Her stories have inspired generations of children and now fans across the country are preparing to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday. At Bright Kids Nursery in Crabbs Cross youngsters and their parents will be taking part in the event on July 28th with a number of events inspired by Beatrix’s characters such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Not only will the children and staff be dressing up as their favourite characters, but they will also be getting green-fingered by setting up a garden centre where children will be able to buy the plants. Parents and children will be encouraged to do their own planting and will be baking cakes with the use of vegetables.
The nursery’s pre-school leader Katie Buckley, said: “We plan on having a really fun day with lots of activities – one of those will be helping the children to make their own small world vegetable garden. Parents will be invited in for mid-morning delights with strawberries and scones, and a taste of real home-made lemonade. Children will get the chance to learn about the exciting characters from the Beatrix Potter books and re-enact the stories out during the week.”
Born on July 28th 1866, Beatrix Potter is still one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors and she has captured our imaginations for over 100 years with her beautifully illustrated tales featuring her unique characters. However, not many people are aware of the fascinating woman that Beatrix was, or the things she accomplished in her lifetime, during an era when ambitious women were firmly discouraged from flourishing. She was an artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and impeccable businesswoman, and her story has even hit the big screen with the film Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
Katie added: “Her books are very popular at the nursery and the children know the characters well – especially Peter Rabbit as they see his programme on TV at home. We are looking forward to celebrating her birthday and seeing the children bring to life her famous stories through their re-enactments.”