Beatrix Potter fun for all the family

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Just weeks after the discovery of rare drawings by Beatrix Potter at Melford Hall, the stately home is hosting two family fun events celebrating the links between the house and one of Britain’s finest children’s authors.

To celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday, a special party is being held at the hall where families can visit the petting zoo and meet the animals that inspired Beatrix to write her stories.

There will also be party games and children can collect a Peter Rabbit goody box to take home.

The party is on Thursday, July 28, from midday to 4pm. Tickets cost the standard garden admission plus an activity charge of £5 per child of three years and over. Booking is essential.

Beatrix Potter’s stories and characters will then be brought to life by the actors of Quantum Theatre. Taking place in the garden in which Beatrix Potter gained inspiration for her stories and characters, families can take along their picnics and enjoy Beatrix Potter’s most loved stories.

The theatre is on Saturday, August 13 from 6pm. Tickets cost £11 for adults and £7.50 for children.

On Wednesday, August 17, from 11am, Melford Hall is holding a teddy bear’s picnic.

Activities include name the bear and finding where the bears hidden treasure, arts and crafts, following the teddy bear garden trail or visiting the teddy bear clinic.

Again the event requires the garden admission plus an activity charge £2.50 per child of three years and over.

The Beatrix Potter holiday sketches exhibition continues until October.

There is also weekly Beatrix Potter story telling at the hall.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/melford-hall/whats-on or call 0844 249 1895 to book.