On a wet Sunday last a few months ago I visited Hill Top, the other Potter house Beatrix that is. This 17 th century farm house was purchased by Beatrix Potter in 1905 after the successful sale of her first book. It was to be the inspiration for many of her future books. Pigling Bland left for market from Hill Top Farm, many of the drawings in Tom Kitten story you can see in the house and the garden and also Samuel Whiskers. In the nearby village other buildings used in the stories are easily recognised.
The farm house is small and must get busy in summer, but a great visit to see what inspired Miss Potter. The farm is left exactly as it was when she stayed there and the helpful guides lend you books so you can compare illustrations with the actual scene.
Back in town is The World of Beatrix Potter which has amazing 3 D scenes from her books. There is an children’s activity booklet that has activities covering all 23 tales and the kitchen garden. Activities include garden bingo, finding something in the garden which matches one of the colours get three in a row and win. Identifying vegetables and a weather station asking the maximum and minimum temperatures.
A great classroom theme for early years, think of all the books, animals and activities as well as gardening adventures to be has. There is a great CD with stories read by the caste of the Beatrix Potter film starring Ewen McGregor no relation to Peters Mr M’Gregor