Experience Georgian life at first hand
Summer is the perfect time to let off steam, or simply relax, in the beautiful walled garden that helped inspire William Wordsworth to become a nature poet. And if it rains – this is England, after all – there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained indoors.
Our school holiday activities for families run from Saturday, 18 July to Sunday, 6 September and there’s something different happening every day of the week.
On Mondays, children can head for the working Georgian kitchen, roll up their sleeves and help the costumed servants make a traditional Cumbrian recipe.
Tuesdays are wild art days. Adults and children can unleash their creativity and make artworks using found objects ranging from twigs and leaves to feathers and seashells. Our staff have already had a go, and their creations are on show around the house to provide inspiration.
On Wednesdays, the servants – who are hard at work in the house every day during the holidays – give special 10-minute talks on the weird world of Georgian leisure at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Afterwards, visitors can play a game of skittles or have a hand of cards18th-century style.
On Thursdays, children can try some of the 50 things we think everyone should experience before they are 11 ¾, including snail racing and grass trumpet making. If it’s wet, we’ll just move everything indoors!
We’re closed on Fridays, but at weekends families can borrow Explorer Bags full of trails, tools and toys to help them delve further into the nooks and crannies of this fascinating house and garden.
Whatever day you visit, reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – are waiting in the children’s bedroom. The quills and ink are ready in the clerk’s office, while in the kitchen, there’s an 18th-century recipe to taste. And, if you have a musical bent, feel free to pick out a tune on the harpsichord.