Go wild at Wordsworth House this half-term

Three children cooking in Wordsworth House kitchen

Whatever the weather, there's plenty to keep families busy at Wordsworth House and Garden over the October holiday.

Dress up, play with traditional toys and games, write with a quill and ink, follow the ‘Let’s count like a Cumbrian 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 19 October to Sunday 3 November 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 Monday, become a rock artist. Follow in the footsteps of the land’s earliest inhabitants and decorate a pebble to tell a personal story.

Tuesday is the day to roll up your sleeves in the kitchen and have a go at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.

On Wednesday, 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 Thursday – and on Friday 25 October, when we’re also open – 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