We love a good book in our house and we have been keen to foster an interest in reading right from the very start. Of course we also love a good adventure. What better way to celebrate World Book Day than with a bookish weekend away? It’s not all about costumes you know!
In the UK we have an incredible literary heritage and the book worms at www.cottages.com have been beavering away and have put together a map of the best places to visit in order to immerse yourself in the worlds of your child’s favourite authors and stories.
Top of my list has to be a visit to the Lake District and the home of Beatrix Potter. Having grown up with her stories myself (she is the only reason I know what the word “soporific” means) and with Chloe a big fan of the Cbeebies Peter Rabbit series, it would be a real treat to follow the Beatrix Potter Lake District Trail and hunt for Potter’s much loved characters amongst the countryside. To make the adventure even more exciting a stay this beautiful TV free cottage (Property Ref: 948) adjoins a 17th-century farmhouse once own by Beatrix Potter herself would be utter bliss.
Ben is on the path to becoming as big a fan of Roald Dahl as his mummy! I would absolutely love to take him to the Roald Dahl Museum thought I must admit that I think Dave & I would probably appreciate it even more than the kids at the moment! Obviously a 6 hour round trip is a little much for a day at a museum so we’d have to book ourselves a few nights away and make the most of it. The Windmill (Property Ref: PKKW) has been converted to provide accommodation for ten people over five floors and offers spectacular views over the Chiltern Hills.
As huge fans of Julia Donaldson we have been keen to try out the various Forestry Commission trails (you can see what we thought of the Gruffalo Trail and Gruffalo Orienteering at Delamere) and we plan to try out the current Stick Man Trails very soon! We are very lucky that both Delamere Forest and Dalby Forest are within reasonable driving distance of either our home or that of my parents.
This Easter holiday we are planning a trip up to Northumberland and as Harry Potter fans we will absolutely be visiting Alnwick Castle. A trip to Harry Potter World is also on my “to do” list but as yet the children are a little young to really appreciate it. Would it be wrong to go on my own? Maybe I’ll take my Mum instead!
For more suggestions of literary themed adventures around our beautiful country then check out the graphic below:
To celebrate World Book Day this Thursday, I’ve got together with www.cottages.com to offer you the chance to win a collection of Beatrix Potter books! Just complete the Rafflecopter below to enter (be sure to complete the options accurately to avoid disqualification).
You can also pop over to The Brick Castle for a chance to win a collection of Roald Dahl books
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*