Keeping alive the legacy of our most-loved poet

William Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount near Ambleside has been given a further grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. It is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the fund.

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country, including Rydal Mount, in the latest round of funding, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

The Culture Recovery Fund supports arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.

Christopher Wordsworth Andrew, the great great great great grandson of the poet, whose family still own Rydal Mount, said: “We are very pleased to receive this grant because it has helped us to make the necessary adjustments and improvements to keep Rydal Mount open for visitors during these very difficult times. This house is a treasure for the nation, as the home of our most loved poet, and it is so important to keep his memory and his legacy intact.”

One of the innovations has been a series of garden gazebos to enable safe outdoor afternoon teas, lunches and special events at the house.

Plans are well under way for the first ever Christmas craft fair to be held inside the house at Rydal, on the weekend of December 11/12. Advance tickets can be booked here: https://www.rydalmount.co.uk/rydal-mount-christmas-fair/

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