Today, as a surprise for the Wildcat with it being near the end of the holidays, me and my mum took her to see the stage show that has been showcasing this summer ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’.
Based in Bowness-on-Windermere at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction it is fairly local to us and we took the opportunity to tie in an overnight stay at my parents caravan which is also in the Lakes.
There were different packages available to book so to make it that extra bit special we went for the breakfast package.
We arrived at 8.45am at the Laundrama building where we were seated on our own table and able to help ourselves to cereal and fresh juice. Mum and I were offered a hot drink which arrived with three (very delicious) pastries. There was a rabbit ear headband/hat on the table for The Wildcat to decorate.
The very pleasant staff then came to take our cooked breakfast order- the adults getting a set option (bacon, sausage, egg, beans and mushrooms) and the children getting to pick three of these (The Wildcat chose bacon, sausage and beans).
We weren’t rushed at all (despite there being a time limit on the breakfast) and the staff waited until The Wildcat had finished her cereal before bringing out the cooked breakfast.
With 5 minutes to go before breakfast was due to end, the staff announced there was a special visitor who had come to meet us…
and in hopped thee Peter Rabbit!
All the families got the opportunity to take a photo with Peter Rabbit before he left and we moved onto the next part of the package.
Next we headed across the road where we got VIP entry (15 minutes before it opened) into the Peter Rabbit attraction. We have visited here before when The Wildcat was younger and I also visited as a child.
The attraction starts with a short film about Beatrix Potter before the door opens to reveal Beatrix Potter’s stories brought to life in 3d form which you can explore at your own leisure. The majority of it is inside with the newest part (although not brand new) being outside- Peter Rabbit Garden.
The attraction takes approximately 45minutes-1 hour to look round with lots of interactive elements along the way.
Finally, the last part of our package was the theatre show ‘Where is Peter Rabbit’ with reserved seats- which were right on the front row.
The show is described on the website as
‘The Beatrix Potter musical adventure- Inspired by the world famous stories, this unique stage show brings to life Beatrix Potter’s favourite characters in a not to be missed visual spectacular.’
Well what can I say about the show- WOW! It was absolutely fantastically, brilliant! Not only did the Wildcat thoroughly enjoy it, me and my mum absolutely loved it too. (If I have read this correctly in the programme) Roger Glossop who devised the show, is an absolute genius.
Based on five of Beatrix Potter’s best known stories, you completely forget the animals are puppets as the cast bring them to life, singing and dancing.
There wasn’t a moment when any of the three of us lost concentration, got distracted or daydreamed as we were completely absorbed and encaptured in the performance- and that for a five year old is pretty unheard of!!!
It is recommended that over 3’s attend the show due to the darker nature in some of the stories- which I completely agree with. Not only that but I would think that younger ones would find it quite hard to follow.
You are not permitted to take photos during the performance so I will share one from The World of Beatrix Potter’s Facebook page…
The whole package today (lasting approximately 3 hours) was fantastic from start to finish, I couldn’t fault any of the staff- from breakfast and the attraction to the show and the shop. They were all extremely friendly, polite and a credit to The World of Beatrix Potter.
The breakfast itself, along with the breakfast ‘experience’ and the attraction were a lovely way to start the day and as the characters were fresh in our minds from the attraction, it made the show that bit more magical.
With the best seats in the house, the show was the perfect way to end the morning and I would recommend it 200% !!!
What a brilliant way to bring the summer holidays to an end (very nearly!)!