The Lost Words at Dunham Massey

Searching for The Lost Words at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

From Saturday 7 September – Friday 3 April, be a part of a creative harvesting of words and illustrations at Dunham Massey, inspired by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris's spellbook, The Lost Words.

The book features words from the natural world that have disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary as children spend less time outdoors. Words like 'broadband' and 'chatroom' have replaced others describing the natural world, like 'bramble' and 'conker'.

Join us for a trail, outdoor theatre performance and a series of workshops, for both adults and families, to bring these Lost Words back into the modern world.

Find the Lost Words: Family Trail

Journey through the park at Dunham Massey to seek, find and speak disappearing words brought to life through imaginative installations. Bring family and friends to search high and low in trees, ponds and shrubs to find some of nature's lost words. Can you spot a nest in the trees or the heron in Smithy Pond?

Pick up a trail booklet from Visitor Reception for £2.50 to help guide your visit.

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The Lost Words: Adult Art Workshops

Drop in to Dunham Massey every Monday from 11am–1pm for a series of free Adult Art Workshops inspired by The Lost Words book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. Rediscover natural words that are being lost in today's language. Return each month as we focus on a different natural word. (Free event. No ticket required. Normal admissions apply)

Family Art Workshops

Bring along the kids on the first Saturday of every month for Lost Words family art workshops. Engage with nature through crafts, and learn more about the natural environment. Return each month as the theme focuses on a different natural word. To see our full what's on event list, click here.

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Dunham Massey

Join us for an immersive outdoor performance to reconnect with the natural world. Use your voice and actions to bring nature's spells to life and rediscover nature. Through music, dance and plenty of audience participation, help to work the magic that will bring the Lost Words back into the modern world

The Lost Words could be seen at Lyme earlier in the year, and will be heading to Quarry Bank in spring 2020.