The World Of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-On-Windermere : Review
On day 6 of our Lake District Holiday the weather was forecast to take a turn for the worst so we opted to stay a little closer to our caravan for the day and look at attractions which were mostly indoors. One attraction Leah was desperate to visit during our holiday was The World Of Beatrix Potter.
It’s only right that when holidaying the Lake District that you spend some time getting absorbed into the world of Beatrix Potter, learning her stories, her characters, her life and where she even lived!
Leah really is a kid after my own heart, as a child I was brought up reading her Beatrix Potter’s stories and now I’m passing that love onto my daughter. Her favourites being The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, The Tale Of Tom Kitten and The Tale Of Jemima Puddleduck.
About The Attraction
Located on Crag Brow, in the centre of Bowness-On-Windermere it’s very easy to find and gain access to. With no on-site parking there is still plenty within walking distance in the town, either on Rayrigg Road (opposite) or on the other side of town by the marina.
Exploring The Attraction
From the moment we walked through the doors we felt sucked into a different world. Everywhere you looked there were different characters and posters to look at, that was even before we reached the reception desk. After paying our entry fee we were able to go through to a small cinema room where we were told about Beatrix’s life and the inspiration behind her stories.
FACT: Did you know; Beatrix Potter’s book, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit was based on her actual pet rabbit!
Afterwards we were lead into the attraction itself, a walk-through self-guided tour where you can see the displays, read more interesting facts and really feel part of her stories.
Throughout your tour you pass through different areas focusing on characters each from different stories, first up was Jemima Puddleduck before heading outside to the Peter Rabbit Garden.
In the garden you can see the garden of Mr McGregor’s, the kitchen garden and the bronze sculpture symbolising the inspiration behind the wonderful books of Beatrix Potter.
Back inside you continue your tour visiting the rest of the characters, including The Flopsy Bunnies, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and much more before arriving at the Interactive Area. Here there is an interactive timeline wall, virtual walks of Beatrix Potter’s favourite and inspirational areas of the Lake District and a child friendly multitouch table. On the table kids can play a range of activities including colouring and jigsaws.
Afterwards there is a short walk, with more characters to see and photo-booth area before the shop and exit.
Activities For Kids
During our visit not only was Leah and I delighted to see all the characters, learn more about them and have lots of pictures taken with them but Leah was also given an activity book. This activity book took us through each area of the attraction in turn and helped us learn even more about the characters whilst seeking out hidden meanings and answering trivial questions. This activity book was perfect for Leah (aged 7), it kept her attention for the whole duration of our visit. She particularly enjoyed the outdoor Garden area finding hidden names and vegetables engraved in various areas. Whilst also seeking out Tilly Willy hidden in damp areas outside.
We certainly do enjoy visiting The World Of Beatrix Potter attraction, it’s somewhere we have been a couple of times on our holidays in the Lake District. It’s been fantastic to see Leah actually absorbed and now understanding the characters and ethos behind some of her favourite stories. I fully recommend a visit.
Afterwards, why not turn your day out in a Beatrix Potter fuelled day by visiting Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter in Sawrey near Ambleside and the nearby Beatrix Potter Gallery.
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**We were not asked to review The World Of Beatrix Potter attraction we just wanted to share our visit. I paid for our tickets and received no compensation for our visit. All words and opinions are my own.