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Beatrice Potter Gallery, Cumbria, England

Helen Beatrice Potter (1866-1943) was an English author, illustrator and conservationist’ who was best known for her children’s books such as ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. Altogether she wrote 23 books all themed on countryside animals. From an early age she had an interest in animals and the natural world and her artistic talents were encouraged with private art lessons, but she preferred to develop her own style. She moved to Cumbria and bought Hill Top Farm and some sheep, she then followed on by buying more and more land. Nearly all the property she owned was left to the National Trust on her death in 1932, she is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park. Her books continue to be sold all over the world in many languages and are still as popular with children today. The Beatrice Potter Gallery is a charming 17th-century building which was once the office of her husband, William Heelis. The gallery houses many of the original watercolour paintings and sketches. It is an exciting and magical day out for little ones and will take adults on a trip down memory lane.

Beatrix Potter Gallery
Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0NS
Telephone: 015394 36355

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Castles

Castles were first built in England during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century as fortifications. There are many hundreds of castles throughout England some in good repair whilst others have all but completely disappeared other than a few stones to mark the spot.

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England has many lakes spread out over the whole of the country but the most famous must be the Lake District which draws around 16 million visitors each year to admire the beauty of the countryside around the lakesides. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.

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The National Parks of England are quite diverse but all have in common one thing and that is their beauty. From the windswept reaches of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the mountains and lakes of the Lake District or the ancient, peaceful tranquility of the New Forest all are worthy of a visit.

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