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Beatrix Potter was born (1866)

Beatrix Potter was born (1866)

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist; she was best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Born into an upper-middle-class household, Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted.

Potter wrote thirty books, the best known being her twenty-three children’s tales. With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought a farm in 1905. Over the following decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape. Potter was also a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep and a prosperous farmer keenly interested in land preservation.


Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy our Beatrix Potter activity book – here
  • Try your hand at our rabbit garland activity – here
  • Or make your own no-sew sock bunnies – here
  • Find out more about Beatrix with a Timeline special (skip the first 30 seconds!) – here