Playing video games at Power UP, Science Museum, London 🎮

An afternoon of nostalgic gaming at the Power UP exhibition

Power UP is an interactive gaming event that highlights the very best of video games and their respective platforms over the last five decades.

You will discover 160 consoles in this unique hands-on experience in the heart of London. It’s a lot of fun and a must-see for gaming fans!

What is there to do?

There’s plenty to do! This is a truly interactive experience with something for everyone. The event offers visitors an in-depth history of gaming, just waiting for you to explore.

You will enter the darkened Basement Gallery with a buzz of tapping and happiness surrounding you.

An immediate point of interest is the physical timeline at the back of the room. Here, you can learn more about gaming’s fascinating history with each respective console being illustrated via a placard.

You will work your way through this evolution from some of the earliest consoles such as the Binatone TV Master to modern consoles such as the Wii.

The sense of nostalgia is wonderful as you stop by each console and seek out the games of your own childhood. Across the exhibition, you’ll find yourself pausing to reminiscence constantly.

What are the games like at Power UP?

You can expect a sea of platforms and a plethora of genres. These include:

  • Sandbox
  • Shooters
  • Role-playing
  • Simulation and sports
  • Puzzlers and party games
  • Action-adventure
  • Platformer
  • Music-rhythm

You’ll find early and next-gen consoles, PC games, handheld games, arcade games and VR experiences.

Expect to see familiar franchises such as Pac-Man, Pong, Zelda, Mario, Sonic, Halo, Fortnite and Minecraft. There’s also a selection of indie games to boot.

For the competitive gamer, there are even opportunities to attempt to make it onto the leaderboard!

It’s a really fascinating and truly euphoric experience as you dash to and from each platform to play.

You’ll certainly find yourself lost for a few hours in this nostalgic and immersive experience that not only celebrates gaming history, but also its technological advancements.

Without a doubt, you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for how far gaming has come. It’s incredible to visualise the vast improvements in graphics and user experience as you work your way around the room.

Is Power UP family-friendly?

Power UP certainly is family-friendly. This is an experience for all ages with an interest in gaming!

There are loads of games children can battle it out on. Of course, do expect some age restrictions (most of which are at your discretion). However, this doesn’t take away from the fun and community spirit of the event.

The multiplayer section is particularly fun with your family in tow. You can learn more about what games and consoles are available via the Power UP floor map.

Where can we eat and drink?

The event has its own dedicated cafe counter allowing you to refuel as necessary. Outside of the exhibition, the Science Museum also offers several cafes and picnic areas.

How much does it cost?

The exhibition has now been extended and you can pre-book your tickets for Power UP on the Science Museum website.

The event is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm and will run until Monday 6 June 2022.

Please see the entrance prices below:

  • Adult (17-59 years) – £10
  • Child (4-16 years) – £8.00
  • Concession (student, unemployed or disabled) – £8
  • Senior (60 and over) – £9
  • 3 and under – free

Once you’re done, be sure to explore the rest of the Science Museum for free and its fascinating exhibitions!

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Exploring Boarstall Duck Decoy with the National Trust 🦆

A family day out at Boarstall Duck Decoy

Boarstall Duck Decoy welcomes visitors to see one of the few remaining duck decoys in the UK.

Built in the 16th-century, the duck decoy was used to catch waterfowl for Boarstall Manor.

Although once very common in Britain, there are now only four left in the country. This one was built around 1697.

What is there to do?

Surrounded by woodland, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll among bluebells, ancient trees and wildlife in this charming place.

It offers visitors an hour of tranquility as you wind your way around the lake.

Is Boarstall Duck Decoy family-friendly?

It is to an extent. I’d probably suggest leaving your buggy or pushchair at home.

The area is mostly covered in wood shavings but there are some muddy and uneven areas if you stray from the main path.

You may choose to navigate them with your buggy but I’d probably bring a carrier instead for younger children.

There is lots to see! A highlight is the lovely children’s natural play and den building area with carved wooden mushrooms dotted around.

There are plenty of places to stop and appreciate your surroundings and lots to discover in the woodland. It is also surprisingly quiet, adding to the tranquility.

Please note, that there are no baby-changing or breastfeeding facilities. However, there are male and female toilets available.

Where can we eat and drink?

There is no cafe but you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy and dedicated picnic tables are available.

How much does it cost?

Boarstall Duck Decoy offers free entry for National Trust members. If you are not a member, please see the entrance prices below:

  • Adult – £5
  • Child – £2.50
  • Family – £12.50
  • Family with one adult – £7.50

Boarstall Duck Decoy is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 3 April to 25 September 2022. You do not need to pre-book your visit and it’s cash only.

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Exploring Waddesdon Manor’s House and Grounds with the National Trust 🌲

A family day out at Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor welcomes visitors to its grand Neo-Renaissance country home and grounds each day from 10am to 4/5pm.

This impressive French-style château was built in the 1870s and offers surrounding views of the Chilterns Hills, Oxfordshire and the Vale of Aylesbury.

Exploring Waddesdon Manor - Fountain

What is there to do?

There’s so much to see and do, Waddesdon Manor is an entire day out in itself as the House and Grounds are so expansive.

Exploring Waddesdon Manor - Aviary

Exploring the Grounds

You’ll start your day in the stunning Victorian Gardens. In spring, Waddesdon comes to life in a wash of colour. You’ll spot over 6000 tulips on the Parterre and plenty of daffodils left in Daffodil Valley.

The Aviary is charming. This ornate green and gold cast iron aviary features many exotic birds including the Rothschild mynah, a bird native to Bali. This bird was named after Walter, second Lord Rothschild (1868-1937), a famous zoologist.

All around you, there are things to discover. Whether it be the beautiful gardens, exquisite statues and sculptures, or the contrasting landscapes.

Things to see on the Grounds include:

If you fancy a more guided experience, check out the garden walks and maps.

Exploring Waddesdon Manor - Neo-Renaissance House

Exploring the House

You could spend a few hours appreciating the grandeur of the House. Inside, you’ll discover a plethora of stately rooms, renowned paintings, exquisite furnishings, and fine porcelain.

The current Alice’s Wonderlands exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the life and legacy of Alice de Rothschild.

Exploring Waddesdon Manor - The Red Drawing Room

Things to see in the House include:

  • The East Gallery
  • The Breakfast Room
  • The Conservatory and Ante Room
  • The Dining Room
  • The Red Drawing Room
  • The Grey Drawing Room
  • The West Gallery
  • The Small Library
  • The Baron’s Room and the Tower Drawing Room
  • The West Hall
  • The Morning Room
  • The Treasury
  • The State Dressing Room, State Bedroom, and Green Boudoir
  • The Fountain Bedroom and Bathroom
  • The Blue Dining Room
  • The Armoury Corridor
  • The Bachelor’s Wing
  • The Smoking Room

Once you’re finished, you may browse the Manor Shop or dine in the Manor Restaurant.

Exploring Waddesdon Manor - Dining Room

Is Waddesdon Manor family-friendly?

Waddesdon is super family-friendly and is honestly the perfect family day out!

I’d probably suggest leaving your buggy or pushchair at home. Although there are buggy-friendly routes, there are lots of hills and access from the car park is difficult.

From the car, the route takes 15 minutes to walk and is partly covered in wood shavings and in parts is uphill. This makes it awkward to navigate.

So, if you take a buggy or pushchair, you’ll want to utilise the shuttle bus (separate fee) or pay for parking outside the House (£20 per car). Alternatively, do what we did, and bring a carrier.

Please also note that buggies and pushchairs cannot be taken into the House and you are advised to bring a carrier.

You’ll find baby-changing, breastfeeding, and toilet facilities available at the Manor and Stables.

Exploring Waddesdon Manor - Picnic

Where can we eat and drink?

Once you’ve worked up an appetite exploring, there are plenty of dining options at Waddesdon.

You can enjoy afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant, grab a bite to eat at the Stables, Woodland Playground, or Manor Terrace, and even pre-book a picnic!

Alternatively, if you fancy something a little different, why not bring your own yummy picnic to enjoy on the Grounds?

How much does it cost?

Waddesdon Manor offers free entry for National Trust members. If you are not a member, please see the entrance prices below:

Grounds only

  • Adult – £13.20
  • Child – £6.60

House and grounds

  • Adult – £25.20
  • Child – £12.60

Children under five are free.

Please note, that visitors to Waddesdon Manor are advised to book Grounds admission in advance and online booking is essential for timed entry to the House.

Stephanie xox

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Exploring Upton House and Gardens with the National Trust 🌲

A family day out at Upton House and Gardens

National Trust’s Upton House and Gardens welcome visitors to the beautiful former country house and gardens of Lord and Lady Bearsted each day between 10am – 5pm.

On arrival, you’ll make your way down the tree-lined North Drive. Eventually, you will be greeted by the entrance to the honey-coloured stone country home alongside its beautiful terraced gardens.

What is there to do?

There is lots to do! Within the house, you will find plenty of character alongside a plethora of renowned and impressive artwork including paintings, porcelain, and tapestries. Some of the National Trust’s most celebrated paintings are featured within the gallery at Upton House and Gardens!

The expansive South Lawn behind the house leads to a deceptive and steep ha-ha with a terraced hillside beneath. This is surrounded by the Orchard, Wild Garden, Mirror Pond, Sunken Lawn and Bog Garden.

The gardens offer numerous landscapes including the orchard, woodlands. grassland and lakes. It’s truly a beautiful place to wander around and full of colour in spring.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you can grab to grab a bite to eat in the Pavillion cafe or treat yourself to local produce at the gift shop.

For those feeling adventurous, you’re also welcome to explore the surrounding countryside if you fancy.

Is Upton House and Gardens family-friendly?

Upton House and Gardens are indeed family-friendly! However, it’s probably best to bring a carrier if you plan to go with a baby and leave the buggy at home.

Within the house, buggies will have to be left outside. Once in the gardens, there are lots of steps and slopes which would be awkward to navigate. However, there is a wheelchair-accessible route that partially covers the garden that you may wish to use if you do choose to bring your buggy.

Please note, the house and gardens are located near the edge of a valley and there are a few steep drops as well as open water elements.

You will find baby-changing, breastfeeding, and toilet facilities available in the Courtyard.

The onsite Pavillion cafe offers serves light lunches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. A children’s menu and high chairs are available also.

If you wish to, you can also take advantage of the sunshine and enjoy a picnic in the gardens.

How much does it cost?

Upton House and Gardens offer free entry for National Trust members. If you are not a member, please see the entrance prices below:

  • Adult – £13.00
  • Child – £6.50
  • Family – £32.50
  • Family One Adult – £19.50

Stephanie xox

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Exploring National Trust Stowe 🌲

A family day out at National Trust Stowe

National Trust Stowe welcomes its visitors to a vast Georgian landscaped garden and parkland each day from 10 am-4 pm.

Once parked at New Inn, there’s a short walk downhill to the garden entrance where you will be free to explore over 250 acres of nature.

Image of property map by National Trust Stowe

What is there to do?

There is lots to do and you can expect plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Stroll around the scenic garden at your leisure before heading into the surrounding parkland to discover its secrets.

You’ll see lakes, temples and plenty of monuments, alongside beautiful flora and fauna. If you choose to go off-the-beaten-track and explore further, you’ll be spoilt.

You could easily spend an entire day wandering around discovering new sights and sounds throughout the parkland.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, feel free to grab a bite to eat in the cafe, browse second-hand books at the Old Dairy Book Shop or treat yourself to local produce at the gift shop – all located at New Inn on the way out.

Exploring National Trust Stowe - The Palladian Bridge

Is National Trust Stowe family-friendly?

It is indeed! There are buggy-friendly routes around the garden and surrounding parkland and you’ll also find baby-changing, breastfeeding, and toilet facilities available at the New Inn entrance.

The onsite cafe offers a children’s menu and high chairs are available also.

How much does it cost?

National Trust Stowe offers free entry for National Trust members. If you are not a member, please see the entrance prices below:

  • Adult – £13.00
  • Child – £6.50
  • Family – £32.50
  • Family One Adult – £19.50

Children under five are free.

Please note, if you would also like to visit Stowe House, this is charged separately.

Stephanie xox

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What should I read next on Webtoon? 📖

What should I read next on Webtoon?

Whether it’s your first time reading comics online or you’re already a die-hard fan, there’s always something new and exciting to read on Webtoon.

Firstly, if you’re looking to read an impressive variety of webcomics for free, Webtoon is definitely the place to start!

What is Webtoon?

In short, Webtoon allows users to read comics online from thousands of talented creators. Whether these be written by newbies or celebrated comic artists.

Straightaway, you’ll find yourself lost for hours in their stories with every genre imaginable. Whether you’re a fan of horror, romance or drama, there’s something for everyone.

Readers can check out Originals comics, new and trending, by genre and Canvas comics, with a heap of recommendations throughout.

Then, you can subscribe to your favourite comics before downloading them to read on the go!

Unless completed, you can catch up with one episode for free each week. Otherwise, there is the option to pay to unlock further chapters on some webcomics.

What’s the difference between Originals and Canvas?

By and large, Originals tends to be for established comic artists who have created popular series. For that reason, their webcomics are licensed from Webtoon.

In short, Originals creators get additional support. Such as an editor, marketing, and a structured publishing schedule. Finally, they are paid directly by Webtoon for their content.

On the other hand, Canvas tends to be for newer artists. Straightaway, they have the independence to publish content on their own schedule. For that reason, they may even feature on other webcomic websites.

Once they meet a threshold, they may apply to Webtoon’s ad revenue sharing program and earn money and other rewards.

My favourite Webtoon comics

Finally, onto the fun stuff! I am simply addicted to Webtoon. Whenever I have a moment, I find myself logging into their app to catch up on all of my favourite comics.

The following webcomics tend to follow strong female leads. Specifically, women who find themselves in a variety of exciting, magical, creepy, and sometimes downright bizarre scenarios.

As a result, it makes for very interesting reading.

What should I read next on Webtoon? Horror genre series.

Horror

What should I read next on Webtoon? Drama genre series.

Drama

What should I read next on Webtoon? Thriller genre series.

Thriller

What should I read next on Webtoon? Romance genre series.

Romance

What should I read next on Webtoon? Supernatural genre series.

Supernatural

What should I read next on Webtoon? Fantasy genre series.

Fantasy

What should I read next on Webtoon? Historical genre series.

Historical

What should I read next on Webtoon? Sci-Fi genre series.

Sci-Fi

What should I read next on Webtoon? Mystery genre series.

Mystery

Action

To conclude, if you haven’t already tried Webtoon, you must! Without a doubt, you will soon discover your favourite genres, allowing yourself to lose a few hours in the meantime!

Most importantly, I find Webtoon so therapeutic as it also allows some precious ‘me time’ after a hectic day.

Have you read anything on Webtoon before? What is your favourite comic?

Stephanie xox

Is it worth going to Winter Wonderland, London with a baby? 👶

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a festive extravaganza and a must for most die-hard Christmas fanatics.

But, how do you navigate the magic and madness of Winter Wonderland with a baby? Let’s find out.

Arriving on a Tuesday at 11am, buggy in tow, we went to explore. Our first stop? Santa Land.

Exploring Santa Land

Santa Land is perfect with a young baby. Visually, there’s so much to see and plenty to do!

Santa’s Grotto is free so do not miss the opportunity to get that perfect first Santa meet snap. You even get a little present to take with you!

There’s even a Santa Land Family Chill Space that you can escape to for quiet feeding or soothing if necessary. There’s also plenty of baby changing facilities around.

Are there many baby suitable activities?

As far as baby suitable activities, there are a fair few! Theo got to meet Santa, had a ride on the carousel, and could have enjoyed a go on the big wheel!

We were tempted by The Magical Kingdom but at -10 degrees, it didn’t seem too wise.

Do note, there are no places to store buggies. So, if you’re planning on visiting with a baby in tow, I’d advise doing so with a few people so there’s always someone who can keep an eye on it.

Is Winter Wonderland good with a baby?

So, is Winter Wonderland good with a baby? I have to be honest, we had an amazing time.

If you go midweek and during the day, it should be a breeze. It’s not too busy and far easier to navigate with a buggy.

Although you may have to avoid some festivities while you’re there, such as ice sculptures and drinking mulled wine in excess, there’s still plenty to keep everyone entertained!

Finally, if you’re looking to make your baby’s first Christmas truly magical, look no further than Winter Wonderland – and don’t forget to go and see Santa!

Are you planning to visit Winter Wonderland in 2021?

Stephanie xox

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A girls day out in London Bridge

The best things to do in London Bridge

London Bridge is an area bursting with history and landmarks. It’s the perfect destination to see London’s famed skyline with friends in tow.

On the southern bank of the River Thames, London Bridge offers an eclectic mix of cultural hotspots, celebrated attractions, global cuisine to suit every budget, markets and independent treasures aplenty.

Here’s the best things to see and do in London Bridge:

The best food and drink at Borough Market 

Feeling peckish? For cheap independent eats head to Borough Market, London’s oldest and most famous market.

Weave in and out the numerous stalls and sample whatever takes your fancy. Discover international street food alongside fresh produce galore. Pick up fruit and vegetables, sweet treats and pastries, homemade bread and artisanal cheese.

Once you are done meandering this foodie heaven, enjoy a drink or two in the area and soak up the atmosphere.

Cocktails with a panoramic view at Aqua Shard, London

Take to the sky in The Shard, the UK’s tallest building at 310 metres. If you are looking for breathtaking views with a more affordable price tag, head up to Aqua Shard on the 32nd floor in 15 seconds.

Try to get a seat before sunset for incredible cityscape views with a cocktail in hand. The restaurant and bar is more than a third of the way up the skyscraper and doesn’t require a reservation.

If you’d like to pay a visit to the 72nd floor, you can see up to 40 miles from The View from The Shard.

Step back in time with The London Bridge Experience and Tombs

Looking for a unique history lesson and some scares? Head to The London Bridge Experience and Tombs. This interactive and immersive guided tour is for the brave among us. You will discover over 2,000 years of (often gruesome) London and London Bridge history on route.

Once you head into the London Tombs, expect to confuse the senses with a live-action maze. These historic tombs and vaults have been voted the scariest attraction in London.

Play explorer on The Golden Hinde

Step on board The Golden Hinde, a full scale replica of Sir Francis Drake’s 16th century global exploration vessel. This celebrated ship is brought to life alongside costumed actors detailing its history.

The Golden Hinde entry – £5

Feel on trend at the Fashion and Textile Museum

The Fashion and Textile Museum is one for creative types. Just up from London Bridge station on Bermondsey Street, step inside to discover their latest fashion and textile exhibition.

The Zandra Rhodes exhibition is currently on till January 2020, detailing the fashion designers extensive portfolio. Expect high fashion, textiles, theatrical costumes and original artwork. Explore 50 years of work at the museum she founded.

The colourful museum only hosts one exhibition space at a time. Once done, be sure to swing by the shop when exiting for beautiful and unique gifts.

Fashion and Textile Museum entry – £9.90

Enjoy the beauty of Southwark Cathedral

A stone’s throw away from London Bridge station you will find Southwark Cathedral. The oldest cathedral in London, this stunning place of worship is a must visit.

Enjoy a guided tour or service inside the Gothic cathedral and take a moment to soak up it’s beautiful architecture from its gardens outside.

See where the elite used to party at the Winchester Palace Ruins

Admire the 12th century ruins of Winchester Palace. These tucked away Medieval ruins once housed one of the most grand and opulent buildings in Britain.

It was a place of comfort and celebration for the religious officials, royalty and the elite of London for over 500 years.

Unwind at Potters Field Park

Take a moment to pause with a coffee or lunch at Potters Field Park. This open green space allows for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with some wonderful views of Tower Bridge.

See how London moves at the Tower Bridge and Engine Room Tour

Often mistaken for London Bridge, Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic and photographed landmarks. However, most people do not know that you can in fact go up the bridge, built between 1886 and 1894.

You will start with a short history lesson before making your way along the first of two partially covered glass walkways. The second walkway has a partially mirrored ceiling offering the perfect snap of the River Thames and oncoming traffic below. It also allows you incredible views of the Shard and Gherkin.

Once down, it’s a short walk to the engine rooms which continue to lift the bridge to this day. Learn about how these engines work and their maintenance.

Tower Bridge and Engine Room Tour entry – £9.80

Enjoy British naval history on board HMS Belfast

To experience a monumental part of Britain’s naval past, step aboard HMS Belfast. The World War 1 ship is one of London’s most unique historical attractions. Moored near London Bridge Pier, this wartime ship is sensational.

Once aboard, make your way up and down ladders as you explore the interior and exterior of each deck, discovering the museum ship’s vast history. Expect waxwork figures ‘in action’, access to the gun turrets and hear many stories of life on board at each level.

On deck, you can take a moment to appreciate the London skyline from the River Thames.

HMS Belfast entry – £16.20 online and £18 on the day

See how medicine has progressed at The Old Operating Theatre

Make your way up a spiral 52-step staircase and enjoy a glimpse of how far modern medicine has come. The Old Operating Theatre brings you back to the 19th century where medicinal technique was still in its infancy.

The procedures were often gruesome and herbal remedies took precedence. The highlight of the museum? The opportunity to stand inside Europe’s oldest operating theatre.

The Old Operating Theatre entry – £6.50

Hunt for quirky fashion and other finds at Vinegar Yard

For vintage and retro finds, head to Vinegar Yard. This bustling flea market is brimming with antique treasures, arts and crafts and global cuisine to suit all tastes and preferences.

Be entertained at The Scoop 

Next to City Hall, the Scoop offers free theatrical performances, sporting and movie screenings at select times in the year.

800 people can enjoy events including Christmas by the River and Summer by the River within this impressive outdoor amphitheatre.

London Bridge will keep you busy for the entire weekend. To make the most of your time in the area, enjoy a London Bridge hotel stay.

Have you explored the London Bridge area? What would be your go to attraction? 

Stephanie xox

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Cocktails at Tonight Josephine in Waterloo, London 🍹

Light wall at Tonight Josephine - The LDN Gal

A Tonight Josephine experience review

If you haven’t been to Tonight Josephine yet, you are in for a treat. Based in Waterloo, this pretty-in-pink hot spot is probably one of the most Instagram-worthy bars in London.

Adorned with a neon light feature wall on entrance and an interior embellished with iridescent streamer lined walls, mirrored ceilings, a floral ‘lady garden’ and mug shot decorated bathroom. This overtly girly bar serves quirky cocktails in an oh so cool environment.

Every corner of the bar proves to be a photo opportunity and most will probably spend just as much time sipping cocktails as they will taking the perfect picture – it is simply a millennial girls dream come true. 

Tonight Josephine is certainly a lot of fun with its bright, bold and brilliant interior. The bar itself is quite small but this offers a degree of intimacy and exclusivity to boot I guess.

Cocktails at Tonight Josephine - The LDN Gal Bathrooms at Tonight Josephine - The LDN Gal

So, what did I think of Tonight Josephine?

Obviously, the décor and atmosphere is fabulous – it is marketed to be just so. Though despite the glamour, its nineties and noughties soundtrack and scented interior (yes, I said scented), you cannot help but feel a little cheated when it comes to drinks – no matter how good they taste.

Unfortunately, my cocktail proved to be more ice than alcohol, free-poured swiftly before being garnished and passed across the bar. It certainly didn’t last long.

Despite this, a few hours at Tonight Josephine makes for a lovely evening and is certainly a fabulous place to stop by for drinks and snaps with the girls – just be sure to take advantage of the 2-4-1 happy hour! 

You can get a free cocktail when you sign up to the Tonight Josephine mailing list.

Have you been to Tonight Josephine yet? Which cocktail would be your go to?

Stephanie xox

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The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Lake District 🐰

The LDN Gal (@stephmulz) at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction review

Revisiting your childhood is always fun. Who doesn’t love memories of long summer days, adventures aplenty and a bookcase stacked with delicately illustrated books?

I have to be honest, Beatrix Potter was a dear friend of mine as a child. As soon as I could read, I inherited her entire collection, entranced by the little animals within her stories and their quirks. Like most children, Peter Rabbit held a special place in my heart.

When visiting the Lake District with my family, I could not resist The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere and it certainly did not disappoint.

Mr Tod and Jemima Puddle-Duck, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction exterior

Entering the building, I must admit, I felt a tad peculiar when surrounded by a gaggle of toddlers, accompanied by worn out mothers with their buggies and rucksacks in tow.

Purchasing our tickets, we were led into a small theatre room and given a quick contextual review of Beatrix Potter, her character and treasured work. It was a nice little summary of the great author before entering the attraction.

Jemima Puddle-Duck statue, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction garden

So, what is there to see and do inside The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction?

Once inside, we were placed within her incredible stories, with delicate displays featuring her characters alongside a host of interactive and interesting exhibits – there were photo opportunities aplenty.

The highlight of the attraction was the garden, which was particularly lovely and surrounded with wonderful flowers. Its centrepiece an imposing statue shrouded in characters with two children letting go off a seemingly disgruntled Jemima Puddle-Duck in mid-flight.

Mr McGregor's Garden, Peter Rabbit, The World of Beatrix Potter AttractionMr McGregor's Garden, Peter Rabbit, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

In one corner, stood McGregor’s own garden, warning people out with a tongue-in-cheek sign. It’s own centrepiece the baby blue coat and boots of Peter Rabbit hung on sticks, while the cheeky statue of Peter Rabbit knawing his stolen vegetables stood boldly beside.

Going through each story was wonderful and in the penultamite room of the attraction you are presented with another theatre, detailing Beatrix Potter’s life and dedication to the conservation of the Lake District – an area she protected with her wealth, donating a vast amount of land to the National Trust.

Peter Rabbit and family, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

As you leave, an imposing (and slightly terrifying in my opinion) aged waxwork statue of the author bids you farewell.

The adventure isn’t over yet though. Swinging by the packed gift shop you will soon be tempted in by the Beatrix Potter Tea Room downstairs. This themed cafe may not look like much initially but its quaint decor and high tea is simply incredible. If you haven’t guessed already, I am mildly obsessed with the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon and high tea.  

This high tea was nothing short of spectacular, with sandwiches made-to-order alongside a seasonal salad, complimented by a selection of homemade cakes and two gargantuan scones with clotted cream and delicious jam.

It’s safe to say, my parter and I devoured it. However, I must admit that my mother also assisted – she simply could not resist once she saw what was on offer.

Overall, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is a truly magical experience, allowing you to revisit childhood happiness and dine on a spectacular feast of fresh sandwiches and homemade cake – lets be honest, can you really think of a better day out than that?

What was your favourite Beatrix Potter book? Have you been to the Lake District?

Stephanie xox

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