Poetry at the Wordsworth Trust

Our acclaimed poetry programme is designed to appeal to everyone.

Gifts inspired by Wordsworth

Nelson - Usborne Young Readers

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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 make 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. 

Through our long-established Residency, a poet is invited to live and work with us for a period of up to a year, being inspired by the landscape that inspired Wordsworth.

Some of the finest poets in the world come and read here regularly, and we support poets at all stages of their development through our acclaimed workshops and through our recently launched mentoring scheme.

Special events include:

Poets on Poets:  Some of the biggest names in contemporary poetry talk about poets from the past who have influenced them.

Reading Group:  If you’re around for a few days, come and enhance your enjoyment of our Poetry readings by exploring some of the work of our visiting writers in a relaxed small group atmosphere. Discussion led by Literature Officer Andrew Forster.

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

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


What's on

Exhibition: Wordsworth, War & Waterloo

The Wordsworth Museum
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Exhibition 16
Mar 2015
Nov 2015

Dorothy Wordsworth's Canada Day Poetry Party

Jerwood Centre
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Poetry events 01
Jul 2015

A Day with Wordsworth's Manuscripts

Jerwood Centre
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Workshop 11
Jul 2015

Must-see when you visit

The 'Catalyst' Appeal

There has never been a better time to support our work! Donate now and we can double your donation. Click below to find out more.

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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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