On a recent trip to Lake Windermere, with two young children, it was a given that we would visit the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness. We had taken the children a few summers ago, but they didn't really remember it as they were quite young at the time. It is in a central location and handy for families with children who want to have a break from walking or to get out of the heat in summer. Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit were probably around in most of our childhoods in some various forms and so it was nice to reminisce about my mum reading me Peter Rabbit as a child or playing with a huge Jemima Puddleduck teddy I had!
From the moment you walk into the World of Beatrix Potter, the magic starts for the children and they loved the soft pastel coloured drawings and recreations of the famous characters. The attraction features all 23 tales by Beatrix Potter, which are brought to life in a fairly modern way with recreations of the characters in Lakeland countryside with sounds and even smells added to the mix. Visit Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor's garden Jemima Puddle-duck in the woodland glade and Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen.
The attraction is broken up in six parts, beginning with a short film explaining the inspiration for Beatrix Potter and a little background about her life, as well as an introduction to all 23 Beatrix Potter Tales. It is interesting to learn a little bit more about one of the best known writers of children's books, and how she fell in love with the Lake District after holidaying there. All of her stories are set in and around the Lake District and it is wonderful that the attraction is set in the heart of the Lakes, allowing her legacy to live on for many years to come.
The second part of the attraction takes you through indoor recreations of Beatrix Potter's tales, visiting Mr Tod's underground home and Jemima Puddle-duck's woodland glade. Part 3 is the brand new, outdoor, Peter Rabbit Garden where you can enjoy a recreation of the cottage and kitchen gardens of the Peter Rabbit Tales. This is my absolute favourite part of the attraction and you can sit on a bench in the vegetable patch, smell the lovely garden smells and fresh herbs and watch the world go by. Part 4 takes you back into the indoor recreations, where you will visit Mrs.Tiggy-winkle's kitchen, wander past Jeremy Fisher's pond and much more. Part 5 allows you to follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps with the Virtual Walks, and find out about Beatrix Potter with the Tale of Mrs. Heelis film and timeline. Part 6 takes you through Mr McGregor's greenhouse and into the tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.
It doesn't take too long to go around the whole of the attraction, probably around an hour, so it is fairly expensive for the short time that you spend inside, however I would say it is definitely worth it and you can see that the money is being well spent. Gone are the dusty and terrible displays of attractions and museums from when I was a child, and in its place we see beautiful and intricate recreations. You can take photos of the displays and with the larger displays can even have your photo taken with them, which my children were delighted by. In one part there is a display where you can choose a background scene and have your photo taken with Jemima or any of the famous characters. We had ours taken in Mr. McGregors garden with Peter Rabbit and it is a lovely picture. These are obviously extra but only cost a few pounds to buy.
Once you have made your way around the different parts of the attraction, you will find yourself slap bang in the middle of the souvenir shop. This is something we have come to expect with attractions and museums and is an obvious way for them to boost income. Prices are steep; however keep a look out for sale items as we managed to pick up a few collectable ornaments for the children for around £12 each. Still expensive but I would rather pay this than the £24 original RRP. The choice of souvenirs here is vast and there are things to buy everywhere you look with glass cabinets and shelving stacked high. Expect to see books, clothes, ornaments, christening gifts, toiletries, toys and many more things. There are some beautiful personalised children's cards here too but they only had one of my daughters names in stock and you can't buy for one without the other (as any parent will know!).
After the shop you can choose to visit the Tailor of Gloucester Tea Room or the outdoor garden terrace for afternoon tea or a light bite. Prices again are fairly high, but not any more expensive than 99% of the cafes and restaurants in Bowness, and the food is delicious. This is where you will see the Enchanting World of Beatrix Potter sculpture, which was unveiled by Renée Zellweger following the 2006 hit film 'Miss Potter'.
For fans of the Lake District but not necessarily Beatrix Potter, it is worth bearing in mind that the Lakes may be a very different place today if it hadn't been for the love of one lady. She proceeded to buy land and property in the Lakes to save the countryside from developers and after her death she left this large amount of land to the National Trust, meaning that people for generations to come can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Lake District. I find this pretty inspirational and shows there was much more to Beatrix Potter than a make believe Rabbit.
While we were there, we noticed that many upcoming events may be worth a visit. Although we won't be going as we have obviously only just been, these upcoming events may be of interest to readers with children:
Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt: Thursday 5th April 2012. Starts at 10am
Join in the annual Easter fun with Peter Rabbit and hunt for his special eggs throughout Cumbria. There are 110 eggs to be found to celebrate Peter Rabbit's110th birthday. Each egg is a prize, but there are 10 BIG prizes to be won.
Tea with Peter Rabbit: Sunday 15th April 2012 at 1pm and Sunday 20th May 2012 at 1pm.
Adults £10.00 Children £7.50 (12mths-15yrs) includes a present for each child. Booking Required.
Enjoy lunch with Peter Rabbit. There will be sandwiches, crisps and cakes galore. A guest of honour to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Summer: 1st April until 30th September
10.00 - 17.30
Winter: 1st October until 31st March
10.00 - 16.30
(Closed Christmas day & 23rd Jan until 3rd Feb 2012 )
*11.00am - 15.00 - 24th Dec & 31st Dec
*11.00am - 16.00 - 26th Dec & 1st Jan
Senior Citizens £5.75
Family Ticket £18.00
A Freedom Pass allows up to two adults and two children to visit the Attraction as many times as they like within a year, and includes newsletters, special offers, discounts in the shop and tearoom and special membership activities. Price £30.00.
An attraction for all: The attraction is wheelchair accessible although please do bear in mind that to get to the attraction warrants walking down a steep hill. For wheelchair users, there are disabled parking spaces at the bottom of the hill and near the front doors but it would be worth a phone call beforehand to check there are spaces or maybe if they could reserve one for you. It also provides (through headsets) translations in French, Japanese, Dutch and Chinese. Although it wasn't peak season when we visited this time (it was relatively quiet), the last time we visited was in the height of summer and we noticed a lot of overseas tourists were listening through headsets, which I imagine they found most useful.
All in all this is an excellent attraction and one which we will definitely visit again sometime in the future. Children are fascinated by the characters and reconstructions while adults will enjoy some of the history behind an inspirational lady (and the lovely cup of coffee and slice of cake afterwards!).
On our recent trip to the Lake District one of the attractions we visited was the The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness by Lake Windermere. We had taken a boat trip from Lakeside up to Bowness with the view of wandering around there and visiting the attraction.
Where is it
Situated in the town centre of Bowness this was just a five minute walk from the boat pier up to the museum. You can drive to Bowness but the museum doesn't have it own parking so you will need to walk there from which ever car park you choose. Bowness is also served by various bus and train services so is easily accessible by public transport
What is there and our experience
I am sure most people will have heard of Beatrix Potter and remember at least one of her books from childhood such as Peter Rabbit or Squirrel Nutkin. This museum takes you on a journey of Beatrix Potters Life and her stories.
The museum is divided into 6 different sections. After paying or showing your ticket you take a seat outside the entrance as it is a staggered museum meaning they only let so many people through at one time. We seemed to time it beautifully as we arrived a few minutes before going in and had the first section of the short film about Beatrix Potter and some of the stories to ourselves. The section will hold around 25 people seated as a maximum. The film was interesting both to me as a Beatrix Potter fan and to my young son as someone who has just heard the stories as the commentary was overlaid with various pictures from the books which captured his imagination as they do at story time at home. We had been given an activity guide to fill in for young children but there was no questions related to the film. The door then opened into the magical museum we all including my rather jaded husband gasped with amazement as we saw the first few scenes.
The next section focused on two stories really Mr Tod's and Jemima Puddles Duck there are reference to other stories to but these are the main ones represented. The models are absolutely stunning really they are wonderful representations of the drawings in the books and they seem to capture amazingly well the drawings of Beatrix Potter in 3 D. We were all utterly charmed by them and my son at 3 was fascinated looking at them and finding different small details in the scenes to point out to us. There are various touch screen information points in each of the sections telling you some information about the books being represented. These are in several different languages with a different character for each language. These are very sensitive and often my son would press which ever character he liked the look of best. As these can't be then turned off or returned to the original screens till the information has scrolled through it would often mean a wait for us to find out the information. We gradually got quicker at telling him which character to press for the information so by the end we had it down to a fine art.
The next section is the Peter Rabbit garden this is laid out over various stone walk ways with a lean too greenhouse this is all set out very much like Mr Macgregor's garden. This section is where the activity booklet comes in with you having to find out various things such as things including engraved stones and some animal house. Our favourite was the small mouse living in the wall which as just so cute an adorable. The garden is planted with various rare vegetables including a red radish that looks long and thin like a carrot that is supposed to be the type of radish Peter Rabbit loved so much in Mr Macgregor's garden. The garden even in September looked stunning with a riot of colour and different textures and smells. There was even a little scarecrow made of Peter Rabbits little Blue coat and shoes which my son though was great. Whilst this was interesting my son much preferred the animal representations inside so we quickly returned inside.
The next section contains scenes from Jeremy Fisher and Mrs Tiggy-winkle both of which again were superb the modelling of Jeremy Fisher on his lily pads turned around so you can see him at various stages of fishing. His pond was clear so you could see reeds and fish below which again we all thought was a lovely touch.
The next section is interactive with a short film that can show you some walks Beatrix Potter would have done over the hills. As this bit is unappealing for children really I think they have rather cleverly included several picture puzzle type of things for children to do whilst adults watch some of the film or read some of the wall displays about Beatrix Potter's life. My son loved turning some of the wooden blocks to make various pictures of the characters in the stories and sliding blocks around to complete the picture.
By the time we got to the last section we were caught up by a large party of Japanese tourists and it was rather a squash to see some of the displays of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny but we just went back a few paces till they had passed though so we were able to enjoy it in relative quite again. You can then if you choose have an interactive picture taken of you sat on a bench with Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny for company before heading to the shop.
The shop as you would expect is laid out with various Beatrix Potter treats to tempt you from soft toys to children's clothing and cutlery. It is rather small and was rather crowded when we were in which probably worked well for my bank balance as it allowed me not to be too tempted by some of the more expensive items such a china art or snow globes.
There is a small café down stairs in the attraction that you can visit as part of your trip or on its own. As my son was starting to feel a bit peckish we decide to avail ourselves of the delights. We had various bowls of piping hot soup which was a hearty sweet potato and red pepper with was served with lovely crunchy bread or sandwiches. The food was delicious and we certainly felt we got good value at around £4 for the Soup and £5 for the soup and a sandwich which some child items such as a jam sandwich drink small cake and drinks for the adult the bill came to just over £16 which given this is such a tourist spot I thought was reasonable value. The vegetables used in the tea room are all grown from the Peter Rabbit garden at attraction which I personally think is a lovely touch. The service was efficient and the café was very clean and tidy. They had also provided microwaves to heat baby food and children's cutlery for you. There were also a couple of highchairs available for use.
I think the attraction is very child friendly with the inclusion of activity booklets, the touch screen displays at child height to see and very child friendly staff. The tea room is also well geared up for its younger visitors. The baby changing area is nice and clean and easy to access. As the majority of the attraction is on one well level is very easy to push a pushchair around and none of the visitors we saw with pushchairs had any problems negotiating doors and the like.
The attraction as mentioned previously has no parking as standard but according to their website disabled visitors can phone to book a parking space in the courtyard of the attraction. I would definitely recommend this as it is on quite a steep hill with no parking near by meaning it would be hard to get too other wise. Inside everything is on one level bar some areas of the Peter Rabbit garden. The walkways within the attraction are nice and wide and bar some congestion from other visitors should be easy to navigate. The is a disabled lift I noticed so get access to the disabled toilet and the tea rooms down stairs
This is a great attraction for Beatrix Potter fans and young children who delight still in her books over 100 years after they were first published. The attractions representations of the stories are amazing as they are so true to the pictures that you can positively see the twinkle in Mrs Tiggy-winkle's eyes. The attraction certainly delighted my young son who was enthralled with the models. He was able to see lots of tiny details in each one that he loved to point out to us. The café attached to the attraction is also excellent and well worth enjoying a warming bowl of soup of a scrummy cake in. A definite 5 starts from us.
Summer - 10.00 - 17.30
Winter- 10.00 - 16.30
(Closed Christmas Day &
between 24th Jan & 4th Feb 2011)
Senior Citizens £5.75
Family Ticket £18.00
It is worth noting if you buy the tickets from the tourist information centre by the boat pier that you can save 50 pence per ticket.
Call +44 (0)844 504 1233
The World of Beatrix Potter
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3BX
As part of our recent day out to the Lake District, we visited Bowness which is on the east side of Lake Windemere and home of The World of Beatrix Potter museum.
The museum is right in the middle of Bowness and very easy to spot as there is a large sign on the side of the building. The entrance is to the back of the building up quite a steep hill.
From the outside it looks tiny and the entrance leads straight towards the gift shop. We paid the entrance fee and had about a 10 minute wait to enter the museum, even though there was nobody ahead of us in the queue. The reason for the wait was soon revealed, upon entering there is a small seating area with a tv running a video on a loop. This explained some of Beatrix Potter's history and the story behind some of he characters. Although we found it quite interesting, my nieces quickly got bored and wanted to get on with the visit. It lasted about 10 minutes or so.
When we were allowed into the museum itself we were greeted by some really good displays of characters from the books. The path round is windy and the 2 girls had a great time hunting for the different animals they had read about.
This path lead to the informative Miss Potter Room which goes into further detail about her life and books. There is a short film about her on a large screen and when this isn't running there interactive display on the main attractions of the surrounding area. Great if your looking for something else to do or see, but nothing at all to do with Beatrix Potter
There is also a small garden which is nice to look round if the flowers are in bloom, but again, nothing to do with Beatrix Potter. When I say small,I really mean it's tiny and if I'm being honest, not very impressive.
At the end of the route there is the chance for the children to have their photo taken which is then super imposed onto a Potter style background. I can't remember exactly how much it is, but I remember thinking, 'How much?!'
For those who fancy a bit of refreshment after the tour, the museum has it's own tea room. We didn't go in as we had eaten elsewhere but it did smell nice.
For what it was I didn't really feel the visit was good value. We were in there for about an hour and we looked at everything twice!
Senior Citizens £5.75
Family Ticket £18.00
In the summer the museum is open from 10.00 - 17.30 and in winter between 10.00 - 16.30.
The museum recommends visitors with mobility problems park behind the entrance, although spaces are limited and need to be booked in advance by calling them. Otherwise there are several large pay and display car park in Bowness within walking distance.
Given the chance, I wouldn't return here, but instead would visit Hilltop, the home of Beatrix Potter.
During our recent visit to the Lake District my sisters and I visited the World of Beatrix Potter. When we arrived we had to wait for about ten minutes to actually go in. I'm not a very patient person and tend to get irritated if I have to wait for anything but I didn't mind waiting here because there were models to see while we were waiting. I thought that this was a nice preview of what was inside.
Senior Citizens £5.75
The first part of this attraction was a video about Beatrix Potter's life and her inspirations for her books. I thought that this was really interesting. I'm not a fan of Beatrix Potter and before watching this video I knew next to nothing about her and her life. This video provides a really good introduction to her and is so full of interesting facts. After the video was over I felt like I had a great insight into her and her inspirations. The only problem with this video is that it was boring for my sister. She's nine and really didn't want to sit through the whole thing. I don't want to say that they should make it more child friendly because for me the amount of information and the way it was presented was perfect but I think it will be difficult if you're visiting with a child to sit through this without them complainign that they're bored.
The next part of the attraction is a recreation of Beatrix Potter's books. I'm not familiar with all of her books so unfortunately a lot of this was lost on me. I'm sure that fans of Beatrix Potter will get a lot more out of this than I did. I did recognise some of the characters like Peter Rabbit and some of my sisters favourites from when we were children but I think this is certainly something that is more for fans. However, you don't need to be a fan to recognise how well made the models are and the displays are really elaborate with lots of details. The real problem with this attraction is that even if this was based on books that I was actually interested in I would still find it very boring. It's just models of characters and at my age that's not something that I find interesting, I would have loved it twenty years ago. Even my nine year old sister was a bit too old to be interested by these models so I certainly think that this is something for younger children.
As you walk around there are electronic screens with information on. You select the language that you want and then listen to information about the models that you are looking at. I would have loved to use these and I think my visit would have been a lot more interesting if I could have accompanied it with some facts and not just looked at boring models of characters. Unfortunately this wasn't possible because the path was so narrow that you had to keep moving to avoid being crushed or holding up the people beind you so you can't just stop and listen to the information. The other problem is that when the ifnormation starts you can't stop it and start again, you have to wait for it to finish. The screen is at just the right level for children to press the buttons which is a good thing because it means that children are able to access the information and hopefully it will engage some of them but it seemed like the children were only actually interested in pressing the buttons and so I would get to the information points and find that they were talking in a language that I couldn't understand, no one else was using it and there was no way to stop it and start it again in English. Or just as annoying it was halfway thorugh and I would have to wait for it to finish before I could start it again. I guess it doesn't really matter anyway because I wouldn't have had time to stop and listen with so many people crowding in.
I thought that the whole thing was really poorly planned and not very well thought out. The path really needed to be wider and the information points needed to have a stop and restart button.
Access for wheelchair users will probably be quite difficult with paths being very narrow.
==Rating and Recommendation==
Unfortunately I can't recommend this attraction. If you're a big fan of Beatrix Potter you might want to check it out, or if you have an interest in models of this kind but I personally wouldn't want to go back. I'm going to give this attraction two stars because the video at the beginning was interesting but overall this was not a good attraction.
This years holiday for my family was to the Lake District and one of the attractions we decided to visit was Beatrix Potter as there was no way you could go to the Lakes without taking in this attraction or visiting 'Hilltop' where Beatrix lived. We opted for the attraction as felt that maybe this would be more appealing to all of use than just going to look at where Beatrix used to live with not much else there and we all love the tales of BP.
Getting there is fairly straight forward, Junction 36 off the M6, take the A591 towards Keswick turning off onto the A592 towards Newby Bridge with the attraction being located in Bowness town centre. Alternatively you could take one of the Windermere ferries from either Lakeside or Ambleside or take the unique car Ferry that runs from Ferry House at Far Sawrey to Ferry Nab just South of Bowness. We took a slightly different route as we where staying in the South Lakes, the A590 then onto the A592.
Parking is a nightmare in Bowness during peak season with no actual parking facilities as the attraction other than for disabled, even the disabled parking has to be pre-booked. Try you luck at the nearest car park which has 250spaces which if coming from the South is on your right just past The World of Beatrix Potter which is on your left or from the North, just before on your left. The car park is a pay and display and if I remember correctly was around GBP8.00 for the day to park once you had found a space, a lot of circling and hovering is required. There is another car park a bit further away with 750 spaces but not as convenient for the attraction.
Access to The World if Beatrix Potter is via steps or a steep slope, hence the disabled parking being the only parking which avoids both of these fortunately otherwise this would not be a suitable attraction for the disabled. Upon entering you are treated to a small snippet of what is to come, a lovely big Peter Rabbit up above eye level for you to look at and a large map of the tour showing you the route you will take. There are lots of things to look at and direct access to the Tea Room and Gift shop without having to pay the entrance fee if you don't fancy the tour itself. Remember to look up wherever you go there are things to see that you would miss if you're not careful.
Entrance to the tour - currently priced at GBP6.00 for adults and GBP3.00 for children, guide books are GBP2.50 and personally think that theses where a waste of money as very thin and did not give that much information, though we where spoiled with a guide at the South Lakes Wild Animal Park, 100 glossy pages for GBP2.00. Children receive Peter Rabbit ears to wear, the paper kind that basically wrap around your head with a few adjusters to slot in the other end of the strip a bit like a head band, my two teenagers where not impressed at this but they do come with every children's ticket, didn't make them wear them though.
The tour starts with a short film about Beatrix Potter and you may have to wait outside the main door and sit on the 'toadstools' until the previous showing has finished, no more than 10 mins though so not too long for little ones.
Once the film has finished you move into the main attraction itself, this is not a guided tour and you are free to take you time but no touching allowed - you can pre-arrange a touch tour with a guide but again advance planning is required.
For the main tour you are catapulted into the world of Beatrix Potter with an extremely well thought out route and the decoration along the way is like walking through all of Potters tales. From floor to ceiling nothing has been overlooked, from Mrs Tiggiwinkle doing her laundry in the kitchen, Peter and Benjamin sneaking into Mr McGreggors garden and Jemima encountering Mr Fox, nothing has been left out. The detail is outstanding down to the leaves on the trees and the recreation of the reeds for Jeremy Fisher. Peak through the windows and creep through Mr McGreggors greenhouse to find poor Peter trapped in the netting, all the scenes depicted are recreated from the original illustrations as near as I can remember them which really does give this place a magical feel. Feel free to takes as many photographs as you want but remember not to touch. One thing I felt let down with was in the leaflet we had picked up at our campsite they had promised sights, sound and smells, no smells that I noticed sorry to say.
As you walk through all 23 tales of Beatrix Potter there are small interactive touch screens in each area which provides you information about the tale and is available in quite a few different languages. Simply touch the language you require and read away, the only down side to these is you have to let them run before you change language and start again especially if you have somebody just in front of you that presses and walks without reading. The information is not long but this could be irritating for some.
About three quarters away through the tour you enter a more spacious part of the tour, just before Mr McGreggors greenhouse where there are puzzles to be solved and interactive screens which have virtual walks around the area and you can also find out more about Beatrix Potter with a short film and time-line. There are only 3 seats for the interactive bit but you can always watch and if you don't fancy hiking around the Lakes this is another way to see some of the beautiful scenery and places that you may never get to visit in person.
Right at the end of the tour is a small booth where you can have your photo taken with Peter Rabbit, simply sit on the bench and press the button; this is the only area where you are not allowed to take your own photos as you can buy these in the gift shop.
As you can guess as with most attractions these days the exit is through the gift shop and this is one occasion we did stop to have a browse and picked up a couple of bargains such as The World Peter Rabbit & Friends complete story collection reduced to GBP3.99 and a couple of window transfers or Peter Rabbit which my daughter fell in love with.
The attraction also has a tea room called The Tailor of Gloucester Tea Room but we did not choose to visit on this occasion but it did look very appealing and was quite busy. I also omitted to pick up a copy of the menu so I could refer to it whilst writing this review but ho hum can't remember everything, must be my age.
There are parent and baby changing facilities and easy access to toilets for all whether paying for the tour or not and a outdoor terrace to sit in with a cool drink or just for a quick rest. We choose to shoot across the road to the Tesco Metro grab a couple of sandwiches a few drinks and sit on the grass by the ferry, take care the swans will follow the slightest rustle of any bag.
We did spot a couple of children painting plaster models of Peter Rabbit near the entrance to the tour but saw no obvious signage as to how much this was.
Overall I was this was better than I had anticipated and more than you initially imagine as from the main road the building looks very small but I feel they have made the best use of the space. Both my children really enjoyed this and took many photographs (not leaving daughter in charge of the camera in the future, over 100 photos here). Not enough to warrant a full day at this attraction but there is plenty more going on in Bowness to keep you occupied, whether window shopping or one of the many ferry cruises around Windermere, return visit, maybe but think if in the area again we will be looking to go somewhere we haven't already been to as don't think this has the pulling factor to drag us back there that other attractions have.
For more information and special events through the year visit www.hop-skip-jump-.com ( I love the web address)
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Beatrix potter was a wonderful children's writer she brought Peter Rabbit and Jemima puddle duck into many a Childs life and wrote 23 tales about all her famous characters during her life.
She was born in London in 1866 and lived most of her life in the Lake District writing and buying land until she passed away at the age of 73 in 1943. She left all her land to the National Trust so that it would always be protected and therefore keep its natural beauty as so many places in the Lake District.
A museum was opened in Bowness on Windermere in memory of Beatrix and displays all her characters it is a great place for children and adults.
When you first enter the museum you are shown a short film about the history of the famous writer then you are free to wander at your leisure.
You get to see all of her famous tales brought to life it really is quite an experience.
The museum itself is quite small but once inside you will be surprised just how much there is to see, life size models of all her story characters.
It can take some time to get around it all because of the detail in every model and the story behind every one; it will keep any adult intrigued and amuse all children.
There is a gift shop where you can buy books and collectable pottery but I must admit it is quite expensive.
The coffee shop is small but quaint and again quite pricey but I did like the terrace area and the play area for children was quite handy.
Toilet facilities and a baby changing room are just to the side of the tea room.
5.95 For an adult, 3.00 per child and a very good price for what is on display.
A good tip for a family day out is to take your camera or video recorder because you can get some really good family shots standing next to the life size figures.
I would defiantly visit this attraction again if I had the grandchildren to stay because it is a magical experience for them plus I was quite taken up with it all myself.
BEATRIX POTTER HISTORY
Beatrix Potter is a well known novelist, who over the years brought us the famous Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Miss Tiggy Winkle, Benjamin Bunny and many more cute looking characters.
The famous novelist lived most of her life in the Lake District, she had a farm in sawry. She loved the lakes so much that she then went on to buy more and more land, eventually she donated this to the national trust so it would never be ruined.
Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866 and passed away in 1943, during her life she has written and perfected many of these short stories, which children still love and adore today.
In the memories of this great novelist, a museum about her works and all of the characters she created was opened, this was the perfect thing to do to make sure that the books would always be known, I am sure this has contributed to the large success of the Beatrix potter books.
THE WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER
Once you have paid your entrance fee, you are shown a short film about the world of Beatrix potter and its history. Once this has finished you can then enter the world of Beatrix Potter, where you can look around at your own leisure.
This is a unique experience for both young and older people, and it is the only attraction of its kind in the whole of Europe.
Here you can experience all of the twenty three Beatrix potter tales, these are brought to life in an indoor recreation of the beautiful lake district. You can experience some of the sights, sounds and even smells, so this is just like stepping into the story book.
The museum is really quite small, to look at but it is packed with big human size models of the Beatrix creations, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Miss TIggy Winkle and all of the other characters created by the legendary Beatrix Potter.
Although it is small it can take a while to get around it all, as the displays are so impressive and detailed, not only are the models great but the interactive and in depth reviews and details about the Beatrix legacy and all of the many characters will keep you gripped.
As you exit the museum you will find a gift shop (THE EMPORIUM). Here you can purchase the comprehensive ranges of the Beatrix Potter gifts, such as books and collectables.
Many of these little gifts are unique and can only be purchased from the world of Beatrix Potter of at the web site www.beatrixpotteremporium.com
You can either grab a coffee and snack before or after you have visited the attraction. Here they serve good homemade food and snacks and offer a wide selection of hot and cold drinks.
Within the tea rooms there are parent and toddler facilities and even a children's activity play area to keep kids entertained, while you relax with your coffee.
You can sit inside of outside on the terrace to take in the spectacular views, surrounding the attraction.
The trip to the world of Beatrix potter cost £5.95 per Adult and £3.00 for children. This is paid at the booking desk when you enter the attraction.
This attraction is located in Bowness on Windermere, and I very easy to get to from all locations.
If you are coming from the M6 south bound, you need to exit at junction 40 on to the A592, this will road will then take you all of the way to the Beatrix attraction, just follow the sign posts for the attraction.
If you are coming from the M6 north bound, take exit 36 signposted A590 follow this road until you hit the A592, The A592 signposted Bowness will take you to the Beatrix Museum.
For information you can contact the Beatrix attraction at:
The world of Beatrix Potter,
Bowness on Windermere,
RECENTLY THE BEATRIX POTTER ATTRACTION CELEBRATED
Recently the museum has had many things to celebrate, the first being 100 years of Jemima Puddleduck.
Beatrix published the first Jemima Puddleduck short story in 1908, Jemima Puddleduck was a simpleton duck that went on to capture the worlds hearts. Therefore the character has gone on to still be a loved character, and celebrated her 100th birthday.
Another great mile stone for the Beatrix Potter legacy was the making of the film Miss Potter, this film illustrates Beatrix Potter's life and how she became the person she did. Renee Zellweger played the legendary Miss Potter, This too is another I would recommend you see.
I loved this although when I first walked into the museum, I was disappointed with its size, but we still managed to spend three hours there and the kids loved it so, I would visit again.
The models and carvings on the Beatrix characters really made an impression on me they very beautifully designed and constructed.
You can take in cameras and video cameras, so I would recommend you take one as these models are great as they are life sized you can even stand by them to have your picture taken.
The food in the tea shop was yummy, it was all homemade and locally produced so it was a real treat, and the prices were very reasonable too.
If you are looking for a day out then try this attraction, is very easy to get to from the M6, and provides an entertaining time for both you and the kids, This place is set in some stunning surrounding views, so even these are worth at look at.
Brief about Beatrix Potter....
Beatrix Potter was a famous children' novelist who created Peter Rabbit, Benjamin bunny and many other characters. She was born in London in 1866, having a very interesting life until her death in December 1943.
Her love of the Lake District was brought about during her family holidaying there as a child.
She famously purchased Hilltop farm in Sawry, in the Lake District, then proceeded to buy more of the Lake District open land to stop developers from 'ruining the countryside', she then donated the land to the National Trust in order for it to be protected.
In Bowness-on-Winderemere, a few miles outside Windermere, there lies the World of Beatrix Potter.
It has two access point, one from Crag Brow, (A5074) down a very steep slope, and the other is at the bottom of Crag road, on Rayrigg Road (A592).which is accessed by some steps leading to the door.
Cameras are allowed into the museum.
It cost £6 per Adult and £3 per child to enter the Museum section of the building, this is paid at the booking desk which is found easiest from the Crag Brow entrance, down the very steep slope.
Once paid you are asked to sit at some seats outside a door until told to enter. When you enter you walk into a darkened room, like a tiny cinema, once seated in this room you sit through a few minute movie of 'the world of Beatrix Potter'.
When the movie is over another set of doors open and you then walk into the small, but very well presented museum, containing life size models of Beatrix Potter and her creations...such as Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddle-duck and so many other characters.
As you walk through the museum you notice how the models are quite expertly created and pretty life like.(I had my picture taken stood next to the life size model of Beatrix Potter herself and it looked quite impressive indeed).
The time it takes to walk around the exhibitions depends on how long you spend reading the information panels.
As you leave the museum section you come out into the souvenir shop and you will no doubt be tempted to buy one or more of the fantastic gifts on sale.
If you are a Beatrix Potter fan, and there are millions of them, then you'll be overwhelmed by the facts and exhibitions in this small museum, it is well worth the visit.
There is a good size café/ restaurant as you walk in through the Rayrigg road entrance.
The Museum caters very well for the disabled visitors with the use of nearby parking, a tour guide, lifts and much more.
With the ability for translation to Chinese, Dutch, Japanese and French this attraction is made for everyone.
Look out for the fantastic detailed clock (directly in front of you when you walk passed the booking desk) and the fantastic detail which is put into every little model, from the cheese eating mouse to the scurrying rabbit.