Experience Georgian life at first hand
The furniture is brightly polished, the copper pots are gleaming, the fire is crackling in the kitchen grate, and William Wordsworth’s childhood home is ready to receive visitors of all ages over the half-term holidays.
The dining table is set with real food, and the room guides and costumed servants are in position to share their stories about the Wordsworths – and some of the house’s other colourful residents.
During the May school holiday week, the servants will be working in the house every day and keen to gossip about life with the family. They will also be giving special 10-minute talks about the weird world of Georgian leisure or William’s wild childhood every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
On Saturday and Sunday 23-24 and 30-31 May, families can borrow Explorer Bags full of trails, tools and toys to help them delve into the nooks and crannies of the house and garden.
On Monday 25 May, children – and grown-ups – can roll up their sleeves in the kitchen and have a go at making a traditional Cumbrian recipe. Just drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.
Tuesday 26 May is the day to try some Georgian pastimes. Play a traditional game of skittles, have a hand of snip, snap, snorum, or – if you’re feeling brave – join a jingling match.
There’s a chance to make your mark as a Georgian on Wednesday 27 May. Drop in between 11.30am and 3.30pm to learn about 18th-century letter writing, pen a missive or poem and seal it the old-fashioned way.
On Thursday 28 May, unleash your inner wild child and try some of our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, including bug hunting and the sedate sport of snail racing.
Friday 29 May is wild art day. Drop in between 11.30am and 3.30pm and let nature awaken your creativity as you make a piece of art with found objects.
Going round the house, look out for some unique artworks made from found objects by the staff, who’ve been accessing their inner ‘wild child’.
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.
Join us at 7pm on Tuesday 9 June or Friday 3 July for a screening of Project Wild Thing. This fascinating film about getting children outdoors and back to nature is guaranteed to inspire you to spend more time having fun in the open air. The film is followed by a panel discussion and glass of wine in the Georgian kitchen. Call 01900 824805 to book your free tickets.