IT WAS great fun to see our Parsonage Poet on a Bike, Winston Plowes, mingling with the crowds on the day the Tour de Yorkshire came through Haworth.

Winston encouraged visitors and non-visitors alike to engage with his Random Poetry Generating Bicycle, and with their help has produced some poems specially for us, which are now available on our website.

We have been incredibly busy in the museum – Easter Saturday was our busiest day in the past ten years – and we also have lots of events coming up, as our new events programme for the second half of the year is hot off the press.

We have just a handful of tickets left for Simon Armitage’s exhibition talk at West Lane Baptist Centre on Saturday, so come along if you want to hear how he pulled together our Mansions in the Sky exhibition on the often underestimated Branwell Brontë.

And we have our Museums at Night evening on May 18, which is free to visitors providing proof of residence in the BD22, BD21, BD20 postcode areas or Thornton.

We have some intriguing domestic objects in our collection, and so for Museums at Night our assistants will be getting ‘hands on’ in our historic rooms, in order to allow you a closer look and the opportunity to find out exactly what some of the objects were used for, and how we care for them now.

Join us if you’d like to discover more about the day-to-day domestic life of the Brontës.

That weekend is 1940s Weekend in Haworth, so we’ll be getting involved by presenting short talks on 1940s Hollywood Brontë adaptations.

May half-term will feature talks and walks. Our regular holiday Wednesday workshop on May 31 is Stitching Stories.

The Brontës couldn’t afford lots of paper, so they would cut out blank scraps and stitch them together to make amazing tiny versions of their favourite magazine.

Join us for the chance to sew your own miniature comics, books or magazines with artist Julia Ogden.

We’ve just released our new events programme for the second half of the year, so look out for it when you’re out and about (and see page 25 of this week’s edition).

We have a fantastic line-up for our Poetry at the Parsonage day on July 1, featuring some of the most vibrant poets on the contemporary scene, and we’ve organised a walk over the moors with Simon Armitage, following in the footsteps of Branwell Brontë, on July 2.

Looking further ahead to September, our Festival of Women’s Writing is back due to popular demand, and we’re thrilled to be hosting bestselling novelists Rachel Joyce and Sarah Perry.

There are workshop opportunities at both these events, but numbers are very limited, so don’t delay in signing up if you want the unique chance to work closely with award-winning poets and novelists.

Details of all events are available at or call 01535 640192.