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Beatrix Pot­ter’s love­able longeared hero Peter Rab­bit is on dis­play for a non-fes­tive treat

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.

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 world­fa­mous 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.

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. More at na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

Pic­ture: Fred­er­ick Warne and Co

Stop Thief! il­lus­tra­tion taken from The Tale of Peter Rab­bit

Pic­ture: Cle­ment Tea­gle/nt

Gatehouse and gar­dens at Siss­inghurst Cas­tle

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