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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbrian poet's house open for bank holiday fun

Servants have been putting in some skittle practice in preparation for a fun-filled week of events at William Wordsworth’s childhood home.

Wordsworth House photo
Sophia Atcha at Wordsworth House

Cockermouth’s Wordsworth House and Gardens will hold Georgian games and cookery demonstrations as well as a host of crafty garden events during the half-term holiday.

Visitors will also get the chance to see an exhibition, called Natural Inspirations, by Maryport textile artist Dianne Standen.

Manager Zoe Gilbert said: “We’re always on the lookout for something a little different to please our visitors, whether they’re here for the first time, or regular guests.

“I hope this half-term holiday calendar of events offers something for everyone, so if you’re into arts and crafts, or food and drink, or want a way of keeping the children amused, come and see us.”

Dianne’s exhibition uses “upcycled” materials, using old and waste fabrics and wool to create a new and original artwork.

She has reflected the colours and insect life of the gardens where Wordsworth once played in her designs, which take their theme from the movement of water in the River Derwent at the back of the property.

Other events during the week include “playthings and pastimes” where visitors can learn how the Georgians amused themselves with cards, skittles and other games. This takes place this Saturday and Sunday and again next weekend.

On Monday at 11.30am and 2.30pm, budding kitchen gardeners can learn about how herbs and hedgerow plants can be used in some bizarre ways, while from 11.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesday visitors can get their hands floury in the kitchen learning to make Cumbria clapbread.

An event perfect for budding actors and actresses is a family photo being taken in replica 18th century costume on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Dianne Standen will lead a workshop from noon to 3pm creating bird scarers which are designed to save gardeners’ seeds and plants in spring. She is famed locally for her felt pebbles, which look uncannily realistic, and these will feature alongside bird scarers made from CDs and other recycled materials that visitors will be able to imitate in their own gardens.

There is also a new visitor trail through the gardens and those taking part are asked to look out for the quirky crocheted bugs lurking in the undergrowth.

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