One of the most popular reasons people visit the Lake District is famed children’s author Beatrix Potter. Using her beautiful surroundings as inspiration Potter wrote many wonderful children’s stories about animal characters in and around her home in the area. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, sharing its building with the Old Laundry Theatre and it offers a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Eight Beatrix Potter Experiences
There are eight separate sections to The World of Beatrix Potter:
When you first arrive at the Beatrix Potter attraction you can enjoy a short film which introduces you to the author and her wonderful stories. Once the film is finished you are invited to explore the rest of the attraction and see some of the most famous characters in children’s literature brought to life.
Jemima Puddle Duck and Mr Tod
The second area of the attraction shows innovative 3D scenes from Beatrix Potter’s stories, with sounds, smells and lighting set to make you feel like you’re genuinely inside the books. Step into Jemima Puddle Duck’s woodland and travel through the trees to see Mr Tod waiting for you as well as the cute pigs from The Tale of Pigling Bland.
The Peter Rabbit Garden
Probably the most famous of all Potter’s characters, Peter Rabbit is the star of the third area of the attraction. The garden has been designed to capture the essence of Potter’s world. Look out for lettuce, gooseberry bushes many other clever details which have been taken straight from her stories.
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s Kitchen
Head in from the garden and follow the adventure of mischievous Squirrel Nutkin before popping by Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen and smelling that fresh laundry smell. The cute and characterful surroundings of the kitchen once again bring to life the original tale.
Mr Jeremy Fisher’s Boat
Following the attraction round, you can give Johnny Town-House a little wave and then move past many other beloved characters. Mr Jeremy Fisher is waiting for you upon his lily-pad boat too!
The Virtual Walk is your chance to experience just why Beatrix Potter loved the Lake District so much. Computerised imagery gives you the chance to walk around some of her most loved sites as if you’re really experiencing them. This area is also your chance to follow a timeline of her life and find out more about the writer behind the characters.
Mr McGregor’s Greenhouse
As you reach the end of the attraction you step into Mr McGregor’s greenhouse. Look out for what’s lurking in the shed and take in the smell of fresh tomatoes. There is also another chance to head back out into Peter’s garden and hear more about the tales of Peter and Benjamin.
Stop at the Shop
The final part of the attraction is the beautiful gift shop. From small trinkets to larger gifts there’s the chance to pick up something special to remember your trip by.