4 January 2013

In this new year...

We hope you all had a great Xmas holiday and as it's January and a good time to look forward here's a quick snapshot of just a few of the important things on our houses team's planner for 2013...
New-look characters - in the Beatrix Potter tradition but with a modern twist
On Sat 9th February 2013Hill Top re-opens for the new season. We think a new generation of children might become fans of Beatrix Potter's characters this year as a new 3-D animated version of Peter and His Friends is brought to television by Nickelodeon, to be shown in the UK on the CBeebies channel. You might have seen the Xmas special already as it was broadcast in both the US and UK over the holiday season. If you'd like to watch the US preview for the Xmas episode (complete with American accents, the British version had British accents!) here's a link to where you can find the promotional video.

Also on Sat 9th Feb...
A soft & cuddly Pigling Bland
A brand new 2013 Exhibition opens at the Beatrix Potter Gallery helping us to celebrate two Beatrix centenaries, one personal (her marriage) and the other professional (the publication of her 'Tale of Pigling Bland').

On Sat 23rd March
Wray Castle re-opens for the season showing off improved visitor facilities and (hopefully) a less leaky roof!

In July
Beatrix Potter's birthday, on the 28th is an annual celebration for the house team.

In October
Beatrix and William
We'll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Beatrix's marriage to William Heelis (a marriage that endured for over 30 years until her death).

On 31st October
Halloween, when Wray Castle will be at the centre of our fun again.

In December
Xmas - and the question is will Wray Castle be able to beat its Xmas tree record with an even taller tree this year?!

We look forward to telling you all about our year here on our blog, some of it planned and some of it no doubt unplanned! In the meantime best wishes for a Happy New Year.

post by Linda
photos Nickelodeon | National Trust Shop | National Trust