Start a new conversation as a Wordsworth House volunteer

A National Trust volunteer chatting to a visitor

If you’re looking for a fresh challenge and have a bit of time to spare, volunteering at Wordsworth House and Garden, or in the spectacular North Lakes countryside, could be the perfect role.

As well as helping a fantastic charitable cause, volunteering is a great way to make new friends, use your skills, learn new ones or broaden your CV.

Poet William’s childhood home in Cockermouth is looking is people to donate a few hours once a week or fortnight. Opportunities include welcoming and chatting to visitors as room and exhibition guides, leading house tours, selling raffle tickets, helping in the café and playing the replica harpsichord.

Zoe Gilbert, Wordsworth House’s visitor experience manager, said: “You don’t need to be a history or literature expert – although those things would be a bonus. All it takes is a warm, friendly manner and a willingness to get involved, as full training is provided.”

Retired solicitor John Conlon, who joined the team last spring as a room guide, said: “I feel privileged to be a volunteer at Wordsworth’s birthplace, which is a historic treasure. Spending time there lets me combine my interest in the Romantic poets and the Georgian period with meeting and talking to many of the visitors.

“The affection they hold for Wordsworth House and their knowledge and interest in the story of the Wordsworths is really quite remarkable.”

You can try a tricorn for size at Wordsworth House
A woman helps a man try on a tricorn hat
You can try a tricorn for size at Wordsworth House

Get outdoors

If you prefer spending time in beautiful places outdoors, the North Lakes team is looking for help opening Derwent Island House, Force Crag Mine and a climbers’ bothy at Ashness Bridge to the public, as well as at events such as Derwent Water Regatta and on Easter egg hunts. 

Anne Hasson, who volunteers at the bothy, said: “I really enjoy my days there, and you meet such lovely and interesting people.”

Come for coffee

To find out how you could get involved, pop into Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake on Thursday 8 or Saturday 17 February between 10am and 1pm for a chat with a member of the North Lakes team. Alternatively, drop us an email.

For more information on volunteering at Wordsworth House and Garden, pop into the house for coffee and a chat between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday 6 or Saturday 10 February, or email us.

We look forward to meeting you!