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The World of Beatrix Potter, Lake District

This review has been written by Laura Benson who had a lovely day at The World of Beatrix Potter with her daughter. To follow Laura on twitter @lauarbenson1989 click here.

On a recent family holiday to the Lake District we had it in our mind to visit an attraction related to the wonderful work of Miss Potter. If you like me were brought up with the stories of fluffy bunnies, sly foxes, and puddle ducks, you will enjoy this exhibit. I am extending the love of these books to my daughter, and we read them regularly however she recognizes the characters mainly from the CGI version on Cbeebies more so than the books…oh the power of, but still testament to their longevity as children’s stories!

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The first thing that is great about this attraction is that it can be done as part of a day trip to  idyllic Lake Windermere (which by the way is just fantastic as a day our in itself(),  it is in a convenient location in the town centre. The second is the very reasonable admission price which is nice as the attraction itself needs only needs a few hours of your time, so is great for short attention spans! Aside from these plus points the attraction is really stunningly and lovingly crafted from the ofset. You start you journey with a nice (not too long child friendly) introductory video about the works of Beatrix Potter and her love for the lake district and then you move through to the main exhibit to experience Beatrix’s imagination come to life! You can see Miss Tiggywinkes laundry, see Jeremy Fishers ‘slippy sloppy house’  and see the nest that the sly fox invited Jemima Puddleduck to make with his dastardly tricks in mind (and many more!!).
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Each nook and crevice has something beautiful to look at and my daughter saw it as a great opportunity to explore. She loved Mr McGregors garden, we saw Peter Rabbits blue jacket hanging on the scarecrow just as in the illustrations, and an gold award winning herb and walled garden as presented at ‘The Chelsea flower show’ . All scenes are inspired from Miss Potters wonderful illustrations and your children will not be disappointed, as they are instantly recognisable. There is an interactive exhibit with touch screen tables with digital jigsaws and colouring scenes for little hands and minds to enjoy.

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Your child will be given an activity booklet with things to find and do on your visit which was a lovely keepsake from her time there and kept her interest nicely. There is also an interactive photo station where you can have your picture taken in your favorite iconic scene from the stories. WARNING: we did need a few attempts at this due to face pulling but it was so funny! The gift shop is lovely and there are some great pocket money priced items and there is a lovely tea shop if needed.

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Considering the small space this attraction has they really make the most of it. You come away feeling warm and fuzzy inside from the experience and your children are guaranteed to have a lovely wholesome good old fashioned day out with the family.

Tips: Take a packed lunch to eat by Lake Windermere and feed a real life Jemima at the lake. Also use Tesco Clubcard boosts to get free or discounted tickets.

 

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2 Comments

  1. October 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm — Reply

    Oh I really LOVE Beatrix Potter!! I want to here so badly, I know the girls would love it too. Great post xx

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