Today is World Book Day, and to celebrate in the appropriate style, the book worms at holiday letting agency www.cottages.com are kindly giving away a collection of wonderful Beatrix Potter books to one lucky Make, Do & Push! reader!
Britain is packed full of literary connections so to help you find your next day out, the cottage company has created a map of the best places to visit to immerse yourself in the worlds of your child’s favourite authors and stories.
I’m really excited to have discovered a Stickman Trail near us in Yorkshire! The latest hit from household favourite Julia Donaldson has been brought to life by The Forestry Commission which has created a series of Stick Man Trails throughout the UK. Not only is the trail a great way to explore nature, with a host of downloadable activities from their website, you can even have fun on rainy days!
I know that Busby and H-Bear would absolutely adore the Paddington Bear Tour of London. The classic stories of Paddington Bear, and the more recent film adaptation can be brought to life with a trip to Paddington Station. See where Michael Bond’s fictional bear was found and if you have time, why not take the Paddington Bear bus tour which takes in some of the famous locations from the film.
One of my favourite places I’ve ever visited in the UK is Hill Top Farm, where Beatrix Potter once lived. I’ve written about our experience here (with photos of Busby when she was diddy!). A visit to the Lake District is a great experience in itself, but with such a strong association to the stories of Beatrix Potter, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about this incredible author. Younger children can enjoy the Beatrix Potter Lake District Trail, following the clues to find her iconic characters amongst the countryside and for older children, a visit to her house is a brilliant insight in to the writer’s life.
Cottages.com also have a number of beautiful rental properties in the Lakes. The Cottage (High Oxen Fell, nr. Coniston, Property Ref: 948) looks absolutely stunning – this cottage adjoins a 17th-century farmhouse on a traditional Lakeland working hill farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter, now owned by the National Trust.
It enjoys a very quiet and secluded position, in a superb setting surrounded by rocky bracken-covered hills and high fells, in the heart of Lakeland. The views from all windows are across the magnificent Langdale Valley to the surrounding woods and mountains. (Price: £419 for seven nights’ self-catering arriving on 26th April 2016. Sleeps four people. www.cottages.com/0345 498 6900) I want to visit now!
If you’ve always wanted to explore the places that inspired your favourite authors, or keep the family entertained by their favourite characters coming to life, why not use the handy guide above to plan your next outing?
Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter our Beatrix Potter World Book Day giveaway. T&Cs apply. UK Entrants only. Giveaway ends 21st March 2016 at 00:00.
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