Beatrix Potter, possibly one of the most popular children’s authors, was born on 28 July 1866. An indefatigable supporter of the National Trust, Potter bequeathed most of her estate to the National Trust, including land that now forms part of the Lake District National Park. Her most famous character, Peter Rabbit, is known worldwide, and is held in great affection by Potter fans, who flock to the Lake District National Park to visit Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, the author’s first home in this amazingly gorgeous part of the world.
To celebrate Potter’s 150th anniversary, the National Trust has put on some special events dotted around the Lakes throughout the year. Take a look here for more information. For example, at Hill Top, ‘there’ll be unique Showcase Tours of the house, tours of the garden with our very own Mr McGregor, Gardener Pete and a show-stopping 150th Birthday Picnic in July.’ And ‘in nearby Hawkshead, at the Beatrix Potter Gallery, there will be a new exhibition of original artwork on display, exploring Beatrix’s lifelong inspiration from the natural world and after-hours, curator lead tours.’ (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top/features/a-busy-winter-at-hill-top) Potter’s much loved cottage in Near Sawrey and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead are located approximately 20 minutes drive from our Bowness Bed and Breakfast, Blenheim Lodge, when taking the car ferry from Ferry Nab, Bowness.
Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary is also being celebrated at Wordsworth House, birthplace of the Poet Laureate in Cockermouth. Some of our guests went there recently and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There are two exhibitions being held at this historic home, which is worthy of a visit in itself.
The National Trust has a section on their website entitled ‘Walk in Beatrix Potter’s Footsteps’. I have included a link here for readers of my blog as it may be of interest to Potter fans. One of her favourite places was Tarn Hows, which I think is absolutely stunning in its form and setting. Hubby and I have been there a few times and can never tire of it.
Whether you are a Potter aficionado or not, do come visit the Lake District National Park for its beauty, history, activities, relaxation, and all the other things that make up the good life! We are centrally located in the Lakes for easy access to all these wonderful places to enjoy and would love to welcome you for a break with us at Blenheim Lodge B&B.
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