Beatrix Potter Hill Top

The delightful Hill Top Farm house Miss Potter called home. Courtesy of Visit Britain.

Whether you’re a fan of the anthropomorphic little creatures in Beatrix Potter’s tales or you want to learn more about the nature conservation efforts of the woman ahead of her time, check out some of these neat ways to say “Happy 150, Beatrix Potter!”

Visit Hill Top Farm: Potter ran a successful farm, purchased with the proceeds she earned from her books. Hilltop Farm near the village of Near Sawry in Cumbria is now run by the National Trust, who have staged the home in a way that seems she has popped out for a short walk in the garden.  Throughout 2016, after hours “showcase” tours, as well as garden tours (with resident Mr MacGregor) are offered.

Birthday Party Picnic: July 28th is the date of Beatrix Potter’s birth, and Hill Top Farm will splash out with a grand picnic! The event is free with admission to the Farm, and everyone is welcome!

Tour the Lake District: Upon her death, Potter left most of the property she owned in England’s picturesque Lake District to the National Trust. There are several homes connected to Potter, and  galleries showcasing her art to visit. It is thanks to her conservation work that much of the land that makes up the Lake District National Park has been preserved, and now is available for you to visit!


Courtesy of Visit Britain

Enter the World of Beatrix Potter  The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-in-Windermere is pulling out all the stops for the big birthday! The attraction is home to 3 dimensional displays from 23 stories that invite visitors to experience what it would be like to be a character in one of Potter’s tales. Don’t miss the Peter Rabbit’s Garden, or tea at the Beatrix Potter Cafe and English Tea Garden!

The House of the Tailor of Gloucester: The world’s most industrious mice are the mice that live in the House of the tailor of Gloucester. Reportedly Potter’s favourite story, the tale was based on the local legend of a tailor who left a project half done when he closed shop on Friday, only to find a completed waistcoat when he returned Monday morning. A the tailor shop turned museum, you can witness the rodents at work, and pick up the perfect Potter souvenir at the gift shop. The evening of July 28th, the Friends of the Tailor are hosting a birthday party. Tickets are available online or at the shop.

With these fun events, Potter’s native England is celebrating 150 years since the writer/artist/farmer/environmentalist with the savvy business mind graced the world with her presence. We can’t think of a more charming way to wish her a happy sesquicentennial!