Rydal venue for Wordsworth devotees

Experts and devotees of William Wordsworth will gather at Rydal Hall near Ambleside next month for their annual conference. Some 70 people – academics, poets, writers and enthusiasts – will spend ten days listening to lectures and hearing research papers presented.

They will stay at the Hall – one of the most magnificent buildings in the Lake District – and enjoy the 34 acres of grounds. They will also attend receptions at Wordsworth’s home at nearby Rydal Mount, and at the Wordsworth Trust (the Jerwood Centre and Dove Cottage) in Grasmere.

Richard Gravil, chairman of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation, said that Rydal Hall was an ideal venue. “There’s an excellent amount of space, a good choice of lecture rooms, a youth centre for postgraduates on bursaries, plenty of room to socialise, and the superb grounds.

“It is a very popular venue and the staff are wonderful.”

Rydal Hall, built by the Le Fleming family and now a retreat and conference centre run by the Diocese of Carlisle, also has holiday accommodation along with a camp site, eco-pods and a resident artist based in a yurt. There are also art exhibitions in the Old School Room tea shop, and an art and sculpture trail in the grounds.

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