Summer adventures with Beatrix Potter at Mottisfont

A mother reads The Tale of Tom Kitten to her young children in a garden

This event happened in 2016 and is now finished.

We're hosting a Beatrix Potter exhibition from 16 July - 18 September, accompanied by a fantastic family trail around the grounds.

A watercolour by Beatrix Potter from the Tale of Two Bad Mice

Beatrix Potter: Play and Childhood exhibition at Mottisfont 

16 July - 18 September, 11am - 5pm: a very special exhibition – the only one in the south of England - marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, featuring 30 original drawings and watercolours.

Beatrix Potter family activity trail

Accompanying our exhibition is a Beatrix Potter-themed adventure trail for younger visitors, inspired by her playful characters and colourful stories.

Who will you find hiding on our Beatrix Potter trail?
A well-known Beatrix Potter character hides behind a small wooden door

Open tiny doors to discover your favourite characters as you explore the grounds, completing activities along the way: count carrots in Mr McGregor's Garden, go fishing like Jeremy Fisher and knock down china like the mischievous Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb.

There's also a crafty activity for you to take home, and you'll even get to write your very own story, just like Beatrix Potter.

A family group on the rose bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Enjoy a family day out 

Mottisfont is the perfect place for a family visit all year round, with plenty of space to run, jump and play. Read our hints and tips and take a look at our Wild Play map to discover the best places for family fun around the grounds.