Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary in the Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most spectacular places in England and its also well know for inspiring great authors. Arguably its best loved author was the world famous children's writer and illustrator Beatrix Potter.
This year is a very special year for Beatrix Potter fans as the Lake District is set to celebrate her life by holding special events, exhibitions, storytelling events, showcase tours, theatre plays, breaks in luxury country houses, lunches and afternoon teas and so much more as the whole area joins together in celebrating the birth of Beatrix Potter 150 years ago.
This year Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel are playing a major part in celebrating this very special anniversary year and are working with the following great partners to ensure we celebrate Beatrix Potter's 150th year in style.
Throughout July, the Chefs at Lindeth Howe have designed will provide a special celebration lunch and a Victorian afternoon tea and on her 150th Birthday we will give all our guests who books and enjoys the celebration lunch and Victorian Afternoon Tea a glass of bubbly to toast Beatrix Potter's birthday.
You can also download the Beatrix Potter 150 Trail Guide.
Lindeth Howe Country House are working with the following great partners:-
They are celebrating her diverse wonderful life throughout Cumbria and celebrating this special birthday year with a fun-filled calendar of events, activities and exhibitions right across the Lakes. Beatrix was a remarkable character…writer, illustrator, conservationist, farmer… we've got so much to thank her for in the Lake District, we hope you’ll join us in 2016 to be part of the celebrations. Book tickets and find out more at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrixpotter
Two Bad Mice: Mischief in Beatrix Potter’s Tales, a major exhibition of original illustrations, showcases her dark humour and the glorious chaos that ensures when naughty mice and curious kittens break the rules. It runs until the end of June.Beatrix Potter and a Love of the Northern Lakes runs from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 30 October. Admission to both exhibitions is free with entry to the house and garden. On Wednesdays and Saturdays in term time, talks by the costumed servants reveal how William and Beatrix’s early life in the Lakes helped turn them into world-famous literary figures.
Anyone keen to emulate Beatrix’s style can join the house’s artist-in-residence for a friendly art class sketching the type of domestic objects and garden scenes that inspired her. Classes are on 15 April, 20 May, 17 June, 23 September and 21 October, and cost £35 each including coffee and lunch. To book, email [email protected]. For full programme of events and activities see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworthhouse.
The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District. Visitors can explore the enchanting world that Beatrix Potter created in her books as all 23 of the famous stories are brought to life, recreating the beautiful Lake District countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells. This summer visitors can also see the new stage show, ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ in its theatre. Inspired by the stories, this Beatrix Potter musical adventure brings to life favourite characters in a not to be missed visual spectacular. Special ticket packages including breakfast or afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit himself are also available!
There’s no better way to explore the many Beatrix Potter attractions, whilst enjoying the views that she once loved, than on an iconic ‘steamer’ or traditional launch on Windermere. Windermere Lake Cruises has over 100 cruises per day across England’s largest lake and operates 364 days of the year. Beatrix Potter fans will appreciate our Bowness to Ferry House service that is part of the Cross Lakes Experience. This short boat ride from bustling Bowness, home to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction and connects with Ferry House. Hill Top Farm is just a short 10 minute ride away from here by Mountain Goat minibus or a 20 minute walk. The perfect way to explore the lake is from lake.
The Belmount Hall estate, owned by Beatrix Potter and bequeathed to the National Trust on her death in 1943, is planning to offer prestige 2 night stays at Belmount Hall with a Beatrix Potter theme. This includes a tour with a Blue Badge guide and hopefully private visits to Beatrix Potter properties. Please contact [email protected] for details.
The Lingholm Estate centred around a magnificent Victorian mansion sits on the western shore of Derwentwater and was the favourite Lakeland holiday home of Beatrix Potter’s family who rented the house for ten summer and autumn holidays between 1885 and 1907.
On her first visit to Lingholm Beatrix was just 19 and the lakeside setting, woods filled with red squirrels and natural landscape were the perfect environment for her to pursue her interest in sketching and drawing nature.
Over the years she stayed at Lingholm Beatrix made many sketches and paintings of the grounds, woods and animal life at Lingholm and most famously she wrote the Squirrel Nutkin story at Lingholm.
Beatrix also credited the Lingholm Kitchen Gardens as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit “, and in June 2016 we are opening a stunning new café set alongside a reinstated octagonal walled garden built on the site of the old Kitchen gardens, entry to the new walled garden is free and allows public access onto the Estate for the first time in many years.
As well as being a private family home The Lingholm estate also operates a growing number of high quality holiday lets, all with lakeside access, and holds a limited number of weddings each year.
For more information please see our web site at www.thelingholmestate.co.uk
The exhibition at Blackwell has a Mrs Tiggy - here are some details:
Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness on Windermere Laura Ford: Sculpture and Drawings 11 March - 4 September Blackwell is a modern historic house, built in 1900, a contemporary of Beatrix Potters characters, The house and garden hosts internationally acclaimed exhibitions. This year Laura Ford’s work sits particularly well in Blackwell’s warm, richly-carved Arts & Crafts rooms grounds against the spectacular backdrop of the Coniston fells, where it might appear that Beatrix Potter’s much-loved Lakeland characters have fallen on hard times, with a Mrs Tiggy-Winkle-like hedgehog transformed into a bronze bag lady.
Mountain Goat are the Lake District’s award winning tour operator. Their Beatrix Potter tour, available February to October, is the ideal way to explore the Lakes. Their Cross Lakes Experience Service (525) with Windermere Lake Cruises runs from Bowness Bay to Hill Top Farm, ideal to combine with a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter.