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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA: JUNE/JULY


WILLIAM’S GARDEN IS BUZZING WITH BUMBLEBEES WORDSWORTH HOUSE AND GARDEN - TASTE OF THE PAST


With summer in full swing, Wordsworth House’s heritage garden is at its most attractive to visiting bumblebees as well as to humans.


Poet William’s childhood playground has been specially designed to offer these vital insects a year-round haven, with plants in bloom from March to October and different shapes and sizes to suit their varying tongue lengths.


carders, which look like little brown teddy bears.”


June and July are two of the best months to visit the garden. For anyone living or working locally, it’s the perfect place to take a break from the bustle of day-to-day life. Packed lunches and picnics are welcome and there are benches and grass to sit on and cosy rugs to borrow.


Amanda added: “People talk about the loss of honeybees, but bumblebees pollinate a wider selection of plants, so it’s essential that we look after them, too.


“When the golden marjoram is in flower in high summer, the entire borders seem to be humming. Our globe thistles are bee magnets too.”


Bumblebee ©Amanda Thackeray


Head gardener Amanda Thackeray explained: “We’re very much a bumblebee garden. We’ve been organic for 15 years and we grow pollen- rich, old-fashioned varieties that would have been recognised in the Georgian period, when William and his sister Dorothy lived here.


“This rich habitat means we have an unusually high number of bee varieties. We conducted a year-long survey and found tree, garden, early, buff-tailed, white-tailed, red-tailed and common


Bumblebee ©Richard Jakobson


The easiest way to identify bumblebees is to look at their bottoms. There are identification stones in the garden and magnifying glasses and


Relaxing amid the roses in Wordsworth House garden ©Val Corbett


information sheets in the downstairs discovery room.


To enjoy the garden in a different light, visit on Thursday 4th July, 1st August, or 5th September, when it is open until 8.00pm (last entry 7.00pm).


Taking an evening stroll amid the heady scents and intense colours of historic blooms, as the Derwent, William’s ‘fairest of all rivers’, gurgles by, it isn’t hard to imagine the wild child born here almost 250 years ago and how the place inspired him to a lifetime of creativity.


Wordsworth House and Garden is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm) from Saturday to Thursday until 3rd November.


Lorca’s Blood Wedding


7.30pm, 18th - 20th July Christ Church, Cockermouth


Spanish Playwright and Poet, Gabriel Garcia Lorca, first performed his tragedy Blood Wedding (Spanish: Bodas de Sangre) in 1933 before his equally famous play Yerma, revived last year, with Billy Piper, in London.


CADS will be performing Blood Wedding, its title, Bodas de Sangre is a play on words, meaning both a wedding ending in bloodshed and the passionate union of two souls powerless to control their feelings. It’s a colourful play, punctuated with music, dance and colour, creating a powerful, passionate play accessible to all.


In the spirit of the original 1933 production, CADS have worked close to Lorca’s own musical and lighting arrangements. By performing in a church, CADS hope to match the romantic, Gothic nature of the play. It focuses on the plight of women, left behind after the violence of men. First performed on the eve of the Spanish Civil War, where Lorca was soon assassinated for being a prominent liberal. Lorca’s powerful themes including joy, thwarted love and the inevitability of death still resonate with audiences today.


We’re still welcoming any young people interested in taking part. Contact Simon Pollitt (Dir.) on 07854 711 323.


There’ll be Spanish snacks and wine in the interval. Tickets: £10.00 or £5.00 for U26 at www.cadstheatre.co.uk or on the door.


Jacqui Horgan WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


King Pocky's Derwent Water Regatta


Saturday 6–Sunday 7 July


Have a go at low-cost watersport and activity sessions plus lots of FREE activities on dry land, so bring your beach shoes and a spare pair of socks and join in Cumbria's quirkiest regatta.


nationaltrust.org.uk/derwentregatta ISSUE 432 | 20 JUNE 2019 | 35


© National Trust 2019 . Registered charity, No. 205846. © National Trust Images .


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