WORDSWORTH HOUSE AND GARDEN Amanda Thackeray shares her love of Wordsworth House garden


Mark Harris, Executive Chef for Lake District Hotels and Tom Booth, competition winner

The National Trust will be sharing some of its most intriguing secrets over the next few weeks.

On Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm, Amanda Thackeray, head gardener at Cockermouth’s Wordsworth House, will give a talk entitled ‘Painted ladies and lazy housewives’, revealing the joys and challenges of conserving an award- winning heritage garden.

Tickets cost £5.00 including coffee and cake and booking is essential. Call 01900 824805 to reserve your place.

At 11.30am on Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June, she will lead groups around the garden that played a key part in inspiring young Wordsworth to become a nature poet.

The tours are free with admission to the house and garden but places are limited, so arrive in plenty of time.

Or explore William’s childhood playground at your own pace, any day from Saturday to Thursday, between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

In term-time, the costumed servants are busy in the house’s working kitchen on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while knowledgeable volunteers lead 30-minute house tours on Mondays and Thursdays at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

During the May half-term holiday, the servants will be in every day with a full programme of family activities.

On Saturday 5th May and Friday 1st June, there is a chance to discover one of the area’s hidden treasures.

Nestling deep in the Coledale Valley and accessible only by foot, bike or National Trust 4x4, Force Crag Mine is among the Lake District’s best-kept secrets. The guided tour of the processing mill is fascinating – even if mining isn’t normally your thing!

Tickets are £6.00 and booking, on 017687 74649, is advisable, particularly if you would like a lift to the mine.

Derwent Island House, sitting in splendid isolation on Derwentwater’s only inhabited island, is a private home that opens to the public just five days a year.

Find out what makes the house and its grounds so special on Wednesday 30th May or Saturday 30th June. Access is by stable, rafted canoes but no previous paddling experience is necessary, as instructors will be on hand.

Tickets cost £14.25 for adults and £4.00 for children, plus a 5 per cent booking fee. They sell out quickly, though, so call 0344 249 1895 to book as soon as possible.


Students from Keswick School proved they had excellent taste when it came to entering their sandwich recipes into the Lake District Hotels ‘Design a Sandwich’ competition.

The local hotel group have been working closely with Keswick School throughout 2018, to raise funds to improve their food technology kitchen and commenced their fundraising activities by involving the students in an exclusive competition.

Students were asked to submit their sandwich recipe, to include the type of bread, fillings, side salad, condiments and whether it is served hot or cold. With the lucky winner receiving a £30 iTunes voucher, as well as being invited together with three friends to enjoy their creation in one of the following group hotels; Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale Hotel, Skiddaw Hotel, Kings Arms Hotel, Inn on the Square, George Hotel, or Inn on the Lake.

The winning sandwich, cleverly concocted by

13-year-old Tom Booth which was given the title ‘Stinky Pig’ included hot back bacon, Eden valley brie and mango chutney, served on a warm ciabatta with a side salad of rocket, celery, chopped radish with a balsamic vinegar dressing.

Tom said: “I was really surprised to hear that my sandwich had been selected as the winner, I didn’t expect to win, which you can probably tell by the name that I gave to my creation. My idea behind it came from a combination of ingredients which my family enjoy - my Dad and Grandpa love mango chutney, my Mum and Dad are always eating brie, everyone likes bacon and my brother Ben and I love salad.”

The sandwich will now feature on the menu in all seven of our hotels, with 50p from each sale going towards upgrading the food technology facilities at Keswick School.”

Energetic Spring Term at Cockermouth Scout Group

We have seen our members take part in a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities, with sleepovers, crafts, karting, mountain rescue visits, scavenger hunts, chip shop challenges and caving to name a few. The Scouts in particular enjoyed their recent Night Hike in the snow! All this is backed up by regular staples of fires, walks, badge activities, games, challenges, with plenty of food.

Our Scout Group continues to grow, with a waiting list for Beavers, two busy Cubs Packs, a full Scout Troop and a very successful Explorer Unit. We are delighted to be able to announce that we are launching a new Friday Beaver Colony. This has been made possible by the successful recruitment of two new Beaver Leaders, Lyanda and Lucy who have been in-post for several months now. They will now take charge of Thursday Beavers,

Scouts caving at King Kong

allowing Mike to launch the new Colony. This will meet every Friday in term-time at the Scout Centre from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. There are still some places available, so if you know of any 6 or 7-year-old boys or girls who may wish to join, please do contact us.

More details of our Scout Group can be found on Facebook by searching Cockermouth Scout Group, or alternatively, you can contact us through the Cumbria Scout website.

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Photo: Paul Harris

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