Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary celebrations were in full swing across the Lake District last Thursday (July 28th).
Hill Top, the iconic house of Beatrix, was the hub of the celebrations. It hosted BBC Breakfast broadcasting the weather reports all morning, followed by BBC Radio Cumbria in the afternoon on a live broadcast.
The paddock at Hill Top was host to some of Beatrix’s beloved Herdwick Sheep, while guests could enjoy face painting, morris dancing, country dancing, and many visitors from all over the globe enjoyed a tour around the historic house.
Pete Tasker, the Hill Top gardener for nearly 30 years was even Chris Evans’ Mystery Guest on BBC Radio 2.
All children got a free cupcake and a Peter Rabbit pencil, and there was also the chance to sketch and paint outside the house and the garden.
Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust, said: “We have so much to be thankful to Beatrix for, and the Lake District wouldn’t be place we know and love today without her passion for conservation and nature.”
The National Trust, Windermere Lake Cruises, and the Lakeland Motor Museum came together to create a six-minute short about how she spent her time in the Lake District. The businesses involved hope to use the film across social media and at trade shows to encourage visitors from international markets such as China and Japan to visit.
We’re pleased to say many of our guests had a fantastic time enjoying the festivities. To learn more about the days events click here.