A busy time
I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of House and Visitor Services Manager for Coleridge Cottage.
The late May bank holiday proved to be extremely busy with some of the highest visitor numbers the Cottage has seen to date. Over the bank holiday weekend we had a total of 445 people through the door, and at one point it was standing room only in the tea room! Whilst this did have its challenges it was lovely to see so many people, and particularly children, having a great time. We also greatly appreciated the support of visiting local residents and hope that you’ll come back to see us soon.
In other Coleridge Cottage news, we have developed a ‘Prop Box’ of Georgian inspired clothing and toys for visitors to use, and this will be out regularly through the summer. It’s proving to be a big hit with children who have enjoyed playing with a catch quoit in the garden. We have also taken delivery of two new costumes for children, which are also out in the Cottage waiting to be tried on.
As the weather warms up the garden continues to come in to its own and is currently awash with beautiful wild daisies. We have received lovely feedback from visitors enjoying the tranquillity and it certainly is worth a visit if you haven’t been out there for some time. The garden is also hosting one of the Coleridge Way ‘Story Boxes’. Hidden in the bower is a small metal tin containing a notebook and pencil – all you have to do is add a paragraph to the story and replace it for someone else to continue. At the time of writing this article, the main character in the story box notebook had just discovered a magic wand in his pocket, but who knows where it will go next!
Coming up on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July we have two weaving workshops with Jan Copley. For £35 participants will learn the basics of weaving with a peg loom and create their own personal wall hanging. The cost includes all materials, tea/coffee and a tour of the cottage. There are still spaces available, so please contact the cottage to book your place.
Over the school holidays our CSI: Coleridge Spy Investigation trail will be back for children to explore the cottage and decipher hidden codes – always a great way to spend time! We will be open 11-5 every Thursday – Monday through the summer and hope to see many of you, whether it’s to spend some quiet time discovering the secrets of the cottage or relaxing with an ice cream in the courtyard.