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The World Of Beatrix Potter

Updated on April 9, 2010
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Kendall has always been an avid reader and writer, gaining knowledge from life and traveling the world with a book in hand and a cup of tea

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Beatrix Potter

Centenary Clock
Centenary Clock

Through the woods, and over the hill...

Can you imagine your childhood fantasy land come back to life with wonderful creatures like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Benjamin Bunny, Hunca Munca, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Mr. Tod, or Flopsey, Mopsey, and Cottaintail? Now in Windermere, England everyone can indulge the desire to experience the world of Beatrix Potter's animals. Since 1902 Beatrix Potter's tales have enchanted children with their sweet simplicity. On a past trip to the Lake District I stopped in Windermere which is a charming little town amidst the beautiful lakes of northern England. During the Victorian times it was a popular retreat for Londoners. Amidst the woods and lakes Londoners could find an England of the past where most locals farmed and lived quiet lives. As a child, Beatrix Potter looked forward to each summer where she could retreat to the woods and find her special friend, Peter Rabbit and many others. Throughout her life she remembered the Lake District and eventually made it her home. Today in Windermere the Beatrix Potter museum created a world for all children as well as the young at heart to enjoy the creations of Beatrix Potter's imagination!

Beatrix Potter in her 30s
Beatrix Potter in her 30s
Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit

Beatrix's Rebellion

Once Beatrix achieved financial success away from her parents she moved up to the Lake District away from the London's congestion. Many Londoners loved the Lake District's peace and tranquility. It was here that Beatrix could indulge her love of nature and the animals who inhabited her woods. When looking back Beatrix may not be the modern woman's ideal of feminism, but for her time she was forthright and audacious. She did not indulge in London's social scene rather preferring to read, paint, and study flora and fauna of nature. In many of her biographies the authors note that were she able to attend university she would have been a biology student. 

It was her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit that changed everything. Beatrix could now live life on her own terms. After moving to Windermere and continuing to write, she bought up several farms from farmers looking to sell and created a trust for the land. After her death the land went to the British National Trust with the clause that it could never be developed land. Beatrix Potter besides a talented children's book author and illustrator was also one of the first land conservationists. Her own farm Hilltop farm is still open to the public during the spring season.

Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm
Hill Top Farm
Beatrix Potter in her 70s
Beatrix Potter in her 70s

Beatrix Potter's friends

Throughout the museum you walk down a lane and find different friends along the way. First the baby rabbit patch, then Peter Rabbit and his sisters, Flopsey, Mopsey, and Cottaintail. Mean Farmer MacGregor even has an exhibit. Jemima Puddleduck crosses your path, while Mr. Tod strolls along and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle cleans her kitchen. Tom Kitten is dressed and cleaned by his mother while Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca prepare their house. The frogs leap from lily pad to pond and the squirrels cross the lake on their makeshift boats while their tails become sails.

Animals of Windermere

Traveling Squirrels
Traveling Squirrels
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
Friends shaking hands
Friends shaking hands
Jemima Puddleduck
Jemima Puddleduck
Flopsey, Mopsey, and Cottaintail
Flopsey, Mopsey, and Cottaintail

Return to childhood

Beatrix Potter was a remarkable woman who wrote wonderful stories of woodland creatures, drew beautiful illustrations for her stories, and then single handedly donated close to 4,000 acres to the British National Land Trust. Reading her books is a joy but visiting this world is a joy that makes the child in you want to jump and giggle seeing all the animals you loved come to life. To enjoy the talent of Beatrix Potter's pen and imagination is the least we can all do. But thanks is due to the wonderful English lady Beatrix Potter, author, illustrator, and conservationist. Her world of woodland creatures is mesmerizing! You'll not regret making the visit.

Fare thee well from Windermere...

Swans on Windermere Lake
Swans on Windermere Lake

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Perfect!! Have a great time!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Thanks for the reminder, I forgot to check if it was open at this time of the year!!!

      Apparently it opens during winter from 10.00 to 16.30 and even better, they offer French translations throughout the attraction. We are going for a great time :)

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi Princessa! Sorry for my late reply. I know your little Princess will absolutely love it! As for other child friendly places I can't say I spent much time looking, but if they haven't closed Beatrix Potter's actual house for the season that would be nice as well as a boat ride on the lake. There were also a few parks in Windermere that were really charming too! I hope you both have a magical time!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      Hey!! it looks like we are going to be visiting the world of Beatrix Potter next weekend, ever since I read your hub I've been wanting to take my little Princess there and as we are going to England next week we will be stopping there for a visit... it's a surprise for her :)

      Are there many other child friendly places to visit around the area?

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      No problem Joy! You'll love the Lake District. Have a great time!

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      Joy56 7 years ago

      hi thanks for your comments on my hub, just came by to check something out, hoping to visit the Lake District soon.

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi Joy! Sorry it took me so long to write back but that's totally fine! I look forward to reading your hub. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Joy56 7 years ago

      Hi i am just about to write a little about Beatrix Potter,and how her work has been an inspiration, your work came up, even though the hub is not published yet, so i will put a link to it hope that is o.k. with you.....

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Glad you agree!

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      Roxanita 7 years ago

      HI.EVERYBODY I LOVE HER

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Glad you enjoyed this missmaudie! I love Miss Potter's books too!

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      missmaudie 7 years ago from Brittany, France

      Well, what memories this brings back! I loved my Beatrix Potter books as a child, Mrs Tiggywinkle being the first book, followed by the Flopsy Bunnies and then Peter Rabbit. I had no idea she was based in the Lake District. Really interesting!

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      I'm sure you'll get there one day! Miss Potter really was an interesting character and how wonderful that she created such great stories. Thanks for reading and commenting Rose!

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      Would love to go to this museum someday. I loved Beatrix Potter's stories as a child (and I still do!), but I didn't know anything about her until I saw "Miss Potter" the movie. It's a great story. Thanks for the hub!

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Thanks ladyjane1! It was so much fun to be there and it seemed like a perfect topic to write about for Easter and the Hubmob topic. Glad you enjoyed reading and I hope you'll get there one day! Happy Easter to you as well!

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      I love Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit. What a fitting hub for Easter time. I would be a little kid in a candy store in this museum and the pictures were great. Great job. Happy Easter.

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Thank you E. Nicolson! Miss Potter's stories are wonderful!

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      E. Nicolson 7 years ago

      A wonderful walk back through childhood. Thanks.

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      So glad you enjoyed it Lynda!

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I enjoyed this magical, wonderful trip through Peter Rabbit's land. Thank you so very much.

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi camo3166! Glad you enjoyed the hub! I'll be sure to check out some of your hubs.

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      camo3166 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi there!! I like this hub alote! if you get a chance check out some of mine !! thanks so much

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi Anolinde! I'm sure your daughter would love the museum too! Beatrix Potter was an amazing woman and a lot of fun to write about! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Kendall H. 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Hi Princessa! I know your little princess would love the Beatrix Potter museum its absolutely wonderful. She can also enjoy the books forever. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Anolinde 7 years ago

      What a wonderful hub, though I also had a similar idea when thinking about wanting to write for the hobmob! :P I would love to take my daughter to the Beatrix Potter museum one of these days! :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      My little Princess would love to see the Beatrix Potter museum. I only discovered B. Potter and Peter Rabbit recently when my daugther got the book from the library. She loves the stories!