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A day out at Beatrix Potter Museum, Bowness, Cumbria

August 19, 2015 6 comments

If you’re willing to venture out a little bit further than Yorkshire, and love writing, the Beatrix Potter Museum is a fantastic place to visit.

Situated in the beautiful neighbouring county of Cumbria, the Beatrix Potter Museum documents the life of Beatrix Potter whose wonderful imagination brought us the characters of Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and others.

beatrix potter entrance steps

Looking at the amazing scenery around Cumbria, it’s easy to see why Beatrix was inspired to write her stories .

Peter Rabbit himself was a little story she originally made up for her friend who she wrote letters to.

beatrix peter rabbit

There’s a lovely Peter Rabbit vegetable garden, where you can easily imagine a cheeky Peter eating all Mr McGregor’s tender lettuces.

beatrix garden

beatrix veg of week

Some of her other stories were dreamt up from childhood pets, into which she gave human characters and brought to life.

We wandered through some very cute and intricate sets of all the little characters and their surroundings.

Mrs Tiggywinkle doing her washing

beatrix mrs tiggywinkle

Jemima Puddleduck

beatrix jemima puddleduck

Jeremy Fisher sitting on a lily pad

beatrix jeremy fisher

All of her stories were depicted in sets around the museum in scenes such as these, so you’re bound to find your favourite amongst them.

There’s also a little screening of her life story that tells you all about her that takes about five minutes, so just long enough to keep the interest of small ones without their attention wandering.

Beatrix centenary clock

beatrix century clock

Statue. Can you spot your favourite character on it?

beatrix statue

photos by @thuntag

After all that, we headed to the café where the smalls had a Peter Rabbit picnic basket, which comprised sandwiches with fillings of their choice, and whatever they picked out of the baskets to add to to it (there were several baskets where you could pick an item out of each such as crisps and fruit.)

A great picnic style lunch, where the grown ups can have sandwiches of their own or a cup of tea.

Brilliant day out for anyone interested in writing, story inspiration, or indeed just know and love the classic tales of Beatrix Potter!

For more information, visit the Beatrix Potter Museum website here

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Visiting Sandal Castle, Wakefield

August 7, 2015 3 comments

It may be small, but the ruins of Sandal Castle in Wakefield make for a great afternoon out in the fresh air and learning about the local history.

Situated in the suburb of Sandal on the outskirts of the city centre, small people will love climbing up to the top of the motte where you have a great view of the local area and across Pugney’s lake.

You can also climb down the steps into the moat, where’s there’s little hidey places such as this arch….

archway sandal castle

Explore the ruins, where signs tell you about the different parts of the castle as you walk round….

ruin sandal castle

Make sure you visit the visitor centre as well, where you can find out all about the history of the castle, and what life used to be like in there.

first castle at sandal castle

fabrics sandal castle

Before you go, make sure to print off a Sandal Castle Activity Trail, with questions, games, and things to find.

The castle is completely free to enter as well.

Take the kids for some fresh air and a history lesson…. they’ll be that busy having fun they won’t realise they’re learning. 🙂

Sandal Castle website here for more information on how to get there and opening times

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