• The Life and Works of Beatrix Potter - June 2018

    14th - 24th June 2018


The tour price which includes all the above is £3985.00 and should you require a single room, the supplement is £395.00.


Prices also include all accommodation,  meals as detailed in the itinerary, wine with dinner, transportation, entry fees, guides, tips in hotels and restaurants and the services of tour directors throughout.


Not included in the tour price is transportation to the hotel, airfares, travel insurance or any items of a personal nature and meals not included in the itinerary.


A non returnable deposit of 10% is required to secure a place and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tour.


    14th - 24th June 2018


    Hill Top

    Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead 

    Dove Cottage, Grasmere

    Armitt Museum


    Holehird Gardens

    Quaker Tapestry

    Levens Hall

    Wray Church & Castle


    Belmont Hall

    SY Gondola

    Museum of Lakeland Life

    Membership of the Beatrix Potter Society


    Day 1 – arrive at the hotel – Lindeth Howe and settle into your room before meeting the group for afternoon tea in the garden (weather permitting!)   Lindeth Howe is the former home of Beatrix Potter’s mother, Helen and is set in 28 acres in a beautiful rural setting, overlooking Lake Windermere.   The hotel has a 2 AA rosette awarded restaurant.  There is also a heated pool with sauna and fitness room – the perfect place to unwind.   Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.   (AT, D)


    Day 2 - Enjoy the first morning in the Lakes with an introductory talk by Betsy Bray  on the life and times of Beatrix Potter, before leaving the hotel and travelling to a local farm where Herdwick Sheep are still bred.     We will be entertained to lunch by the tenant farmers and then enjoy an insight into sheep clipping and marking as well as a sheep dog demonstration.


    We will then return to the hotel for dinner.     (B, L & D)



    Day 3 – a day of literature in the Lakes today.  We will visit Dove Cottage, home to William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy from 1799.  In 1802 he married Mary and they all lived there as an extended family until 1808 when they moved to larger premises.  Dove Cottage is now part of the Wordsworth Trust and our visit will give us an insight into the part Cumbria played in his inspiration for some of his most famous poetry.  Following our private tour, we will have lunch before the very short journey to Grasmere.  Here in St. Oswald’s Church are the graves of William Wordsworth and several members of his family.


    A visit to Grasmere is not complete without tasting the famous gingerbread, which is made to the same recipe, devised by Sarah Nelson.  Housed in a building dating from 1630, the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop is well worth a visit.  Also in Grasmere is the Heaton Cooper Museum, where you can see many of his wonderful Lake District Paintings and even buy your art needs from the well stocked shop.   We will return to the hotel for dinner this evening.       (B, L & D)


  • Day 4 – this morning we will travel to Lingholm – a place where Beatrix and her family spent nine summer holidays.  The house has recently been totally refurbished and we will enjoy the estate which is situated on the western shore of Derwentwater in a dramatic location surrounded by incredible views of the best loved Lakeland fells.   The inspiration that Beatrix drew from the time she spent at Lingholm can be seen in the Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and the kitchen garden was the inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in the Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Views from the lake shore also feature heavily in her Derwentwater sketchbook and several of her most famous characters including Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Benjamin Bunny were inspired and illustrated during her time spent walking in the nearby Newlands Valley.                             (B, L & D)



    Day 5 – after a hearty Cumbrian breakfast, we will make the short journey to Levens Hall, home of the earliest English patchwork, housed in a magnificent Elizabethan mansion, where we can also enjoy the collection of Jacobean furniture and fine paintings.     After enjoying the magnificent surroundings of the house, we can explore, at our leisure, the award winning topiary in the garden.   There is a wonderful shop here and a very nice cafe where we can enjoy our lunch on our own before departing for the short drive to Wray and visit both the Castle and the Church – where she first met Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley who was to have a great influence on her life and the National Trust.       (B & D)



    Day 6 – After breakfast, we will be visiting Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts House - one of Britain’s finest houses from the turn of the last century.  One of the real joys of Blackwell lies in its wealth of details – from the leaf shaped door handles and curious window catches to spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling.  Blackwell remains an internationally important icon of Arts & Crafts architecture.


    An early evening drive to the edge of Coniston Water for our wonderful dinner cruise will finish our time together in a magnificent setting where we can all enjoy each other’s company as we glide the length of Coniston on our own private Steam Yacht, before returning to the hotel.            (B, D)



    Day 7 – the town of Kendal is our destination today and the Quaker Tapestry.  A series of 77 separate narrative crewel embroidered panels.  Like the Bayeux Tapestry it is a hanging that tells a story – the story of the Quaker Movement over nearly 350 years.  From 1981 to 1996, over 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries have helped to make this amazing example of storytelling through craftsmanship.  Whilst in Kendal, we will visit the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry where we will discover the unique customs and traditions of this region which was isolated before the arrival of the railway and the motorcar.  We will have an early supper in Kendal before returning to the hotel.      (B & D)


  • Day 8 – today we will meet the real Beatrix Potter at the Armitt Museum.  Scientist, artist, storyteller, businesswoman, farmer and conservationist – here at the Armitt, we can see her exquisite natural history and scientific watercolours, together with her personal copies of the ‘little books’.  Following this wonderful insight into her life and works, we will make the short journey to Ambleside – where we will have time on our own to explore this Cumbrian village and have lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants.


    This afternoon we will visit Holehird Gardens – the Lakeland Horticultural Society’s 10 acre hillside garden which includes a great variety of planting and specimen trees.   Beatrix Potter and her family spent a holiday there in 1893.   Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.         (B & D)



    Day 9 – a day totally dedicated to Beatrix Potter, we will first drive to the village of Hawkshead and visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery – which was formerly the offices of William Heelis, the local Solicitor who became Beatrix’s husband.  In this quaint and historic building, we will see a wide and varied collection of her original artworks for some of the 23 little books.  Some free time to explore this delightful little Lake District village, before we make the short journey along the shores of Esthwaite Water, to the village of Near Sawrey where we will visit Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, which is now owned and managed by the National Trust but which remains exactly as she left it, after her death in the nearby Castle Cottage in Near Sawrey, back in 1944.  We will also have the opportunity to see the wonderful replica quilt made by Michele Hill from Adelaide, Australia    This replica is a contemporary copy of the quilt originally made for the marriage of Beatrix's parents, Helen Leech and Rupert Potter in 1863.    Her final home of Castle Cottage is now, although owned by the National Trust, not open to the public and is occupied by a couple who have invited us into their home and where we will enjoy some refreshments before walking across to the Tower Bank Arms for supper,  We will then take  the ferry across Lake Windermere and back to our hotel. (B, D)



    Day 10 – after breakfast and some free time, we will be entertained to a performance by Mrs. Heelis over delicious morning coffee.   Dinner this evening will be at another local house which was of great importance to Beatrix Potter – Belmount Hall – her friend Rebecca Owen lived there and Beatrix was an executor of her will.   Rebecca Owen was a great collector and her collection and some Beatrix Potter letters are at Colby College in Maine, USA.       (B,L & D)



    Day 11 – after another hearty breakfast, we will all leave to return home after spending our time together and sharing the experiences of the Lake District and the Life and Work of Beatrix Potter.        (B)















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