The Magic of Beatrix Potter
Tatton Park is inviting the young (and the young at heart!) to join them this year in an enchanting programme of events inspired by the life, tales and characters of Beatrix Potter, one of Britain’s best-lover children’s writers.
For many it is hard to imagine a childhood without Beatrix Potter’s curious characters. Beatrix Potter asked “What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense?” It is these words that Tatton has adopted in creating the Magic of Beatrix Potter at Tatton Park.
Caroline Schofield, Tatton Park’s Mansion and Collections Manager and the event’s organiser added “The National Trust are keen to share Beatrix Potter’s work with a wider public, so we are taking this opportunity to showcase some of her rarely seen and delicate artworks. We have selected a group of her watercolours to reflect some of the games and little worlds her characters inhabited. To bring this event together we will be working with a number of other organisations including her publisher, Frederick Warne’s, an imprint of Penguin and also the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness-on-Windermere and the Armitt Museum and Library at Ambleside. Our aim is to provide a lively and interesting programme for our visitors to enjoy.”
From the end of March to early September visitors to Tatton’s farm, mansion and gardens will be able to look out for some of Miss Potter’s most memorable characters and scenes and have great fun following trails throughout the estate – discover Mrs. Tiggy-winkle’s progress as she looks for her laundry around the mansion, see what Pigling Bland is up to at the farm and search for Peter Rabbit’s trail in the gardens where you can expect to find him `up to no good!’.
Included in `the magic’ is a rare opportunity to see a selection of Beatrix Potter’s original watercolours and drawings on loan from the National Trust’s collection. In addition Tatton Park is also working with the Armitt Museum and Library to show yet another, but less well known, aspect of Beatrix Potter’s work. Beatrix was a mycologist – she studied fungi, and produced wonderful and accurate illustrations of these which are still used for identification purposes today.
An imaginative programme of adult and family learning activities has been developed to accompany the events full details of which can be found at www.tattonpark.org.uk. Children can be extremely creative by taking part in activities including a dance, drama and song workshop or hopping into Tatton’s very own kitchen garden to pick vegetables to make Peter Rabbit inspired dishes in the mansion. They can also take part in an entertaining story telling and baking session in the mansion.
The programme has been planned to give visitors an insight into Beatrix Potter’s fascinating life, not only an author but as an artist, farmer and keen conservationist.
To complement the exhibition ‘one-off’ talks will be given by Liz Hunter Macfarlane, the National Trust’s foremost expert on Beatrix Potter, and Hilltop’s gardener Peter Tasker, who will describe the setting that inspired many of Beatrix Potter’s beautiful illustrations.
The event starts with what promises to be a great bank holiday day out when the whole of Tatton will be alive with Potter magic over the Easter weekend.
So …… expect much enjoyment for the rest of the event as outdoor theatre, story telling, gifts to buy and memories to be made await you.
Normal entry times and prices apply to mansion, garden and farm. Additional charges apply to special events
Parkland is open 10am-7pm (last entry 6pm).
Mansion is open 1pm-5pm (last entry 4pm).
Gardens are open 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm).
Farm is open 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm).
Single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (4-15 years), family £16 (two adults and up to three children). Totally Tatton tickets (entry to mansion, gardens and farm): adult £11, child £5.50, family £27.50.
Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.
Group discounts for 12 or more people available if booked in advance. Entrance to the mansion and gardens is free for National Trust members.
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.