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Hop to it and have your own Peter Rabbit adventure

The Lake District hits the cinema screen once again with the sequel, Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – out on the big screen on 27 March this year.

Gather your own mischievous gang and get ready for a magical Peter Rabbit adventure. Here we bring you five of the best locations across the Lake District to follow in the footsteps of this naughty, yet loveable character and his fun-loving friends.

1. The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction – Bowness-on-Windermere

The World of Beatrix Potter™ offers a warm welcome with something new for everyone. Step inside a magical recreation of the Peter Rabbit books, and meet lifesize model characters and their magical countryside homes.

There are lots of interesting things to see before you even make your way into the exhibition. Don’t forget to look out for the Peter Rabbit™ Centenary clock which chimes every 30 minutes and see what animals you can spot.

Plus, there’s free entry to the World of Beatrix Potter and charity cake bake on Friday 27 March in support of Derian House children’s hospice.

The newly reopened Laundry Cafe has been recently renovated so be sure to rest little legs and fill hungry tummies with delicious home-made cakes, hearty soup, and sandwiches. Or why not try their signature afternoon teas. Little bunnies can also enjoy a freshly baked afternoon tea for £7.95 with their choice of juice, milkshake or babyccino! Yum Yum.

Peter Rabbit adventure | Heart of the Lakes
Peter Rabbit adventure | Heart of the Lakes

2. Beatrix Potter Gallery – Hawkshead

A new Beatrix Potter exhibition opened this February celebrating the importance of letter writing in Beatrix’s work. ‘Friendship by post – people who shaped Beatrix Potter’s world’, showcases rare items to give you a glimpse into the correspondence that shaped the famous Peter Rabbit series of books. Her writing desk is on loan from another gallery as well as a unique version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, in which Beatrix’s friend Hardwicke Rawnsley ‘helped’ edit her version to try to get it first published. Liz MacFarlane, National Trust House & Collections Manager said “The letters in this year’s exhibition are Beatrix Potter’s original words, sometimes so touching and sad but often showing the humour, determination and energy of this many-sided genius. It is also heartwarming to be reminded of the simple beauty of getting and sending a handwritten letter, something we do so rarely today.” Why not write a letter to a friend from your holiday in the Lake District?

3. Where is Peter Rabbit? Live Theatre Show – (20 Jun 2020 — 31 Aug 2020)

This unique theatre production brings to life five of Beatrix Potter’s famous stories in a visual spectacular! You are transported into a world of wonder and magic with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting new songs by Steve Edis and Alan Ayckbourn and narration by the familiar voice of Griff Rhys Jones..

It is a really charming production that the whole family will enjoy.

Tickets start at £9 for children and £11 for adults, and extra packages are available like a photo opportunity before the show with Peter Rabbit & Benjamin puppets for an additional £5.

Peter Rabbit adventure | Heart of the Lakes
Peter Rabbit adventure | Heart of the Lakes

4. Hill Top Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life

Discover the story of the much-loved author, Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top in the pretty village of Far Sawrey, just a short boat ride across the southern peninsular of lake Windermere.

Filled with her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this spot. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books. This is a must-visit for Peter Rabbit fans.

5. Stay at Yew Tree Farm the former home of Beatrix Potter

We are thrilled to offer the beautiful Grade 2 listed Yew Tree Farm to our holiday guests. This truly iconic Lake District farmhouse nestles in the quiet Coniston valley and is one of the most well known and most pictured buildings in the National Park.

Once owned by Beatrix Potter, who left it to The National Trust, it was used as Miss Potter’s home in the film ‘Miss Potter’ starring Rene Zellweger and Ewan McGregor and has been visited by many celebrities over the years.

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Peter Rabbit adventure | Heart of the Lakes

We have over 300 perfectly placed holiday cottages in the Lake District National Park – Perfect locations from which to explore the Largest UNESCO World Heritage site Lake District, Heart of the Lakes will be sure to have something perfect for you.

Below is the NEW Peter Rabbit: 2 trailer that will be coming to screens soon.