The World of Beatrix Potter
You and your family can enjoy a treasury of your favourite characters when you visit Beatrix Potter and friends. The ‘Down Memory Lane’ attraction is situated in the centre of the hilly town of Bowness-on-Windermere on the banks of Lake Windermere. Bring all your bedtime stories to life when you meet up with the likes of Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-winkle and others.
In fact, it was the Lake District’s exceptional natural beauty and the creatures who made it their home that inspired Beatrix Potter to write her adored stories. Beatrix Potter loved to draw, spending many hours making sketches of the animals and plants she came across in her childhood. Of course, two of her earliest models were her very own pet rabbits. It was her very imaginative art which led to publications, with one of her earliest being Peter Rabbit. The truth is, adults secretly love all 23 of Beatrix Potter’s stories coming to life as much as the children do.
The World of Beatrix Potter – See, Smell and Hear the Countryside Critters
Now you can make her storybooks come alive when you explore this magical area. You’ll enter a huge barn-like structure which offers a mesmerising indoor recreation of the books of the inspired author, and actually see, smell and hear all the sounds of the countryside and the critters living in it.
Capturing the Moments of an Amazing Life
You can also learn more about the life of Beatrix Potter in an enthralling manner as there are 3D displays which show you how the Lakeland Farm Hill Top was the inspiration behind some of her stories and illustrations. There is also the outdoor Peter Rabbit Garden which has been designed to capture the essence of the world that Beatrix Potter loved.
You’ll see the kind of lettuces that Benjamin Bunny found so tasty as well as the gooseberry bush where Peter was ensnared in a net trying to escape Mr McGregor. The Garden was designed by award-winning Richard Lucas who recreated a number of the garden scenes. He went far and wide to find the varieties of flowers and herbs used in the Tales of Beatrix Potter.
EVERYONE has Accessibility
Visitors to the Lake District will tell you that the Beatrix Potter attraction is an absolute must-see and that it is a popular destination to visit any time you like during the year. Nobody needs to feel excluded, and everything has been done to provide entrances with sloping ramps and handrails to make sure that these wonderful facilities are accessible to people in wheelchairs as well as for those with pushchairs.
The exhibition, if booked in advance, can ensure that a member of staff is available for a touch tour, making the exhibition a tactile experience for blind- and partially sighted visitors.
Photographs and Merchandise you can Treasure
There is a shop where you can wander through and buy some Beatrix Potter memorabilia. Don’t forget you can also shop online. There is always a tiny child who would love to receive one of the Lake District critters as a gift. You can take it further and organise a kid’s birthday party and ensure a brilliant fun day for every child to remember in an amazing setting complete with an appearance from Peter Rabbit himself!
The hours of The World of Beatrix Potter are from 10 in the morning to 5.30 in the afternoon. When you feel you’ve seen all that you can possibly see, why not pop into the Tailor of Gloucester Tearoom which is charming indeed and offers plenty to look at with the décor also in keeping with the Beatrix Potter characters. Enjoy tea and freshly baked scones and cakes or something else – there is plenty to choose from.
Treat Yourself to Hours of Happiness
Why not travel back to your childhood and The World of Beatrix Potter? The attraction is open throughout the year, offering themed days as well as different shows. This is why it is so important to make sure you choose the right show. For some events which are particularly popular, you’ll have to book in advance. This trip can be the best thing you need to recapture the moments of your simpler, pleasurable childhood days. Check out more on the homepage.