Cooking at Wordsworth House by Jonathan McMeekin TASTE OF THE PAST

No matter what the weather does over the next few weeks, there will be plenty to keep families busy at Cockermouth’s Wordsworth House and Garden.

Cumbria Tourism’s Small Visitor Attraction of the Year is open from Saturday to Thursday during the holidays – and there’s something interesting going on every day.

Visitors of all ages can dress up in replica Georgian costume, play with traditional toys and games, write with a quill and ink, follow the ‘Let’s count like a Cumbrian trail’ and get hands-on in the working kitchen.

There are also daily talks or garden tours at the National Trust house, and grown-ups will enjoy the ‘This Land is Our Land’ exhibition and films.

If the sun is out, there are more games to try in poet William’s inspiring childhood garden, together with a friendly mini-flock of heritage chickens to meet.

Activities run until the end of August and are free with admission to the house and garden.

At weekends, there’s an opportunity to think outside the Xbox and try some pastimes from the past, including a noisy card game called Snip snap snorum which William and his sister Dorothy would have loved.

Monday is the day to become a rock artist, following in the footsteps of the land’s earliest inhabitants by decorating a pebble to tell a personal story.

On Tuesday, visitors can join the costumed servants in the kitchen, roll up their sleeves and have a go at making traditional Cumbrian clapbread.

Wednesday is natural art day. We provide the materials, while nature offers all the inspiration needed to make a piece of wild art from found objects or compose a poem out of stones.

On Thursday, the servants lead family-friendly garden tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm, hunting for bugs, tasting flowers and sharing tips on simple ways to create a personal nature haven.

For all other activities, drop in any time between 11.30am and 3.30pm. We look forward to seeing you over the summer!

Lifelong memories

made at Wordsworth House and Garden

These are the places that make us.


It’s been a very busy season so far for the Club, with lots of events and an increasing membership. The Lake District Classic Rally proved to be a popular event, won by David Marsden and Mike Garstang in their Escort RS.

The usual monthly programme of events in the summer includes an evening ‘pub run’ on the first Wednesday of each month and a ‘grass autotest’ usually on the third Wednesday, plus other more major events. The Club also assists other local clubs in Cumbria by marshalling on their events and of course, the other clubs reciprocate.

The major non-competitive event of the year is the Cumbria Classic and Motorsport Show at Dalemain on 18th August, which last year, attracted over 800 cars. It’s part of the Cumbria Classic Weekend, where on the Saturday, there is the Rose and Thistle Challenge, a 140-mile touring event into the Borders and finishing back at Lowther Castle.

This year’s Classic and Motorsport Show will feature the centenaries of Bentley and Citroen, 60 years of the Mini, 50 years of the Capri and 30 years of the MX-5. Entry forms can be found on the website.

Our nominated charities for this year are the Air Ambulance and the Calvert Trust. The main fund-raising event was ‘Drive It Day’ in April but other events and collections will serve to top-up that event, so that both charities get at least £1,000.

INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK a class win on the Lake District Classic

The Club is currently undertaking its biggest ever project, a club HQ building with storage for the masses of equipment needed to run events, plus a workshop for members to use. It’s been named The Motor House and is hoped it will be completed by the autumn. Much of the work is being done by volunteers led by David Agnew and Roger Pope. The building will also be used for meetings and events.

The Club has a select group of competitors who complete at national and international level under the ‘Team Wigton’ banner, so the Club name is seen on cars competing in a wide range of motorsport activities all over the UK and Europe.

John & Marian Sloan from Lorton on their way to

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