'Refreshing and unique. Convenient and very comfortable!' Birkenhead sixth form students

For sixth form students we offer a unique seminar format for their visit, preparing them for A-level exams and first year university studies.

All workshops for sixth form groups use Dove Cottage, the museum and our research centre to develop creative thinking, visual and verbal literacy and research skills, as well as preparing students for their A-level exams. The seminars include the chance to see original manuscript materials relating to the poems studied and are on the following themes:

Introduction to Romantic Poetry
Students are surrounded by first editions of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats as they explore the ideas and experiences which shaped the works of these Romantic writers.

Wordsworth’s Themes
Working with original Wordsworth manuscripts including The Prelude, this seminar encourages students to focus on the key ideas which shaped Wordsworth’s thoughts and words.  We also offer bespoke sessions tailored to your study topics, so do let us know what you are studying when you book.

Critical Skills
This seminar offers an ideal bridge between A-level and university studies of English Literature. Taking the format of an informal tutorial, students have the chance to read and discuss poetry in a dynamic and thought-provoking session.

We also offer the following creative writing workshops for VI form students:

Real Live Writers
Want the opportunity to develop your students’ creative and critical skills with a published poet? Book one of our memorable Real Live Writers sessions to give your students the chance to develop their own writing skills and knowledge of poetry in the inspiring setting of Dove Cottage. The workshops are led by an award-winning contemporary writer.

Firelight Poets
This creative writing workshop gives students the unique opportunity to write poetry inspired by Dove Cottage, exploring the atmospheric, fire-lit rooms and gardens as they compose their own poems.  Students learn about different literary techniques and the poetry of Wordsworth before creating their own work to take back to the classroom.


A visit to the Wordsworth Trust costs £7 per secondary student for a full-day session or £5 per secondary student for a half-day session. Staff-led walks cost an additional £2.50 per pupil. Accompanying adults are free of charge and we recommend you bring a minimum of 1 adult per 10 students. These prices are valid until December 2015. Please contact us to check prices if you want to book a session after this date.

To book call 015394 35544 or use our Contact Form