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Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit exhibition at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent

By Angela Cole

Cheeky Peter Rabbit has been dodging Mr McGregor for more than a century.

Beatrix Potter's loveable character has been delighting generations of youngsters - and their parents - for almost 120 years with the author's books originally published by Frederick Warne & Co.

Famed for her iconic children’s books, Beatrix was also an accomplished gardener and an environmentalist, committed to getting people closer to the outdoors.

Stop Thief! illustration taken from The Tale of Peter Rabbit Picture: Frederick Warne and Co
Stop Thief! illustration taken from The Tale of Peter Rabbit Picture: Frederick Warne and Co

For a break from Father Christmas, the National Trust is staging an exhibition this winter where you can discover the fascinating story behind the world famous author with objects on loan from the Frederick Warne Archive.

Discover all about how the outdoors, wildlife and gardening influenced the work of the world-famous author and illustrator, who created characters including Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr Tod, Mr Jeremy Fisher and Benjamin Bunny and wrote some 23 bestselling books.

Sissinghurst Castle gardens Picture: National Trust
Sissinghurst Castle gardens Picture: National Trust

The exhibition is on in the Oast House exhibition space at the National Trust property, until after the New Year.

It will be shut on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and runs until Sunday, January 6, 2019, but will be shut on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Entry is free but normal admission fees apply. For more details go to nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle

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