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Celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter – Giveaway

The year 2016 celebrates 150 years of the life of Beatrix Potter, most famous for her endearing tales of Peter Rabbit and friends, encased in little white books that formed a fond part of my childhood.  With 23 tales in all, Beatrix Potter was not only a successful author, but an ambitious businesswoman helping launch the range of Peter Rabbit merchandise, as well as being a botanical artist and passionate conservationist.  With a year full of various celebrations around Beatrix’s life, I’m here to join along a blog tour taking over from Jo yesterday, sharing with you some of my memories as well as giving you the opportunity to win some fabulous Peter Rabbit goodies!

150th logoTo mark the occasion we have been trying out some of the newly released merchandise in the form of this rather delicious milk chocolate Peter Rabbit from Charbonnel et Walker (rrp £15).  It’s beautifully detailed and consists of thick milk chocolate, that tastes rather divine.

Peter Rabbit Novelty Side ViewThis Peter Rabbit plush by Gund stands at 16cm tall.  It’s really soft and beautifully made, a perfect gift for anyone this Easter and suitable for ages 1+.  This soft toy is available from H Samuel and F Hinds.

Gund PlushWhen I was a child I was an avid reader, and recall fondly visiting the local library at the top of our road once a week to change my books. I always remember picking up one of the little white covered books by Beatrix Potter as one of my selection and gradually worked my way through all the titles, before reading through them again and again.  I loved the tales of Jemima Puddle duck, Miss Tiggywinkle, the Flopsy Bunnies and Squirrel Nutkin to name just a few.  I’m pleased to say I’ve managed to pass on some of my love for Beatrix Potter onto my children and they have several books that I read to them each nighta and they enjoy them just as much as I did.

To celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter with my readers I have the most gorgeous bundle of baby goodies to giveaway from Mothercare and Puffin books worth almost £48!

peter rabbit

The bundle consists of a really smart bodysuit £8, Hat and Mitt set £8 and grey shawl £22 from Mothercare. This are all simply beautiful and if I was having another baby now, I’d have this on it, I just love the soft grey and white colours.  Also in this bundle is this really lovely set of Milestone cards £9.99 in Peter Rabbit designs.  Again these are so nice and I wish they had been around when my children were born.

I also have two other Beatrix Potter giveaways running – 4 tickets up for grabs for entry to Peter Rabbits Playground at Willows Farm, just enter HERE and a family ticket to the World of Beatrix Potter HERE.

To win the lovely bundle of baby goodies simply fill in the Gleam form below:

Peter Rabbit baby bundle

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the chocolate and soft toy in order to write an honest review.

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  1. tracy k nixon says:

    I have a few of her books and my favourire was The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies!

  2. Emma walters says:

    when i was little i used to read the stories to my baby brother, making up stories for the lovely pictures x

  3. ashleigh allan says:

    My mum reading stories to me!

  4. Sandra Clarke says:

    When we were young we used to collect all the Beswick Beatrix Potter figures, coming from the potteries. I wish I had saved them – I just have Jemima Puddleduck now.

  5. iain maciver says:

    can remember having a few books many many years ago

  6. laura banks says:

    going on school trips to beatrizx potter world when i was at primary school

  7. Jennifer Bruce says:

    I have a picture of me in front of my peter Rabbit mural on my bedroom wall. It was my fave! I have tweeted the pic

  8. amy fidler says:

    my mum reading me,my first beatrix potter book,it was petter rabbit,i just loved the story and my mum enjoyed reading it to me,time and time again x

  9. Susan Lloyd says:

    I had a musical Jemma puddleduck which I loved x

  10. Jennifer Haden says:

    I loved reading the Beatrix Potter books when I was little, Peter was my fav 🙂

  11. kim neville says:

    My mum used to read us all the Beatrix Potter books when we were younger

  12. Lorraine Duff says:

    My mum reading me Beatrix Potter books at bedtime and admiring the pretty pictures. Good times and memories ;D

  13. Jan Beal says:

    Reading Peter Rabbit – I loved that naughty little bunny

  14. Paula Readings says:

    My mother used to buy me a book every so often, so i had a little collection, not anymore though.

  15. Caroline Hooper says:

    Mine is loving listening to my gran read me the series and I always remember the chamomile tea and wondered what it was like!

  16. Isabel O says:

    I had a Beatrix Potter VHS tape. It was a bit scary though because some rats tried to roll one of the animals up in pastry! I could be remembering that slightly wrong though.

  17. john jackson says:

    Reading Peter Rabbit

  18. Angela McDonald says:

    I remember my mum reading me The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin for the first time at my grandad’s house in Devon when we were visiting one summer, there were a lot of Red squirrels there then and I remember thinking that Squirrel Nutkin lived in the tree in my grandad’s garden!

  19. abigail edkins says:

    I had the tiniest set of books, Im a fan of anything mini and I loved them

  20. Samantha loughlin says:

    I had Peter rabbit book and my nan used to read all the other Beatrix books at her house roundest childhood memories xx

  21. I remember my mum reading Peter Rabbit book to me when I was little
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  22. melanie stirling says:

    I had the collection of little books when i was young and a cuddly peter rabbit.

  23. Natalie Crossan says:

    Reading beatrix potter at bedtime 🙂 xxx

  24. Kelly L says:

    Reading them with my nanny when I was a little girl!

  25. amy bondoc says:

    i remember having the books and my dad reading them to me 🙂

  26. Angela Fitzjohn says:

    My nan used to read the stories to me when we visited.

  27. S Edwards says:

    The very first time My mother read Peter Rabbit to me and how i enjoyed the story

  28. kate philpott says:

    i used to stay at my nans on a weekend and she used to read them to me

  29. Jo m welsh says:

    I remember my mum reading them to me and my brother

  30. Lucy igoe says:

    Having Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontale read to me

  31. My grandmother reading me the stories from my bookcase I now read the same stories to my little girl

  32. Bob Clark says:

    boring little books that weren’t Thomas the Tank engine

  33. joanna butler-savage says:

    my dad reading me bedtime stories

  34. Sue McCarthy says:

    I loved the Beatrix Potter stories as a kid. I used to make plastercaster models using rubber moulds of the characters, models were made with plaster of Paris and I loved painting them afterwards.

  35. Kelly Glen says:

    My mum used to have a lot of the books so she used to read them to me and my brother

  36. Fiona K says:

    I remember being at Nursery and the only thing that would stop me crying for my mum would be when the teacher read a Peter Rabbit story. I was such a fan my auntie bought me a Peter Rabbit china tea set

  37. Ruth Harwood says:

    My mum would read her books to us at bedtime – it was a lovely warm experience

  38. Barbara Knight says:

    I remember having the stories read to me, and then reading them to my own children.

  39. hayley pemberton says:

    my memory is of reading the booked with my sister

  40. Karen Knox says:

    I remember reading Peter Rabbit at school 🙂

  41. Heather says:

    My dad reading stories to me before bed

  42. Zoe G says:

    Reading Squirrel Nutkin, I used to love it

  43. aaron broad says:

    Reading stories as a kid

  44. Ms Suan Watts says:

    My godmother had a collection at her house that she used to read to me as a small child

  45. Ray Dodds says:

    Can remember a few books when I was very young

  46. zainab hassan says:

    my parents reading books out to me

  47. Sarah Mackay says:

    My mum reading to me the stories and giving me the nickname Jemima

  48. fozia Akhtar says:

    My Peter Rabbit soft toy…I loved it.

  49. Edward Guerreiro says:

    Eating my lunch off of the Peter Rabbit plate my mother bought me. I still have it, and it’s in surprisingly good condition.

  50. laura stewart says:

    my memory is of my mum reading me the books, now i read them to my daughter x

  51. jennifer thorpe says:

    I never read any of her books so I have no memories

  52. Andrea Fletcher says:

    My mum reading me the stories as a child.

  53. Emma Ferguson says:

    My Nan reading me the Tales of Mrs Tiggy Winkle

  54. I remember my parents reading the books to me & I had a Peter Rabbit duvet cover

  55. Robyn Seviour says:

    I really loved Mrs Tiggywinkle, she reminded me of my mum!

  56. Laura Oxley says:

    Making Mr Mcgregors garden for an Easter display with my mum when I was 6

  57. KRIS says:

    Reading the books 🙂

  58. olivia Kirby says:

    My little sister had Beatrix Potter wallpaper! I loved it!!

  59. andrea tinkler says:

    I remember Jemima puddleduck and peter rabbit. I had little ceramic ornaments of them. Loved themxxx

  60. Mel Daniels says:

    I remember my parents reading The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Peter Rabbit to me at bedtime, and I now read them to my daughter 🙂

  61. Marycarol says:

    Loved hearing these stories when I was small and now love reading them to my son x

  62. Going to the library with my Mum and picking our Jemima Puddleduck. I loved that story and she read it to me so many times. Thanks for the chance, we are such big fans of Beatrix Potter x
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  63. Cassandra Mayers says:

    My Golden Edged books i had as a child. I think there stored away somewhere

  64. says:

    My uncle, who is an artist drawing Jemima Puddleduck for me

  65. Kristy Brown says:

    My gran had a Peter Rabbit glass that I was allowed to use on special occasions.

  66. Lisa Jones says:

    Getting the Peter Rabbit Book Collection for Christmas as a child – I loved it ! 🙂

  67. Olivia M says:

    Getting a Peter rabbit mug

  68. Alison Johnson says:

    My Mum has a Peter Rabbit ornament which I used to hold whilst the stories were read to me.

  69. Nat thomason says:

    Reading Gemima puddle dock x

  70. Jayne Townson says:

    Mine is sitting down and reading the books as a child with my mum. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  71. claire woods says:

    My friend had all the books and I used to read them at her house.

  72. Lara Latchem says:

    Always remember having the story’s read to me by my Nanny

  73. Hollie Russell says:

    My Dads nickname for me as a child was Jemima Puddleduck. I also had a collection of miniature books bought my sister which I still have

  74. amanda walsh says:

    My Gran bought me the books when I was a child and I now read those books to my children

  75. Tracy says:

    I grew up adoring Peter Rabbit stories. My ‘blankie’ had Peter Rabbit printed on it too…will never forget how happy that made me 🙂

  76. Leila Benhamida says:

    I don’t have any. I grow up in France and I discover Peter Rabbit in the UK with my first child.

  77. Danielle.a says:

    My Mam reading me story’s

  78. Clare P says:

    Oh I loved Jemima Puddleduck! I had so much of her stuff in my room as a kid!

    Clare x

  79. Claire Elizabeth Noke says:

    my great-grandma knitted me a little Peter Rabbit teddy … he’s still in my dads loft 🙂

  80. Solange says:

    I remember reading them in bed when I was little.

  81. Clare Hubbard says:

    I remember getting the books for my birthday and used to love reading them with my parents

  82. emily Greentree says:

    My childhood memories of Beatrix potter are reading the box set of her books and my mum collecting the Beatrix potter Peter rabbit plates. My partner has a Peter rabbit soft toy which he had a a baby, now our little girl has the same toy! X

  83. STACY SORRELL says:

    My mum is a huge Beatrix Potter fan, i grew up with the stories. Mum collects the little Peter Rabbit figurines, and each year family members would buy her something to add to her collection. i remember, when i was around 12, i saved up and bought her a Jemima Puddle duck figure to add to the collection

  84. betony bennett says:

    Reading the books at my grandparent’s house 😀

  85. rebecca nisbet says:

    i remember the stories being read to me at night time, and falling asleep to them.

  86. Samantha O'D says:

    I loved the stories Jemima was my favourite

  87. Ellen says:

    Reading the books with my sister 🙂

  88. Donna W says:

    My favourite childhood memory of Beatrix Potter is reading the stories to my older 2 children when they were small, all snuggled up together on the sofa and getting lost in the wonderful tales.

  89. Lorna Ledger says:

    My Mum reading my Sister and I stories of Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggywinkle at bedtime

  90. Jo Hutchinson says:

    I remember visiting The tailor of Gloucester museum and having a wonderful time.

  91. Denise C says:

    I remember my mum reading the books to me

  92. katrina walsh says:

    I remember being obsessed with the mrs tiggy winkle story and totally adoring her cosy little woodland always made me want to curl up and go to sleep in there

  93. Claire Ward says:

    I remember having a Peter rabbit mug with s story in the side it was my favourite

  94. Sally Collingwood says:

    Bedftime stories with mum xx

  95. Adele L says:

    Reading the stories with my sister

  96. Katie Skeoch says:

    I had a little miniature collection & remember learning cats cradle after reading them!

  97. Sue Price says:

    My favourite memory of Beatrix Potter is staying round my aunts house in the summer holidays and she would always read me Beatrix Potter books. The stories have stayed dear to me all these years and I have shared my love of her books with my own children.

  98. Pam Smith says:

    My grandmother used to read the books by Beatrix Potter to me at bedtime. I loved them as she would always embellish the stories and make them really funny. It’s a tradition that I carried on with my children and grandchildren.

  99. leigh boyle says:

    my mum reading to me on a night xx

  100. Rachel Butterworth says:

    My Grandma reading me the books for the first time. I now read them to my nephews and niece.

  101. Lyndsey says:

    reading the books

  102. Rich Tyler says:

    My mum reading us the books before bed each night

  103. Ben Audsley says:

    my mum reading to them when i was very young – i loved them!

  104. JULIE WARD says:

    I don’t remember anything from my childhood, now I read and watch DVDs with the grandchildren

  105. Angie Hoggett says:

    my parents reading me the stories before bedtime

  106. Robyn Clarke says:

    We made a big Jemima Puddle duck as a nursery class project, glue and lots of feathers!

  107. heather harris says:

    my mum reading me the stories

  108. Stevie says:

    I remember the books from infant school.

  109. Maria P says:

    My Mum used to read the stories of Peter Rabbit and I think these stories were my favourite for two or three weeks.

  110. Katie sampford says:

    I had the whole box set as a child loved them so much love Peter

  111. Alice Fox says:

    My nan reading it to me when we stayed with her xx

  112. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    Borrowing the books from the library

  113. Having a box set of all the books

  114. Elizabeth Gurney says:

    Besides watching all of the films I had the entire collection of books, and printed plates on my wall. It was a big part of my childhood!

  115. Hazel Murphy says:

    My mum read peter rabbit stories to me and my sister.

  116. I loved reading the little books, and then reading them again to my daughter.

  117. Sophie D says:

    Going to visit the Tailor of Gloucester’s House every time we went shopping to Gloucester on a Saturday – magical!

  118. lynn neal says:

    I had a lovely jigsaw of Peter rabbit!

  119. lia sturman says:

    Reading beatrix potter at bedtime

  120. Greig spencer says:

    reading the books at school

  121. Christine Reid says:

    Stories about Peter Rabbit, and how he always got away from the gardener.

  122. Shirley Evans says:

    My childhood memories are of my mother reading Peter Rabbit to me

  123. Jessica Bailey says:

    I remember my mum reading these tales to me every night, just as I do to my children now.

  124. Laura Davies says:

    I had a lovely box set of her tales which I would read to my younger sister and brother!

  125. alex franco says:

    grandma reading stories to me!

  126. Sharon Heath says:

    My grandmother reading them to me 🙂

  127. vicky haining says:

    I remember always watching the tv adaptations we had taped on video, at Christmas time every year when I was a child.

  128. Hekna says:

    I remember getting some of the books from the library and I just kept on renewing them as I didn’t want to give them back!

  129. We visited Sawrey and her home a lot when we used to visit the Lake District. It was always so picturesque

  130. Angela Williams says:

    loved my mum reading the stories at bedtime

  131. Susan B says:

    I have no childhood memories of Beatrix Potter at all but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories to my daughter.

  132. Becca Staples says:

    I remember the old style hard back books, i had the Jemima Puddleduck one and love the illustrations in it x

  133. donna hale says:

    starting with reading peter rabbit then all of the others after

  134. Sarah Wilson says:

    My mother reading me the tiny minature set of books I had – over and over again!

  135. donna l jones says:

    reading the books at bedtime

  136. She didn’t “dumb down” – I can still quote from Peter Rabbit (the sparrows “implored him to exert himself” when he was stuck in Mr McGregor’s garden). My mum was reading this to me at the same time that I was learning to read with Peter & Jane (“See Pat run”) and I knew which one I preferred!

  137. Katie b says:

    I had most of the books and loved them, I love miss tiggywinkle and Jeremy fisher!

  138. Kristina says:

    Reading Peter Rabbit and friends books. Made me feel so happy!

  139. EJ Dunn says:

    I had a whole set of small hardback stories. I remember reading them with my parents.

  140. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    I had Peter Rabbit, Mer Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddle Duck books. I loved reading them at bedtime.

  141. Jane Middleton says:

    Reading the book for the first time

  142. Helen A says:

    I used to love reading her books, I had a pull-along Jemima Puddleduck toy and a Mrs Tiggywinkle tea set that I loved!

  143. Isabelle Smith says:

    Reading peter rabbit x x x x x x

  144. claire little says:

    my mum reading it to me and my brother

  145. Jennifer Conn says:

    MY fav memory is having the collection of books and every night picking one out to read before bedtime.

  146. Charmian Filewood says:

    My nana reading them to me when I went to stay with her

  147. jo liddement says:

    I loved looking at the beautiful pictures in the little hard back books that i had as a child.

  148. Diana says:

    Bedtime stories with my mum 🙂

  149. Barbara Handley says:

    My earliest memory is my mother reading her books to me over and over again.

  150. Christine Wilkinson says:

    my first memories of Beatrix Potter was long before I went to school, mum used to take my sister and I to the local park, which held the library in those days, so we would sit on the polished parquay floor and slide about very quietly, (no noise or giggling or shouting allowed!!!) to see all the books, but the Beatrix Potter books were our very favourite. We were too young to read then but the lovely pictures of the animals delighted us nearly every day! (my mum was an avid reader and we used to go nearly every day as the park was so close to us) We felt so proud to have our own library ticket and it was through the books she wrote, that we both began to read slowly, even before school,I remember too mum reading them to us every night, which inspired us both to become real book lovers for ever! My own children and grandchildren love Beatrix Potter books too, so life has gone full circle, her books never go out of date!

  151. Kate Knight says:

    Being read Peter Rabbit as a bedtime story

  152. Julie says:

    My favourite memory is my dad reading the books to me and making up voices for the characters 🙂

  153. Emma Fox says:

    We had a bookshelf full of the collection – always loved Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

  154. Jayne K says:

    A Peter Rabbit soft toy

  155. Donna M Caldwell says:

    Remember getting the books from the local library

  156. Caroline Signey says:

    My mum reading the books to me

  157. Sharon Burroughs says:

    I remember having some of the books when I was little.

  158. Jessica Hutton says:

    Having a bed time story every night from my mum xx

  159. Anneka Hulse says:

    i had a box with the whole collection of books and remember my mum reading them to me

  160. jessica cook says:

    reading a story about jemima puddleduck when i was a little girl

  161. Lindy Hine says:

    I had the collection of little books when I was young and loved reading them and admiring the pictures

  162. Champaklal Lad says:


  163. Reading the books
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  164. Caroline Buckley says:

    I remember our holidays to the Lake District and trying to find Peter Rabbit. I have carried on this tradition with my son and enjoy it just as much now as I did 25 years ago!

  165. Michelle Wild says:

    I remember being scared of Mr. McGregor.

  166. karen t says:

    I remember getting a new book each birthday and Christmas from my Godmother!

  167. HelenRMad says:

    I remember my dad reading the books to me when I was little, I now do the same to my children

  168. Kerry Smith says:

    My mum reading me Mrs Tiggywinkle

  169. Adrian Bold says:

    My mum used to read us the Beatrix Potter tales which I vividly remember after many years.

  170. jamie millard says:

    story time in primary school where peter rabbit was a regular.

  171. Emma Perry says:

    My dad used to sit outside the bathroom and read these books to me and my sister whilst we were in the bath of an evening….loved hearing the stories!

  172. Katie w says:

    i remember thinking how much fun Peter Rabbit had and wished I was had a rabbit called Peter for those adventures

  173. Catriona Hutchinson says:

    A lovely old pottery Mrs tiggywinkle we had in the laundry room and naming my beautiful rabbit Cotton-Tail

  174. Emma says:

    Being read it at school

  175. MichelleD says:

    A Jemima Puddleduck ornament that I used to treasure as a child, I’ve given it to my little girl now!

  176. Eirinaki Nikos Tsolak says:

    My mum reading stories to me!

  177. Jodie Harvey says:

    my mum reading me the stories, which i still have and read to my children

  178. karen watt says:

    My Mum reading me the storys

  179. Philip Underwood says:

    My mother used to read me the books. I loved Mrs Tiggywinkle!

  180. sharon martin says:

    a peter rabbit teddy

  181. Hannah Scudder says:

    I remember my mum reading all the books to my baby brother.

  182. Deborah Mackenzie says:

    Bedtime stories; my favourite was Jemima Puddleduck as I had pet ducks

  183. TERRAD says:

    Visiting Hill Top Farm and looking at the views from there and tying to put the
    stories into perspective , seeing real rabbits running about and how Beatrix must have imagined them , then to go to the Museum and to see all of the stories almost come to life, what a wonderful way for a child to start life is with a wonderful imagination and there is no better than Beatrix Potter for doing this.

    Regard and best wishes Terrad

  184. lucy higgins says:

    when me and my sisters used to stay at my mums friends house and she had the whole collection so we used to read them before bed

  185. Victoria Prince says:

    Oh I have so many! A gorgeous big book I had (and still have) of all her stories which mum used to read to me, watching the stories on television and I had a beautiful Peter Rabbit bowl and mug set as a child which I loved 🙂

  186. Amy Jane Beckett says:

    Going to my grandma’s in Scotland and vising the Beatrix Potter garden.

  187. Zara Podmore says:

    My Auntie buying me the books for my birthday and she would come round every Sunday to read one with me <3

  188. pauline black says:

    Being read the Tories and loving the mini illustrations! And now reading them to my grandson!

  189. Dawn Hull says:

    Being read the books when I was little.

  190. susan thornton says:

    I got my daughter the Beatrix Potter collection when she was small, she loved me reading them to her x

  191. Karen Dixon says:

    Reading with my mum, cuddled up on the sofa together, I was probably about 4

  192. Kerry W says:

    I used to love going to the library at my primary school and checking out the Peter Rabbit books!

  193. Jacqui rushton says:

    My Nan giving me a peter rabbit soft toy and me never being able to sleep without it!

  194. Matt Brasier says:

    Reading beatrix potter at bedtime

  195. Tamsin Dean says:

    to start with was the beautiful pictures, later was the tales

  196. Marianne Daniels says:

    watercolours and my spoon

  197. my nan got me a peter rabbit tea set from a car boot sale and I used to play with it for hours
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  198. Nicole S. says:

    My mum reading me the books every-night! 🙂

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