Nature, Poetry and Handmade Books
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Deepen your love of nature by reading and writing your own nature poetry. Make your own watercolour concertina book, with a hard cover. Create artwork to enhance your poetry, using paint, ink, stamping and collage techniques.
- Create your own handbound book of nature poetry
- Our professional craft leader will guide and encourage
- Share inspiration and exchange ideas
- Gain knowledge to continue crafting at home
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation and guidance from our expert leader
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Derwent Bank
- Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment
Enjoy beautiful views over Derwent Water and the surrounding fells from this stunning property on the shores of the lake itself.
Choose your room
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with either bath or shower
• Large double or two single beds • Sole occupancy available for an extra £15 per night
• Check in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Comfortable slippers TV, DVD and safe Hairdryer
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• Check in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Welcoming bar with local beer
• Conservatory with superb views
• Extensive gardens
• Lake jetty
• Formal Garden
• Putting green
• Croquet lawn
|• Boot Room
• Drying room
• Laundry facilities
• Free WiFi in some public rooms
• Large, comfortable lounge
• Attractive dining room
• Board games and books
|And our favourite
Dandelion cafe with
delicious local produce and
a great cup of tea of coffee
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our option evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the layout and age of Derwent Bank, bedrooms within the main house are not accessible for wheelchair users, with all accommodation being reached by stairs. We do have some chalets in the grounds which are on the ground floor which can be used for wheelchair users, however mobility will be restricted in the room. Once you have gained access to the house all public rooms are accessible for wheelchairs.
- The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance during an evacuation should identify themselves on arrival
- Mobile phone reception is generally good in the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying a visually or hearing impaired guest are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication is provided
Monday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Tuesday: Making a Start
We start with an introductory session to practise basic bookmaking skills; creating some simple books to learn basic folds. The introduction to writing poetry includes reading some nature poetry, some ice-breaking poetry games, and some writing exercises. There’ll also be a demonstration of some of the books your leader has made. The afternoon session will include further reading in the group and discussion of the poems selected by your leader, including some of her own published poems. Using one of the books made in the first session, we’ll a short walk, making notes for a poem of your own. The concertina books’ inner pages are constructed and left to dry overnight.
Wednesday: Developing techniques
Today begins with more reading and writing of poetry, and some independent walks in the grounds for you to find inspiration. The morning will be focused on writing poetry and the afternoon on starting to texturise the pages of your book using inks, stamps, paints or any other method. Your leader will provide opportunities for individual feedback on poems written so far. At this point you’ll be deciding which poem you intend to use in your handbound book. This can be one of your own, or one published by another poet. Once the decision is made, the poem can be added to the book.
Thursday: Completing the books
The morning will focus on finishing off the inner pages, including adding your chosen poem using a range of possible methods, including handwriting, collaging and stamping. You’ll cut the borders to size using scalpels and cutting mats. Suitable paper and ribbons will be chosen and the hardcovers attached and left to dry. The afternoon will include further poetry reading and writing. There will be an option to wander in the grounds or find a quiet place to write following the writing workshop. By the end of the day, the books should be dry enough to inspect and exhibit to the rest of the group.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
What to bring
- An apron or cover up
- A preferred pen
Optional extras are:
- Watercolour or acrylic paints and brushes
- Inktense or watercolour pencils
- Sketching pencils
- Ribbon and strong paper for book covers
- Preferred rubber or acrylic stamps
- Any collage scraps or photos
- Writing notebooks
- Washi tape
The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.
The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.
During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.keswick-launch.co.uk
Theatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season. www.theatrebythelake.com
Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus. www.honister.com
Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter or www.goape.co.uk
Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.derwentwatermarina.co.uk
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick. www.wordsworth.org.uk
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or www.dalemain.com
Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures. www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk
Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays. www.tulliehouse.co.uk
Our address: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY
The nearest train station is Penrith. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
HF station transfer:
We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Penrith railway station and Derwent Bank every Friday and Monday. The pickup is at 4.50pm from Penrith railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Penrith station by 9.50am. This transfer only costs £10 per person, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 20 mile journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. Taxis cost approx £30 per journey (if pre- booked; taxis at Penrith station can be considerably more expensive). Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.
From Penrith - take the A66 past Keswick towards Cockermouth. One mile beyond the roundabout to Keswick and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off of the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank (not Derwentwater Hotel) is approx half a mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. Look out for our sign.
From Kendal - take the A591 to Keswick. To avoid the town centre turn right following signs to the A66 and Cockermouth, then follow the directions as above.
Angela Topping is a well-known professional poet with an impressive range of solo publications. Her poems have appeared in over 70 anthologies. She is a seasoned performer at literary festivals. Her poems are regularly featured on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. She has a background in education and holds two master level degrees in literature. She has written three critical books on literary texts and given talks in a range of venues across the UK.
Further information about Angela Topping can be found on her blog at: https://angelatopping.wordpress.com/
Dates & Prices
|Date||Description||Nights||Brochure price||Buy today for||Book|
|11 Sep 2017||DBCPB - Nature Poetry & Handmade Books - Derwentwater||4||£499.00||£459.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person