Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150

Beatrix Potter is one of the most well loved children’s authors with so many great characters who have stood the test of time. This year, we’re celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter! Many characters like Peter Rabbit are just as popular and beloved as ever, and it’s so lovely to see how these characters live on throughout the generations.

To celebrate this anniversary, we’re taking part in the Beatrix150 blog tour and will be sharing some of our own Beatrix Potter memories with you, as well as offering one lucky winner the chance to win a gorgeous Peter Rabbit baby bundle of prizes.

Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter

Although characters like Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck are household names, few people are aware of the fascinating woman that Beatrix was or the achievements she made in her lifetime, during an era when ambitious women were not allowed to flourish. An artist, storyteller, botanist, environmentalist, farmer and businesswoman, Potter was a visionary and a trailblazer. 150 years after her birth, we are celebrating the incredible life she led and the achievements she accomplished, many of which were unrecognised during her lifetime.

25 Fascinating Facts about Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

  1. Beatrix Potter privately printed the first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  2. Peter Rabbit is the oldest licensed character in the world! Beatrix Potter registered him at the Patent Office in December 1903, after overseeing the creation of the first Peter Rabbit doll.
  3. Later in life Beatrix Potter became an award-winning sheep-farmer
  4. One Beatrix Potter book is sold somewhere in the world every 15 seconds!
  5. You can visit Beatrix Potter’s house, Hill Top, in the Lake District which is managed by the National Trust
  6. Peter Rabbit’s favourite food is radishes, not carrots like other bunnies
  7. Beatrix Potter kept a journal written in a secret code which was only cracked in 1958
  8. The Tale of Peter Rabbit has been translated into over 45 languages including a hieroglyphic edition
  9. Peter Rabbit was based on a real rabbit kept by Beatrix Potter. She wrote that he was very good at tricks and that his temper was unfailingly sweet
  10. When Beatrix first wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she sent the manuscript to six publishers, and received six rejections
  11. In 1941, a whole print-run of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was lost in the bombing of London
  12. Beatrix was a keen letter-writer and would send picture letters to her young fans using miniature mail bags and a tiny tin post box
  13. In1921, The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first printed in Braille
  14. In 2002 a new edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published with 6 extra illustrations which had been left out of previous editions
  15. In 1936, Beatrix Potter turned down an offer by Walt Disney to turn Peter Rabbit into a film.
  16. Peter Rabbit visited Buckingham Palace for a Party at the Palace, celebrating the Queen’s 80th birthday
  17. Thebooksareapublishingphenomenonwithlifetimeglobalsalesofover250millioncopies,45 million of which are The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  18. The Tale of Peter Rabbit has never been out of print since it was first published
  19. Since Penguin Books acquired Frederick Warne in 1984 more than 150 million Beatrix PotterTM books have sold worldwide
  20. Over 2 million Beatrix PotterTM books are sold every year
  21. Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world
  22. Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor starred in a film about the life of Beatrix Potter, Miss Potter in 2007
  23. Beatrix Potter originally wrote the story of Peter Rabbit in a letter to her ex-governess’s son, Noel, to cheer him up when he was ill
  24. Some of Beatrix Potter’s most enthusiastic fans were American and so she included American chipmunks and a bear in The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
  25. A Peter Rabbit tartan was commissioned to celebrate his visit to Scotland in the 24th tale, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Emma Thompson

Peter Rabbit is well loved in our house. I have lots of fond memories of reading The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit many times while snuggling up on the sofa, as my eldest went through a phase were he wanted that book every day. I remember enjoying Peter Rabbit stories myself as a child so it’s always lovely when you can pass those familiar characters and tales down to your own children.

We’re also really looking forward to visiting the new Peter Rabbit adventure playground that will be opening locally in Willow’s Farm (near St Albans). With the new Peter Rabbit series that’s on CBeebies, this has introduced so many more little ones to the character of Peter Rabbit and I can see him going strong for many more years to come!

Willows-Farm Peter Rabbit

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, we were sent some lovely Peter Rabbit goodies; this cute little soft toy Peter Rabbit from GUND and this yummy chocolate Peter Rabbit from Charbonnel et Walker which I’m sure the kids will enjoy eating over the Easter break!

Peter Rabbit Products

And we also have a fantastic Peter Rabbit baby bundle to give away to one lucky follower. For your chance to win, enter via the Gleam widget below.

Peter Rabbit Giveaway

Enter for your chance to win this Peter Rabbit Baby Bundle consisting of the following items, worth approx £48.00:

From the Mothercare Peter Rabbit Baby Range – one Peter Rabbit Bodysuit valued at £8, one Hat and Mitt set valued at £8, one Grey Shawl at £22 as well as a set of Peter Rabbit Baby Milestone Cards from Puffin Books at £9.99.

This bundle would make a lovely gift for anyone with a new baby, and these beautiful classic items are perfect for either a boy or a girl.

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Peter Rabbit Baby Bundle

Good luck!

Follow the blog tour tomorrow by popping over to What the Red Head Said to read her Beatrix Potter memories and enter another giveaway.

103 thoughts on “Celebrating 150 Years of Beatrix Potter #Beatrix150”

  1. I remember having several little Beatrix Potter books and a furry Peter Rabbit toy too when I was little! My favourite story was The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies!

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  2. as a 6/7 year old i used to try to read them to my baby brother, mainly making up stories to go with the pictures x

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  3. i remember playing flopsy the rabbit when i was five in the school play in 1976, and enjoyed the books from then on

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  4. I loved Peter Rabbit – that naughty little bunny. My dad used to garden and would forever be finding little dens I had made to protect Peter (just in case he came into our garden)

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  5. We took my daughter to the lake district to see the Beatrix potter museum which she was little – it was great fun!

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  6. i remember growing up to my mum reading her stories before bed. Such magical stories, really set your imagination alive.

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  7. I always love reading the stories to my twins when they were little. I would love to win this for my daughters best friend who is pregnant with her first baby and pass on the love of Peter Rabbit 🙂

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  8. My nan used to read me the Beatrix potter books when I stayed with her during the summer holidays 🙂 it was lovely 🙂

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  9. We had tea parties with Peter and his friends and even had real cake and biscuits but orange juice instead of tea
    Used to be so much fun

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  10. i loved Peter Rabbit when I was little, so did my son. I’m now pregnant with my 2nd child and i’m sure they will too 🙂

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  11. I had a lovely day out with my children in the lake district, visiting Beatrix Potter’s house. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  12. I remember looking at the Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle books and thinking she had the cosiest home id ever seen. It made me want to curl up and go to sleep

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  13. I had a little Peter Rabbit cup that I used to use for drinking water before bed – when I would brush my teeth my mum would read the quotes on it to me and it’s one of my fondest memories

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  14. A family friend brought the books for me as a child, I would spend hours reading and re-reading them. I still have the books that were given to me. I have now recently brought the books for a friends new baby.

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  15. My mum bought my daughter a set of Peter Rabbit books when my daughter was about 3, she still has them and her kids love reading them now x

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  16. My Godmother used to buy me a Beatrix Potter book for every birthday and Christmas from when I was born, and date each one. I have them now and I’m 40!

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  17. I remember my mother taking me to the museum for my 8th birthday and she bought me a peter rabbit purse, I cherished that purse and was so heartbroken when I lost it

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  18. I used to love Beatrix potter books when I was little, I still have my box of little books from when I was little and now i read them to my little girl. We enjoy watching peter rabbit on tv too 🙂

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  19. My mum collects the little figurines, so i grew up surrounded by them as a child, now im older, i buy her a little figure to add to her collection every christmas

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  20. I remember my granddad reading me the stories when I was a little girl on a visit. I loved him doing that and always looked forward to going again.

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  21. I remember having the old style hardback books and reading the Jemima Puddleduck one, it had beautiful pictures x

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  22. My ‘blankie’ as a little girl had a Peter Rabbit design and I loved it so much. I imagined each colour had it’s own scent – yellow was lemon, green was mint….it gave me a lot of comfort; very happy memories.

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  23. I still have all the original story books from when I was small in the 50s/60s. I now read them (very carefully – they’re quite fragile) to my little granddaughters who love them as much as me.

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  24. I had 3 Beatrix Potter books growing up – Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddle Duck. They were some of my favourite books.

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  25. We used to have all the Beatrix Potter books and a little Peter Rabbit softie. We read all the books countless times. would love to do the same again for my friends baby. Timeless.

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  26. I’m now a 56 year old grandma but can still remember my mum reading Beatrix Potter books to me when I was a child.I loved Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle best of all and now,I find I’m reading these books to my grandchildren passing the joy to the next generation x

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  27. I just loved cuddling up to my children and reading the stories. They’re now grown up I’ve got such happy memories

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  28. My Peter Rabbit book was the first book I can ever remember having as a young child. The first of a lifetime of my love of books.

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  29. these were always my favourite bed time reading books as a child and i do still have them which the eldest have read and i am reading to the little one x

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  30. My children when they were little had Peter Rabbit sets cutlery,bowl ,plate and cup which they adored one has even managed to keep hers safe even now.I also used to read the stories to them which they loved now I read them to my grandchildren and they love them too 🙂

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  31. I took my children to visit the Beatrix Potter museum in the Lake District and it was a highlight of our trip there. It brought back so many happy memories for me of reading the books when I was a child

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  32. My gran used to tell me stories about Peter Rabbit that she had made up as we didn’t have the books. Then one day she bought them for me and read them over and over until she knew them by heart x

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  33. my mum read me beatrix potter as a child , i still own the whole collection which my mum read to me which i will read to my baby boy due in July

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  34. my great-grandma knitted me a peter rabbit complete with little blue jacket when i was a baby … I( still have it now im 32) x

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  35. Seeing the faces on my children as we stood watching real rabbits at Hill Top Farm and remembering what an effect Beatrix Potter had on me as I also lived in the countryside and loved the wildlife which mostly were known by the names we had given them. Then on to
    Grasmere for Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread and of course to buy the children a Peter Rabbit from the wonderful array.
    Regards TERRAD

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