Experience Georgian life at first hand

Costumed servants at work in the kitchen at Wordsworth House © John Millar

Costumed servants at work in the kitchen at Wordsworth House

When William Wordsworth’s childhood home reopens on Saturday 7 March, the furniture will be brightly polished, the copper pots gleaming and the fire crackling in the kitchen grate.

The dining table will be set with real food, and the room guides and costumed servants will be in position to share their stories about the Wordsworths – and some of the house’s other colourful residents.

On Mondays and Thursdays during term time, 30-minute house taster tours will offer an insight into the family life that forged one of our best-loved poets. The tours, which are free with entry, will be at 11.30am and 2.30pm. They’re very popular, though, so please arrive in plenty of time.

One of our harpsichord volunteers will be at the keyboard on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3.30pm playing some of the music William might have enjoyed.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the maid or manservant will be hard at work in the kitchen – and keen to chat. The servants will also be giving special 20-minute talks on William’s childhood or the horrible truth about Georgian life. Talks, which cost £2, will be at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

On Sundays, families will be able to borrow Explorer Bags full of trails, tools and toys to help them delve into the nooks and crannies of the house and garden.

Whatever day you visit, reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – will be waiting in the children’s bedroom. The quills and ink will be ready in the clerk’s office, while in the kitchen, there will be an 18th-century recipe to taste. And, if you have a musical bent, feel free to pick out a tune on the harpsichord.