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Literary Event, Fri 18 May 2018, £5

Museums at Night: 'Alone on a wide, wide sea'

Museums at Night: 'Alone on a wide, wide sea'



    While living at Dove Cottage in 1800, the Wordsworths and Coleridge were preparing the second edition of Lyrical Ballads for publication, often reading it aloud as they worked on it together. As part of the Museums at Night festival, we are delighted to bring this history to life with a special performance of one of the most popular poems in Lyrical Ballads: ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. David Hunt, an experienced poetry performance artist and friend of the Wordsworth Trust, will introduce and recite the entertaining and magical story for us in Dove Cottage. Afterwards there will be time to enjoy a glass of wine and reflect on the poem together.

    Museums at Night is a national festival which invites all UK museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites to throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways. You can find out more at

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Fri 18 May 2018 19:00 to 20:00


    • 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.


    Town End,
    LA22 9SH


    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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