The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness

by David Murray on 23 December 2009

in Beatrix Potter, Northern England, People, Visitor Attractions

In several earlier posts I have referred to Beatrix Potter, her association with the Lake District and her home at Hill Top Farm which is now in the care of the National Trust. In an earlier post about the day last year on which my wife and I found both of the National Trust’s Beatrix Potter locations closed I blogged about their incomprehensible policy of of having both the house at Hill Top and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead simultaneously closed every Friday.

However, not far away on the other side of Windermere, in Bowness, is The World of Beatrix Potter Attractionopen every day of the week, which especially for children who’ve been disappointed at Hill Top and Hawkshead is especially important on Fridays.

This Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere is the only one in the UK licensed by Peter Rabbit’s publishers. It is open almost all around the year, closing only on Christmas Day and for part of January. (Check their web site for the latest information on opening dates and times).

All 23 of the tales of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin and the other animal friends are brought realistically to life indoors, even with the smells of the country farmyard.

In the “The Miss Potter Room” there is an introduction to the life of Beatrix Potter, both as Miss Potter and as Mrs Heelis with fascinating exhibits and films. You can also buy Peter Rabbit gifts and collectibles in the shop, and enjoy some good food in the Tailor of Gloucester tea room.

Special Beatrix Potter events are organised throughout the year, including Peter Rabbit Tea Parties (for which you are advised to book in advance).  As this item is posted in December 2009 the attraction’s website already has listed many events for 2010.

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