Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150

Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter

This year sees us commemorate a rather special anniversary.  Throughout 2016 the nation will be celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter.  I’ve teamed up with a number of other bloggers to share our thoughts on a true legend of Children’s literature as we celebrate her life and legacy.

Beatrix Potter is known the world over as the author and illustrator who brought us Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Jeremy Fisher and all their friends. She was ahead of her time really as she started the trend for merchandising products associated with Peter Rabbit all those years ago.  She was also a very keen conservationist and well known for her botanical drawings.  If you are ever in the Lake District, I can certainly recommend a visit to her home at Hill Top.

I’ve always loved reading, and the numerous tales of animal folk written by Beatrix Potter were a fundamental part of my childhood.  I have many happy memories of visits to the library in Aldershot to borrow the next book in the series.  She brought the animals to life for me, and I would read her stories over and over again.  My childhood collection of Whimsy ornaments stemmed from my love of Beatrix Potter and her characters.  I would create my own adventures on my windowsill with them, all based on the famous Potter stories.  These days I get to share the books with Monkey, but also the lovely animated TV series.  He loves Peter Rabbit now, as much as I did as a child. I certainly can’t wait to see Kitty in Boots when it is published later this year.  Have you heard about this addition to the series which lay undiscovered for so many years?

I have a friend with a little boy and this lovely Peter Rabbit plush toy from GUND will be heading into his arms this Easter.  He’s 16 cm tall and suitable for children aged 1 year and over.  He is totally adorable and just so soft. You can find him in H Samuel and F Hinds for £9.95.

Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150

Now I’ve got Easter under wraps for Monkey with this adorable Charbonnel et Walker Milk Chocolate Peter Rabbit.  Isn’t he adorable?  He’s almost too good to eat, but I’m sure Monkey will give it a go.  He even comes with a blue coloured chocolate jacket. Priced at £15 he’s 140g of milk chocolate magic.

Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150

We will be celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter ourselves with a visit to Willows Activity Farm, St Alban’s later in the year. They have a new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground which opens on 2nd April 2016.

Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150

I can wait to see Monkey’s face when he sees the Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse, built around a 100-year-old ash tree, and Benjamin Bunny Treetop Adventures, based on his beloved TV series. I’m sure I’ll be getting lost in the maze and we’ll all enjoying sampling the delights within the Peter Rabbit Burrow Cafe. Don’t tell Monkey, but there’s even a Tractor trailer ride – he will be one very happy little boy. You can keep up to date with all the news from Willows Activity Farm over on their Facebook page.

What are your favourite childhood memories of Beatrix Potter?  I’d love to hear all about them.  Why not pop over to In the Playroom tomorrow to hear what memories Anna has.

disclosure: I’ve received the above mentioned items for taking part in this blog tour.  My opinions still remain my own honest opinions.

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To help celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter I have two giveaways starting today!  The first one is shared here offering a wonderful bundle of Mothercare Peter Rabbit Baby Range products and a set of Milestones cards.  The second will be shown on a separate post later today for tickets to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

The Baby Bundle giveaway consists of the following items, worth approx £48.00:

From the Mothercare Peter Rabbit Baby Range – one Peter Rabbit Bodysuit valued at £8, one Hat and Mitt set valued at £8, one Grey Shawl valued at £22 as well as a set of Peter Rabbit Baby Milestone Cards from Puffin Books valued at £9.99.

Baby bundle

Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 17th April 2016 at midnight.

Peter Rabbit Baby Bundle worth approx £48.00

Don’t forget to visit my Giveaways page for more great prizes!

 

 

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

224 thoughts on “Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150

  1. Mrs Tiggiwinkle- mostly because of her entertaining name, but also because she is a washerwoman hedgehog. Or is she? Has it all been a dream?

  2. Peter Rabbit because his heart is in the right place but he is so naughty, I love kids who are like that ……. as long as they aren’t mine!

  3. Jemima Puddleduck… always puts a smile on my face! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this wonderful bundle! Allow me to go break out the watercolours, you’ve inspired me!

  4. I love Mrs Tiggywinkle – i used to work in a wildlife hospital when i was younger – and Hedgehogs were always my fave xx

  5. mrs tiggy winkle – I always remember looking at the pics in her story and thinking she had the cutest most cosy home id ever seen

  6. It’s always been Peter Rabbit for as long as I can remember I had this purse with him on the front and I cherished it

  7. Jemima Puddleduck is our favourite. She reminds us of our only remaining pet duck following the fox attack – Jemima 😀

  8. Peter Rabbit was my favourite Beatrix Potter character. Partly because he was a rabbit and looked cuddly and because he got into trouble.

  9. Mine was Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. I loved her character and the way she would sway around, she was so sweet and I felt comforted by her as a small child. I loved hedgehogs ever since!

  10. Jemima Puddleduck,been favourite for 40 years after my great aunt bought me a pair of pants with a little motif of jemima on them, I loved them so much I didnt part with the pants for 10 years and then made my mother unstitch jemima from them!

  11. Mrs Tiggywinkle as I had a tea set with her printed on it when I was young and it was my favourite thing to play with!

  12. Hunch Munca is my favourite character from The Tale of Two Bad Mice who weren’t really so bad. The story has a moral to it since the mice put everything back to how they found it and Hunca Munca sweeps the Doll’s House every morning!

  13. Pigling Bland, as he’s clever enough to avoid being turned into bacon sandwiches and escapes to become a potato farmer

  14. Benjamin bunny was always my favourite- next to Peter of course! I remember always laughing at the things he did 🙂 x

  15. It has to be Peter Rabbit. I remember my mum reading the stories to me and now I’m passing that magical bond to my son.

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