Go wild at Wordsworth House in the holidays

Three children cooking in Wordsworth House kitchen

Whatever the weather, there will be plenty to keep families busy at Wordsworth House and Garden during the school holidays in 2020.

Dress up, play with traditional toys and games, write with a quill and ink, follow William and Dorothy’s lost animals trail and get hands-on in the cosy working kitchen.

If the sun is out, head out into William’s inspiring childhood garden for more clues and games, to meet our friendly mini-flock of heritage chickens and let off some steam.

Activities run from Saturday to Thursday in the school holidays – from February half-term through to the October break – and are free with admission to the house and garden.

Get creative

At weekends, think outside the Xbox and try your hand at some pastimes from the past, including indoor and outdoor games William and his sister Dorothy would have enjoyed.

On Mondays, fashion and decorate a very fancy paper hat. Inspired by Dorothy’s baby bonnet, which is on show in our special 2020 exhibition, craft a cool cap or a handsome bi-corn that says something about you.

Tuesdays are the time to head to the clerk’s office and have a go at writing with a quill and ink. Take your finished letter or poem to the maid in the kitchen and she’ll show you how to seal it with wax.

On Wednesdays, become a natural artist. Let nature awaken your creativity and make a piece of wild art from found objects or compose a poem out of stones.

On Thursdays, get cosy by the kitchen fire at 11.30am or 2.30pm, as the maids tell some spooky stories William and Dorothy might have enjoyed.

For all other activities, drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

We hope to see you over the holidays!

Hear the story of Dorothy and Kraster Cook at Wordsworth House
Two imitiation skulls at Wordsworth House
Hear the story of Dorothy and Kraster Cook at Wordsworth House