The world of Beatrix Potter

If you’re a Beatrix Potter fan, the The World of Beatrix Potter will transport you straight back to your childhood, and for children it is just like stepping into the books and meeting old friends. With a four – minute film presentation introducing Beatrix Potter and her stories. As you go through the exhibition you’ll see 3D scenes from the stories, atmospheric lighting and real sounds and smells straight from the books – You can smells the laundry in Mrs Tiggy Winkle’s Kitchen and the tomatoes in Mr McGregror’s greenhouse. You can walk through Jemima’s Woodland glade and trough the trees to see Mr Tod. You can wander through the Peter Rabbit Garden, with the Cos lettuces that Benjamin Bunny nibbled and the gooseberry bush where Peter got caught in net as he tried to escape Mr McGregor. Using computer projection, you can take a journey to the places that inspired Beatrix Potter. And don’t miss the interactive timeline, which tells the fascinating story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Borrowdale

Borrowdale Yesterday

The glacial sweep of the Derwent from the height of scafell into a secluded basin and out through the Jaws of Borrowdale is the definitive Cumbria Landscape When bathed in sun, Borrowdale can see a secret paradise, But it is seldom a place for sunbathing. The dale has the heaviest rainfall in England and is better known for swirling mists, sheeting storms, icy drizzle and just the occasional, exhilarating, shaft of sunlight dashing here and there to illuminate its peaks. It is like a dark gallery in which masterpieces are lit by a random spotlight, one at a time

Somehow they survived the scouring of later glaciers and became the focus of almost every painting of this part of the lakes.

On a clear winter day, with blue sky and snow on the distant hills, we might be in Switzeland.

In the centre of the basin lies the village of Rosthwaite, attended by a glacial moraine. Green fields spread round it like water lapping the edges of the fells. To its right the lip of the basin be comes  This is officially England’s wettest spot. The whitewashed cottages of tiny Rosthwaite provide some of the most attractive accommodation in the region.

The Bowderstone  this giant stone is a rather peculiar but mesmerizing attraction, thought to have been transported here from Scotland via a glacier. You can ascend it by a wooder ladder

 

 

 

Borrowdale from Castle Crag

 

 

The Bowderstone, Rosthwaite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derwentwater

All views of Derwentwater are rewarding: From Castel Crag   A wooded glade gives onto a natural belvedere adorned with pine trees. All Derwentwater  can de seen from this point. It is classic Gilpin picturesque, of pine branches framing an expanse of still water, dotted with island and with a mountain backdrop.

The many island in Derwentwater are the result of its shallowness, from silt washed down from Borrowdale. St Herbet’s Island, named after the saint who lived here as a hermit in the seventy century.

If you want to explore Derwentwater, you can hire canoes, Kayaks, dinghies, windsurfers and rowing boats here. Its is also the place if you want learn to sail or brush up your skills they have a range of courses to suit all abilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kynance Cove

 

      Kynance is picture perfect. Open heath slopes down to sandy shore. Elegant rocks do not enrage the surf, as at Hartland beach, but soothe it. The beach abounds in streams, rock pools and windbreaks. A discreet café causes no offence. Kynance  bay is divide into two beaches Asparagus Island with its prominent Lion Rock and, to the right, by Sugarloaf Rock

The Rocks compose a complete gallery of natural sculpture, formed of cones, cubes and triangles. At high tide they emerge from the water like floating mountains in an oriental print. This beach of clean sand and privacy, a monument to the variety and intimacy of England’s shore. This is one of the best options on the Peninsula, where beaches are few and far between. Swimming is limited by the tides but other attractions includes caves and cliffs with serpentine seams of sand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Michael’s Mount

St Michael led the army of God, defended Christians against Satan and is patron saint of high places. His Cornish home rises from the sea to gaze across Mount’s bay towards Penzance, oozing legend and tourist appeal in equal measure. St Michael appeared to local fishermen in 495. The rocks was used by the Giant Cormoran, eventually slain by giant Killer, and again by hermit Ogrin to buy dresses for Queen Isolde. It was also the scene of yet another of King Arthur’s incessant battles. St Michael’s is a plot of land entirely surrounded by myth.

The rock was certainty an iron age trading post for Cornish tin. A chapel is said to have been founded here by Edward the Confessor and later given to the celebrated Normandy abbey of month Saint Michael. One of the country’s most distinctive landmarks the mount, as it’s know to locals, has been in use since antiquity. It is thought to be mentioned  in several classical texts, which, if true , would make it one of the earliest identified places in Britain and throughout Western Europe.

Best of the rest Saint Michael’s Mount

 

 

 

St Ives

 

St Ives, whose elevation gives the town wonderful views over the inspiring bay the same name, is epicentre Cornwall’s art scene. landscapes, plentiful light, peace and quiet and the low cost of living brought artist flocking into the country, and they congregated in the town, later becoming known as the St Ives School. Large Porthmeor Beach, which stretches across the north end of the town, is the main expanse of sand. High water quality and respectable – sized waves bring in the surf crowd. Portminister, to the south, is another popular sport, and get crowded in the summer. The former has Blue Flag status, denoting its cleanliness, as did the latter until losing its destination owing to heavy rainfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minack Theatre

    The cliffs of Minack form the most exciting natural amphitheatre in England. A Long time ago Rowena Cade, a thirty six year old Derbyshire woman, came wilth her widowed mother to live at Porthcurno. A troupe of amateur actors were performing A midsummer Night’s Dream in a local meadow. So entranced was cade that she suggested next year The Tempest on a cliff ledge at the foot of her garden at a spot called Minack, Corninsh for rock place. A rudimentary stage was built and lighting supplied from car batteries and a wire from the house. As the moom rose on the setting that first evening, Cade knew she had found magic.

Cade and Her gardeners slowly transformed the Cliffside into a Greek theatre.Granite boulders were levered into place, concrete poured and timbers hauled up the slopes, Cade doing much of the work herself. The result is not just a feat of engineering but the most dramastic of theatrical backdrops. The actors perform in front of two great rocks and a backdrop of wave capped sea. Gulls cry overhead. The birds are distracting for the audience at first, but they and the setting gradually fuse nature and drama into one experience. Only during the war did performaces cease.

Among other interests, cade was intrigued by the Botanical Challenge of her site, sunny most of the time and sheltered from the prevailing south west wind. Exotic were imported to see whether they could survive the salt – laden air, planted in among the theatre’s seats and ties. They include Bird of paradise trees from Africa, Californian poppies, aeoniums from the Canary Isles, Agaves from Mexico and Madeira geraniums.

The only threat to Minack is from Cornwall’s planners. They have allowed rows of holiday Homes to break the cliff horizon in almost every direction

 

 

Porthcurno