A busy winter at Wordsworth House

Two costumed servants making the children's bed at Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House may have closed its doors for the winter, but the work doesn’t stop. While the housekeeping staff are busy putting the house to bed, the rest of the team are preparing an exciting programme of exhibitions and events for 2016.

William’s childhood here inspired his love of the natural world and helped turn him into one of the world’s best-loved poets, but he isn’t the only important literary figure we’ll be celebrating.

Two new exhibitions feature Beatrix Potter, another lover of landscape who spent much of her life in the Lake District, on the 150th anniversary of her birth.

Beatrix Potter features in two exhibitions at Wordsworth House during 2016
Beatrix Potter in Hill Top porch, Cumbria

Two Bad Mice: Mischief in Beatrix Potter’s Tales revisits the magic of childhood through a charming selection of her original artworks. Open daily, except Friday, from 12 March to 30 June, entry will be free with admission to the house and garden.

Beatrix Potter and a Love of the Northern Lakes reveals how this beautiful area inspired some of her most famous tales. Also free with entry to the house and garden, it will be open daily, except Friday, from 16 July to 30 October.

On Wednesday and Saturday in term time, the costumed servants will give a special ten-minute talk entitled Two Wild Children about how the natural world shaped both Beatrix and William.

There will also be opportunities through the year to join our artist in residence and try your hand at sketching or painting the kind of kitchen and garden objects Beatrix delighted in.

In school holidays, Miss Potter will be sharing some of her little books and the stories behind them
Two Bad Mice book at Hill Top, near Sawrey, Cumbria

And in the school holidays, children and adults can get cosy by the kitchen fire as our modern-day Miss Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.

When we reopen on 12 March, we’ll also be unveiling a new visitor welcome centre and a permanent exhibition about William’s Lakeland legacy.

We look forward to welcoming you then!