[W]ordsworth Trust embraces the art of Hygge and invites us to take pleasure in the company of friends, good books and a nice cup of tea!
If hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people then there’s nothing more hygge than sitting round a table or by the fireside, discussing the big and small things in life with friends. That is exactly what Wordsworth Trust have planned for their Autumn evening events with friends, old and new – all very cosy – all very hygge.
It would have been this way at Dove Cottage where the Wordsworth family and friends would seek the fire’s warmth and shut out the cold Lakeland weather. It is a tremendous privilege for today’s visitors that they are invited to do the exact same thing this Autumn and Winter.
Discover Poetry by the fireside
Thursday 5 October, 2 November, 7 December, 1 February, 1 March at 7.30 – 9pm
We are once again settling by the fireside in Dove Cottage for our (free) monthly evening poetry reading group. We will keep the dark and cold at bay with warm thoughts, lively chat, and a good cup of tea.
These relaxed, informal sessions are led by Grasmere poet Polly Atkin. Polly shares a selection of contemporary and classic poems chosen to pique the interest of both seasoned poetry lovers and those new to reading or talking about a poem. She’ll select poems to reflect the changing seasons, taking us from autumn into midwinter, and back into the spring together.
Each month three poems will be available ahead of time so that you can spend as much (or as little) time with them as you like: take them for a walk or out for dinner; chew them over by your own fireside.
With only space by the fire for 12 people advance bookings preferred; drop-ins welcome if there is space. Hot drinks will be prepared in Dove Cottage kitchen and served by the fire.
Chat with the Curator
Wednesday 11 October, 8 November at 7.30 – 9pm
This winter, Wordsworth Museum curator invites you in for a chat – Jeff Cowton will be hosting a series of (free) evening gatherings in the Jerwood Centre where you can see precious items from our collection that are not currently on display, and share your interests with him. These are friendly informal get-togethers – everyone is very welcome – no prior knowledge is needed or expected.
The Jerwood Centre has an incredible collection of rare books, thousands of paintings, a working antique printing press and hundreds of irreplaceable poetic manuscripts.
The Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage, where you will discover the greatest collection of the Wordsworths’ letters, journals and poems in the world is next door to the Wordsworth’s first Lakeland home – Dove Cottage. It was in this little cottage, at times ‘crammed edge full’ with people, that William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language and Dorothy kept her famous ‘Grasmere Journal’.
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH