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Walking Event, Mon 29 Jul - Sun 4 Aug 2019, free entry

Places of Poetry

Places of Poetry



    As part of the nationwide Places of Poetry project, we are running a week of free events exploring the literary and natural heritage of the Lake District through poetry. Throughout the week we’ll have plenty of activities bringing literature to life in our outdoor spaces, as well as…

    How did Wordsworth write ‘I wandered lonely as a Cloud’?, 30 July, 1 August, 3 August, 11.00-11.45am

    Find out about the creation of this famous poem, with original manuscripts from our collection.

    Walking with William and Dorothy, 29 July – 4 August, 2.00-3.00pm each day

    Meet outside our shop for short guided walks that will let you explore some of the places that inspired the Wordsworths’ writing, and hear William’s poetry in the very places that inspired him.

    Get Creative in the Garden, 30 July, 1 August, 11.00am-2.00pm

    Try out fun activities and use the natural world to inspire your creativity at this all-ages drop-in session.

    Grasmere Voices, 31 July, 10.00am-1.00pm

    Meet poets Daljit Nagra and Paul Farley as they record voices around Grasmere to create a sound poem.

    Pop-up Poetry, 2 August, 2.30-4.30pm

    Rediscover a favourite poem, find a new one, or have a go at writing one of your own!

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Mon 29 Jul - Sun 4 Aug 2019 10:00 to 15:00


    Free entry

    Free; ask in our shop on arrival for more information.


    • 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

    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.

    Events at this Venue

    date event
    Fri 26 Jul Pop-up Poetry
    Mon 29 Jul - Sun 4 Aug Places of Poetry
    Wed 31 Jul Wordsworth's Hawkshead
    Thu 1 Aug Dove Cottage Poets
    Fri 2 Aug Pop-up Poetry
    Sat 3 Aug In the Footsteps of Wordsworth


    The Wordsworth Trust


    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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