Beatrix Potter is well known and loved for her children’s animated story books, with characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck. As a child she was fascinated by nature and this love grew while holidaying with her family in both the Lake District and in Birnam, Scotland. This year marks 150 years of this much loved and world renowned children’s author and illustrator. Discover and celebrate Beatrix Potter 150th year at some of the best places to visit in the United Kingdom.
Celebrate Beatrix Potter 150th Year
The region and national park are located in the northwest of England, Cumbria. The area is one of natural beauty with glacial lakes, rugged mountains and historic market towns such as Kendal, Ambleside and Keswick. Ideal location to enjoy water sports, walking, shopping in boutique shops and art galleries.
The World Of Beatrix Potter
The traditional stone building housing, The World Of Beatrix Potter, is located on the main street of Bowness On Windermere, a bustling town on the banks of Lake Windermere. Something for everyone to enjoy from colourful and interactive exhibits that bring the stories to life, to delicious delights in the Beatrix Potter Tea Room. Visit this site to celebrate Beatrix Potter 150th year special events.
The small pretty town of Birnam is located in the heart of Perthshire, siting 15 miles away from Perth and opposite its twin town of Dunkeld on the River Tay.
A lovely place to visit throughout the year with quaint tea rooms, shops and walks. The surrounding area also offers a number of family outdoor and indoor activities/attractions. One of them being The Hermitage, a National Trust for Scotland protected site including a fast flowing waterfall, Ossian’s Hall a folly with its ornate domed ceiling, mirrored art and balcony. Then there is the ancient Douglas fir (including one of the tallest trees in the country). In Autumn it becomes a rainbow of colours, with a fresh crisp pine aroma filling the air.
Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden
The Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden are encompassed within the Birnam Arts and Conference Centre. Take the tour through the Beatrix Potter Exhibition with detailed and informative wall displays, glass cases abundant with memorabilia, alongside family friendly interactive areas. There is also a well stocked gift shop and cafe.
The garden is a haven for wildlife with frequent visitors including the Blue Tit and Robin. While enjoying the landscaped woodland garden see if you can spot Peter Rabbit and his many friends.
I hope I have inspired you to visit two of the UK’s most beautiful locations and embrace the magic of Beatrix Potter.
Did you know there is also a film? Miss Potter starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and Emily Watson. It’s an endearing movie based on the story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, and her struggle for love, happiness …
The easiest way to visit the Lake District and Birnam, with more flexibility is by car. Why not take advantage of the low off season rates now available, for both car rental and accommodation.
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