Experience Georgian life at first hand

Hands on: A visitor in replica costume tries writing with a quill pen

Hands on: A visitor in replica costume tries writing with a quill pen

Spring 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, while if the servants are in the kitchen, they will be delighted to get help with their chores.

Innovations for 2014 include a new audio tour, offering fresh insights into the people who made the house their home. Tours cost £1.50 per person.

On Mondays and Thursdays during term time, you can join a volunteer-led guided tour at 11.30am or 12.15pm for a personal view of the Wordsworths’ everyday life. These tours are free, but groups are small and places allocated on a first come, first served basis.

During term time, you can meet one of our costumed servants in the working kitchen on Tuesdays and Saturdays up to 3pm. They will be giving special 20-minute talks at 11.30am and 12pm about how William’s early life turned him into one of our best-loved poets. These cost £2 per person.

If you visit on a term-time Wednesday morning, you can join a drop-in conservation cleaning demonstration, garden tour or 10-minute house taster talk – please use our events search facility to check dates for these.

On Sundays, family visitors can borrow one of our exciting new explorer bags to help them delve into the nooks and crannies of the house and garden.

Spooky and sweet family fun

Over the Easter holidays, we're open seven days a week and have lots going on for all ages. Our costumed servants will be working in the kitchen and giving 10-minute talks or poetry readings daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

On Monday 7 and 14 April you can join a special 10-minute talk to find out how the Wordsworths’ servants would have amused themselves, then try your hand at a game of cards or skittles 18th-century style.

On Tuesday 8 and 15 April, and Saturday 12 April, drop in any time from 11.30am to 3.30pm, roll up your sleeves and discover how to make clapbread.

You can get cosy by the kitchen fire and listen to the servants’ traditional spooky tales on Wednesday 9 and 16 April or Friday 11 April at 11.30am or 2.30pm. Stories are suitable for children aged seven and above.

On Thursday 10 and 17 April children can get busy in the kitchen and make a pastry fish – or dinosaur or tardis – the possibilities are endless! Again, drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

Over Easter weekend itself – from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April – we’re running an egg hunt in the garden in partnership with Cadbury’s. Trails cost £1.50 and there’s a delicious chocolate egghead for everyone who takes part.

Wine and cheese Georgian style

On Friday 11 April we have an evening event strictly for grown ups. Join wine expert Nick Shill and the Wordsworth House team from 6 to 8.30pm for a very special wine and cheese tasting in our dining room and Georgian kitchen.

The evening includes an exclusive view of the house and an insight into 18th-century drinking habits!

Tickets are £25 and booking is essential. Please call 01900 824805 to reserve your place.