It’s World Book Day today and to celebrate in true bookworm style, the lovely people at holiday letting agency www.cottages.com are giving you the chance to win the complete collection of Beatrix Potter Tales to help fill the bookcases of your little readers!
The cottage company has more than 15,000 properties across the UK and to help you choose your next holiday destination, they have put together a map of places to visit connected with some of our favourite children’s authors and stories.
If you’ve always wanted to explore the places that inspired your favourite authors or keep the family entertained by their favourite characters coming to life, why not use this handy guide to plan your next outing?
The latest hit from favourite Julia Donaldson has been brought to life by The Forestry Commission which has created a series of Stick Man Trails throughout the UK – I’m sure there’s one somewhere near you. Not only is the trail a great way to explore nature, with a host of downloadable activities from their website, you can even have fun on rainy days!
Harry Potter fans are just as lucky as fans of Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man. There are so many places to visit across the UK, all with magical connections to the wizard world of Harry and Hogwarts. Whether it’s a trip to Alnwick Castle or Durham Cathedral to see the locations from the film or a day at Harry Potter World where you can sample Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans straight from Diagon Alley, there’s plenty to suit every J.K Rowling fan.
Little ones, can have heaps of fun at Peppa Pig World where they can enjoy a perfect day out with all the family. Go on Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Ride, meet some of your favourite characters and jump in some very muddy puddles!
Little train spotters who want to venture a little further than the local train station will love Thomas Land at Drayton Manor with 12 wonderful themed rides and a spectacular indoor play area whereas fans of Paddington Bear will have the adventure of a lifetime while exploring Paddington Station and all the other famous London sights brought to life in Michael Bond’s classic stories or the recent film adaption. Why not take the Paddington Bear bus tour which takes in some of the famous locations from the film?
A visit to the Lake District is a great experience in itself, but with such a strong association to the stories of Beatrix Potter, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about this incredible author. Younger children can enjoy the Beatrix Potter Lake District Trail, following the clues to find her iconic characters amongst the countryside and for older children, a visit to her house is a brilliant insight in to the writer’s life.
There’s so much to see and do in the Lake District that it’s definitely worth booking yourself a cottage so you’ve got some time to explore the area. This cottage (The Cottage, High Oxen Fell, nr. Coniston, Property Ref: 948) adjoins a 17th-century farmhouse on a traditional Lakeland working hill farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter, now owned by the National Trust. It enjoys a very quiet and secluded position, in a superb setting surrounded by rocky bracken-covered hills and high fells, in the heart of Lakeland. The views from all windows are across the magnificent Langdale Valley to the surrounding woods and mountains. Enjoy the tranquil splendour of this idyllic setting in a TV free cottage to enable you to relax in peace of a true away from it all holiday. At £419 for seven nights’ self-catering arriving on 26th April 2016 this is a real bargain. Visit www.cottages.com for more details or call 0345 498 6900 for enquiries.
If you want to re-read your favourite Beatrix Potter tales before your trip to the Lake District, make sure to enter our fabulous World Book Day competition courtesy of cottages.com.
To enter the competition, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form following the instructions provided. Please not that false or incomplete entries won’t be counted and entered into the prize draw. Good luck!