It isn’t always going to be sunny is it…
No, no it’s not.
Sometimes it rains. Then it pours. Then it rains again.
When you’re on holiday in the Lake District, which is mostly an outdoorsy holiday, rain limits your options.
I’ve been to the Lakes a few times and never had the chance to call in and visit The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. When our camping pod trip seemed doomed by wet weather, we hopped in the car and headed to Windermere.
Now, I wish I could act all cultured here and you’d be impressed, but it wouldn’t be truthful. We arrived at the attraction to horrendously long queues in the rain – and I didn’t twig.
The tour guide talking to drizzle soaked people in the line said they’d expected it to be super busy – and I didn’t twig.
The people in the line were talking about 1992 prices – and I didn’t twig.
People in the restaurant were singing happy birthday – not. a. bloody. clue.
We’d only gone and tuned up on Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday. I knew it was this year, but I didn’t know the exact date!
No wonder it was blooming heaving!
The advantage of this ignorance was that it was indeed 1992 prices. It cost the five of us £6.50 to get in instead of the usual £20. Brilliant! That definitely appealed to the Yorkshire in me.
In basic terms (if you’re already scrolling down to skip through the pictures) It’s a nice way to spend an hour.
The attraction starts with a 3 minute film all about Beatrix and her stories. You then progress into what feels like a woodland and follow the winding path around various scenes from the stories and see models of the characters. There is a greenhouse in the garden with a few animals and we goggled at a baby duckling for a while. A room near the end of the tour has an interactive table where you can draw and complete jigsaws, which the girls loved.
Children are provided with an activity booklet which Holly was a little too young for at 5, but it’s a lovely idea for older children. A nice touch at the end of the tour is that you can take your own souvenir photo in a photo booth and have the option to purchase this from the shop for £5. Cute idea! Speaking of the shop – it is beautiful, but full of LOTS of breakables. We managed to escape with some chocolates and count breaking no china mugs a success.
Like I said – it’s a nice way to spend an hour on a rainy day.
Oh, and in case you were wondering… Mr McGregor is still as frightening as ever!