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Literary Event, from 15 Aug 2019, free entry

Discover Poetry

Discover Poetry



    Do you like reading poetry, but never find the time? Would you like to read more, but don’t know where to start? Would you like to talk about poetry with a friendly, open group? Join us in Dove Cottage or Rydal Mount for our monthly poetry reading group, where we’ll read and talk about a selection of classic and contemporary poems chosen to reflect the changing seasons.

    These relaxed, informal sessions will be led by Grasmere poet Polly Atkin, and both seasoned poetry lovers and those new to reading or talking about a poem are welcome. There are no right or wrong answers, or ways to think. We will be learning from each other as much as from the poems.

    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. We will also feature a wildcard poem, chosen to reflect current events, which will be given out on the day.

    Tea and biscuits will be provided.

    Sessions from March to June will take place in Rydal Mount. On the occasions of readings from April to June at Rydal Mount, we invite you to take the unique opportunity to enjoy a cream tea in Wordsworth's dining room, and to explore the house and gardens while the house is closed to the general public. From 6.00-7.30pm at £15 per person: please contact Rydal Mount to book.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Thu 19 Sep 2019 19:30 to 21:00


    Free entry


    • 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
    • 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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