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Despite being written over 100 years ago, the stories of Peter Rabbit continue to be widely read to children across the world inspiring the imaginations of yet another generation.
This whimsical world which was created by Beatrix Potter has been faithfully reproduced at the wonderful Beatrix Potter Attraction in the heart of the Lake District in Bowness-On-Windermere. This is within driving distance of our Thanet Well Lodge Retreat in Cumbria, and a must visit attraction if you are looking for a great family day out during your holiday in the Lake District.
All 23 of Beatrix Potter’s fabulous tales are brought to life in this fantastic attraction, where the sights and sounds of the Lake District countryside are also beautfully recreated.
The museum is split into eight different areas, starting off with a four minute film which welcomes visitors with a general overview of Beatrix Potter and her famous characters. You are then led into area two which is dedicated to Jemima Puddle-duck’s woodland glade and Mr Tod’s underground home. This section features 3D scenes, atmospheric lighting and real sounds to recreate the world which Potter saw when she envisaged the tale.
The third area is dedicated to perhaps Potter’s most famous character – Peter Rabbit. More specifically, it is the Peter Rabbit garden where visitors can see the gooseberry bush where Peter Rabbit was caught in the net by Mr. McGregor. Everything is re-created attentively to the tales to the finest detail, even down to the nibbles on the lettuce from Benjamin Bunny.
This is a fully interactive experience where all the senses are stimulated, including your sense of smell as you can enjoy the aroma of fresh laundry in the Fourth Area, which is Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen. This is an exhibition for photo opportunities with visitors able to pose next to famous characters including Mrs. Tittlemouse.
In the fifth area of the attraction you will be able to see Mr. Jeremy Fisher on his lily-pad boat in a room filled with greenery to re-create the countryside world in which he lives. Keep the children entertained here by looking under the floorboards for Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb.
The sixth area is a virtual walk through parts of the Cumbrian countryside which inspired Beatrix Potter to create her tales. Created via computer generation, enjoy the 360 degree views as you are narrated through this section.
Area Seven is based on the tale of Peter Rabbit and Mr McGregor’s Greenhouse where visitors can find out what is lurking under the plant pots and inhale the scent of the fresh tomatoes. You can also discover more about Peter Rabbit and his cousin Benjamin here in a beautiful sunlit garden environment.
The tour of the museum is rounded off suitably in the gift shop where you can pick up a souvenir or even grab something to eat in the tea room!
In 2016 the attraction will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. To mark this occasion, the attraction is going to be showing the world premier of the new stage show called ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’. This musical show is based on the stories of Beatrix Potter’s most well-known character and is treat that the whole family will enjoy. There are special ticket packages available to purchase which include afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit himself.
The Beatrix Potter Attraction will be celebrating its own anniversary this year too, with the 28th July marking the 25th anniversary of the attraction first opening its doors to the public.
There is more information about the ticket packages which are available on their website. Make your stay at Thanet Well an extra special one by taking advantage of this wonderful attraction.