With a strong literary heritage, Grasmere is THE destination for poetry lovers bringing visitors to this Lake District village from across the globe.
The Wordsworth Trust is the catalyst behind Grasmere being the centre of poetry not just in Cumbria but some may say also the UK. It is not just the history of poetry, work and poets of yester year, new poetry is being written in Grasmere right now. Contemporary poetry is celebrated in events including readings and introductions to poetry from other countries, which take place every two weeks from May until September.
But encouraging new writers and poets to come forward or those who have already started to write but need a little inspiration and guidance from published poets can attend one of the many poet workshops held at Dove Cottage. The next weekend poetry workshop is taking place in December and costs £100.
Monthly workshops are also run by The Wordsworth Trust’s poet in residence. These are informal and relaxed workshops that take place on the afternoon of the last Friday of each month at the Jerwood Centre and can be attended even when visiting Grasmere for walking or with a partner or friend.
In fact, what better way to take inspiration for poetry than from the Lake District landscape when walking up one of the fells or around the lakes and waters. It is after all why Grasmere has been and still is the home of poetry.
Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere is a small, independently owned, peaceful and tranquil place to stay when visiting Grasmere and has a Good Food Guide, 2 AA Rosette restaurant. Prices start from around £140 per room including a 4 course dinner and breakfast based on 2 sharing.