmade-tale/

Colour illustration of a library, with shelved of colourful books.

The Women Who Created the Cottonian Libraries

  • 17 December 2019 3:30-4:30pm

As the nights draw in and the days grow colder, it is the time of year to use the winter as the Romantics did – to read, to learn, and to share stories in good company. Pull up a chair in our new café and enjoy a short informal talk on a topic connected to the Wordsworths – all with a hot drink and a seasonal bake close to hand, and led by our knowledgeable staff and trainees!

This week, discover more about the women who created the 'Cottonian' libraries. Wordsworth and Robert Southey owned books bound in beautiful cottons - their ‘Cottonian’ libraries. Who were the members of their families that fashioned them, and was Mary Wordsworth one of them?

Admission

£7.00, including tea and cake.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-women-who-created-the-cottonian-libraries/

Photograph of white men and women, of a range of ages, grouped around a table and looking at historic books.

An Afternoon with Grasmere History Group

  • 4 January 2020 2:30-3:30pm

It has become an annual tradition to spend the first Saturday afternoon of the year with Grasmere History Group, reviewing and celebrating the research and discoveries made by the group in the previous year. The group will share stories and findings from 'Grasmere's History in 50 Buildings’, their extensive year-long project, which the group intends to publish as a book.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/an-afternoon-with-grasmere-history-group/

Image of a person writing in a notebook with a pen.

Writing Workshop with the Poetry Business

  • 1 February 2020 12-1:30pm

Take part in a writing workshop with Ann and Peter Sansom, 'the best poetry teachers in the world' (The Guardian). Just bring a notebook and a pen: all model poems and inspiration will be provided in this focussed but hugely enjoyable writing time.

After, why not stay and enjoy the 2019 Poetry Business Competition Winners’ Reading? The annual Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition has launched the careers of many successful poets. The four winners, chosen by Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books, Michael Schmidt of Carcanet and Amy Wack from Seren, will read a selection of their work in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Centre Reading Room.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15, bookable online.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/poetry-business-writing-workshop/

Stack of poetry pamphlets on a dry-stone wall.

The 2019 Poetry Business Competition Winners’ Reading

  • 1 February 2020 2-3:30pm

The annual Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition has launched the careers of many successful poets. The four winners, chosen by Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books, Michael Schmidt of Carcanet and Amy Wack from Seren, will read a selection of their work in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Centre Reading Room.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, registration required.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/the-2019-poetry-business-competition-winners-reading/

A watercolour painting of Lake Windermere, showing the view across the lake from Calgarth.

Discovering the Lake District 200 Years Ago

  • 15 February 2020 2:15-4:45pm

The Jonathan Wordsworth Memorial Lecture in Three Parts.

Were visitors to the Lakes just ‘gentlemen in search of the picturesque’? Tony Mehew discusses Peter Bicknell’s 'The Picturesque Scenery of the Lake District, 1752-1855' (1990), the standard bibliography for books and prints, and revisits the material, geographical area and writers that Bicknell explored in his classic work.

The Reverend John Pering, a Yorkshire clergyman, recorded his 1808 tour of the Lakes in a journal now held by the Wordsworth Trust. David Turner outlines Pering’s fascinating tour and explores key moments and stops in his journey, including a visit to the Wordsworths only weeks after they had moved to Allan Bank.

This autumn the Wordsworth Trust will publish an illustrated edition of the essay that became Wordsworth’s celebrated 'Guide to the Lakes'. Dr Cecilia Powell talks about the challenges and joys of finding images from the Trust’s own outstanding fine art collection to match the grandeur of his prose.

Admission

£5.00 (Free to Wordsworth Winter School Participants), including tea and coffee.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/discovering-the-lake-district-200-years-ago/

Photograph of a dark-haired woman lying on a yoga mat.

Family Yoga

  • 18 February 2020 2-4pm

Revitalise your senses, stretch your muscles and bond with family members in our new Learning Space. This guided yoga session is led by Carly Harding from Lakes Yoga and includes games, stories, partner poses and relaxation for adults and children aged 5-11 years. There will be alternative play and craft activities for children under 5 years old with another member of staff in a room off the main space.

Suitable for families with children 0-11 years.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Maximum of 16 places available, pre-booking is advised.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/family-yoga/

Photograph of brightly coloured bunting on a white background.

Rucksack of Rhymes: Celebration

  • 19 February 2020 10:30-11:30am

It’s nearly time for William Wordsworth’s big birthday celebration! Join us in celebrating his birthday with songs, toys, actions and crafts. Suitable for children aged 0-5 years.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4

Admission

Free, no need to book.

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/rucksack-of-rhymes-celebration/

Blue and white abstract cyanotype artwork by Kim Tillyer.

Printing with Light

  • 14 March 2020 10am-4pm

Discover the printmaking technique of cyanotype, popular as an early method of making botanical studies, which uses sunlight to create ethereal images in shades of blue and white. You will learn about the process and how it can be applied to paper or fabrics, creating your own ‘photograms’ of plants and objects collected on a guided walk around the gardens and woodland surrounding Dove Cottage. This workshop is led by local artist Kim Tillyer, who often uses cyanotype, as well as hand embroidery, in her own work. Lunch and light refreshments are included.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£60.00

Website

https://wordsworth.org.uk/events/printing-with-light/

Getting there

The car park for Dove Cottage & The Wordsworth Museum are located on the A591, the main Kendal–Keswick road through the central Lake District. Look for the big blue sign just south of the Grasmere mini-roundabout.

Dove Cottage
Town End
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9SH
England

Website

http://www.wordsworth.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@wordsworth.org.uk

Telephone

015394 35544

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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