It’s getting spooky at Wordsworth House this autumn

Two imitiation skulls at Wordsworth House

Come rain or shine, there’s plenty to enjoy over the October holiday at William’s childhood home. We’re open all week and there’s something going on every day, from spooky storytelling to making wild art.

On Saturday and Sunday, go wild like William and his sister Dorothy with a Dumbledore and Horniegoggle explorer bag. Hunt for surprising creatures and weird words in the house and garden, and get tips on how to turn your own backyard into a nature haven.

On Monday, join the costumed servants in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and have a go at making traditional Cumberland clapbread. The theme on Tuesday is wild art: materials are supplied – all you need to bring is your imagination.

Drop in on Wednesday to make your mark like a Georgian with quill and ink then learn how to seal a letter with wax. On Thursday and Friday, get cosy by the kitchen fire at 11.30am or 2.30pm as the servants share some spooky stories William and Dorothy might have enjoyed.

Whatever day you visit, there’s also a choice of indoor and outdoor children’s trails to follow. You’ll find reproduction toys and dressing up clothes – in all sizes – in the children’s bedroom, a giant magnetic storytelling game and drawing materials in the Discovery Room, and, if the rain stays off, there are poetry stones to play with in the back courtyard.

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

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