A botanist, artist and storyteller, Helen Beatrix Potter was a rabbit lover from the very beginning. Her family always encouraged her to draw, and growing up, she spent a lot of time sketching animals and plants. Her earliest artist models were her pet rabbits: Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper. She published The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself, in December 1901, which is now an animated comedy film, directed by Will Gluck, and will hit movie screens on April 6. The film outlines the journey of the mischievous and adventurous Peter Rabbit, voiced by James Cordon, and his feud with Mr. McGregor, played by Domhnall Gleeson.
Potter’s contribution to the world of children’s literature is unfathomable, and Cumbria in North West England, is the place to go if you want to learn more about her. It’s a must visit for anyone who loves her stories.
The Wonderful World of Beatrix Potter has statues of some of Potter’s most loved characters like Mrs Tiggy-Winkle
Located in the town of Bowness-on-Windermere in South Lakeland, Cumbria, The World of Beatrix Potter is a tourist attraction for all those who have grown up reading Potter’s magical animal tales. Divided into eight areas, this enchanting world brings all 23 of Potter’s famous tales to life; right from the sights to the sounds to the smells.The Peter Rabbit Garden is in area three. The garden hosts a beautiful bronze sculpture of three children releasing one of Potter’s most famous characters, Jemima Puddle Duck, in to the air. For all Peter Rabbit fans, the garden has a lovely section of heritage fruit and vegetables made famous by the stories, like red fruited gooseberries, parsnip ‘Tender and True,’ ‘Long White’ cucumbers and ‘January King’ cabbages. Area seven is another delightful adventure with Mr. McGregor’s greenhouse, where one can smell tomatoes, look at things prowling under the seed trays, and learn more about the escapades of Peter and his cousin Benjamin.
Beatrix Potter used the 17th-century cottage as an inspiration in many of her stories
Potter bought Hill Top in 1905, with proceeds from The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The little cottage is a chaotic combination of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, along with collections of some of Potter’s prized belongings like antique furniture and original paintings. The age-old cottage along with its beautiful countryside surroundings were an inspiration to many of Potter’s tales.
Just about a six minute drive away is another 17th century time capsule of Beatrix Potter’s life-the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Currently, the gallery is running an exhibition titled ‘The Right Sort of Women’, which is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to marvel over Potter’s sketches and illustrations. The set of themed rooms give a glimpse into Potter’s involvement with the local community and give insight into her life as a businesswoman and a landlady. The original Peter Rabbit letter, with sketches of Peter along with his triplet sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, is also on display. The exhibition runs till end of October, 2018.
One of the best ways to spend time at Wray Castle is to participate in the Peter Rabbit Adventure game.
The neo-gothic Victorian building, located close to Potter’s Hill Top cottage, was where Potter spent her 16th birthday. Over the years, she bought a lot of land nearby, including Hill Top, and her memory lives on in the castle through the Peter Rabbit Adventure Rooms. These rooms are several flights up the castle, close to the servants’ quarter, ideal for young Peter Rabbit fans. Young visitors can help prepare tea, have a little tea party and eventually curl up into bed with one of Potter’s many tales. In Mr. McGregor’s garden below, guests can lend a hand in planting vegetables. They can also go up the tree house and watch episodes of the hilarious cBeebies Peter Rabbit series.
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