Peter Rabbit and the other Beatrix Potter characters have been firm favourites with children right from 1902 when the first story was published and even now in the present day. Beatrix Potter books are known throughout the whole world and none more so than in Japan. From a very early age, Japanese children are given Beatrix Potter books to help them learn English. Their love for Peter Rabbit and the other Beatrix Potter characters is enormous and thousands of Japanese tourists flock to the Lake District to the home of Beatrix Potter and to visit the many buildings and attractions associated with her. It is really quite special that a story book has united nation’s right across the globe.
Bowness On Windermere is home to The World of Beatrix Potter attraction which is an extremely comprehensive guide to Beatrix Potter, her life and all 23 of her stories. Both indoor and outdoor activities can be experienced along with a tea room. Nearby is an official Peter Rabbit Shop selling Peter Rabbit gifts, collectables and other merchandise.
Hill Top is the most popular destination on the tour being the home of Beatrix Potter when she frequented the Lake District. Purchased in 1905 from the royalties from her first publication, Hill Top is located in Near Sawrey, Hawkshead not far from Ambleside. Hill Top is now owned by the National Trust and is a time capsule of Beatrix Potter’s life. Each room looks as though time has stood still so when walking around, you really feel as though you have taken a step back in time and imagine Beatrix Potter writing the Peter Rabbit stories.
Miss Potter, the film starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, propelled Peter Rabbit further and widened its appeal even greater. Specially arranged tours and sightseeing trips were organised by tourism operators across the Lake District to meet demand to see where Beatrix potter lived and be shown the Lake District scenery that inspired her. Attractions and local business owners in the Lake District made an effort to try and learn some Japanese phrases and even literature was translated in order to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible.
The nature of the Peter Rabbit characters has meant that for years now they have translated very well into Peter Rabbit collectables, soft toys and gifts whether it’s Peter Rabbit himself through to Benjamin Bunny, Miss Tiggy-Winkle or Jemima Puddleduck. Peter Rabbit clothing is also available in some very cute baby clothing designs.