Go wild at Wordsworth House this half-term

Three children cooking in Wordsworth House kitchen

From art and craft activities to spooky storytelling sessions, there’s plenty to enjoy over the half-term holiday week at William’s childhood home. Our family activities run from Saturday 20 October to Sunday 28 October.

On Saturday and Sunday, go wild like William and his sister Dorothy with one of our explorer bags, search for creepy crawlies in the garden and get tips on how to turn your own backyard into a nature haven.

Art and crafts

On Monday 22 October, head for the cellar to craft a fabric poppy to commemorate someone dear to you. Drop into the kitchen on Tuesday, roll up your sleeves and have a go at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.

The theme on Wednesday is wild art: we’ll supply the materials – all you need to bring is your imagination.

Settle down for spooky stories by lamplight at Wordsworth House
A fake female skull wearing a cap
Settle down for spooky stories by lamplight at Wordsworth House

Ghostly tales

On Thursday and Friday, join the servants by the kitchen fire at 11.30am or 2.30pm to listen to some of the traditional Cumbrian spooky stories William and Dorothy might have enjoyed. (Stories suitable for age 7 and above.)

Amazing animals

Whatever day you visit, you can hunt for amazing animals from the First World War on our children’s trail.

You’ll find reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – in the children’s bedroom, quills and ink to write with in the clerk’s office, a giant magnetic storytelling game and drawing materials in the Discovery Room and café, and, if the rain stays off, there are poetry stones and skittles to play with in the back courtyard.

Follow our trail to find out how animals played their part in the First World War
A First World War messenger dog leaps over a trench
Follow our trail to find out how animals played their part in the First World War

Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy our latest exhibition, chat to the costumed servants or explore our award-winning heritage garden.

Trying on the type of clothes William and his sister Dorothy wore
A group of children dressed in Georgian clothes
Trying on the type of clothes William and his sister Dorothy wore