Poetry at the Wordsworth Trust

Grasmere has been a place that inspires creativity for centuries.

Gifts inspired by Wordsworth

Wordsworth, War & Waterloo

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The famous page that inspired Wordsworth's famous poem

Free poetry outdoors during the summer.

The ever popular Simon Armitage reads for us every year.

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One of the things that makes the Wordsworth Trust unique is that it is not only a shrine to the poetry of the past but it is still very much a centre for poetry in Cumbria. 

Poetry is still written and celebrated here. Many of our staff, trainees and residents of the hamlet are poets who continue to create their own work, fuelled by the landscape that inspired Wordsworth and the atmosphere of Town End.

Our programme of events includes a wide range of poetry related activities, from academic discussion of the Romantics to creative writing sessions for students of all ages.

Dove Cottage Poets

Dove Cottage Poets is an informal creative writing group that meets at the Wordsworth Trust on a monthly basis.  Anyone who wishes to develop their poetry, whatever stage they are at, is very welcome to join. The group usually meets on the first Thursday of each month, but please check in advance.  For further information, contact Alice Carthy on 015394 35544.

Please check our programme for more information and book in advance before you plan your trip.

Read reviews of our poetry readings in the Grasmere Poetry blog.


What's on

Shepherds to Char-a-bancs

The Wordsworth Museum
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Exhibition 14
Nov 2015
Feb 2016

The Evening Star Poetry Group

Dove Cottage & Garden
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Poetry events 01
Dec 2015

Wordsworth and Heaney: Childhood, the Poet and the Natural World

Dove Cottage & Garden
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Talks 01
Dec 2015

Must-see when you visit

Dorothy's amazing journal

See the journal entry for the day when William and Dorothy saw the famous daffodils.

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The Jerwood Centre

The Jerwood Centre is where our collection is stored under controlled conditions and cared for. If you would like to be shown around please phone before you arrive to check that someone is available.

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Wordsworth's skates

Wordsworth enjoyed skating on the frozen lakes of the county in the depths of winter. Two very different pairs of his skates survive and can be seen during your visit.

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