Facilities

  • Fully physically accessible - Wordsworth Museum and Learning Space
  • Limited accessibility - Dove Cottage accessible at ground level and we have a virtual tour of the upstairs.
  • Toilets
  • Lunch facilities
  • Coach parking
  • Coach drop off
  • Gift shop
  • Outreach sessions

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum

Dove Cottage is an inspiring and unique place for pupils of all ages. Whether you want to improve your pupils’ creative writing skills, learn more about poetry or enjoy a great day of cross-curricular learning outside the classroom, a visit is always rewarding and worthwhile.

We approach the poetry of the Romantics through a diverse range of learning techniques including creative writing, object handling, debating and visual arts. Encouraging students to use their own ideas, imagination and creativity while learning about great works of literature.

Learning Sessions

WALK: LET NATURE BE YOUR TEACHER

KS2 and above / 1hr / Onsite Workshop

This walk is a great way for pupils to get to know and understand the landscape around Dove Cottage which so inspired the Wordsworths.

FIRELIGHT POETS

KS2 and above / 1hr / Onsite Workshop

A creative writing workshop which gives
pupils the unique opportunity to write poetry
inspired by Dove Cottage, exploring the
atmospheric, fire-lit rooms and gardens as
they compose their own poems.

LANDSCAPE AND LITERATURE

KS3/4

Explore the development of tourism since the 18th century through art and the writing of the time. This includes outreach workshops as
well as a visit to the site.

REAL LIVE WRITERS

KS3 and above / Full day / 2-4hr Workshop / Onsite Workshop

Want the opportunity to develop your students’ creative and critical skills with a published poet? Book one of our memorable Real Live Writers sessions to give your students the chance to develop their own writing skills and knowledge of poetry in the inspiring setting of Dove Cottage. The workshops are led by an award-winning contemporary writer.

INTRODUCING ROMANTICISM

KS3 and above (focus on context) / 1 hour Workshop / Onsite and Outreach Workshop

This workshop will focus on becoming familiar with some of the major writers, themes and history of the Romantic period: who were the Romantic poets, what inspired them, how did they respond to the world around them? We will then explore the ‘Romantic’ nature
of a Wordsworth poem. For KS4 we offer an Exploring Romantic Poetry workshop.

INTRODUCING THE GOTHIC

KS3 and above / 1 hour Workshop / Onsite and Outreach Workshop

This session will investigate the context: the when, where, who (or what) and why of Gothic fiction. We will use students’ existing knowledge of, and familiarity with, the genre as the starting
point for discussion. The session will also include a creative writing element during which students will use the raw materials of Gothic
to create the opening for their own terrifying tale. Can be followed by Exploring the Gothic, another workshop specific to KS4.

Additional Activities

ARTS AWARD DISCOVER WITH THE WORDSWORTH TRUST

Also for KS2 and KS3 pupils work on your Arts Award Discover & Explore with the Wordsworth Trust, exploring our changing exhibition programme.

Outreach Sessions

We can bring any of our workshops to you. These could include dressing up, object handling, letter writing and poetry writing. We can design workshops to fit your needs; contact us to find out more.

FAMOUS CUMBRIANS
(KS1) / 2hrs
In this workshop children have the opportunity to learn about a range of famous people who have lived and worked in Cumbria over the past 250 years. Explore poems and diary entries by William and Dorothy Wordsworth through an interactive story and Dorothy’s journal. Workshop developed in partnership with the Armitt Museum, Ambleside.

LIVING LETTERS
(KS2) / 2hrs
A hands on writing workshop aimed at developing your pupils’ letter writing skills by looking at life in the Lake District in early 19th Century. This workshop is ideal for encouraging even the most reluctant writers to pick up a quill and put ink to paper! Also suitable for KS1.

CONTEMPORARY POETRY READINGS & WORKSHOPS WITH REAL LIVE WRITERS
KS2–5 / 4 hour Workshop
Book one of our fantastic award winning poets to visit your school for the day. The day can be made up of a mixture of inspiring poetry readings (for small groups or whole year groups) and workshops to get your pupils writing creatively themselves. Our poets have years of experience working with young people with a range of abilities and can create bespoke sessions that
meet the needs of your pupils and school.