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

Summer is a great time to visit Wordsworth House and Garden if you’re young – or young at heart – as there’s a packed programme of activities for all the family.

Dressing up clothes for all ages and sizes, and lots of reproduction toys, are waiting for you in the children’s bedroom. In the clerk’s office, you can write with a quill, while the servants in the kitchen will be delighted to get help with their chores.

Meanwhile, out in William's beloved garden, our poetry tree is in full bloom once more.

Last year, Head Gardener Amanda Thackeray had the brainwave of hanging one of her apple trees with poems – and encouraging visitors to add verses of their own.

Before long, the branches were groaning with leaves of literature – even TV presenter Michael Buerk, who was visiting to film for TV series 'Inside the National Trust', contributed a rhyme.

She is hoping for even more lyrical ballads, heartfelt sonnets and humorous limericks this year.

The house and garden are open from Saturday to Thursday every week during the school holidays, and there are special events and activities going on indoors every day too.

On Mondays, grown ups can take in a short talk about the bizarre ways the Georgians used herbs and foraged plants, and on Wednesdays, they can learn about William’s poetic influences. Talks are at 11.30am and 2.30pm both days.

On Tuesdays, children can get busy in the working Georgian kitchen making clapbread, and on Thursdays, they can turn out a pastry fish. Drop in either day between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the whole family can turn house detective, delving into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with a family explorer bag.