On July 28th 1866 the icon of the Lake District in the form of the extremely talented Beatrix Potter was born. For the whole of 2016, the Lake District will be celebrating the life, love and work of this artist, writer and nature lover.
Her true life and history has been meticulously savoured at Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter her once home and now living museum. Hill Top transports visitors back to her life, showing her ongoing work, the way she lived and especially her beloved garden, the famous setting for her most famous children’s books and arguably, the most famous and treasured children’s publications of all times. Spanning so many years, multiple generations in families enjoying reading and looking at her books and the sheer worldwide reach, love and admiration.
The Lake District kicks off the celebrations, the National Trust will be holding a children’s book festival at Wray Castle on the edge of Lake Windermere from the 4 to the 6 of March. For older fans then an exhibition of original watercolours and illustrations being held at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is entitled “Romance and Realism” from March 25 to October 30.
Again in Hawkshead at the Beatrix Potter Gallery will be a series of Saturday story telling events taking place on 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 10 September and 8 October at 1, 2 and 3pm.
But her Hill Top house, owned and run by the National Trust is going to be real focus this year. During the year there are special events, showings and guided tours. An already super popular attraction, the events are set to be well over subscribed and booking in advance is essential. For full ticket and event details visit, http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top
Where to stay – the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey is a Lake District B&B and inn only 5 minutes from Hill Top and a short drive of cycle to Hawkshead. Local food and ales served daily and family rooms available too. Visit http://www.cuckoobro.co.uk for more details.