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04-01-2017

Potters Beesten / Potters Animals

A lovely performance in The Netherlands of 5 tales of Beatrix Potter. View the trailer:

Information about this show (in Dutch): http://rieksswarte.nl/index.php/2016/01/15/potters-beesten/#speellijst

17-12-2016

Beatrix Potter Christmas Trees

Today I was in Haarlem, where Potters Beesten (Potters Animals - see news below) will be perform. They have a lovely tree with Beatrix Potter Christmas balls in it. Underneath the tree there are posters of Potters Beesten.

  

Also at Leeds Castle they decorated their tree with Beatrix Potter items (books).

10-12-2016

Beatrix Potter performance in The Netherlands

25 years ago a Dutch theater group played a performance called 'Potters beesten'(Potters animals). Because we are celebrating her 150th birthday, this performance will be played again in theaters in The Netherlands, starting this month until February 2017. More (Dutch) information can be found on: http://rieksswarte.nl/

21-10-2016

Christmas activities in England with Peter Rabbit

11 November - 2 January 2017: Christmas with lights with Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin and Jemima Puddle-Duck at Longleat, Zoo in England. Source and more information: https://www.longleat.co.uk/news/beatrix_potter_characters_unwrapped_at_longleat
And from 3 December untill 2 Januari 2017: Christmas with Peter Rabbit at Leeds Castle.

09/10/2016

The Tale of Kitty in Boots

In 1914 Beatrix wrote a story about Kitty, but never finished the drawings. Sir Quentin Blake, mostly know for his drawing for the books of Roald Dahl (born this year 100 years ago), did the drawings and this new tale has just been published earlier this month.
Later this month De Vier Windstreken (The Four Winds) have published the Dutch translation by Joukje Akveld of The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots (Het verhaal van de Gelaarsde Poes). Beatrix Potter’s last known book will be published 104 years after the publication of the first Dutch translation ‒ or will there be another one?



Exhibtion

The drawings by Quentin Blake can been seen at The House of Illustration in London until 5 February 2017.

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06/03/2016

Rediscovered tale of Beatrix Potter
Earlier this year it was all over the news: a new tale by Beatrix Potter was rediscovered and will be published on the first of September this year. The tale was written by Beatrix more than 100 years ago and will be illustrated with pictures by Sir Quintin Blake. You can read an extract from the new Beatrix Potter story about a well-behaved black cat with an exciting double life, discovered after 100 years on: https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/find-your-next-read/extracts/clippings/2016/jan/the-tale-of-kitty-in-boots-by-beatrix-potter/

Designer editions
Some tales of Beatrix Potter will be published on July the 7th with new covers. The books are designed by iconic British fashion designers to celebration the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck, The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tale of Peter Rabbit are part of this ‘Designer Edition collection’.
Other new books are planned for publishing later this year. You can find them on www.penguin.co.uk and search for Beatrix Potter.
In the Netherlands we are celebrating Beatrix Potter’s birthday with the 8th publication of the Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit in Dutch with dust jacket by publisher Ploegsma in February for a special price, only € 12,50 for limited time, and some more books later this year. 2016 is also declared the year of the book in The Netherlands, what a nice combination!

New websites
I forgot to mention earlier that The Tailor of Gloucester has a new website, with online shop. Visit: http://www.tailor-of-gloucester.org.uk/.
The new Peter Rabbit website will be launched soon. For now you can visit http://www.peterrabbit.com/.
http://www.beatrixpottersociety.co.uk/ has some new pages with information about Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary.

New coin revealed
A lot of attention in the media about the new coin. Like: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/peter-rabbit-50p-coin-to-mark-beatrix-potter-anniversary-a6902816.html
And in Dutch as well: http://www.telegraaf.nl/dft/nieuws_dft/25285910/___Groentedief__Peter_Rabbit_op_50_pencemunt__.html


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18/01/2016

Happy 150th birthday Beatrix!

2016 is the year of Beatrix Potter 150th birtday. During the whole year there will be lot's of activities planned. (Most of them in England). For a list of all planed activities take a look at this page: Activities for 2016

The National Trust are planning quite a few activities. You can see an overview on their website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/celebrating-beatrix-potters-anniversary-in-the-lake-district. They also explain why they had to say 'thank you' to Beatrix on this site: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top/features/were-saying-thank-you-to-beatrix-potter-

New merchandise to celebrate Beatrix' 150th birthday!

Here is a list of all planned new merchandise:

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29/03/2015

Lot's of news

I'm a liitle behind and I haven't update this site in a while. I'll do my best to keep you informed...

What's on?

Annual fair The Friends of Peter Rabbit Club 12th September 2015 at Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LF, England.

Exhibition 'Nursery Classics: Frederick Warne's Fine Art Picture Books' at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Londen, Engeland. From February 3rd - May 11th 2015.

Exhibition 'Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum' at theState Library Victoria in Australië. From March 20 till June 14th 2015. With over 100 sketches, drawings etc. by Beatrix Potter, Dior and Pablo Picasso. More information: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts/beatrix-potter-drawings-among-the-treasures-coming-to-the-state-library-of-victoria/story-fni0fcgk-1227246157349

Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ The Tale of Peter Rabbit from March 13th - April 5th 2015 at the Dallas Children's Theater in Amerika. More information: http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/arts/columnists/nancy-churnin/20150312-tale-of-peter-rabbit-is-a-hit-with-mr.-mcgregors-daughter.ece

Easter activities

Activities at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in The Lake District
A tradition at The Lake District is The Great Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt. Go and hunt for some Peter Rabbit Easter Eggs and win some great prizes! More information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/egghunt/ There are more activities with Easter at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Click on the image for an enlargement. More news about other activities can be found here: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/

The World of Beatrix Potter Attractionhas been given a fresh new look. More about this: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/business/11696484.Fresh_new_look_for_World_of_Beatrix_Potter_in_2015__complete_with__Disney_leaves_and_foxgloves_/

Easter Extravaganza at the visitor's centre in Brockhole
On April 3rd you can follow the Beatrix Potter trial at Brockhole, now the Lake District Visitors Centre, once owned by Beatrix' niece. More information: http://www.brockhole.co.uk/attractions/trails-and-orienteering/

Easter Readings at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead - Lake District
On April 9th you can listen to Beatrix Potter tales at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead More information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrix-potter-gallery-and-hawkshead/


New photos

In december I visited London and took some Beatrix Potter related pictures. You can find them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fanvanjou/sets

Cookies
Biscuiteers is delighted to announce a new collection of beautiful and intricately iced Beatrix Potter themed hand-iced biscuits and cakes. Perfect as a birthday gift, a christening present or a lovely pressie for new mums and dads, they are sure to inspire some bedtime (re)reading of these much-loved tales. The new Beatrix Potter collection is available to buy from today at biscuiteers.com and the Biscuiteers Icing Cafes in Notting Hill and Clapham Junction. More information: http://www.biscuiteers.com/shop/biscuits/beatrix-potter-biscuits

18/08/2014

Peter Rabbit at the Big Festival

This summer, Peter Rabbit is hopping over to Jamie Oliver and Alex James’ Big Feastival, a brilliant weekend celebration of food, music, and adventure for the whole family! Join Peter Rabbit for fun storytelling and gardening activities every day in The Workshop. Meet Peter and take part in an interactive storytelling session, followed by the chance to grow your very own carrots. Don’t miss out on the colouring activities and your chance to win great competition prizes!

The Big Feastival runs from 29-31st August. The Big Feastival site is on Alex James’ farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ. Kingham is a village in the Cotswolds about 4 miles southwest of Chipping Norton. It’s easy to get to whether you are travelling by car, train or bus. Find us on the map, or see below for more detailed directions and travel guides.

Source and more information: http://www.peterrabbitclub.com/news_events/102_peter_rabbit_at_the_big_feastival and http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival/the-workshop/

Britain Magazine's free Cumbria Guide (PDF)

As Britain's best holiday magazine, we are well qualified to help you plan your perfect Lake District weekend, lead you on the literary trails of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth, and recommend some of the best walks Cumbria has to offer. More information: http://www.britain-magazine.com/carousel/download-your-free-cumbria-guide/

Pictures

In June and July we went to Engeland and my husband took over 4000 pictures! I am making a selection of the Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit related pictures and put them on Flickr. Some pictures I made with my mobile phone are already on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fanvanjou/sets/72157646160840781/

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28/07/2014

Happy birthday to Beatrix Potter! 
 
148 years ago Beatrix Potter was born in London on July 28th. 

Beatrix Potter boosts visitor numbers at Ambleside museum 

 
The new permanent exhibition dedicated to Beatrix Potter has boosted visitor numbers at Ambleside’s Armitt Museum. 

Figures to the end of May show a 55% increase in visitors compared with the same period last year. The new show – Beatrix Potter: Image and Reality – was opened officially at the Armitt last September and reveals the character of one of the most iconic and influential figures of the Lake District. 

The exhibition features scientific paintings and drawings from the Museum’s collection, along with significant new displays. These include images from collections held by the National Trust and her publisher, Frederick Warne, along with Beatrix’s own personal first editions of the “little” books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 

Beatrix Potter’s Lake District in the early 20th century are at the heart of the show, featuring the people who were important in her life, and her remarkable series of careers as a scientist, illustrator, artist, writer, sheep farmer and conservationist. 

The permanent collection completes a circle of Beatrix Potter attractions in the Lake District, from the World of Peter Rabbit at Bowness to her former home at Hill Top, along with Wray Castle where her family spent holidays. 

Museum trustee Graham Kilner said: “Beatrix Potter is known for so many different reasons and because of her many different talents. It’s fascinating to see how she reinvented herself over her lifetime.” 

 
Prince George's Peter Rabbit birthday party 

Last week, Prince George, the son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became 1 years old. They gave a Peter Rabbit-themed birthday party. 

Kate’s great-great-great uncle was the Leeds University pro-chancellor Dr Arthur Lupton, whose brother-in-law was Lord Ashton,1st Baron Ashton of Hyde. Baron Ashton was the first cousin of Beatrix. It may not be so surprising if the Duchess of Cambridge has made Peter Rabbit a theme of the celebrations to mark Prince George’s first birthday  

 

Blog on Hill Top 

Do you follow the Blog? They keep you up to date with their work, from the house teams at Hill Top and the Beatrix Potter Gallery. 

Source and more informationhttp://www.beatrixpotterspatch.blogspot.com/

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20/07/2014

Last Minute: Beatrix Potter day at Melford Hall – Friday 25 July

We celebrate Beatrix Potter’s connection with Melford Hall with readings from The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit in the Banqueting House – come and find out what happened in Scotland. The original Jemima Puddleduck will be brought out of her display case to be introduced to vistors. Children can colour, draw and follow the Peter Rabbit garden trail, as well as make plant pots and plant a bean to take home. A fun day out for the whole family.
Activity charge: £2.50 per child in addition to normal admission.
Source and more information: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/melford-hall/visitor-information/


Beatrix Potter trails and walks in Engeland

National Trust Trails: 5 July to 31 August
Visit Chartwell and Emmetts Garden this summer and take part in a woodland trail full of activities the cherished Beatrix Potter characters have laid out for you. Spot Peter Rabbit causing mischief in the kitchen garden, help Jemima Puddleduck find her eggs and be as brave as Jeremy Fisher and count the fish in our pond.
This summer step into the world of Beatrix Potter and discover what childhood was like in the grounds of Chartwell and Emmetts Garden.
5 July to 31 August 2014, 11:00am to 4:00pm
Source and more information: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Brand new Beatrix Potter trail at Brockhole
Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, has launched a Beatrix Potter trail based on heritage left by the renowned children's author. This was the home of Beatrix's cousin Edith who married merchant William Gaddum. According to letters, Beatrix Potter and her husband came to Brockhole for the Gaddums' golden wedding anniversary celebrations in 1936.

Brockhole learning co-ordinator, Ruth Suddaby, said Beatrix Potter and her animal characters were universally famed and the centre was keen to introduce families to the wildlife that had inspired her. She explained: "Our amazing grounds play host to a wealth of the creatures which appear in the beautiful tales. We even share our name with Mr Brock the badger. "Our Beatrix Potter trail features a series of information boards where children can learn more about the national park's fantastic fauna and have fun doing rubbings on them. Who knows, they may even see a real rabbit, frog, fox, mouse or hedgehog!"

Just pop in at Brockhole and ask for the Beatrix Potter trail at the shop.

Source and more information: http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/aboutus/news/news-pages/beatrix-potter-leads-the-way and http://www.brockhole.co.uk/index
 

Nature Walk at Esthwaite Water, near Hill Top
The nature walk is half a mile long, fin­ish­ing or start­ing at the cafe. Along the trail are story­boards of the anim­als Beatrix immor­tal­ised in the char­ac­ters of Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin and more. The story­boards, writ­ten in English, inform the vis­itor about the anim­als in real life, and help the vis­itor engage with the young Beatrix’s rela­tion­ships with the anim­als she used for her books.

Source and more information: http://ospreysafari.com/nature-walks/


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08/05/2014

Beatrix Potter: Beyond the Bunnies exhibition at the Portico Library, Manchester, United Kingdom

From 3rd - 31st May 2014
While primarily known as an author and illustrator of children’s books, Beatrix Potter was also a keen naturalist, with a passion for recording the world around her. She developed a deep enthusiasm for the study of mycology in particular and produced over 450 drawings and watercolours to support her research. While many of her fans today are unaware of this more serious side of her life, Beatrix Potter was highly respected by Victorian scientists. This resulted in her paper on the germination of macro-fungi being presented to England’s oldest natural history organisation, The Linnean Society in London.

Source and more information: http://www.theportico.org.uk/gallery/current-exhibition

Cbeebies bags second series of Peter Rabbit animation

New episodes will debut in 2015.

The BBC has acquired a second season of Silvergate Media's Peter Rabbit pre-school animation. Launched on Cbeebies in December 2012, the show has enjoyed strong ratings and has frequently topped the BBC iPlayer Most Popular listing.

New episodes will now debut in 2015, with season two consisting of 52 x 11-minute episodes and two 23-minute specials.
"Peter Rabbit is now firmly established as a favourite character of the Cbeebies audience," said Kay Benbow, Cbeebies controller. "I am delighted to continue our collaboration with Silvergate on season 2, and to share with today's viewers more characters inspired by the unique creative vision of Beatrix Potter."
Peter Rabbit is produced by Silvergate Media in conjunction with Penguin UK and Nickelodeon USA, and is animated by Brown Bag Films.

Source and more information: http://www.licensing.biz/news/read/cbeebies-bags-second-series-of-peter-rabbit-animation/040048

Peter Rabbit Herb Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

From 19-25 May there will be a Peter Rabbit Herb Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (United Kingdom).

If you want to know about the progress of making this garden, just visit: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/chelsea/. You can find lots of information about the garden, such as a plant list and photos as well as films.
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/chelsea/
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27/04/2014

The all-new Peter Rabbit magazine has launched in the UK! 

Peter Rabbit is a magical magazine for boys and girls aged 3-5 based on the successful animation, shown on CBeebies. It invites you into the captivating world of Peter and his best friends Lily and Benjamin. Learn about nature and wildlife from Peter and the gang as they explore the great outdoors and experience new adventures. Plus every issue is packed with colouring activities, stickers and a pull out collectable story. All activities support the Early Years Curriculum to help support your child’s learning whilst having lots of fun! Educational areas are signposted throughout, including activities on wildlife and nature, communication, phonics and maths through role-play, storytelling and problem solving. 
All of this and the magazine also comes with an amazing Peter Rabbit gift every time! 
Issue 1 comes with an amazing Peter Explorer Set! So if your little one has a hunger for radishes and a thirst for adventure – Peter Rabbit is the magazine for you! Available every 4 weeks at all major retailers. 
Source and more information: http://www.peterrabbitclub.com/news_events/95_new_peter_rabbit_magazine  

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends – exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery – London 
 
From 13 May – 16 November 2014 in room 28 
Photographs from the 1870s to 1900s by Beatrix Potter’s father, Rupert. Featuring two recent acquisitions depicting them both, alongside portraits of Rupert Potter’s close friend, the painter Sir John Everett Millais. Also includes John Bright, William Ewart Gladstone, Effie Millais and other sitters photographed for Millais as reference for his paintings. 
Source and more information:http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2014/the-world-of-rupert-potter-photographs-of-beatrix-millais-and-friends.php  

Silvergate adds Paperchase to Classic Peter Rabbit programme 

Stationery, home and gift range to launch in spring 2015.  

Silvergate Media has teamed up with stationery retailer Paperchase for an exclusive new range of products based on the Classic Peter Rabbit illustrations. 
This will be Paperchase's first full range based on a licensed character. It will include stationery, gift wrap, partyware, homeware, tableware and a variety of gift products and is due to be ready for January 2015. 
The collection will be distributed through all Paperchase stores and concessions, via the Paperchase website and in the company's store in Dubai. 
"Paperchase has a well established reputation as a highly innovative stationer with a keen focus on design and high quality," said Cathy Keogh, VP consumer products UK at Silvergate. "Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit illustrations translate beautifully onto a wide range of products and we believe that Paperchase is the perfect partner to take this gifting range to market." 
Classic Peter Rabbit is currently licensed to over 100 companies including Gund (plush), Emma Bridgewater (ceramic tableware), Wedgwood (china and tableware) and Charbonnel et Walker (chocolate). 
Source and more informationhttp://www.licensing.biz/news/read/silvergate-adds-paperchase-to-classic-peter-rabbit-programme/039907  

That Rascal Peter: In Japanese Automobile Commercials 
 
Apparently, Peter Rabbit has gotten himself into another fine mess, this time landing  in commercials in Japan for an automobile. We’d like to thank all the readers who sent us links so we can share them with you. You are what makes this publication so interesting. 
See the commercials starring none other than our own Peter Rabbithereandhere. 
Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #22: Pottering About March 2014. 
 
Beatrix Potter wages woe letters sell for £6,800 

 
Two letters by the Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter have sold for more than four times the expected amount. 
Signed Mrs W Heelis, her married name, and sent from her Cumbria home, they are dated 1943 and reveal her concern about the cost of hiring shepherds. They went under the hammer at Mitchells Auctioneers along with a 1931 newspaper cutting about Keswick Show, which she illustrated with nursery rhyme figures. The estimated lot price was £1,000 to £1,500 but it sold for £6,800. 
Both letters are addressed to Mr Willie Wilson of Herdwick Croft and Herdwick View, Armathwaite. 
One of the letters refers to the high wages demanded by shepherds she was seeking for her flock of Herdwick sheep. 

Spoiling the market 
"As a business proposition it is not business," she wrote. "The Herdwick industry cannot pay such wages." The letter also complains about Yorkshire men spoiling the market by offering much more than the local wages. "I wonder what will happen after the war if prices and subsidies drop - will servants agree to come down? "I hope the minimum wage might settle the matter." Mark Wise, senior auctioneer at Mitchells, said: "The letters show a different side to Beatrix Potter than most people are aware of. "She is best known as the author of famous children's books, but was also a pioneering sheep farmer and Lake District conservationist. "The letters relate to the problems of sheep breeding at the time, which are actually similar to today." Speaking about the sale, he added: "There were six telephone bidders. "I haven't spoken to purchaser, but believe it is a private buyer from Hertfordshire."  
Source and more information: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cumbria-26668515  

Historic Lake District Home aims to be official attraction 

An historic Lake District building, once visited by Beatrix Potter on her first trip to Cumbria, has asked for permission to become an official visitor attraction. 

The National Trust welcomed 70,000 people through the doors of Wray Castle, on the western shore of Windermere, last year alone. 
Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #23: Pottering About April 2014 
More information: http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/historic-lake-district-home-aims-to-be-official-attraction-1.1128685  

National campaign to feature in print, online and in store  

April 2014 – Silvergate Media is launching a major promotion for Peter Rabbit this Easter with a national campaign that can be participated in both online and in store. Peter Rabbit and the Great Easter Adventure is being run in partnership with The Entertainer, Penguin UK, Immediate Media, and Vivid Imaginations to support the launch of toys and the official Peter Rabbit magazine this April (more information about this new magazine can read above) 

Entrants are invited to solve the clues on Peter’s map of his Lake District home for the chance to win a weekend stay for a family of four in the Lake District and entry to all of the attractions. Available exclusively in the first issue of Peter Rabbit magazine from 9th  April, with physical copies of the map also available in-store at The Entertainer and online at www.PeterRabbitClub.com from 17th April, the map highlights locations from the show and helps fans get to know Peter and his friends. There will also be spot prizes awarded via social media competitions including the entire Peter Rabbit product range!  

Lesli Zador, VP of Brand & Marketing at Silvergate Media, said: “Easter is the perfect time of year for Peter Rabbit promotional activity, especially in conjunction with the launch of Vivid’s outstanding toy range and the fantastic official Peter Rabbit magazine from Immediate Media. We believe that a fun and interactive campaign like Peter Rabbit and the Great Easter Adventure can be of huge benefit to all stakeholders and are thrilled to be partnering with The Entertainer to bring our first campaign to life. “  
Source: Silvergate Media.
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01/03/2014

Stop the press: 2 events this week!

Lecture on Saturday 1st of March
Lecture, Marta McDowell, A Tale of Two Gardeners: Emily Dickinson and Beatrix Potter on Saturday 1st of March! From 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Boston Athenæum (10½ Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108). This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Source and more information: http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/print/1912

Lecture on Monday 3rd of March
Talk about the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, England) by Frances Willis.
From 13:00 you can meet at the meeting point in the Grand Entrance.
Source and more information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3117/beatrix-potter-the-land-the-seasons-and-the-war-4511/

Easter with Peter Rabbit

This year Pottery Barn Kids has Peter Rabbit Easter stuff for sale. Unfortunately, many items are only on sale in America.
Look at http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/easter/ for more information.

Meri Meri also has a lot of Peter Rabbit Easter stuff for sale. In this complete guide you can see from page 31 the Peter Rabbit Easter articles.

Other new Peter Rabbit products

Rainbow Designs has a new line of products on the market, especially for the smallest among us. Soft and cuddly toys of Peter Rabbit and his friends can be found here: http://www.rainbowdesigns.co.uk/products.asp?PRODUCT_SUB_CAT_ID=4

Elite Gifts, known fort heir tinware, has also some Peter Rabbit related products. You can view their online catalogue here: http://www.eliteboxes.co.uk/

Peter Rabbit on TV
In England, The Netherlands and probably more countries, the animated series of Peter Rabbit is on TV. They have their own website: http://www.peterrabbitclub.com/ and they are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeterRabbitClub. There are all kinds of merchandise for sale: http://www.thetoyshop.com/Peter-Rabbit/c/prabbit?productGridView=0

Now it is known that the series is going to be broadcast in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. Source and more information:
http://kidscreen.com/2014/01/22/peter-rabbit-finds-broadcaster-and-licensing-agent-in-super-rtl/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=peter-rabbit-finds-broadcaster-and-licensing-agent-in-super-rtl

Peter Rabbit activities / exhibitions etc.

Peter Rabbit and Friends at the Beach, Summer, Australia 2014 - From 26 december 2013 to 27 april 2014 you can see Peter Rabbit and his friends made from sand! Where? Frankston Waterfront 510N Nepean Highway, Frankston, Victoria in Australia!
Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #21: Pottering About February 2014. More information: http://www.sandstormevents.net/major-events-2/frankston-waterfront/

Traveling literacy exhibit developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum to open in Thief River Falls Library on February 8
The children of Northwest Minnesota and the surrounding area will receive a boost in their school year reading and writing when Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites opens Saturday, February 8, at the Thief River Falls Branch of the Northwest Public Library, 102 First Street East in Thief River Falls.
Storyland transforms three beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill into three-dimensional play and bi-lingual (English and Spanish) learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association: disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills and comprehension. Children explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play.

Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #21: Pottering About February 2014. More information : http://www.crookstontimes.com/article/20140128/News/140129626?template=printart

Peter Rabbit op de Chelsea Flower Show – More articles about Peter Rabbit comming to the Chelsea Flower Show:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2565774/Gardeners-pet-hate-let-loose-Beatrix-Potters-Peter-Rabbit-honoured-Chelsea-Flower-Show.html

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/10983216.Peter_Rabbit_to_star_at_Chelsea_Show/

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/10963589.Iconic_Beatrix_Potter_characters_to_be_featured_at_the_Chelsea_Flower_Show/

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01/01/2014

Activities for 2014
The activities for 2014 has been put on the website. Most activities are for England, and some elsewhere.
In 2014 will be not celebrating any centenary, only from 2017 there will be 4 centenaries to be celebrated. These are:  
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917)
The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes (1921)
The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)

Beatrix Potter: the Land, the Seasons and the War exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
21 January 2014 - 12 October 2014
A year after Beatrix Potter married and moved to live full time in her beloved Lake District, the First World War broke out. As a farmer and land owner, she came to experience the changes the war brought to rural life in Britain.
This display features Potter’s watercolours of the landscape at this period, as well as some of her letters. We also see Potter's only venture into national politics, with her illustrative poster and leaflet campaign for the 1910 election. She campaigned against Free Trade with Germany, and the conscription of working farm horses.
Source and more information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3093/beatrix-potter-the-land-the-seasons-and-the-war-4486/

Tea Parties with Peter Rabbit at the Beatrix Potter Attraction, Lake District, England
Also in 2014 you can join Peter Rabbit for tea. Come and enjoy one of our popular Peter Rabbit™ Tea Parties which starts with a scrumptious lunch of sandwiches, sausage rolls, crisps and cakes galore. A guest of honour, usually our wonderful 'Beatrix Potter™' will read The Tale of Peter Rabbit and every child receives a present and a balloon. Your Tea Party ticket also allows you entry into the attraction to learn and explore more about the delightful characters Beatrix Potter created.
These are the dates:
Sunday 13 April
Saturday 19 April
Sunday 25 May
Wednesday 2 July
Sunday 20 July
Wednesday 30 July
Wednesday 13 August
Wednesday 20 August
Saturday 30 August
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/peter-rabbit-tea-parties

Peter Rabbit at the Chelsea Flower Show, London, England
From 20 till 24 May the RHS Chelsea Flower Show will take place. Hooksgreen Herbs are staging a herb garden inspired by Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. Source and more information: http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2014/all-coverage/articles/Features/What-s-coming-up-in-2014 and http://www.hooksgreenherbs.com/peter-rabbit-will-be-at-chelsea-2014/

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08/12/2013

Peter Rabbit helps donate £5000 to Philippines 1

At the end of another successful year of business at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, staff and visitors have together contributed to donating a total of £5000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in their desperate need for water, food, shelter and medical assistance.
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The 30-strong team of staff at the Attraction have worked exceptionally hard over the last 12 months providing a fantastic experience for visitors to the Lake District. This has reflected in the growth of the business, alongside a renewed interest from young visitors since the launch of the Peter Rabbit animation series on the BBC.
Chief Executive of the Attraction, Andy Poole said: “We have been very fortunate to have another good trading year, helped by a combination of factors including a dedicated team of managers and staff and a continued investment in the business. Like the rest of the country, we have seen the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan and the Directors felt that as a business we should help in whatever way we could to make a difference.”

Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/item/philippines-disasters-emergency-committee-haiyan

Gund to launch Beatrix Potter plush in 2014
Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Benjamin Bunny and Flopsy to hit stores next year
Gund is preparing to unveil a brand new collection of soft toys inspired by characters from The Tales by Beatrix Potter.

Launching in January 2014, the collection will feature five of Potter's popular characters including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddleduck, Flopsy and Benjamin Bunny.

Peter Rabbit leads the collection, portrayed in his famous blue jacket with pockets and buttons as drawn by Potter in her illustrations for the Tale, first published in 1902.

Each character will be available in three sizes as well as a keyring. Hang tags for each soft toy have also been created and the small plush toys and key rings will be sold together, as well as individually.

Source and more information: http://www.toynews-online.biz/news/read/gund-to-launch-beatrix-potter-plush-in-2014/041398

Royal edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit
This lovely special edition Tale of Peter Rabbit marks the arrival of HRH Prince George.
Other new books (for spring 2014) can be found on www.penguin.co.uk

Peter Rabb3it picks up more licensing partners
The Classic Peter Rabbit brand has added two new European licensees to its growing program following deals between
Silvergate Media and plush manufacturer Gund and tableware designer Emma Bridgewater.

Gund will produce Peter Rabbit plush, plush keyrings and mohair plush for the UK, Eire/Channel Islands and mainland Europe. Products will be distributed through high-end retail outlets and are expected to launch in spring 2014.
British designer Emma Bridgewater, meanwhile, has developed a range of ceramic tableware that includes a bowl, plate and child’s mug. This collection is already available online and in store at the four Emma Bridgewater shops in the UK, as well as in more than 200 independent retailers. A melamine range and additional ceramic designs are due to follow in 2014. The licence will see the products being distributed in the UK, US, Japan, Australia and Europe.
Classic Peter Rabbit is currently licensed by more than 100 companies, including Wedgwood (china and tableware), Charbonnel & Walker (chocolate), Rainbow Designs (nursery plush and nursery toys), and the brand headlined a clothing range from The Gap.

Source and more information: http://kidscreen.com/2013/10/21/peter-rabbit-picks-up-more-licensing-partners/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=peter-rabbit-picks-up-more-licensing-partners

Cumbrian house that inspired the works of Beatrix Potter gets listed status
The house that inspired Beatrix Potter to create her iconic characters – including Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin – has received listed status.
Potter spent her summers in the house and grounds of Lingholm in Portinscale, Cumbria. Today the culture minister, Ed Vaizey, announced the house had been given a Grade-II listing. The architect Alfred Waterhouse designed Lingholm, which was built between 1871 and 1875. His other work included the Natural History Museum and the Manchester Town Hall.
Nick Bridgland, an English Heritage designation team leader, said it was a “splendid example of the work of the renowned Victorian architect”.
“Beatrix Potter’s tales are loved and cherished by people young and old around the world and Lingholm as the inspiration for so many of these classic children’s stories deserves to be protected,” Mr Vaizey said.
The location is said to have inspired stories – and provide the source of many of the author’s characters – including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Benjamin Bunny.
The population of red squirrels in nearby woods are believed to be a “direct inspiration” behind The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
Potter published The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902 and would write a total of 23 novels, with her last, The Tale of Little Pig Robinson, published in 1930. She died in 1943 at the age of 77.
Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/cumbrian-house-that-inspired-the-works-of-beatrix-potter-gets-listed-status-8800894.html

Beatrix Potter: 14 Fun Facts About the Savvy Sheepkeeper
Famous puddle-duck painter Beatrix Potter wrote her way to wealth when women just didn't, but The Tale of Peter Rabbit author was no suffragette. She felt voting should be left to men. Nor was she always a great businesswoman. She paid the owner of Hill Top Farm twice the price he'd paid a month earlier. And she was her publisher's largest creditor when one of the Warne brothers was sent to Wormwood Scrubs prison for forgery, leaving them facing bankruptcy.
But what's a talented author and writer to do when she comes of age in the 1880s except aspire to be a wife above all else? Here are a few photos, facts, and quotes to enjoy on the 147th birthday of the famous "Mrs. Heelis."
See the 14 Fun Facts on: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meg-waite-clayton/happy-birthday-beatrix-po_b_3659091.html

11 Reasons Beatrix Potter Was The Most Charming Pen Pal Ever
The author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit wrote charming illustrated letters. In honor of her 147th birthday, here are some selections from her correspondence with Noel Moore between 1892 and 1900, courtesy of the Morgan Library & Museum.

See the 11 reasons on: http://www.buzzfeed.com/arianelange/beatrix-potter-best-pen-pal

Peter Rabbit can be found at Miffy’s Attic in The Netherlands
Peter Rabbit may be English most famous Rabbit, in The Netherlands we have ‘Nijntje’, also known as Miffy by Dick Bruna. Miffy has it’s own museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The Centraal Museum has invited Roland Sohier to make an exhibition about Miffy. The artist saw it as a challenge to create an exhibition that is fun and accessible for children and also exciting for adults. He conceived With Miffy in the Attic: an attic like you find in grandma’s house, a little dark and mysterious, full of things waiting to be discovered. Sohier has assembled all Miffy’s cousins from all kinds of sources: the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, Joseph Beuys’ dead hare, Barry Flanagan’s Thinker on a Rock on the Neude in Utrecht, and the Playboy Bunny... To clarify the family relations, he made a family tree.

This exhibition can be visited until February 23th 2014.

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You can see Peter Rabbit right in the middle!

Source and more information: English: http://centraalmuseum.nl/en/visit/exhibitions/miffy-attic/
Dutch: http://centraalmuseum.nl/bezoeken/tentoonstellingen/bij-nijntje-op-zolder/

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27/07/2013

Last Minute: Caste Cottage open for special tours
Beatrix and William Heelis lived at Castle Cottage for thirty years from their marriage in October 1913. The house is now owned by the National Trust and privately tenanted. The house is not open to the public but the garden will be open on the following days this year for tours at specific times (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.). They are:
27 and 28 July (for Beatrix’s birthday)
24 and 25 September
15 and 16 October (centenary of the marriage)

The cost per person is £5 and will be donated to The Beatrix Potter Society. Tours will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will be refreshments available with the proceeds going to St Peter's Church, Sawrey.
To make arrangements, call 01539 436629 or e-mail mandymarshall.bpsales@gmail.com The address is: Castle Cottage, Near Sawrey, Cumbria LA22 0LF
Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #14: Pottering About July 2013‏
A Flower Show With Peter Rabbit And Friends

Beautiful picture of the Marshall Field’s Spring Flower Show in Chicago.
Source and more information: http://www.joyusgarden.com/a-flower-show-with-peter-rabbit-and-friends/

The Lake District of Beatrix Potter
Article from June 5th 2013 from The Daily Mail about The Lake District of Beatrix Potter. Source and more information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2336262/Beatrix-Potters-Cumbria-Where-writer-worked-literary-magic.html#ixzz2VurlRQTr

Vivid hops to it as new master toy partner for Peter Rabbit animation
Silvergate Media has named Vivid (http://www.vividtoysandgames.co.uk/) as toy partner in the UK, Europe and Australia for its new CGI animation, Peter Rabbit.

The firm will produce a range of toys including figurines, play-sets and plush. The initial launch will take place in spring/summer 2014, with the full range arriving in autumn/winter 2014.
http://www.toynews-online.biz/news/read/vivid-hops-to-it-as-new-master-toy-partner-for-peter-rabbit-animation/040318

Beatrix Potter’s scientific pictures on show in Cumbria, England
Rarely-seen works by one of the world's favourite children's author and illustrator are going on permanent display at the Armitt Museum in Ambleside.
Source and more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-23125593

Lakeside luxury in the world of Beatrix Potter
It's hard not to fall in love with Beatrix Potter's charming children's stories: Naughty Peter Rabbit getting caught in Mr McGregor's garden, the busy Mrs Tiggy-Winkle working hard to wash and iron everyone's clothes, and the determined Jemima Puddle-Duck, so desperate to hatch her own eggs.
Read the whole article of July 11th 2013 on: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/expert-advice/travel-lakeside-luxury-in-the-world-of-beatrix-potter-130185n.21574422

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales - Talk and Book Signing by Marta McDowell.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter’s many other beloved children’s books featured exquisite watercolors drawn from her plants, gardens and landscapes. This talk will explore the fascinating influences Beatrix Potter’s love of plants had on her books and art.

The talk takes place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Rare Find Nursery in Jackson New Jersey. Registration fee for this event is $5.00. Light refreshments will be provided.

Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #14: Pottering About July 2013‏
More information: http://www.rarefindnursery.com/index.cfm/action/productdetail/product_id/5603.htm

The New York Public Library Presents New Free Exhibition: ‘The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter’
The New York Public Library explores children’s literature and its crucial role in educating and entertaining readers of all ages, and shaping and chronicling society and culture, in its new free exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. The exhibition will run from June 21, 2013 until March 23, 2014 at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Original prints, photographs, and other art work by Beatrix Potter, Lewis Hine, Wanda Gág, Faith Ringgold, Eric Carle, Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, Hilary Knight, Ludwig Bemelmans, and others

Source: Beatrix Potter Society e-News #14: Pottering About July 2013‏
More information: http://www.nypl.org/press/press-release/2013/06/18/new-york-public-library-presents-new-free-exhibition-%E2%80%98-abc-it-why-chi

Blog by Pigling Bland!
Hi everyone, my name is Pigling Bland™ and I’ve got a really exciting year ahead of me, as I may not look it, but I am 100 years old this year (oink oink!).
I was ‘born’ at Lindeth Howe, when my creator’s mother lived there. My creator was a very clever lady called Beatrix Potter, who owned Lindeth Howe and who wrote about me and drew illustrations of me from the house. These then featured in her ‘Tale of Pigling Bland’™ which celebrates its centenary this year, giving me my 100th birthday Celebration !
I’ll keep you posted as to how it all went. In the meantime, if you visit Lindeth Howe and spot any truffles, please let me know! A pig can get a little bit hungry you know!
Source and more information: http://www.lindeth-howe.co.uk/pigling-blands-little-blog/

Hill Top on Facebook!
News from the National Trust's Beatrix Potter team, our Lake District patch includes Hill Top house and the Beatrix Potter Collections can be found on Facebook. Source and more information: https://www.facebook.com/NTbeatrixpotterspatch#!/NTbeatrixpotterspatch

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20/05/2013

Last minute: Beatrix Potter – A Scientist in Surrey on Wednesday 22 May 2013 from 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Fenella Harrison will tell (with pictures) how she and the local historian of West Horsley discovered that Beatrix Potter had been a frequent visitor to the village in her youth.
Sir Henry Roscoe, was the first ever Chairman of West Horsley Parish Council; his niece, Beatrix Potter was a frequent visitor from her home in South Kensington. One of our members, Fenella Harrison lives in what was his house and is a West Horsley Parish Councillor.
During the 1890s, Beatrix had the ambition to be a scientist and visited West Horsley, to stay with her favourite uncle, to escape from her domineering family, but also for top scientific advice. She brought her animals with her on the train and she and her cousin Dora Roscoe used a Gypsy Caravan in the woods at the top of the Downs, where they sketched and collected specimens. Her over-riding passion at the time was mycology – fungi, if you didn’t already know.
Fenella will tell, with 30 colour slides and many amusing anecdotes from Beatrix’s secret coded Journal, how she and the local historian of the village found all this out – almost by accident.
Event Location:
White Hart Barn, (Godstone Village Hall), Bay Path, Godstone, RH9 8DT
How To Book:
Booking is essential. To reserve a place please complete and return the booking form with full payment.
Please include your e-mail address or a stamped addressed envelope for your confirmation.
Event Contact:
Society’s landline 01372 220647 (voicemail checked weekly) or Society’s mobile (07530 949302)
E-mail for Enquiries:
info@surreyhillssociety.org
Source and more information: http://www.surreyhills.org/events/beatrix-potter-a-scientist-in-surrey/

Pigling Bland fun day, Wednesday 29 May at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Come and join us for our fun day celebrating the centenary of Pigling Bland and his piglet friends!
We are excited to be welcoming Rob Rose, from 'Valley of the Pigs', as featured on ITV series 'The Lakes' with some of his favourite little Pigling Bland and Pig Wig look-a-likes from his wonderful pet micro pig collection.
Rob and his micro pigs will be relaxing in the Peter Rabbit Garden for the day, so visitors will be able to meet and hold some of these cute little pigs.
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/pigling-bland-day

Hug a bunny at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Every bank holiday Monday in 2013, Peter Rabbit will be making special appearances throughout the day to meet his fans and give them a big hug! Come along, enjoy a visit to the Attraction and have your photo taken with the world's most famous rabbit between 10am and 5.30pm.
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
26 August Monday Summer bank holiday
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/hug-a-bunny-bank-holiday-mondays

From Harry Potter’s London to Beatrix Potter’s Lake District, get whisked away on one of the UK’s top literary walks
Tesco Magazine had a wonderful article about 10 literary walks in the UK. “From Harry Potter’s London to Beatrix Potter’s Lake District, get whisked away on one of the UK’s top literary walks” reads the caption.
Source and more information: http://www.tescomagazine.com/living/leisure/walk-this-way-ten-of-the-best-literary-walks.html and http://britmovietours.com/bookings/beatrix-potter-tour-of-the-lake-district/

Beatrix Potter and the beautiful satin waistcoat - Gallery Talk Victoria and Albert Museum
What: Free talks & tours
When: Mon 3 June 2013 13:00
Where: Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
GALLERY TALK: Explore Beatrix Potter with Frances Willis.
Beatrix Potter was a regular visitor to the V&A and during her preparation for The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) she was inspired to copy some of the Museum’s 18th-century costume collections in exquisite detail. Compare the striking resemblance of her sketches and watercolours to key pieces found in the backgrounds and foregrounds of the tale.
Source and more information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2501/beatrix-potter-and-the-beautiful-satin-waistcoat-3797/

Beatrix Potter and the beautiful satin waistcoat - Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Room 102 from 19 March - 15 September 2013
In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets – when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta – there lived a tailor in Gloucester.
Beatrix was a frequent visitor to the V&A and in March 1903, while preparing the illustrations for The Tailor of Gloucester, she was delighted to discover some beautiful 18th-century clothes in a case in a ‘dark corner of the Goldsmith's Court’. Museum staff permitted her to view the costumes laid flat on tables in their offices so she could record the details of the rich embroideries. Her illustrations are so accurate that it is possible to identify the original garments she saw, including the lady mouse’s lavish dress and the Mayor’s cream-coloured satin waistcoat, 'worked with poppies and corn-flowers’.
This display includes some of Potter's original artwork alongside digital reproductions of the costumes that supplied Beatrix with her inspiration.
Source and more information: http://www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/files/beatrixpotternews.html

Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter Gallery & Wray Castle National Trust Team
Keeping you up to date with our work in the historic houses team at Hill Top, the Beatrix Potter Gallery and also at Wray Castle. Go to: http://www.beatrixpotterspatch.blogspot.nl/

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16/02/2013

The Magic of Beatrix Potter™ at Tatton Park, Cheshire
Look out for characters and scenes from her stories, and follow trails in the mansion, farm and gardens.  Find out about her life and legacy of countryside conservation.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original watercolours and drawings, on loan from the National Trust collection.

For a detailed programme of events including story telling, family theatre, craft and art activities, hands-on workshop and drama and dance visit Tatton Park website.
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/tatton-park

Exciting winter refurbishments
The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction is closing its doors from 7 January for 4 weeks of exciting refurbishment and installation of new technology to the exhibition.   The developments include an extension to the world-famous gift shop along with new touch screen technology and High Definition film in the Virtual Walk part of the attraction revealing more enthralling archive material about the vibrant Miss Potter along with interactive fun and games for children.  As the Peter Rabbit™ brand moves forward in 2013 with a new CGI Peter Rabbit™ animation, the Attraction is ensuring that it stays relevant to Peter Rabbit™ fans of all ages.  To reflect these brand developments and the relevance that Beatrix Potter still has today, the attraction will present to visitors a high definition digital and interactive area which will show a stunning new display of Beatrix Potter’s captivating history.

Andy Poole, Chief Executive of The World of Beatrix Potter™ said: “We are looking forward to the exciting changes in the new year which we are confident will provide an even better experience for our visitors.  Here at the World of Beatrix Potter™ we are immensely proud to have brought to life Beatrix Potter’s famous stories to over 3 million people world-wide over the last 21 years.  We look forward to welcoming more people to see the classic Peter Rabbit, but also introduce visitors to the new Peter Rabbit™ animation in our fascinating new high definition Virtual World of Beatrix Potter™ exhibit. ”
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/item/refurbishments-new-technology

Stunning new digital exhibition now open!
Following 5 weeks of intensive refurbishment and significant investment, visitors to the Attraction can enjoy a new and improved foyer and gift shop, touch-screen information points through the exhibition along with an enhanced visitor experience in the new exhibit, the ‘Virtual World of wobpaBeatrix Potter™.

In the all-new Virtual World of Beatrix Potter™, children and grown-ups can take time to absorb themselves in Miss Potter’s fascinating history in a stunning and memorable display using cutting-edge digital technology. Visitors will experience the wow factor in the impressive new HD interactive suite, providing a highly engaging and sociable way of exploring Beatrix Potter’s world.

The star attraction of the new Virtual World exhibit is the 55” High Definition MultiTouch table (think iPad, but on a much grander scale!), where visitors can explore in depth the set of beautiful Lake District 360 degree panoramas and their relationship to Beatrix Potter’s books, illustrations and life, either on their own or sharing with others.  For even more fun, children can get creative playing MultiTouch puzzles and painting games on the table.

The already hugely popular Virtual Walks exhibit will project a collection of fantastic new Lake District images associated with Beatrix Potter on three large interactive screens.  Each visitor can take their own ‘walk’ in the Lake District visiting Sawrey, Ennerdale and Keswick, all from the comfort and warmth of the Attraction building!  Running alongside this interactive exhibit, a short film ‘The Tale of Mrs Heelis’ gives an overview of Beatrix Potter’s life-story alongside an on-screen introduction into the brand new Peter Rabbit animations as seen on BBC over Christmas and due to hit our TV screens from Easter.

Together with the Virtual Walks, Multi Touch table and games, a vast and amazingly detailed archive is there to discover in the newly presented Time Line, presented on six HD screens displaying a rolling timeline of Beatrix Potter’s life and works.   For the first time in the Attraction’s 21 year history, a huge wealth of archive and historical material is being made available to visitors adding a new dimension to the already popular exhibit.

We welcomes old and new visitors to experience the exciting digital exhibit and enjoy the newly refurbished facilities.
Source and more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events/item/stunning-new-digital-exhibition

babyGap presents Peter Rabbit™
gapDiscover babyGap's limited edition collection of babywear and accessories, designed in partnership with Beatrix Potter™.
The collection is available from 15th January until stocks last.
Source and more information: http://www.peterrabbit.com/en/news/701_babygap_presents_peter_rabbit

See Peter Rabbit in the UK's biggest Easter egg hunt!egg.
A specially designed Peter Rabbit egg is featuring as part of the Lindt Big Egg Hunt 2013, supporting the charity Action for Children.

From the 12th February to 1st April, 101 giant Easter Eggs will be hidden in cities throughout the country, from London’s Covent Garden, to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and back to London in time for Easter. The eggs have been created by some of the world’s leading artists and designers, as well as featuring some of the UK’s best loved children’s characters.

To find out how you can get involved and to see the full range of eggs visit http://www.thebigegghunt.co.uk

All the eggs will be auctioned to raise money for Action for Children at the end of the egg hunt.

Source and more information: http://www.peterrabbit.com/en/news/709_see_peter_rabbit_in_the_uks_biggest_easter_egg_hunt

Peter Rabbit™ Appearances at Pottery Barn Kids
Date: Saturday 23rd February 2013 – Saturday 23rd March 2013
Time: Various
Location: Pottery Barn Kids store near you in US and CANADA, Various, USA & Canada, US/CA, United States
Source and more information: http://www.peterrabbit.com/en/events/705_peter_rabbit_appearances_at_pottery_barn_kids
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04/01/2013

2013
2013 will be the year of the anniversary of The Tale of Pigling Bland. In March this year there will be a golden anniversary edition published. On October 15th it will be 100 years ago that Beatrix Potter married to William Heelis. 1

Reprint The Fairy Caravan
On March 7th the reprint of ‘The Fairy Caravan’ will be published. Click on the image for an enlargement.

Australia Post Classic Collection
2Australia Post is celebrating Peter Rabbit’s 110th anniversary with the release of the Australia Post Classic Collection.
An ideal gift for collectors, the Peter Rabbit™ Souvenir Stamp Pack comprises two 10 x 60c Special Occasions Love Hearts and Flowers stamp sheetlets, with beautifully illustrated Beatrix Potter™ characters in the stamp tabs.
Meanwhile little Beatrix Potter fans will love the variety of soft toys, including all their favourite characters. The collection includes a stunning Peter Rabbit™ and Jemima Puddle-Duck™ Double Boxed Set at only $29.99 per pack and a range of smaller Peter Rabbit’s Friends Boxed Characters at $14.99 each, which the little ones will love! Click on the image for an enlargement.
More information and source: http://shop.auspost.com.au/gifts/classic-collection-2012

Beatrix Potter in Engeland
Last month I visited London. Unfortunately the Peter Rabbit and Friends shop, located at Covent Garden, is long gone… In spite of that I did find some Beatrix Potter items to complement my collection. Some shops celebrate the 110 anniversary of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I took some pictures, which can be found on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fanvanjou/sets/72157632432406091/ (I uploaded only 6, the rest will follow asap)

Exhibition The Morgan Library, New York
Untill Sunday the 27th of January 2013 you can visit the exhibition in New York. More information can be found on: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=67 In the online shop of The Morgan Library you can find nice articles.

New website www.hop-skip-jump.com

The website of The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction has been restyles. Take a look for the latstes news and events on: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/news-and-events. On May 29th they will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Pigling Bland.  

Beatrix Potter in the garden

Marta McDowell is writing a book, titled ‘Beatrix Potter in the Garden’ to be published in September 2013. More information follows…

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01/12/2012
Peter Rabbit Hops to Nickelodeon in New Holiday Special, 'Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale' on Friday, December 14

Nickelodeon brings beloved Beatrix Potter book series Peter Rabbit to tv with debut of new holiday special 'Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale' on Friday December 14th.nick

Peter Rabbit hops on to the TV screen with the premiere of Nickelodeon’s brand-new primetime holiday special, “Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale,” Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Told with humor and heart, the special is a fresh re-imagining of the classic Beatrix Potter children’s books, which have sold over 250 million copies worldwide and been translated into 35 languages. Peter Rabbit is produced in conjunction with Silvergate Media and animated by Brown Bag Films.
“Nickelodeon is thrilled to bring this beloved book series to life on TV so kids can experience Peter Rabbit in a whole new way this holiday,” said Teri Weiss, EVP, Production and Development, Nickelodeon Preschool. “We have captured the spirit of the Peter Rabbit stories, while modernizing for today’s preschoolers through high-stakes adventures, comedic characters and vibrant CG-animation.”

Take a look at: http://www.nickjr.com/peter-rabbit

Source and more information: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/11/28/peter-rabbit-hops-to-nickelodeon-in-new-holiday-special-peter-rabbits-christmas-tale-on-friday-december-14/159397/

Beatrix Potter in NT (National Trust) Magazine

In the autumn edition of the National Trust Magazine there is an article about the Lake District, Beatrix Potter and the new book by Emma Thompson. I've put the pages together, so you can download them, instead of downloading the whole magazine: NT Magazine

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04/11/2012

Emma Thompson to Continue Writing Further Tales

Beatrix Potter’s publisher Frederick Warne, an imprint of Penguin Children’s, has confirmed that they will be publishing two more brand new Peter Rabbit stories by Emma Thompson. The two new titles follow the publication of The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit – the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories.

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit represents the first time that Frederick Warne has published an additional title to the series which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930.

The second book by Emma Thompson will publish Christmas 2013 and will feature Peter’s comical little cousin Benjamin Bunny, a new character called William and will be set in the Lake District. The third book will publish 2014.

Emma said, "I'm very proud that Mr Rabbit has requested a further outing. I shall be more than happy to include his cousin Benjamin whom I've always found peculiarly attractive."

Francesca Dow, MD of Penguin Children’s said, “The recent launch of the 24th tale The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit has been amazingly well-received all over the world and I can't tell you how excited we are that Emma is writing two more tales. Emma’s writing is completely fresh and original and yet she also captures perfectly the spirit of Potter’s own unique style. Children have grown up enjoying the original tales of Peter Rabbit and now they can look forward to these new additions to their collection. What with Peter celebrating his 110th birthday this year, the forthcoming launch of the new Peter Rabbit animation series and now two new tales from Emma it’s certainly an exciting time for everybody’s favourite rabbit.”

Source: http://www.peterrabbit.com/au/news/655_emma_thompson_to_continue_writing_further_tales

Peter Rabbit returns to TV... with a little help from Harry Potter and Indiana Jonestv serie

The BBC is to broadcast a new adaptation of Peter Rabbit, bringing Beatrix Potter’s stories up to date by using Indiana Jones and Harry Potter as inspiration.
In the first television adaptation for nearly 20 years, Peter Rabbit will be given a new female sidekick called Lily in an attempt to make the stories appeal equally to both genders.
The CGI animation has been developed by Penguin, which holds the rights to the Potter stories, and will be shown on the BBC children’s channel, CBeebies.
According to the publisher, the new adaptation will combine “the thrill of Indiana Jones, the camaraderie of Harry Potter, the wit of Fantastic Mr Fox and the adventure of Peter Pan, fused with the Dangerous Book For Boys”.
The series begins this Christmas and each episode is an original story rather than one taken from Potter’s books.

More information and source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9594850/Peter-Rabbit-returns-to-TV...-with-a-little-help-from-Harry-Potter-and-Indiana-Jones.html

Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters at The Morgan, New York
November 2, 2012 through January 27, 2013

Beatrix Potter wrote her first stories in the form of picture letters purely for her own pleasure and the entertainment of children in her acquaintance. Years later she borrowed the letters back and published them in revised and enlarged versions now acclaimed as classics of children’s literature. This exhibition brings together twenty picture letters, including the earliest surviving picture letter, the famous Peter Rabbit letter, and others containing the original ideas for the adventures of Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher, and Pig Robinson. 

Also on display will be early commercial designs, nature studies, and fanciful animal drawings showing the development of her artistic skills and the first stirrings of her story-telling sensibilities. Other objects in the exhibition speak to Potter’s fiercely independent business methods and her resolute attempts to sustain high standards in her published work. She had her first books privately printed at her expense, she stoutly defended her rights to her artistic creations, and she personally oversaw the design of toys and games based on her bestselling books, a model for merchandising ventures even now.

Young visitors and their caregivers are invited to enjoy books by Beatrix Potter in a reading area on the Morgan’s lower level. 

More information and source: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=67
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30/09/2012

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit
On September 6th Peter Rabbit made a new adventure. This time written by famous acctress Emma Thompson. To celebrate this publiction, there will be an echibition:

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit™ exhibition celebrates the life of Peter Rabbit, from his early beginnings in a picture letter written by Beatrix Potter in 1893, through to the publication of Emma Thompson’s story in 2012. This will be the first chance to see Eleanor Taylor's original artwork for the new book, on public display for the very first time.
Get up-close to a selection of Beatrix Potter’s famous original illustrations from The Tale of Peter Rabbit and learn how Peter Rabbit was based on Beatrix’s own pet rabbit. Step behind the scenes of The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, explore Emma Thompson’s new adventure and see how, through her stunning illustrations, Eleanor Taylor has brought a host of new characters to life.
A fantastic and imaginative exhibition for the whole family to enjoy. A range of Peter Rabbit™ books and merchandise will also be on sale in the retail shop.
For further information visit The Scotland Street School Museum website.
Source: www.peterrabbit.com

Peter Rabbit and social media
Did you know you can follow Peter Rabbit on Facebook and Twitter? Here are some Beatrix Potter related sites on Twitter you can follow:
https://twitter.com/BeatrixPotter
https://twitter.com/BP_Society
https://twitter.com/PeterRabbit_
https://twitter.com/ArmittMuseum
https://twitter.com/LindethHowe
https://twitter.com/peterrabbitnews
Sites on Facebook you can like:
https://www.facebook.com/officialpeterrabbit
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindeth-Howe-Country-House-Hotel-Restaurant/130760470295292
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Rabbits-Garden/230197640417969?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/WOBPA

100 year of Peter Rabbit in The Netherlands
The first official translations (authorised by Frederick Warne Co.) of any of Beatrix's Tales were in Dutch, in 1912. Nijgh & Van Ditmar's of Rotterdam produced 'Het verhaal van Pieter Langoor' (Peter Long-ear) and 'Het verhaal van Kwakkel Waggel Eend' (Jemima Puddle-Duck).
This year it has been 100 years ago and the current publisher (Ploegsma) are publishing some special books in October. Click on the images for more information:

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02/08/2012

Booktrust Booktime books 2012naughty
The Tale of A Naughty Little Rabbit, a contemporary re-telling of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale, has been selected as one of this year’s Booktrust Booktime books.
Booktime, Pearson's flagship UK community programme, was launched in 2006 by Pearson in partnership with Booktrust and aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading by encouraging families to have fun reading together.
This autumn, 725,000 children in reception classes in England and Wales will receive a free book pack in their first term of primary school.  Each pack contains two Pearson books to keep. The books are The Tale of the Naughty Little Rabbit published by Frederick Warne & Co., an imprint of Penguin Children’s, and Tim’s Din, from the Phonics Bug series by Pearson UK.
Read the full announcement from Booktime: http://www.booktime.org.uk/news-blog-and-press/news/35/
Source: www.peterrabbit.co.uk

Exhibition: The Tale of ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ at the Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead, Cumbria, England
Until Wednesday, 11 November
Discover the story behind one of the world's most loved children's stories of all time. Visit the Beatrix Potter Galley for a new interactive exhibition telling the story behind Beatrix Potter’s creation of Peter Rabbit from his first appearance in a letter of 1893 to her own privately printed first edition of ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ in 1901 & 1902.
For the first time the letter, together with all 44 original ink drawings for the book, proofs and an original first edition copy from the National Trust’s own collection will be on display. Activity sheets and ‘book corners’ for children will help them discover more about Beatrix Potter and her stories.  
Contact: beatrixpottergallery@nationaltrust.org.uk or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrixpottergallery         

Exhibition: Beatrix Potter's Picture Letters for Children at the Morgan Library, New York, USA
2 November 2012 - 27 January 2013 morgan
Beatrix Potter wrote her first stories in the form of picture letters purely for her own pleasure and the entertainment of children in her acquaintance. Years later she borrowed the letters back and published them in revised and enlarged versions now acclaimed as classics of children’s literature. This exhibition brings together twenty picture letters, including the earliest surviving picture letter, the famous Peter Rabbit letter, and others containing the original ideas for the adventures of Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher, and Pig Robinson. 

Also on display will be early commercial designs, nature studies, and fanciful animal drawings showing the development of her artistic skills and the first stirrings of her story-telling sensibilities. Other objects in the exhibition speak to Potter’s fiercely independent business methods and her resolute attempts to sustain high standards in her published work. She had her first books privately printed at her expense, she stoutly defended her rights to her artistic creations, and she personally oversaw the design of toys and games based on her bestselling books, a model for merchandising ventures even now.
Source and more information: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=67

New website for the Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester museum and shop
Visit their new website at: http://www.tailor-of-gloucester.org.uk

Armitt Museum to feature on Countryfile

Celebrity presenter Julia Bradbury is in Ambleside on Friday filming at the Armitt Museum for BBC’s flagship Countryfile programme.
She is talking to curator Deborah Walsh about the museum’s collection of scientific paintings by Beatrix Potter, notably  of fungi. The film crew are then going on to Wray Castle to forage for mushrooms and fungi in the grounds.
“The damp summer means that it will be a very good season for fungi,” said Deborah, who is showing Julia Bradbury the Potter paintings of lapista friesilii, tapesia aurata, and agaricus acutesquamosa, created by the artist in 1896.
The programme is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday August 19.
The Armitt is celebrating its centenary this year, with an exhibition entitled Sublime Transactions,  a series of contemporary tributes to works in the Armitt collection, with contributions from leading modern artists,  including the godfather of British pop art, Sir Pete Blake.
The permanent collection includes hundreds of watercolours and drawings by Beatrix Potter in her role as a scientific artist, and an impressive collection of early guidebooks and mountaineering literature.
Source and more information: http://cumbriapr.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/armitt-museum-to-feature-on-countryfile/

Peter Rabbit makes special delivery to maternity unit
Mothers, babies and NHS staff in Kendal have taken delivery of a very special birthday present this week.
Peter Rabbit with the new pictures on the walls of Helme Chase, together with midwife Jane Rogan, new mum Chelsea Heaton from Lancaster and new born baby Connor.hospital
To mark his 110th anniversary, Peter Rabbit, from The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere, personally presented his own gift to the Helme Chase maternity unit at Westmorland General Hospital.
The friendly, furry bunny donated a series of bright and colourful pictures featuring popular Beatrix Potter characters to adorn the walls of the unit and give it an additional feeling of welcome and warmth.
The eight maternity themed pictures with contemporary frames include photographs of Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddleduck and Peter’s cousin Benjamin Bunny.
Sue Knowles, Matron, Maternity Services, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very grateful to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and would like to thank them wholeheartedly for helping to brighten the maternity unit with this fantastic new artwork.
“The pictures are already proving to be a talking point and staff, patients and visitors are delighted with the scenes depicted.”
The popularity of Beatrix Potter’s stories and characters has grown immeasurably since she published The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She left an astounding legacy of stories, characters, art and unspoiled landscape to the world.
Andy Poole, Chief Executive, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, added: “We commissioned the latest pictures to replace some of our older artwork and provide a fresh perspective to many of our characters.
“Helme Chase maternity unit was the ideal choice for these pictures and we are really pleased to have been able to work with the Trust to help improve the ambience of the surroundings for families and their new born children. We hope that they will be a feature of the unit for many years to come.”
Helme Chase is a midwife led maternity unit which opened at Westmorland General Hospital in 2001. Approximately 300 babies are born at the unit every year. The unit specialises in water births and other forms of natural birth, encouraging women to have normal physiological births without the need for intervention.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 1902 with an initial 8,000 copies and it has never been out of print since. Beatrix Potter went on to publish another 22 little books over the next 28 years, the proceeds from which enabled her to buy Hill Top Farm in the Lake District. Eventually she went on to own 15 farms and over 4,000 acres of land in the area.
She dedicated her later years to preserving the ecology and natural beauty of the Lake District, becoming a farmer and breeding Herdwick sheep. She worked closely with The National Trust and left them a substantial part of her estate to be preserved as a living landscape.
Peter Rabbit is from The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere. The attraction includes interactive recreations of the 23 tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor setting with the backdrop of the Lakeland countryside. For further information, visit http://www.hop-skip-jump.com
Source and more information: http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2012/08/02/peter-rabbit-makes-special-delivery-to-maternity-unit/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#

‘Pottering About’
E-news from The Beatrix Potter Society  -  a bi-monthly electronic newsletter for Society Members and others interested in Beatrix Potter about all events related to Beatrix Potter – international, national and local.
Click here http://beatrixpottersociety.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5ca8fc834c9e31641e1a32d47&id=30217c9a80 to subscribe.
Souce: http://www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/

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22/04/2012

New wesbite www.peterrabbit.com

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, they have re-launched www.peterrabbit.com. Working together with London based digital specialists tictoc, the website features a brand new design and features including an interactive timeline of Beatrix Potter's life, fun and games for children to enjoy and free resources for teachers.

Their new events page also lists all of the fantastic exhibitions, theatre performances and story-telling events happening throughout the year, so you can join in fun and help celebrate Peter Rabbit's special birthday!
Take a quick look at www.peterrabbit.com
Source: http://www.peterrabbit.com/uk/news/515_the_peter_rabbit_website_re-launches

A new look for Beatrix Potter's classic tales

To celebrate the 110 years since the publication of Beatrix Potter's very first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Frederick Warne & Co. have published special editions of all 23 of Beatrix Potter's classic tales. Unlike the traditional little white books, these editions have delightful colourful covers and specially designed endpapers. And to make them extra special, each tale includes a publisher's note to tell you all about the history of how each book came to be. 
Source: http://www.peterrabbit.com/uk/news/434_a_new_look_for_beatrix_potters_classic_tales

New website and blogs from the National Trust

Also the website of the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) has been relaunched. Look for Hill Top (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top/) and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrix-potter-gallery/).  
To keep us posted every week, the National Trust Team have 2 interesting blogs: http://www.countryside-catchup.blogspot.com/ and http://www.beatrixpotterspatch.blogspot.com/

Finalists Unveiled for the 10th Cumbria Tourism Awards

Dozens of businesses from around the county including ones from Brampton, Penrith, Keswick, Whitehaven, Carlisle, Windermere, Eskdale, Ravenglass, Grasmere, Ulverston, Barrow and Kirkby Lonsdale have entered the 10th annual Cumbria Tourism Awards. 
The annual Cumbria Tourism Awards is open to a whole range of tourism related businesses including; hotels, B&Bs, holiday parks, visitor attractions, businesses and tourism staff, which make up the county's thriving tourism industry.
This year to meet a demand from the retail sector we have added brand new category for Best Independent Retailer, this works alongside other award categories including; Best Large Hotel, Best Visitor Attraction, Best Customer Service and Best Sustainable Business to name a few.

Beatrix Potter related:
Visitor Attraction of the Year
The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness on Windermere
Whinlatter Forest, Nr Keswick
Walby Farm Park, Crosby On Eden

Small Hotel of the Year
Sponsored by Colliers International
Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel, Windermere
Macdonald Swan Hotel, Grasmere
Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere - It was once a holiday home for the Potter family and then the permanent residence of Beatrix's mother, Mrs Helen Potter.

Source: http://www.cumbriatourism.org/news-room/articles/2012-award-finalists.aspx

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29/01/2012

New Friends of Peter Rabbit Club Catalogue

The Beatrix Potter catalogue (2012) from The Friends of Peter Rabbit Club is now available to view on their website: http://www.enesco.co.uk/imgs/catalogues/bs9687w_bpcat_jan12.pdf

The Beatrix Potter Attraction information

- The Attraction is closed for maintenance between Monday 23 January and Friday 3 February 2012new books.
- The Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt 2012 Starts Thursday 5 April at 10am and finishes when all the eggs are found. More information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/egg_hunt.php
- Events for 2012 at the Attraction can be found on: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/special_events.php

New books

The publisher (Frederick Warne) had a very busy start to the year and are pleased to announce the publication of FIVE brand new books – they're part of their range for babies and young children. Click on the image for an enlargement.

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08/01/2012

Annual Fair of Peter Rabbit and Friends Club in September 2012

Enesco (owner of the Peter Rabbit and Friends Club) is pleased to announce that the 2012 Annual Fair will be held at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire (England) on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. More details to follow in 2012, but in the meantime if you would like to see this fantastic venue, please log onto their website www.chatsworth.org.

Websites http://www.beatrixpottersociety.co.uk and  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrix_Potter updated

Some pages of the website from The Beatrix Potter Society are updated, like ‘About Beatrix Potter’ and ‘Timeline’.
Beatrix Potter Society-member Linda Lear (and author of ‘Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature’ ) has updated the English Wikipedia-hospitalpage with new information.

Peter Rabbit visited a children’s ward to spread some festive cheer.

Peter Rabbit, who travelled from the World of Beatrix Potter in Windermere to Barrow, visited children at their bedsides on December 19th (2011) to hand out balloons, books, stickers and bunny ears.
More information: http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/bunny-goings-on-at-furness-general-hospital-children-s-ward-1.908446?referrerPath=news/

New Tea Caddiestea

The most famous of Beatrix Potter's animal character illustrations are now available on authentic tea caddies by the company ‘New English Teas’ . Pictures of Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten, The Tailor of Gloucester, Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher, Samuel Whiskers and Benjamin Bunny are on the caddies.
More information: http://www.newenglishteas.com/index.php/tea_products/13

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16/12/2011

Winter with Beatrix Potter in Lyme Park, Englandlyme

New Exhibition includes original watercolours and manuscript of ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’
Lyme Park, 5 Nov 2011 – 19 Feb 2012,* 11am – 3pm

For the first time, the House at Lyme Park is opening** on weekends across the winter season for a wonderful new ‘Winter with Beatrix Potter’ exhibition.

Sixteen rarely seen and specially selected watercolours painted by Beatrix, all of which have a winter or Christmas theme, will be on display together with the original manuscript of The Tailor of Gloucester.

Ellie Jones, House Steward at Lyme is looking forward to the exhibition: “Beatrix Potter had family living in nearby Glossop” says Ellie, “ so she would have almost certainly known about Lyme Park, and might even have visited. It’s therefore very appropriate that we’re holding an exhibition about her work, which will give everyone the opportunity to see Beatrix not only as an author, but also as painter and illustrator”.

“In addition to her watercolours, we’ll have some delightful Christmas cards she designed herself, and also a page from her journal, written in her secret ‘code’ about a visit she made to Manchester”.
Camilla Ray is spokesperson for Penguin Books which owns Frederick Warne & Co Ltd – the original publishers of Beatrix Potter’s books: “Warne has been the publisher of the Beatrix Potter books since The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published in 1902” says Camilla, “and we are delighted that Lyme Park Mansion will be hosting this stunning Beatrix Potter exhibition. Beatrix’s father was the very first life-member of the National Trust, and Beatrix herself worked very closely with the organisation, making this a very fitting setting, especially in the lead-up to Peter Rabbit’s 110th anniversary in 2012”.

Meanwhile, the team at Lyme Park has been busy ensuring there are lots of Beatrix Potter themed activities for younger visitors to enjoy.
Caroline Heap, Visitor Experience Officer at Lyme says: “We’ve got a wonderful collection of dressing up clothes where children can transform themselves into Mr McGregor, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck or Mrs Tiggy-winkle! We also have a dolls’ house inspired by The Tale of Two Bad Mice, storytelling and a craft area where you can try cracking a Beatrix Potter themed code.”
“We’re also providing a selection of Beatrix Potter’s tales in Braille, and a tactile images - so any visitors with visual impairments can experience her wonderful characters.”
“Outside, there’s a garden trail themed around Beatrix Potter’s characters: so see if you can spot Peter Rabbit’s blue jacket hanging on the scarecrow, Mrs Tiggy-winkle’s clothes’ line. and our giant Mr Jeremy Fisher sitting in the lake on a lily pad!”

For those who want a memento of their visit, in Lyme’s Stag Parlour adjacent to the exhibition there’ll be a shop devoted entirely to Beatrix Potter gifts. “It’s a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping” says Paul Mansell, Lyme’s Retail Manager. “We’ll have a great range of products - and make sure you don’t miss Father Christmas when he comes to Lyme on Sundays 4, 11 and 18 December, as he will be giving each of our younger visitors who comes to see him a Beatrix Potter Christmas present”.

The National Trust is most grateful to the Peak District Centre which has given £1000 in support of ‘Winter with Beatrix Potter ’ at Lyme Park. David Morgan, Lyme’s General Manager says: “We would like to thank the Centre’s members for their very generous donation which has helped us to stage this exciting exhibition. We’re sure it will be enjoyed by many visitors over the next few months”.

‘Winter with Beatrix Potter ’ at Lyme Park is open weekends, 5 November 2011 – 19 February 2012, 11am – 3pm, daily during the school holidays, 20 December – 2 January, 2012 and spring half term, 13 – 19 February Please note only the exhibition room, Stag Parlour, and Library will be open in the house during these times. The rest of the house remains closed until Lyme opens for the new season on 25 February, 2012.

Meanwhile the Park and Timber Yard Coffee Shop are open daily across the winter period (property is closed Christmas Day). For further details go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lymepark

Beatrix Potter app voor IPhone of IPad in top-10!

The Telegraph (English newspaper) made a list with the top-10 apps for children. The Peter Rabbit app is on number 9!

'The Original Tale of Peter Rabbit (iPhone and iPad, £1.49)
Beatrix Potter's classic children's tale has been turned into a lovely app by Penguin Books. It features the original text and illustrations from the book, which celebrates its centenary next year. The pictures are subtly animated and there are added sound effects and music composed by Carl Davis. Beyond the book itself, there are a range of games, including a matching game and a Hungry Bunny game in which Peter has to catch falling vegetables in his basket. The app also lets children colour-in scenes from the book.'
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-app-reviews/8954929/The-best-iOS-apps-for-children-2011.html

An impression of this appcan be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw-fyB53bCo

Beatrix Potter wins 100-year battle against noisy sea plane

Children's author Beatrix Potter has finally won a 100-year-long battle against a noisy sea plane - winning sweet revenge over her arch-nemesis Winston Churchill

In 1911 she furiously penned a strongly worded letter against the testing of a Britain's first successful sea plane, called 'Waterbird', over and on her treasured Lake Windermere, in the Lake District, blasting: "Those who want noise go to Blackpool."

Despite her loud opposition the tests went ahead on 25th November 1911 after Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, ignored her pleas and pressed on with Edward Wakefield's unique aircraft.
More information and source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8909079/Beatrix-Potter-wins-100-year-battle-against-noisy-sea-plane.html

New books

In 2012 there will be some new books published by Frederick Warne. If you go to www.penguin.co.uk and searcvh for Beatrix Potter and then select 'newest titles first',you can see which books are planned for next year! It will be a good Potter year!
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21/11/2011

HeritageBeatrix Potter Highly Commended

The very prestigious British Book Design and Production Awards took place in London this month (november 2011) and The Complete Tales: Beatrix Potter Heritage Edition was up for the Limited Edition and Fine Binding award! The Complete Tales: Beatrix Potter Heritage Edition won HIGHLY COMMENDED. Publisher Frederick Warne is very proud!

Media attention about my collection and Beatrix Potter in The Netherlands
As mentioned underneath, I was nominated for The Dutch Collector Award. Unfortunately I didn't win the award. I received a nice document. Dutch media was curious about my collection and ask me a few questions. Not only I spoke about my collection, I also talked about the remarkable Beatrix Potter, her art, her work and life.
All articles and the interview are in Dutch...

NRC Article in NRC Next (Friday november 18th). Click on the picture for an enlargement.

NHDArticle in Noordhollands Dagblad (News of North-Holland) (Friday november 18th). Click on the picture for an enlargement.

RTVNH Pictures after interview on Radio North-Holland on Tuesday November 17th 2011. Click on the picture for an enlargement.

Radiointerview (about 5 minutes) on Radio North-Holland on Tuesday November 17th 2011.
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23/10/2011

Nominated for Dutch Collector Award 2011
I am nominated for my Beatrix Potter collection for the Dutch Collector Award 2011! There are also 2 other nominees! The winner will be know at the Collectors Fair in Utrecht (The Netherlands). More information: Stampshttp://www.verzamelaarsjaarbeurs.nl/dutchcollectoraward2011

'Peter Rabbit' stamp issue from Japan

Japan Post celebrates the spring season by the issuance of "Peter Rabbit" stamps commemorating the 40th anniversary since the book was published in Japan.
Peter Rabbit is a fictional character in various children's stories by Beatrix Potter. He first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, and subsequently in five more books between 1904 and 1912. He appears as a character in the 1971 ballet film, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, in an animated episode of the BBC anthology series, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. Total circulation of the book series about Peter Rabbit is over 100 million copies worldwide; more than 12 million copies were sold in Japan.
The first series of stamps illustrates different characters ever appeared on the pages of the book "The World of Peter Rabbit": Peter Rabbit himself, Gloucester Mouse, Benjamin Bunny, Pigurin the Pig Brand, Brown Owl and grandfather Natokin, Tigi's aunt Hedgehog, Jimaima duck, Natokin squirrel, Tom Kitten.
The second stamp set illustrates Peter's family tree Fir, Peter’s mother and young sisters, Mother Odekake, farmer McGregor and different Peter's activities.

Source: http://www.stampnews.com/stamps/stamps_2011/stamp_1299260095_301250.html

Beatrix Potter TV series to hit in 2012
Frederick Warne teams with Chorion and Nickelodeon for new animated show.
The owner of the Beatrix Potter property, Frederick Warne has sealed a partnership with Chorion and Nickelodeon for a new animated pre-school series based on the characters featured in The Tales of Peter Rabbit.
The series - which will feature characters including Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny - is due to air in 2012 on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.
Frederick Warne and Chorion have appointed Nickelodeon as the agent to represent the licensing and merchandising rights for The World of Beatrix Potter brand, plus the new animation rights, in the US, Canada, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Nickelodeon will also represent the licensing and merchandising rights for the new animation in India.
Frederick Warne retains underlying ownership of The World of Beatrix Potter brand and will continue to publish globally The Classic Tales and all publishing based on the new animation. Chorion will continue to represent the licensing and merchandising rights in the rest of the world.
Stephanie Barton, MD of Frederick Warne, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Chorion and Nickelodeon in a global strategic relationship to further develop Beatrix Potter's legacy through this new animation project."
Source: http://www.licensing.biz/news/6103/MIPCOM-2010-Beatrix-Potter-TV-series-to-hit-in-2012

Exhibition: Beatrix Potter country: a legacy in Lakeland and beyond from 13 December 2011 – 12 June 2012 in V&A Museum, London
'My brother and I were born in London because my father was a lawyer there. But our descent, our interests and our joy was in the North Country'. This display explores the profound connections that Beatrix Potter’s artwork sustains with the Lake District and the part her lasting legacy has played in the preservation of this region and other parts of Britain’s heritage.
Source: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/b/beatrix-potter-country-a-legacy-in-lakeland-and-beyond/

World book day – 1st March 2012
Did you know that the 1st of March is World Book Day? Go to your local bookshop or library and find out what kind of activities they have!
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Lake Arts Councilin Seattle (America) presents on April 7 th 2012 Debbie Dimitre presents The World of Beatrix Potter
Northwest actress and storyteller Debbie Dimitre brings to life (in costume and character) Beatrix Potter, author and illustrator of the famous Peter Rabbit Tales. Listen as Beatrix tells the story of her own childhood and shares two of her most loved animal tales. For the past 24 years Ms. Dimitre has been entertaining audiences of all ages with her dramatic storytelling and historical docu-dramas.
Date: 7th April 2012
Time: 11:00 am
Source and more information: http://www.hallerlakearts.org/concertforkids.html

Glen Street Theatre in Belrose, Australia presents: Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit
Showing on: 20 - 21 July 2012
A Garry Ginivan Production
Celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s beloved classic with Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit, a mischievous musical about the world’s most loveable bunny.
Published in 1902 by Frederick Warne, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has transported countless children to Mr McGregor’s vegie patch for over a century; it’s set to reach a new generation with this classic stage production that kids will love! Adapted by Australian writer and award-winning producer Garry Ginivan (Possum Magic, Wombat Stew, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch) and with an original score by Mark Jones, Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit seamlessly interweaves the tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and Mr Tod, and is designed to delight children and adults alike.
With Beatrix Potter as the Narrator/Storyteller and Peter Rabbit, Cousin Benjamin Bunny, Old Mr Bunny, Tommy Brock, Mr Tod and (a three-metre high!) Mr McGregor – Happy Birthday Peter Rabbit will be the highlight of children’s theatre in 2012.

“More bounce than a bag full of baby bunnies.”
Herald Sun

“[Beatrix] Potter fans hang on every familiar word and there is a timeless appeal for both children and nostalgic adults alike.”
Adelaide Advertiser

“…This captivating musical breathes new life into [Beatrix] Potters familiar friends with a mixture of playfulness and old-worldly charm.”
The Western Australian

Tickets go on sale 3 January 2012.
Source and more information: http://www.glenstreet.com.au/kidsplay/happy-birthday-peter-rabbit/

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16/10/2011 Emma Thompson to pen new Peter Rabbit
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is to write a new Peter Rabbit story to mark the 110th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's original story.

The 51-year-old told US chat show host Craig Ferguson she "had a lovely little job offer" from the publishers of the children's book series."They asked me to write a new story, so I'm going to take him to Scotland," she said.

Thompson's story is expected to be published in 2012.The actress, who has previously written screenplays for Sense and Sensibility and Nanny McPhee, recently revealed she was planning to take a break from acting.

Her new role was confirmed by Jennifer Cooper from publishers Frederick Warne "We are currently in talks with Emma Thompson regarding her writing a Peter Rabbit story to commemorate 110 years of Peter Rabbit in 2012," she told the BBC News website.

Beatrix Potter first introduced the character of Peter Rabbit - based on her own pet - to her stories in 1902 after its beginnings as an illustrated letter in 1893.

The author's life was made into the Hollywood film Miss Potter in 2006 with Renee Zellweger playing the soap title role.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-10986835 - September 19th 2011

New products
Baylis and Harding has various giftsets for a soapy Peter Rabbit day! Such as body care, footcare, handlotion, bath, toiletries bag gift set etc.

cupcakes
Merimeri has a great range of Partyware, so you can throw a party in Peter Rabbit style. Meri Meri has got:
- cups,
- plates,
- cupcakes,
- napkins,
- inventations,
- cupcake holders
- thank you notes,
- bags, and lot's more!
For more information: http://www.shopmerimeri.com/peterrabbit.aspx


New books
Penguin/Frederick Warne has published a couple of new books. Mainy for children under 8 years, like pop-ups, cardboard books, etc. More information on the Beatrix Potter books, you can visit the website of Penguin.

Event: seeking Santa Cruise
Saturday 26th November 2011 at 10am from Bowness Pier
Adults £11.00 Children £6.50 Booking Essential
Join in the fun on a Seeking Santa Cruise with Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter from Bowness Pier 1.
Ticket includes free entry for children into the World of Beatrix Potter (with every full paying adult), a 30min cartoon show at the Royalty Cinema.
 
More information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/special_events.php

Event: exhibtion at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York from November 2nd 2012 till January 27th 2013!
It issn't 2012 yet, but next year thre will be a major exhibtion at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York called 'Beatrix Potter's picture letters to children'. Tjis muesum has already some nice stuff of Beatrix Potter, like: http://www.themorgan.org/collections/collections.asp?id=359

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19/06/2011

Annual Fair of the Friends of Peter Rabbit Club
The 2011 Annual Fair of the Friends of Peter Rabbit club will take place at Burghley House, Lincolnshire on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September. More information, or If you wish to order tickets to attend this Annual Fair, you can download this pfd.

Cooking with Peter
2011 is a very special year for The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, it’s our 20th Birthday. As part of the celebrations we are having a very special party to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We have invited a world famous author (who shares her birthday on the same day) along with a certain mischievous rabbit and some of his friends to help us celebrate, but they mustn’t find out or it will ruin the surprise…
We would like your help in designing a unique Beatrix Potter themed celebratory birthday cake. Send your design (before June 21st) to us and we will do the rest and invite you to help us with the finishing touches. 
More information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/special_events.php

Potter Places Treasure Trail
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The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, based in Bowness-on-Windermere, is celebrating its 20th birthday throughout 2011, and is delighted to have teamed up with the National Trust in the Lake District to host a very special treasure trail, which starts on 28th July and runs for a month, until the end of August. More information: http://www.golakes.co.uk/beatrixpotter/potter-places-trail.aspx

Cooking up Mischief with Peter Rabbit™
Cooking up Mischief with Peter Rabbit™ is a bran3d new pre-school education programme aiming to support early years practitioners and engage children with the wonders of the world around them through cooking, growing and playing with Peter Rabbit and his friends. On http://www.peterrabbit.com/nursery.asp you can download al kinds of activity sheets.

Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations
From June 14th till December 11th 2011 you can watch in Gallery 102 a display of Beatrix Potter Botanical Illustrations at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
From wild flowers, Foxgloves (as seen on the right) to Snapdragon. All painted by Beatrix Potter. More information on: http://www.beatrixpottersociety.org.uk/files/newsandexhibitions.html and http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/b/beatrix-potter-botanical-illustrations/


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15/05/2011

Exhibition at Millesgarden, Stockholm, Sweden
Until today, may 15th, you could go to an exhibition about Beatrix Potter at Millesgarden, the museum about Carl Milles, a Swedish artist. This museum is in Stockholm, Sweden. Last tuesday, May 10th, I've visited the exhibition and put my photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fanvanjou/1

Pottery Barn Easter items Peter Rabbit
With Pottery Barn you can create an Easter table that celebrates all things spring with their exclusive Beatrix Potter™ collection featuring the adventurous Peter Rabbit and friends. Pottery Barn, to be found in America, has made Peter Rabbit items earlier, like cutains. See also this item on You Tube.

Peter Rabbit at Hamleys
2Rainbow Designs holds Best of British event at Hamleys Secures window feature showcasing Beatrix Potter, Paddington Bear and Wallace & Gromit brands. The exhibition took advantage of the Easter holidays and the patriotic Royal Wedding period and will continue until May 12th. The event celebrates Rainbow Designs' classic British licences. Anthony Temple, managing director, said: "We are delighted to see some of our best-selling British brands together in such a lively, creative and celebratory way." The event is being promoted with in-store signage, on Hamleys in-store radio and online. In addition, Peter Rabbit storytelling and character appearances took place over the Easter weekend and Paddington Bear appearances took place over the Royal Wedding weekend. "To have them in the spotlight at a store as prestigious as Hamleys is a great profile raising activity for both the brands and our products. London was buzzing over Easter and during the Royal Weekend and with Hamleys in the heart of the capital, the timing and location of the promotion is perfect," added Temple. Source: http://www.toynews-online.biz/news/33818/Rainbow-Designs-holds-Best-of-British-event-at-Hamleys

40th anniversary of the Tales of Beatrix Potter ballet

Fall in love with this magical ballet all over again. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the film's original release, Optimum Releasing have restored the classic ballet film: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, written and choreographed by legendary founding choreographer of the Royal Ballet, Sir Frederick Ashton, and directed by Reginald Mills. Source: http://www.peterrabbit.com/shop-news-whats-new.asp

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06/02/2011

New products
On the fair for new products, which is held from 6 till 10th of February in Birbingham, England, there has beewedgwoodn already announced that new Beatrix Potter items will come. Products from Meri Meri, Wedgwood, Enesco and Baylis & Harding to be showcased. A swathe of licensees will be debuting new Beatrix Potter products at Spring Fair in Birmingham next week. Chorion will be unveiling a new style guide for the brand at the event, which will include new patterns, character poses, packaging and seasonal artwork.
In terms of product: Meri Meri will be launching a range of paper party ware; Wedgwood will launch new designs including refreshed classic and christening lines; there will be expanded ceramics and gifting ranges from Enesco; Rainbow is unveiling new and refreshed plush; Baylis & Harding will have adult toiletries; New English Tea will have gift sets; Shreds is launching new bag and apron designs; and Halycon Days will introduce a new range of enamel boxes.

yearChinese new year - year of the rabbit
On January 16 I already wrote that special coins to celebrate the Chinese year of the Rabbit are for sale. In London (UK) and Sydney (Australia) are special activities on which Peter Rabbit will be present. Peter Rabbit will be walking in the Twilight Parade in Sydney. These activities are taken p[lace today, the 6th of February. There also has been made a special sign, with Peter Rabbit and his Friends in red with a Chinese sign. Click on the picture for an enlargement.

Exhibition in Sweden - Millesgården has been opened!
The exhibition in museum Millesgården, near Stockholm in Sweden had been opened last week and can be seen till May 15th 2011!

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23/01/2011

New’ Peter Rabbit SteiffSteiff
Since his introduction in 1902, the popularity of Peter Rabbit has never waned. Although he appeared in just six books by Beatrix Potter (the last published nearly a hundred years ago), this is one character that has endured the test of time. Indeed, he continues to be more popular today than ever! In 1904, Steiff produced an exquisite version of Peter Rabbit made in luxurious cotton velvet and stuffed with kapok and wood shavings. In 2010, we are bringing this piece back to life with a breathtaking replica that is nothing less than a work of art. With his sparkling glass eyes, embroidered felt jacket, and specially made slippers (stamped with a vintage Steiff logo on bottom), this is the ultimate Peter Rabbit.
More information: http://www.two4toys.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2633

BeatrX-masix Potter in the Guinness World Records 2010 book
Beatrix Potter is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records (2010) in the category ‘Most expensive illustration auctioned’.
’An anominus British collector bought in July 2008 at Sotheby’s in London a painting by Beatrix Potter, titled ‘The Rabbits’ Christmas Party: The Departure’ for £ 289.250 (more than $ 500.000).
More information: http://www.exoticexcess.com/art/beatrix-potter-illustration-sells-for-over-500000/

Peter Rabbit shops in Japan
Did you know that Peter Rabbit has it’s own flower shop, bakery, tea room and juice bar in Tokyo?
More information about the bakery: http://www.rmlicensing.com/ENG/shop/pr_bakery.htm
More information about the florist: http://www.rmlicensing.com/ENG/shop/pr_flowershop.htm
More information about the tea shop: http://www.rmlicensing.com/ENG/shop/pr_tea_garden.htm
More information about the juice bar: http://www.rmlicensing.com/ENG/shop/pr_juice_bar.htm

Photos on Flickr
I’m busy to put my Beatrix Potter / Peter Rabbit pictures online on flickr. You can find them on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fanvanjou/

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16/01/2011

Peter Rabbit coins for the year of the RabbitPR coin

2011 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit and what better way to celebrate this than with one of Beatrix Potter's best loved characters, Peter Rabbit™. The Government of the Isle of Man has released four new coins each featuring a different Peter Rabbit™ design. The beautiful Proof Fine 999. 5oz Silver Coin also features some of Beatrix Potter's other famous characters as well as Peter Rabbit™; Benjamin Bunny™, Tom Kitten™, Jemima Puddle-duck™ and Pigling Bland™. Source: http://www.pobjoy.com/ukworld/section.php/1242/0
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Click on the image for an enlargement.

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09/01/2011

More festive activities
Because of the 20th Anniversary of the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, there are many activities planned (see for more information: http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/special_events.php). These celebrations will finish in style in the Lake District, on the 26 November, 2011, with ‘Winter’s Tale’ Festive Fun with Santa, Peter Rabbit and Friends as part of the Bowness and Windermere Festive Lights switch on.
Source: http://touristnetuk.blogspot.com/2011/01/world-of-beatrix-potter-20th.html?spref=tw

Beatrix Potter lectures on the new Queen Elizabeth?
The Beatrix Potter Society is in negotiation with Cunard, (shipping company and owner of the new Queen Elizabeth), with the support of Frederick Warne publishers, about giving lectures on Beatrix Potter on some of their cruises.
Source: The Beatrix Potter Society Newsletter 119, January 2011

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01/01/2011

Alot of news!V&A museum

Peter Rabbit exhibition in London
From the 3rd of July 2010 till January the 8th 2011 there is an exhibition in the Victoria & Albert museum in London. I've been here and made some pictures. Click on the images for an enlargement. V&A

Peter Rabbit exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden and other activities
From January 29th till the 15th of May 2011 there will be an exhibition in the Millesgården museum in Lidingö, near Stockholm in Sweden. I am planning to go there in the spring of 2011. More activities for 2011 are on the activities page.

Peter Rabbit as ebook!
Peter Rabbit and the other 22 tales from Beatrix Potter are available as ebook! This digital version of the tale is very nice and interactive.

Beatrix Potter rose412
Because of the 30th anniversary of the Beatrix Potter Society, has patron Patricia Routledge revealed the rose during the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. You can order the rose by visiting: http://www.classicroses.co.uk/products/roses/beatrix-potter-a/

Peter Rabbit day Natuurmonumenten
On June the 6th 2010 Natuurmonumenten (a Dutch Nature organisation, like the National Trust in England) held a Peter Rabbit day with puzzles, activities and an opportunity to take a picture with Peter himself! I also went here and took some picures. Click on the images for an enlargement.

Tailor of Gloucester shop and museum wins prize!
69Gloucester, England, has been the inspiration for Beatrix Potter for ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’. In Gloucester there’s a museum and shop. In 2010 they won the prize ‘Cotswolds & Forest of Dean Tourism Gold Winner 2010’. Meer informatie: http://www.tailor-of-gloucester.org.uk/
In 2010 I’ve been there too and made some pictures. Click on the images for an enlargement.

New books
There have been many books published about and from Beatrix Potter in 2010 and for 2011 there are also plans made. On the website www.penguin.co.uk and search for Beatrix Potter, you'll find new books.


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12/07/2009 Beatrix Potter in Scotland ans some new activities

ABooks few weeks ago I was in Scotland. Here was Peter Rabbit created. In 1893 Beatrix Potter wrote the famous lettRace Gameer to Noel Moore from Eastwood, Dunkeld. In the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh there were some Beatrix Potter items on display. The famous game 'The Peter Rabbit Race Game' 'some books and an old Peter Rabbit doll. Click on the images for an enlargement. In the shop there were also some Beatrix Potter items on sale (buttons, magnets), unfortunately not the items which were on display...

Activities

On the agenda I put some new acitivities for July. Most of them are in England...

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19/01/2009

2009 the year of Ginger & Pickles and The Flopsy Bunnies
In 2009 we celebrate the centenary of these 2 tales. There are more nice Beatrix Potter related activities for 2009. Therefore I updated the page with all the activities for 2009.

New books
Every year Frederick Warne publish new books. Not only the centenary editions (until 2030!) but also books which are made of 100% organic cotton. For 2009 there are various books planned. Such as:

Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Snuggle

Planned for March 2009






The Tale of Ginger and Pickles Gold Centenary Edition

Planned for March 2009







The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies Gold Centenary Edition


Planned for March 2009






Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Peekaboo

Planned for March 2009








For more books, just look at www.penguin.co.uk and search for Beatrix Potter or Peter Rabbit.
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05/10/2008

Finally...Logo Peter Rabbit Naturally Beter

After one year and a half I'm finally ready to update this www.beatrix-potter.tk site. There is much to tell. I will put the most recent information on this dite. Later this month I will update this site more.

New website www.peterrabbit.com
The website www.peterrabbit.com has been completed transformed. Not only the lay-out, but also filled with information, videos and online games.
Peter Rabbit thinks about the enviroment and all the books have a FSC logo (Forest Stewardship Council) and new products which are made in a healthy way, receive the Peter Rabbit Naturally Beter logo (look at the right).

Peter Rabbit Organics
In many supermarkets in England and special organic shops, you can buy food Peter Rabbit Organicswhich is organicly made. From applejuice to buiscuits and from tomato kethup to fruit bars. More infrormation about these healthy products and where to buy can be found on www.peterrabbitorganics.com

DVD Miss PotterMiss Potter DVD
The DVD of Miss Potter is available for quite a long time. In The Netherlands there's a shop who has the DVD for sale for only € 4,99.




More updates
This month I will update the site with the activities for 2009 and with more infromation.
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20/01/2007 Miss Potter, Ty Beanies, activities for 2007 and this website
As shown in the message of December 29th I went to the primiere. As promissed I've put some pictures of these event here. For an enlargement, just click on the picture.
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Poster on Leicester Square - Ewan McGreogor - Renée get's out of the car
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Wedgwood window - Wedgwood shop inside - Peter outside Wedgwood shop

Ty Beanies
After Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Fox and Tom Kitten, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin will follow as a Ty Beanie. It's not known yet when they will come, or how they will look like. I keep you informed.

2007
For 2007 various activites are known. For example Mrs. Tiggy-Winke and Peter will visit Blue Peter on January 30th (on the BBC). For more activities for 2007, just vitis the Activitiespage!

This website
This website can be found on www.beatrix-potter.tk, but will be directed through my own website of my provides. Because I will move next month, I can't use my old provider. I will use a new one, but the site still can be found on www.beatrix-potter.tk. Please bookmark this site, and not chello.nl/a.bettink, so you won't miss any Beatrix Potter news! Thank you very much!
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29/12/2006

Miss Potter

This week it was finally time in the UK for Miss Potter. Various cinemas are now showing this movie about the life of Beatrix Potter, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
This month I’ve been to London and saw the stars of the movie on the red carpet during the premiere of Miss Potter on December 3rd. Unfortunately I was not able to see the movie (only by invitation). The taken pictures will be available soon.
Various books are published because of the movie (see also news item on October 7th), but Wedgwood did also something special. The window of the Wedgwood shop in London (Regent Street) looked stunning (pictures will follow). On December 2nd Peter Rabbit himself was there as well.
The movie Miss Potter is nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Renée Zellweger is nominated in the category “Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical". She competes against Annette Benning for Running with Scissors, Toni Collette for Little Miss Sunshine, Beyonce Knowles for Dreamgirls and Meryl Streep for The devil wears Prada.
The Lake District was used for the movie. On this special website you can see exactly the locations and other useful information.
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29/10/2006

Publications in Dutch magazines about Beatrix Potter and Christmas Cards with Peter Rabbit (new look)

In the Dutch magazine Natuur Wetenschap en Techniek (Nature, Science and Technics), of July/August 2006 (number 7/8, year 74) there's a two-page article about Beatrix Potter. This magazine is not for sale anymore in shops, but you can order it online by this link.
In the November/December edition of the Dutch magazine "Joie de Vivre" there's a six page article about Beatrix Potter. This magazine is for sale in Holland.
In Holland (I'm not aware of sales outside Holland) you can buy these Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny (new look) Christmas Cards. They are boxed with 10 cards and are for sale for € 5,95. - - -
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21/10/2006 Activities for 2007!
It's already the end of October and many events for 2007 are known. Also some new activities for 2006 has been added.
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07/10/2006

Many new books, Ty Beanies and a new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).

The following books will be published very soon:

The Making of Miss Potter
Author: Garth Pearce
ISBN: 0723258635
A full-colour illustrated guide to the background and making of the forthcoming film on Beatrix Potter's life starring Renée Zellweger as Beatrix and Ewan McGregor as the man she loved. The author, journalist Garth Pearce, and the photographer, Alex Bailey, were on the set throughout the filming and give a fascinating insight into the creation of a movie. The movie "Miss Potter" will come in cinemas in January in England. It's not known yet when it's come out elsewhere.

Beatrix Potter A Journal
ISBN: 0723258058
This lavish, illustrated journal describes Beatrix Potter's life as a young woman in Victorian England as she struggles to achieve independence and to find artistic success and romantic love. Using witty, observant commentary taken from Beatrix's own diaries, the journal features a wealth of watercolor paintings, sketches, photographs, letters and period memorabilia to recreate the world in which she lived.

Miss Potter - The Novel
Author: Richard Maltby
ISBN 0723258619 or 0723258996
A novelisation of the movie Miss Potter, written by the film's scriptwriter Richard Maltby. Set during the time when bestselling author and illustrator Beatrix Potter wrote and published her most famous Tale, about the enduring and beloved character Peter Rabbit. An 8-page full-colour insert shows scenes from the film starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

Favourite Beatrix Potter Tales CD
Read by: Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson and Lloyd Owen
Four classic Beatrix Potter stories as featured in the forthcoming film Miss Potter. These stories are read by the film's four leading actors, including actress Renée Zellweger who plays Beatrix.
Read by stars of the movie Miss Potter.
1 CD | 60 minutes

The Tale of Peter Rabbt
Author: Beatrix Potter
ISBN: 0723258732
A special gift edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit with a silver foil jacket, published to commemorate the release of the film Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger, which tells the story of Beatrix Potter and her most famous little book.

Peter Rabbit's Music Box
Author: Beatrix Potter
ISBN 0723258082
An irresistible music box featuring a whole host of wonderful Peter Rabbit surprises. Including the original Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, a bookmark, plus a book in which to write your very own tale, and some pretty stickers to help you illustrate your story.

Who can you see, Peter Rabbit?
Author: Beatrix Potter
ISBN 0723258104
Can you guess who is hiding? Pull the ribbon on each page to reveal a new scene and more favourite characters from Beatrix Potter's Tales in this delightful changing pictures book. Young children will also enjoy the simple story all about Peter Rabbit and his friends.

Sleep Tight, Peter Rabbit
Author: Beatrix Potter
ISBN 0723258090
Where does Peter Rabbit like to sleep? This delightful book takes children through all the places where Peter Rabbit might sleep, meeting a whole host of favourite Beatrix Potter characters along the way, to the final spread where we find him fast asleep in his own bed. This final spread features three small night lights highlighted by a die-cut moon and stars.

Ty Beanies
As told before here there will be three Ty Beanies more. These are Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr. Fox and Tom Kitten. Each will come in 2 versions. One (special) with golden lettering and one common with purple, blue or white lettering. For more info visit this website.

A new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum
From September 11th to January 8th the new exhibition at the Enid Linder Showcase at the V&A in London is called "The big green book: Maurice Sendak's Tribute to Beatrix Potter". For more info visit the V&A website.
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17/09/2006

New activities Peter Rabbit and organical juices

Peter Rabbit will go to France on September 30th. For more information visit the activities-page. Peter Rabbit will also visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival (England)! He's a busy rabbit!

Besides that you can buy organical juices (I'm afraid only available in the UK) with Tom Kitten and Peter Rabbit. There were already some other products available. Just visit this website for more information!
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13/08/2006

Ty Beanies and Miss Potter movie

Ty of Ty Beanie Babies (see also www.tybeanies.nl) introduced some Beatrix Potter Beanies, like Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Pigling Bland. In the end of summer also Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tom Kitten will be introduced!

The filming of "Miss Potter" (the movie about Beatrix Potter with Renée Zellweger) is still going on. From Kathryn Speak I received many pictures. A selection is shown below. Only all of this is fake, the flowers and the house, which isn't Hill Top at all!! They used a simular house and painted it and decorated it like Hill Top! Nice to now... Special thanks to Kathryn!

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28/05/2006

Renee unveils statue of Beatrix Potter.
Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger attended the unveiling of a statue in tribute to children's author Beatrix Potter.
The 15ft bronze outdoor sculpture at the World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, depicts three children releasing Potter's character Jemima Puddle-Duck. Zellweger plays the much-loved British writer in the film Miss Potter, which is currently being shot. The new statue features characters from all 23 of Potter's tales, the mysterious code she used in her personal diary and a bas relief of one of her Lakeland homes. Zellweger said: "Arriving in the Lake District is like the culmination of the journey we've been on these past few weeks. "It brings the whole Miss Potter story to life, to be in the places where Beatrix lived. "I have been completely stunned by the beauty of the landscape and the tranquillity of the scene. "I hope that the sculpture will become a distinctive local landmark and give enjoyment to visitors to the Lake District."
Source: Daily Mail

"Miss Potter" movie
Cecil Court's original Victorian features made it the ideal choice for a key scene in the forthcoming film “Miss Potter”, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.
The shopfronts themselves did not need to be altered, but for one day in March 2006 Red Snapper sold nineteenth century luggage; disturbingly realistic plaster pig carcasses, fresh from the studio slaughter house, transformed Peter Ellis's window - which is usually tastefully arrayed with books on fine art, literature and the humanities; the numismatic specialists next door found banknotes replaced by sherbert dabs and lemon drops in fancy Edwardian jars.
Nigel Williams Rare Books was centre stage as the shop where Miss Potter's first book Peter Rabbit was sold for the first time. Trivia fans might be delighted to know that the original title for “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” was “The Story of Peter Rabbit and Farmer MacGregor”, in which Peter Rabbit's dad was baked in a pie by Mrs MacGregor.
Ewan MacGregor plays Norman Warne, Beatrix Potter's publisher and doomed love interest: “He did not live long, but he fulfilled a useful happy life. I must try to make a fresh beginning next year” wrote Beatrix, in a practical vein, to Warne's sister after his death from anaemia. Not that we want to spoil the end of the story! In our scene Renée and Ewan watch excitedly as passers by spot the new book and start buying it by the armful – scenes that won't be repeated until we have a biopic of J.K. Rowling!
Source: Cecil Court and source photo: Filmtotaal
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09/04/2006

Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle will be visiting the Queen of England to velebrate her 80st birthday on June 25th!

Buckingham Palace has announced that Peter Rabbit will be part of the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations this year!

A children's garden party on the 25th June in the grounds of Buckingham Palace will include guest appearances from Frederick Warne's Peter Rabbit , Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and a host of other famous children's characters.

The Party will celebrate British children's literature by inviting children, grandparents, parents or guardians, along with characters from Britain's favourite storybooks, to this unique tea party at Buckingham Palace.

A specially written show will be broadcast live, on the BBC, for the nation to watch. Childhood favourites will star in the show and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle hopes to resume her role in the Royal Ballet's Tales of Beatrix Potter on stage at the party in front of an audience of thousands of children aged 4-14.

Source: http://www.peterrabbit.co.uk/eventsandpress/eventsandpress2.cfm?territory=1&country=1&ID=286
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12/03/2006
A letter from Beatrix Potter to a young fan apologising for the quality of one of her books is expected to fetch up to £2,500 at auction in Exeter.

The four-page letter to Joy Shapland was written by the Peter Rabbit author in 1913.
In it, Potter apologises for her book The Tale of Pigling Bland, explaining that she had been poorly.
Auctioneer Rachel Littlewood of Hampton and Littlewood said: "This letter is such a unique piece of history."
"We have already had a lot of interest and I have been responding to e-mails from all over the world."

'Surprised'
In the letter, Potter - whose other books included Mrs Tiggy Winkle and Jemima Puddleduck - explained she had been so ill she "thought it was the last of Peter Rabbit".
She then goes on to say that her printers had urged her to produce another book in time for Christmas.
The letter reads: "My dear Joy, I have had a photograph of you and nice funny pictures of Mrs Tittlemouse since last June! It is almost too late to say thank you; you will be quite surprised to get a letter.
"I was very ill last spring - I thought it was the last of Peter Rabbit and since then I have been drawing - dozens of pigs.
"I have been so tired of them, but the printers said all the little friends would be disappointed if I did not screw out my normal Christmas book.
"I'm afraid it is not very good this time but I have done my best, now am well again I will hope to do better next year."
She adds: "I am glad you like Mrs Tittlemouse. I am fond of her too, and I like going round with a mop and doing house work, but the children in the village where I live don't call me that name - they call me Peter Rabbit!!
"A friend of mine has got a grey squirrel called Joy, she is very tame and lives in a big parrot cage."
The letter will be auctioned on 15 March. It is part of a wider sale of 18th and 19th Century costume books, as well as some 400 lots of antiquarian books.

Story from BBC NEWS
Published: 2006/03/09 12:43:51 GMT
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29/01/2006

100 years of..., a puppetshow and Easter with Beatrix Potter
100 years of...
This year it has been 100 years ago that the following 3 books were publiished for the first time: The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit and The Story of Miss Moppet. Also this year you can buy the special centernay editions. Click on the image for an enlargement.
Puppetshow:
Tales of Beatrix Potter by the Puppet Co. January 14, 2006-February 19, 2006 Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Glen Echo, MD
Puppet Co. presents Christopher Hudert's “Tales of Beatrix Potter” from Applause Unlimited. This production includes three of Beatrix Potter's best-loved stories, “Two Bad Mice,” “Jenima Puddleduck,” and “Jeremy Fisher.” Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. Performances Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. through February 19. Recommended for kindergarten through adult. Tickets are $7 for adults and children. Playing time 45 minutes. ASL Interpretation, Sunday February 6, 1 p.m. For more information: http://www.thepuppetco.org and http://www.glenechopark.org
Easter:
With Easter (from 14-17 April) you can visit Arley Hall and Gardens in England. There will be different kind of activities, such as: Storytelling in the Cruck Barn and an activity area for colouring and sticking.
For more informatyion visit: http://www.arleyhallandgardens.com/e_easter.html
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