Fancy getting out of Manchester now the kids have started their long summer break from school? Then why not head a few miles south to beautiful Tatton Park for the day. Famous for its glorious picnic concerts, the park is now hosting “The Magic of Beatrix Potter” until 1st September. Beatrix Potter is one of England’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators, responsible for 23 classic tales about animals including ‘The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck’ and ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’.
Something For the Whole Family
Set in 50 acres of gardens is the stunning Mansion house at Tatton which is currently playing host to some of Potter’s original work – including letters, watercolours & illustrations. There will also be examples of the author’s funghi and archaeological watercolours. In the Library (weekends only) there will be storytelling sessions – no doubt with a Potter theme! – and a Mrs Tiggy-Winkle trail to follow.
If you wander out into the garden itself there will be a Peter Rabbit trail, which is great fun for the kids. Starting off at the Walled Kitchen Garden and going all around the various nooks and crannies of the delightful and vast garden, you will meet such characters as Jeremy Fisher, Squirrel Nutkin and the Flopsy Bunnies. Once you reach the Conservatory you will be able to view more of Potter’s botanical watercolours and there will also be the opportunity to create your own work of art with the pens and paper available.
The Farm at Tatton provides a glimpse of how life was during the 1930’s so is the ideal place for the next part of the exhibition which includes a Pigling Bland farm trail. You can also learn about the extensive work Beatrix carried out as a natural scientist and to aid conservation of the rare breed Herdwick sheep.
The park is currently open daily from 10am – 7pm and an access all areas ticket starts at £5.50 for children and £11 for adults.