If you missed celebrating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter during the summer then it’s still not too late to do so in and around Windermere.
Hill Top, her home for so many years and now owned and maintained by The National Trust are continuing the 150th celebrations with the exclusive after hours Hill Top Showcase Tours and day Garden Tours taking place during October. The garden and shop are open daily throughout the whole year with the house closing for the winter on October 30th and also every Friday. Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top for more details and to book.
Moving onto the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness and “Meeting Bea” a theatre production by Eric Pringle is on daily from September 16th until October 9th; after ‘Miss Potter’… Meeting Bea … a new life… a new love… two uninvited guests shatter her peace. Beatrix Potter, now Mrs William Heelis.
Also at the Old Laundry Theatre on October 30 is the Beatrix Potter Magic Lantern Show with Afternoon Tea. Enjoy an exquisite traditional afternoon tea, and join Beatrix Potter as she educates, entertains and enthrals us with her Victorian “Magic-Lantern Show. Tickets should be booked in advance, £14 for adults, £10 for children via http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/.
Every day except Christmas there’s also the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness which is worth walking around for any Beatrix Potter fan but definitely a fun filled experience for children. Looking ahead to half term and look out for special events going on there.
Windermere is really geared up for families with so much to see and do, boredom is not a factor. Both Windermere and Bowness have an array of places to eat catering for just about all tastes from Italian to Thai and Greek and even British!
Where to stay?
The Newby Bridge Hotel in the Lake District at the southern end of Lake Windermere is family friendly, offers great value for money accommodation and serves tasty food.