Giveaway // Win a collection of Beatrix Potter books to celebrate World Book Day!

Beatrix Potter giveaway

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.

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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.

Lake District cottage

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?

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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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106 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    3rd March 2016 / 6:13 am

    Squirrel Nutkins

  2. kim neville
    3rd March 2016 / 8:04 am

    Peter Rabbit

  3. Karen Painter
    3rd March 2016 / 9:30 am

    Peter Rabbit – He’s always getting into scrapes with his bad behaviour but is so loveable with it. He’s naughty but nice!

  4. 3rd March 2016 / 10:50 am

    I would say Jemima Puddle-Duck. She is proud and a bit a naive, making her an interesting character!

  5. Sandra Lane
    3rd March 2016 / 11:32 am

    The naughtiest boy – Peter Rabbit,

  6. laura banks
    3rd March 2016 / 11:34 am

    benjamin bunny

  7. aaron broad
    3rd March 2016 / 11:40 am

    Jemima Puddleduck

  8. sharon martin
    3rd March 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  9. Isabel O
    3rd March 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Definitely Jemima Puddleduck. Mostly because she is a duck. 😀

  10. Gwen Maynard
    3rd March 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  11. Tracy Newton
    3rd March 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I love the cousin of Peter Rabbit – Benjamin Bunny

  12. Tony Metcalf
    3rd March 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  13. michelle olner
    3rd March 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  14. Diane Wareing
    3rd March 2016 / 5:15 pm

    It has to be Peter Rabbit. 🙂

  15. emmamed76@hotmail.com
    3rd March 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Mrs Tiggy Winkle

  16. ashleigh allan
    3rd March 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Peter rabbit!

  17. Karen hutchinson
    3rd March 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Jemma puddle duck

  18. Ray Dodds
    4th March 2016 / 12:38 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  19. Lynsey Buchanan
    4th March 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Jemima Puddleduck

  20. Sheila Howes
    4th March 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Mrs Tiggywinkle – love Hedgehogs!

  21. Kim Styles
    4th March 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Peter Rabbit is my favourite

  22. Laura Pritchard
    4th March 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Miss Tiggywinkle

  23. Maria Hackett
    4th March 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  24. Nat thomason
    5th March 2016 / 2:38 am

    Peter rabbit he reminds me of my own little rabbit Herman who’s. full of mischief he stripped the living room wallpaper this week 🙁

  25. S Edwards
    5th March 2016 / 7:14 am

    Peter Rabbit is our favourite

  26. Kelly glen
    5th March 2016 / 7:25 am

    Peter Rabbit

  27. Tammy Westrup
    5th March 2016 / 8:55 am

    Peter himself as he is so mischevious!

  28. Anthony Harrington
    5th March 2016 / 9:15 am

    Mrs Tiggywinkle, just love hedgehogs!

  29. Elizabeth Hinds
    5th March 2016 / 9:25 am

    I love Mrs Tiggywinkle 🙂

  30. Fiona K
    5th March 2016 / 9:30 am

    Peter Rabbit

  31. Rhia P
    5th March 2016 / 10:40 am

    I have increased sympathy for Mr McGregor since taking on an allotment and attempting to grow our own veg!

  32. Katie skeoch
    5th March 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Cheeky Tom Kitten

  33. Sarah Louise
    5th March 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Peter Rabbit! x

  34. Lucy H
    5th March 2016 / 2:26 pm

    It has to be Tom Kitten as he’s so cheeky and naughty but lovable too. I love that his buttons pop off his clothes! 🙂

  35. John Tingay
    5th March 2016 / 3:11 pm

    My favourite character is Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

  36. Christine Caple
    5th March 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Mrs Tiggywinkle

  37. Sarah Mackay
    5th March 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Jemima Puddleduck

  38. Edward Guerreiro
    5th March 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Peter rabbit. It has been since I was a child and used to eat my dinner off of a plate with him on.

  39. claire woods
    5th March 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Benjamin Bunny

  40. Bob Clark
    5th March 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  41. Becky Duffy
    5th March 2016 / 8:35 pm

    Mrs Tiggywinkle 🙂 x

  42. Stacey Carnell
    5th March 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Peter Rabbit <3

  43. sofia s.
    5th March 2016 / 11:43 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  44. Sara MacGregor
    5th March 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Mrs Tiggywinkle!

  45. Ruth Harwood
    6th March 2016 / 10:52 am

    Peter Rabbit

  46. iain maciver
    6th March 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  47. Fiona R
    6th March 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Peter Rabbit 🙂

  48. helen tovell
    7th March 2016 / 10:04 am

    Benjamin bunny

  49. Angela Wilcox
    7th March 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Mrs Tiggy Winkle

  50. Mickie Bull
    7th March 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Jemima Puddleduck!

  51. Jo Carroll
    8th March 2016 / 11:25 am

    Squirrel Nutkin was always my favourite. x

  52. Chrissie Curtis
    8th March 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Peter Rabbit!

  53. 9th March 2016 / 10:34 am

    Jemima Puddleduck!!!
    I used to have a very similar collection when I was little but it got lost! So upset! Would love this for my little girl!xx

  54. 9th March 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I adore the Beatrix potter collection. Such beautiful stories and illustrations.

  55. 9th March 2016 / 8:43 pm

    my favourite has to be the classic, Peter Rabbit!

  56. Ray Becker
    10th March 2016 / 11:54 am

    Mrs Tiggy Winkle

  57. Solange
    11th March 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  58. Laura Nice
    12th March 2016 / 11:52 am

    Jemima Puddleduck

  59. 13th March 2016 / 7:28 am

    We absolutely adore Peter Rabbit round here (though, obviously, I prefer Flopsy, Mopsy andCottontail!)

  60. Denielle Nicol
    13th March 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Mrs Tiggy Winkle

  61. Michelle O'Neill
    16th March 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Mrs Tiggy Winkle

  62. 16th March 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I rather like Hunka Munca but my daughter likes Squirrel Nutkin and Peter of course.

  63. kimberley ryan
    16th March 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Accident prone Mr Jeremy Fisher

  64. Susan B
    18th March 2016 / 3:36 am

    My favourite character is the hapless Mr McGregor.

  65. Jackie ONeill
    18th March 2016 / 7:41 am

    Jemima Puddle Duck

  66. Jo Hutchinson
    18th March 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Jemima Puddle-Duck she is a sweet character.

  67. Ellen
    18th March 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Jemima Puddle Duck!

  68. 18th March 2016 / 8:07 pm

    peter rabbit because my son went through a phase of actually thinking he was peter rabbit!

  69. shell
    19th March 2016 / 8:41 am

    Peter Rabbit

  70. Ellie Jones
    19th March 2016 / 8:50 am

    Peter rabbit

  71. Kristy Brown
    19th March 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Mrs Tiggiwinkle

  72. vera Bahounkova
    19th March 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  73. Sheri Darby
    19th March 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  74. Trevor Linvell
    19th March 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Peter rabbit

  75. Adrian Bold
    19th March 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  76. Keshia Esgate
    20th March 2016 / 12:14 am

    Peter Rabbit 🙂

  77. Lucy Major
    20th March 2016 / 1:48 am

    got to be the classic peter rabbit! especially at this time of year

  78. emma kinsey
    20th March 2016 / 10:05 am

    peter rabbit

  79. Elspeth MacMillan
    20th March 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  80. Andrew Hindley
    20th March 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Peter Rabbit

  81. Jayne Kelsall
    20th March 2016 / 5:18 pm

    My youngest likes Jemima Puddle Duck .x

  82. Karl Borowy
    20th March 2016 / 7:00 pm

    peter rabbit

  83. donna l jones
    20th March 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Squirrel Nutkins

  84. Cat Barber
    20th March 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Peter rabbit love the song too

  85. Rebecca roberts
    20th March 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Peter rabbit love him x

  86. Michelle Corbett
    20th March 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Definitely Peter Rabbit. Always been my favourite since I was a child and now I get to read the storie to my little girls at night. And they love them TV series. That’s fab!!! X

  87. Gill Mitchell
    20th March 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I have always loved Mrs Tiggywinkle. She’s so cute!

  88. Diana
    20th March 2016 / 9:20 pm

    Peter Rabbit 🙂

  89. Lisa Lewis
    20th March 2016 / 9:53 pm

    miss Tiggywinkle

  90. Victoria Prince
    20th March 2016 / 9:55 pm

    My favourite Beatrix Potter character is Peter Rabbit 🙂

  91. Katie
    20th March 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Tom Kitten, I remember being very upset as a child when Mr & Mrs Rat made him into a Roly Poly pudding 🙁

  92. Natalie Crossan
    20th March 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Squirrel Nutkins

  93. Keeley Shaw
    20th March 2016 / 11:42 pm

    Miss Tiggywinkle

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