Beatrix Potter's 150 Events

Beatrix Potter's 150 Events

The Lake District Special Events listings to celebrate Beatrix Potter's 150th Anniversary. Below are a list of events taking place around the Lake District including exhibitions and regular events taking place. 

If you need any further information, don't hesitate to ask us! You can also download the Beatrix Potter 150 Trail Guide.


Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Realism and Romance: Beatrix Potter, a life inspired by nature

13 Feb – 30 Oct, 11 am – 4.30 pm

Exhibition of Beatrix’s original watercolours and illustrations which explore the inspiration she found in the natural world. From an early age, Beatrix made intricate studies of wild animals, the cycle of the seasons ,or the woodland environments of her beloved mushrooms.

The world of BP 150

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Two Bad Mice: mischief in Beatrix Potter's tales

25 Mar – 30 Jun, daily except Friday, 11 am – 4 pm

Revisit the magic of childhood among Beatrix’s beautifully observed drawings of her best-loved characters. Revel in her dark humour and relive the glorious chaos that ensues when naughty mice and curious kittens break the rules.

Wordsworth House 150

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Beatrix Potter’s love of the Northern Lakes

16 Jul – 30 Oct, daily except Friday, 11 am – 4 pm

Beatrix had a lifelong love affair with the Lake District and the wild beauty of the northern lakes, in particular, had a profound influence on her creative output. Discover how Squirrel Nutkin, Benjamin Bunny and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle all owe their existence to this glorious landscape – and how her legacy ensured it remains a place of inspiration, joy and respite today.

Potter around the south lakes

Regular Events

Allan Bank, Grasmere

Beyond Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter’s inspiration

From February half-term until Christmas

Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth by looking beyond her work as a children’s author and exploring the inspiration she took from her enduring friendship with Canon Rawnsley.

Defenders of the Lakes: Potter and Rawnsley

Every day, from 25 Mar, 10am – 5pm

In 1882, the young Beatrix Potter met Canon Rawnsley. Discover more about their enduring friendship and how his views inspired Potter to preserve special places in Lakes from being irreparably ruined by development.

Story letters – the origins of the Tale of Peter Rabbit

Every day, 25 Mar – 10 Apr & 23 Jul – 4 Sept , 10am – 5pm

Did you know that the tale of Peter Rabbit started out an illustrated letter? Take a seat in the study and have a go at writing and colouring in your own story letter to someone special at home.

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Storytelling Saturdays

Second Saturday of each month, from Mar to Oct, except Jul and Aug 1, 2, 3pm

Gather round to hear one of your favourite Beatrix Potter tales, told by one of our friendly volunteers. Listen to a different Beatrix Potter classic each month, in a quirky setting, surrounded by original Beatrix Potter artwork.

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead

Exhibition Curator Evenings

Join our National Trust Curator of the Beatrix Potter Collections for an intimate tour of the Gallery exhibition, discover more about how Beatrix Potter was inspired to create, conserve and campaign in a life that took her from fashionable London to an idyllic Lakeland village. The tours also give an insight into how we care for the collections though our programme of conservation work.

4th Thursday of every month, from Mar to Oct, except Jul and Aug. Starts 30 minutes after closing.

Tickets £15 person. BE.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

Hill Top Showcase Tours

7 Apr, 5 May, 2 June,1 Sept & 6 Oct

Event starts 30 minutes after closing time, so 4pm, 5pmor 6pm

As part of our 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2016, this after-hours tour is perfect for Beatrix Potter fans; it's a chance to have exclusive access to the house and get up close to items from the collection. There’ll be time to browse the shop and a complimentary glass of wine.

£25. BE.

Castle Cottage Showcase Tours

As part of our special anniversary celebrations, you can join us for an exclusive tour around Beatrix Potter’s marital home; Castle Cottage, in the heart Near Sawrey. Rarely open to the public, this is a unique opportunity to peer into Beatrix Potter’s most private home. Meet in the Hill Top car park. Refreshments included.

Friday 8 & Thursday 28 July 2016 4.45 – 7pm.

£25. BE.

Borrowdale and Derwentwater, Keswick

Guided canoe trip to Owl Island

Fri 4 Mar, 6 May, 3 Jun, 2 Sept, 7 Oct, 10am-1pm or 2-5pm

Take up a paddle and re-live the memories of Squirrel Nutkin's cheeky mis-adventures from a whole new perspective.

£30. BE

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Be inspired by Beatrix

Fri 18 March, 15 April, 20 May, 17 June, 23 September & 21 October, 10am-1.30pm

Have exclusive access to Wordsworth House and Garden on a Friday with our friendly art class and draw the type of subject matter that inspired Beatrix Potter. Join Kate Smith, our artist in residence, to sketch domestic objects and interiors or garden items and exteriors. This will be an informal group for all abilities, with Kate offering tips and advice. Cost: £35 per session, including tea or coffee and biscuits on arrival plus lunch in our cosy café. (£5 discount per session if booking three or more.) Booking essential.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Two wild children: Beatrix and William

Every Wed & Sat in term-time, from 12 Mar – 19 Oct 11.30am

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix's birth with a special 10-minute talk about how the natural world shaped these inspirational figures.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Get cooking in the kitchen

Mon 28 Mar, 4 Apr, 30 May, 25 Jul, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug, 24 Oct, 11.30am - 3.30pm

Beatrix Potter loved her porridge! Head to the kitchen, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making a traditional Cumbrian recipe

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Inspired by Beatrix: drop in and draw

15 Mar, 19 Apr and 17 May, 21 Jun, 19 July, 2, 16 Aug, 20 Sept, 18 Oct 11.30am – 1.30pm

Join our artist in residence to try your hand at sketching or painting the kind of kitchen and garden objects that delighted Beatrix Potter.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Bug hunters and explorers

Sun from 13 Mar – 30 Oct, drop in 11am - 4pm

Go wild like Beatrix and William, hunting for bugs in the garden, or delve into the nooks and crannies of this intriguing house with the help of a family explorer bag.

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Beatrix Potter by the fire

Tues 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 31 May, 26 Jul, 2, 9,16, 23, 30 Aug, 25 Oct;

Thurs 27 Oct 11.30am & 2.30pmGet cosy by the kitchen fire as Beatrix Potter shares some of her little books and the stories behind them.

Steam Yacht Gondola, Coniston Water

Beatrix Potter’s Landscape Cruise and Walk

Thurs 7 April, 12 May, 9 Jun, 8 Sept, 11am -4.15pm

Spend the day with our local Ranger discovering the legacy and impact of Beatrix Potter’s life in the Coniston locality. You walk through the Monk Coniston estate to iconic Tarn Hows, returning via Monk Coniston Hall for afternoon tea before re-boarding Gondola back to Coniston Pier. Booking essential.

£19.50. BE

Wray Castle, near Ambleside

Lake and Landscape Tours

15, 22 & 29 Apr, 6, 13, 20 and 27 May, 2- 3pm

With its views across the lake, carefully planted woodland and even a set of mock ruins meant to deceive guests as to its age, Wray Castle sits within the picturesque tradition the Lake District is so famous for. Join us for a guided walk through our grounds to discover some of our favourite views and castle stories. Booking essential.

Looking ahead: Step back to the 1940s, as we turn back the clock to celebrate 70 years of the National Trust caring for Hill Top on 7 July. Or, pack a picnic and join us for the biggest birthday party 28 July, when we’ll be hosting Beatrix’s Birthday Picnics across the Lake District

Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Beatrix's birthday picnic in the garden

Thurs 28 Jul, 11 - 3.30pm

Bring your favourite Beatrix Potter toy and a picnic lunch to get in free.

Borrowdale and Derwentwater, Keswick

King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jul, 10-4pm

Take a step in Squirrel Nutkin’s shoes with raft racing on Derwent Water, or try a new water sport at our ‘join in’ regatta. Little ones can explore Jemima Puddleduck’s water play arena.

Beatrix Potter's Birthday PicnicsThurs 28 Jul, 11 - 2pm Bring a picnic and be a part of the birthday celebrations. Beatrix Potter was born this day 150 years ago and we can't think of a better birthday bash than getting outdoors for some family fun and games in the landscape that Beatrix loved. We'll be celebrating in lots of different ways all across the Lakes

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