Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World






































We have been living in the North for almost 10 years now, and we have visited Windemere in the Lake District many times as we are so close. However, I had no idea that there is a Beatrix Potter attraction in Windemere! I think I have been mixing it up with Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Museum in Cumbria, which features her house, garden and the nature park nearby.

With a bit of research, we finally visited the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction for the first time ever.


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World
























When we arrived, there was already a long queue for the tickets. Apparently the attraction started off with a short introduction clip in a theatre that shows every 25 minutes, and since seating is limited, people are sectioned into groups to go in.

Near the entrance is a pushchair area where you can park your pushchair. It isn't hard to push a trolley in, although it might cause some obstructions especially to those who decided to walk in the opposite direction. There are a few steps to go into Mr. McGregor's garden but it's not hard to lift the trolley down.

Abby was given a booklet and pencil to work on (she had to find the answers around the whole attraction site), which I thought was a fantastic idea as it kept the children busy and focused on the attraction as well. She couldn't wait to go in but we had to wait for hubby to park the car (it was a very busy day in Windemere).

I'm guessing that Abby wasn't the only one being impatient to wait, as there is a Paint Your Own Figurine corner where children can paint their favourite character figurines for £3.50 each near the entrance. It is a good idea if the family had to wait before they can go in, or it's a nice activity as well to end the tour.


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World





















The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World



















While waiting for hubby, we took the opportunity to look around before we head into the attraction. We were really fascinated by the 2 rabbit topiaries outside. They are adorable! It was really tempting to pop into the gift shop around the corner as well, but we resisted the urge, and it was finally our turn to go in.

The introduction clip told the story of how Beatrix Potter started writing stories based on her pet rabbit Peter, and then other animals as well. It is a short but informative clip, introducing all the characters she's written about. I have learned about the 2 squirrels and the naughty twin rabbits too that I really like!

When the show has finished, Abby quickly jumped up and headed straight for the entrance to the attraction. It was good that there was a one way system, and with the booklet to guide them, I didn't have to worry about them getting lost inside.


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World















The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World















The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World
















As we stepped through the door, we smelled flowers. It almost felt like we have landed in a valley full of fragrant flowers! There was much to see inside, with all models made with a lot of attention to details. The fur of Mr. Tod (the fox), Peter Rabbit and the 2 Squirrels looked so soft a lot of visitors couldn't resist stroking them. We were also fascinated by the little tunnels with the little mice family living in them.

We were very lucky that the weather cleared when we arrived Windemere. It was still chilly and wet in the morning, but by afternoon it was sunny and warm. Part of the attraction is outdoor in McGregor's Garden, and it was a really lovely walk. We discovered trained apple and pear trees, lots of strawberry plants, blackcurrants, some sort of melon, and plenty of flowers. We also discovered Peter Rabbit's outfit hung up as a scarecrow, just like in the story!


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World
















After the tour and plenty of money spent at the gift shop (you must try their fudge!), we headed for the tea room downstairs (there is a lift for the disabled to go down as well), where they serve gorgeous high tea set for about £15 for 2 person. We were pleasantly surprised with how much food there was on the stand, and the 4 of us could have probably done without the children portion of Curry and Butternut Squash soup. It was however, so yummy that the kids were fighting over each scoop! It was the first time I saw a high tea set that comes with salad and dressing on the side, I guess it's easier than pulling veggies out from the sandwich for the fussy kids like mine! The scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and the chocolate brownies were a delight, and no guilt were felt whatsoever!


Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and because of the Peter Rabbit show currently showing on CBeebies, our kids had a really good time knowing more about the familiar and unfamiliar characters. I think that for a family day out in Windemere, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is a must to visit. It is much more affordable than some other attractions as well.


The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Peter Rabbit World



























Disclosure: Me and Abby's entrance fee were subsidised, but this does not affect our opinions about the attraction and experience