A Mothers’ Day treat with a difference is being offered at Rydal Mount near Ambleside.
A family group of up to six people can book the dining room at the former home of the poet William Wordsworth for an afternoon cream tea on Sunday March 26.
The exclusive offer is being made on a first-come, first-served basis and guests need to arrive by 3.30, but the table must be booked in advance. Guests will be able to look round the house and gardens, and will receive a complimentary Rydal Mount booklet. The mother in the party will be given a bunch of daffodils from Wordsworth’s garden and a copy of the Daffodils poem.
Rydal Mount is the house where Wordsworth lived for most of his life, and from where he published the definitive version of arguably the world’s most famous poem, Daffodils.
The curator, Peter Elkington, said that Wordsworth often referred to mothers in his poetry and was interested in the concept of maternal passion and the love of a mother for her child.
“He illustrates the power and importance of this through various poems, including The Thorn, The Mad Mother, and The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman,” said Peter. “These three poems all deal with a solitary mother and Wordsworth’s wonder at the mother-child relationship and its uniqueness.”
The Mad Mother describes a woman who sits underneath a hay stack with just her baby for company and who says:
Sweet babe! they say that I am mad,
But nay, my heart is far too glad
“It’s important that mothers don’t feel solitary, and we want to help families celebrate this occasion together,” said Peter.
Please call 015394 33002 to book the table. The cost is £15 per person.