Go wild at Wordsworth House this summer

A group of children in dressing up clothes run through a garden

Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to enjoy over the summer at William’s childhood home. We’re open Saturday to Thursday throughout the holidays, and there’s something going on every day, from art and craft activities to fun family garden tours.

On Saturdays and Sundays, 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.

Wild art and crafts

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

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

Do eat the flowers!

On Thursdays, join a fun family garden tour at 11.30am or 2.30pm to taste flowers, touch bugs and discover how to attract beneficial insects and wildlife to your outside space.

Playing skittles 18th-century style in the courtyard at Wordsworth House
A group of children playing skittles
Playing skittles 18th-century style in the courtyard at Wordsworth House

Amazing animals

Whatever day you visit, you can hunt for amazing animals from the First World War with our new 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