Celebrating Beatrix Potter's anniversary in the Lake District

2016 marks a special milestone for us as it's 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born. We're celebrating with a fun-filled year of special events, activities and exhibitions. Beatrix was a remarkable character and we've a lot to thank her for in the Lake District - step into our world to find out more about her.

Beatrix Potter outside Hill Top cottage in the Lake District

Beatrix Potter Awards - nominations open 

To bring Beatrix Potter's amazing birthday year to an exciting and fitting close, we're launching the first ever National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards and nominations are now open.

Beatrix Potter at Keswick show

Thanks, Beatrix 

In July 2016, Beatrix Potter would have been 150! So it’s a great opportunity to have the biggest year of birthday celebrations to say ‘Thanks, Beatrix’ in lots of different ways.

Skiddaw from Cat Bells Terrace Path

Beatrix Potter's Viewpoints 

Stand in the footprints of artist and author Beatrix Potter, and see the views that inspired her creativity

Children running down Hill Top garden path, Cumbria

At Beatrix's House, Hill Top  

At her own house, you can take a unique showcase tour of Hill Top, join a birthday picnic or take a special guided walk. The 7 July also marks 70 years since we opened Hill Top to our visitors, so there's double celebrations that month!

Photo of the original Benjamin Bunny on step

Step inside the Beatrix Potter Gallery  

A new gallery exhibition showcases original illustrations from classic Beatrix Potter books such as The Tale of Jemina Puddleduck.

Beatrix Potter as an older woman in the Hill Top garden with one of her sheepdogs

Exploring friendships at Allan Bank 

Allan Bank was once home to National Trust founder Canon Rawnsley and this year we're exploring the inspiration Beatrix took from her friendship with Rawnsley. Did you know he helped with one of the little books?

Beatrix Potter at Keswick show

Derwent Water and the Tale of Beatrix Potter

Long happy summers on the shores of Derwent Water inspired three of Beatrix Potter's most famous tales

Mountain Goat bus in the Lake District

Working with our partners across the Lakes

We're working with partners across the Lakes to celebrate the anniversary.