Beatrix Potter 150 Years
2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, who has captured our imagination for over 100 years with her beautifully illustrated tales. However, few people are aware of the fascinating woman that Beatrix was or the achievements she accomplished in her lifetime, during an era when ambitious women were firmly discouraged from flourishing.
An artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and impeccable businesswoman, Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer. Single-mindedly determined and ambitious she overcame professional rejection, academic humiliation, and personal heartbreak, going on to earn her fortune and a formidable reputation.
To mark this special year, there are lots of events taking place across the Lake District, many of which are accessible by out boat services. Feel free to download the special leaflets on this page or take a look at our useful links to partner websites as we all celebrate Beatrix Potter 150 this summer.
Follow in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter - some locations easily accessible by boat
Hill Top - Beatrix Potter's former home
A time capsule of Beatrix Potter's life, Hill Top was Beatrix's spiritual home and the first house she bought in the Lakes.
World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Come and meet Peter Rabbit and all his friends. Meet your favourite characters from Beatrix potter's magical tales in this great family attraction in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere.
Beatrix Potter Gallery at Hawkshead
Complement your Hill Top experience by visiting nearby Hawkshead and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. A special exhibition called 'Beatrix Potter, a life inspired by nature' is running this year.
Where is Peter rabbit? - a live Beatrix Potter musical show
Inspired by the world famous stories, this unique stage show brings to life Beatrix Potter's favourite characters in a not to be missed visual spectacular. Monday 27 June - Sunday 4 September.
Enjoy afternoon tea at Beatrix Potter's former home
Enjoy a fabulous afternoon tea at Beatrix Potter's former home, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel. Their Victorian Afternoon Tea is just £19.95 per person (or £26.50 with a glass of fizz) and includes a fine selection of sandwiches plus savoury and sweet treats. Whilst you're there explore the beautiful building, Beatrix Potter memorabilia and the beautiful gardens.
- Beatrix Potter Lake District Map - Download a journey of discovery, over 25 locations across the Lake District that inspired Beatrix Potter
* Photos courtesy of The National Trust & Frederick Warne Ltd