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.

View up the garden path at Hill Top in spring

Beatrix Potter Awards

We're hosting our very own Beatrix Potter awards in the Lake District. They're opening very soon, and winners will be announced in 2017. Keep checking back to find all the details on how to enter.

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 Inspiration Trail 

Follow our temporary trail to stand in the footprints of artist and author Beatrix Potter, and see how the landscape 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 sketching on Derwent Water in 1903

Stories to charm and inspire at Wordsworth House

William Wordsworth isn’t the only Lakeland wild child who grew up to be a world-wide literary legend. Visit us this year for some very special exhibitions, events and activities to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.

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.