Cockermouth: Wordsworth & the woolly North West

Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, National Trust Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, National Trust Wordsworth House and Gardens, Cockermouth, National Trust Colourful yarns on sale at Woolfest, Cockermouth The Woolfest Entrance Ram

You’ve probably seen the Wordsworth houses in the central Lakes – so perhaps it’s time to stretch beyond the fells to the Georgian town of Cockermouth, and visit the house where William and Dorothy were born.

The handsome Wordsworth House – with its walled kitchen garden as described in the Prelude – has been beautifully restored by the National Trust. There are good reasons to visit Cockermouth – from galleries, independent shops and small museums to the Jennings brewery tour.

Meet weavers, spinners, dyers, designers and stitchers; learn new skills and buy yarn, knits and artworks.

But once a year the town becomes the Capital of Wool as thousands arrive to take part in Woolfest. Visitors and stallholders come from across the world to share ideas and inspirations and to sell their work.

This is a unique celebration of all things woolly – from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest creative arts in wool. You can watch live sheep shearing and buy a fleece; meet weavers, spinners, dyers, designers and stitchers; learn new skills and buy yarn, knits and artworks. You may even find yourself eating a “herdy burger”, made from the Lakeland Herdwick sheep. It’s very sheepish!

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Wordsworth House and Garden – CA13 9RX

Jennings Brewery – CA13 9NE

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