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This year is the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth and to celebrate, Wordsworth House and Garden has teamed up with the Words by the Water festival to launch the Wordsworth@250 Young People’s Poetry Competition.
Budding writers under the age of 19, are invited to follow in William’s footsteps and write an original poem of up to 40 lines inspired by the natural world.
The best entry in each age category – 12 years and under and 13-18 years – as chosen by the judges, poets Helen Mort and Rowan McCabe, will win a Lake District camping weekend for themselves and their family, courtesy of the National Trust.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 24th February and Rowan will present the prizes and read the winning poems at Words by the Water at the Theatre by The Lake in Keswick on Sunday 8th March.
For details of out how to enter, to read the terms and conditions and find out more about the prizes, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house
Wordsworth House and Garden is open from Saturday 15th February this year, with a full programme of family activities over the half-term holiday.
At the weekend, think outside the Xbox and try pastimes from the past, including a noisy card game called Snip snap snorum that William and his sister Dorothy would have loved.
Monday is the day to take inspiration from Dorothy’s baby bonnet, which will be on show as part of our special anniversary exhibition ‘The Child is Father of the Man’ (open from Saturday 14th March) and craft a cool paper cap or a handsome hat that says something about you.
On Tuesday, learn about 18th-century letter writing, pen a missive or poem of your own and seal it the Georgian way. If you’re pleased with the result, you might even want to enter it in our competition!
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.
On Thursday, take a seat by the fire at 11.30am or 2.30pm to hear some of the ghostly tales William and Dorothy might have enjoyed.
Wordsworth House and Garden is open Saturday to Thursday, 11.00am-4.00pm, from 15th February to 8th November. All holiday activities are free with admission.
Photograph: Find poetic inspiration at Wordsworth House. Credit: Jonathan McMeekin
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