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Literary Event, from 19 Dec 2018, £10

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

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    We are delighted that Pamela Woof, a world expert on the Wordsworths and a former President of the Wordsworth Trust, is to continue her wonderful literature classes on Wordsworth’s great autobiographical masterpiece The Prelude for a third year. In her own words:

    ‘Wading once more into the waters of the meandering river of The Prelude, the first English autobiography in blank verse, we find ourselves again in company with two Wordsworths: the 34-year-old writer, and the young man he had been at 22 with all the hopes and despairs of youth.

    He had believed that with political change poverty would disappear from the earth, that society would become fluid and flexible, that love for humanity would be a the base of government decisions, that general senses of beauty would make radiant daily life. He was in love himself but his personal happiness met impossibilities and the wider social world of revolution descended for years into violence, murder, massacres on a huge scale, and war.

    The young man thirsted for action, but settled on a different course: the greater good, in his view, was to speak out, to become a poet. How did this come about? We take it up in Book VIII. You may be re-reading the poem and already familiar with its movements. You may be quite new to it. But, as one can step into a river at various points, so one can enter at any stage into Wordsworth’s mind and thinking, and find that there is a lasting truth, a music and a beauty in his meditative way with words.’

    You are welcome to come along to any class, whether you have been before or not. Some copies of The Prelude 1805 will be provided.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Wed 19 Dec 2018 14:15 to 16:00
    Wed 16 Jan 2019 14:15 to 16:00
    Wed 13 Feb 2019 14:15 to 16:00
    Wed 13 Mar 2019 14:15 to 16:00
    Wed 10 Apr 2019 14:15 to 16:00

    Facilities

    • 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
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

    Full disabled access is available to the Wordsworth Museum. 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 and there is a virtual tour of the cottage available at the information point in the Wordsworth Museum.

    Address

    Town End,
    Grasmere,
    Cumbria,
    LA22 9SH

    Directions

    Plan route to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum 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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