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, Sat 22 Jun 2019, £4.50-£25





    When human impact on the environment is leading us toward the point of no return, are we ready to accept nature as our teacher? This full day of events holds the natural world at its heart: how we inhabit it, how we are inspired by it, how we have failed it - and how we can sustain it.

    Walk with Wordsworth’s birds in the morning, and with William and Dorothy at night; learn about environmental projects in Cumbria and beyond; discover how nature has inspired and continues to inspire us to incredible creative works; and explore the ways that we can act in time to care for the world that we live in, and are a part of.


    9.00 - 11.30am: ‘They twitter & make a bustle & a little chearful song’
    A birdsong walk with Professor Mike Collier (University of Sunderland), Dr Bennett Hogg (Newcastle University) and Geoff Sample (Zoomusicologist and author)

    11.30am - 12.15pm: Coffee with the albatross and Carlisle’s young curators

    12.15 - 1.00pm: Away with the larches!
    Harvey Wilkinson (Regional Curator at the National Trust)


    2.00 - 2.45pm: What is natural beauty?
    Ian Brodie (Former lead officer for Friends of the Lake District)

    2.45 - 3.30pm: Not what you might think?
    David Wood (Curator at Concord Museum, Massachusetts)

    3.30 - 4.00pm: Tea and coffee

    4.00 - 5.00pm: A Sense of Here
    Harriet and Rob Fraser (somewhere-nowhere)


    7.30 - 9.00pm: Keynote
    Professor Timothy Morton (Rice University, Texas)

    9.00 - 10.30pm: ‘The moonlight still and warm as a summer's night at nine o'clock.’
    A guided walk around Grasmere in the footsteps of William and Dorothy Wordsworth (Principia College, Illinois)

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Sat 22 Jun 2019 09:00 to 22:30


    Tickets for the full day are £25 or £15 for students and unwaged. Tickets for individual sessions are as follows: Morning, £15 or £9 for students and unwaged. Afternoon, £15 or £9 for students and unwaged. Evening, £7.50 or £4.50 for students and unwaged.


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

    As Dove Cottage is an historic building, we have been unable to make provision for disabled access. However most wheelchairs will find the ground floor accessible.


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    Plan route to Dove Cottage using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: NY 341070  Lat: 54.45410 Long: -3.01792

    By Bus: Hop on the regular 599 open top service from Bowness, Windermere and Ambleside. Sit back, relax and admire the stunning views across the Lakes. The 555 also runs regularly between Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere and Kendal. The bus stops just across the Road from Dove Cottage.

    By bike: There are cycle parking stands near the attraction's restaurant.

    On Foot: There is an easy and safe two-minute walking route from Grasmere to Dove Cottage along Stock Lane. There is also a lakeside path or the Coffin Trail Bridleway which links Grasmere to Rydal near Ambleside. Both are fairly easy-going routes with great views.

    By Car: Leave the M6 at jct 36, follow signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery is located on the A591, the main Kendal to Keswick road through the Lake District, just South of the Grasmere mini roundabout.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Windermere station

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