Discover The Beauty Of Story Telling Britain

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March, the book worms at holiday letting agency www.cottages.com are offering a collection of Roald Dahl books to help fill the bookcases of your little readers!

There are so many places in the UK connected to some of our favourite authors and stories, the cottage company has put together a map to help find your next day out to visit. In fact, if it’s inspiration you are after, why not take a peek at the Inspire and Explore regional guides available on the website to help plan your next self-catering break.

Discover The Beauty Of Story Telling Britain

 

Britain is packed full of literary connections so to help you find the perfect day out, the book worms at holiday company www.cottages.com have created a map of the best places to visit to immerse yourself in the worlds of your child’s favourite authors and stories.

If you’ve always wanted to explore the places that inspired your favourite authors or keep the family entertained by their favourite characters coming to life, why not use this handy guide to plan your next outing?

Discover The Beauty Of Story Telling Britain

 

Marvellous Museum for Roald Dahl Fans

See the fantastical world of author Roald Dahl come alive at the museum created in his honour. Featuring three interactive galleries, find out about Roald Dahl’s school days, see his original Writing Hut and in The Story Centre put your imagination centre-stage with fantabulous activities to inspire your little writer.

Roald Dahl Museum, HP16 0AL

http://www.roalddahl.com/museum/visit/opening-hours-and-admission

Discover The Beauty Of Story Telling Britain

 

The Windmill, Wendover, nr. Aylesbury, Property Ref: PKKW

Enjoy a unique holiday in this detached windmill, built around 1800, now converted to provide comfortable spacious accommodation over five floors with spectacular views over the Chiltern Hills from the second floor sitting room. Used as a working windmill until 1900 and then the home of an actress and a music publisher, The Windmill, now minus its sails, is located in the historic market town of Wendover. Set in a quiet location, it has an attractive enclosed rear garden.

Nestling in a gap in the Chiltern Hills, conveniently located to visit the Roald Dahl museum and Whipsnade Zoo. The area is blessed with a variety of walks through some of southern England’s most enjoyable countryside; the famous Ridgeway Path runs right down Wendover High Street.

Price: WAS £839, NOW £788 for three nights’ self-catering arriving on 21st March 2016. Sleeps 10 people and two pets.                 0345 498 6900/ http://www.cottages.com/cottages/the-windmill-pkkw

Find Stick Man, Stick Lady and Family Three

The latest hit from favourite Julia Donaldson has been brought to life by The Forestry Commission which has created a series of Stick Man Trails throughout the UK. Not only is the trail a great way to explore nature, with a host of downloadable activities from their website, you can even have fun on rainy days!

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman#StickManTrails

 

Breathe in the stunning countryside which inspired Beatrix Potter

A visit to the Lake District is a great experience in itself, but with such a strong association to the stories of Beatrix Potter, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about this incredible author. Younger children can enjoy the Beatrix Potter Lake District Trail, following the clues to find her iconic characters amongst the countryside and for older children, a visit to her house is a brilliant insight in to the writer’s life.

http://www.brockhole.co.uk/attractions/trails-and-orienteering/

Discover The Beauty Of Story Telling Britain

 

The Cottage, High Oxen Fell, nr. Coniston, Property Ref: 948

This cottage adjoins a 17th-century farmhouse on a traditional Lakeland working hill farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter, now owned by the National Trust. It enjoys a very quiet and secluded position, in a superb setting surrounded by rocky bracken-covered hills and high fells, in the heart of Lakeland. The views from all windows are across the magnificent Langdale Valley to the surrounding woods and mountains. Enjoy the tranquil splendour of this idyllic setting in a TV free cottage to enable you to relax in peace of a true away from it all holiday.

Price: £419 for seven nights’ self-catering arriving on 26th April 2016. Sleeps four people. http://www.cottages.com/cottages/the-cottage-948  / 0345 498 6900

 

Wonderful Wizardry

For Harry Potter fans, there are so many places to visit across the UK, all with magical connections to the wizard world of Harry and Hogwarts. Whether it’s a trip to Alnwick Castle or Durham Cathedral to see the locations from the film or a day at Harry Potter World where you can sample Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans straight from Diagon Alley, there’s plenty to suit every J.K Rowling fan.

Harry Potter World, WD25 7LR

https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/plan-your-visit/getting-here

Alnwick Castle, NE66 1YU

Glenfinnan Viaduct, PH37 4LT

Durham Cathedral, DH1 3EH

 

A Bear who likes Marmalade

The classic stories of Paddington Bear, and the more recent film adaptation can be brought to life with a trip to Paddington Station. See where Michael Bond’s fictional bear was found and if you have time, why not take the Paddington Bear bus tour which takes in some of the famous locations from the film.

Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear at Paddington Station and bus tour

https://www.visitbritainshop.com/world/paddington-bear-bus-tour-of-london/?utm_source=visitbritainblog.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=paddington_bear_tour_of_london&utm_campaign=visitbritainblog.com

 

Spend a Day with Peppa and Friends

For fans of Peppa, a visit to Peppa Pig World is a perfect day out with the family. Have fun on the rides, meet some of your favourite characters and jump in some very muddy puddles!

Mark Baker, Phil Davies and Neville Astley, Peppa Pig World, SO51 6AL

http://peppapigworld.co.uk/visit

 

Choo Choo!

For most Thomas fans, a trip to the local train station is a great way of spending an hour, but if you’re looking for a family day out, with 12 wonderful themed rides and a spectacular indoor play area why not visit Thomas Land at Drayton Manor?

Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas Land, B78 3TW

http://draytonmanor.co.uk/thomas-land

 

Step back in time with the Railway Children

A trip to the picturesque Yorkshire town of Haworth offers the chance to see the train station featured in the film versions of E. Nesbit’s Railway Children. A real glimpse into the past, the traditional station is a great introduction to the classic book of adventure. Haworth also has a wealth of literary history with connections to the Bronte sisters for slightly older readers.

Oakworth Station, Haworth

http://kwvr.co.uk/explore/plan-your-visit/the-railway-children/

 

Messing about on the River

Join Ratty, Mr Toad and Badger at the River and Rowing Museum, just off the Thames. See the characters of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows come alive and learn more about the river systems and environment in the process. You can also enjoy watching the boats and rowers take on the water outside.

River and Rowing Museum, RG9 1BF

http://rrm.co.uk/visit/galleries/wind-in-the-willows

 

The Wonderful World of Winnie the Pooh

A.A Milne was inspired to write his endearing collection of stories by Ashdown Forest, close to his home of Hartfield in East Sussex. There are a number of Pooh Walks to help guide you through the settings for some of his favourite tales and see Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet and Eeyore come to life.

A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh at Ashdown Forest

http://www.ashdownforest.org/enjoy/walking/docs/Walk1_PoohWalksFromGillsLap.pdf

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The Oast House, Nutley, Property Ref: PJJX

Lovingly restored, this is an unusual detached period barn with a wealth of exposed beams nestling in the owner’s 15 acres of grounds. It has its own small garden area and is situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, also known the world over as the home of A.A. Milne’s character Winnie the Pooh.

This area offers 6,500 acres of open heathland on the highest sandy ridge top of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Despite its name, woodland makes up less than 40% of the total area. Sheep, cows and goats graze freely side by side amidst the walkers and motorists.

Price: WAS £971, NOW £918 for seven nights’ self-catering arriving on 19th March 2016. Sleeps eight people. http://www.cottages.com/cottages/the-oast-house-pjjx  / 0345 498 6900

 

I’m Late, I’m Late, for a Very Important Date!

Why not treat Alice in Wonderland fans to their very own Mad Hatter’s tea party? At the St James Court Hotel in London, the eclectic menu of cakes and pastries include ‘Queen of Hearts’ Mango Tarts, ‘Drink Me’ strawberry potion, ‘Caterpillar’s Mushroom’ Raspberry Marshmallows and Pocket Watch macaroons. Book at least 24 hours in advance to secure your place!

St James Court Hotel London, SW1E 6AF

http://www.stjamescourthotel.co.uk

 

Famous Five and Secret Seven Come Alive

Enid Blyton is synonymous with Dorset, which with an array of beaches and countryside is a great holiday destination in itself. The town of Purbeck is a great place to start, as the area which inspired the Famous Five stroies. There are a number of local activities available including a location tour and museum to learn more about the author. Make sure you stop for some fantastic ice cream and ginger beer!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/725320/UK-A-Dorset-adventure.html

https://www.dorsetforyou.com/article/400519/Enid-Blyton

 

See the Tartan Bear

Author Mary Tourtel wrote and illustrated the Rupert Bear stories and at the Canterbury museum, fans can see original artworks, as well as memorabilia and images of the latest animated Rupert Bear.

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/heritage-museum/Bagpuss-and-Rupert-Bear.aspx

 

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72 Comments

  1. laura banks
    25th February 2016 / 7:05 pm

    a book my mum used to read me called mervyn the mouse

  2. 25th February 2016 / 7:17 pm

    A Hundred and One Dalmatians

  3. aj
    25th February 2016 / 7:53 pm

    James and the Giant peach

  4. Susan Smith
    25th February 2016 / 9:23 pm

    The Famous Five books were always my favourite

  5. Kim neville
    25th February 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Mallory towers by Enod Blyton

    • Kim neville
      25th February 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Sorry meant Enid Blyton

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th February 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Oh I loved Mallory towers x

  6. claire woods
    25th February 2016 / 9:49 pm

    The Enchanted wood

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      25th February 2016 / 9:51 pm

      I think that has to be my favourite childhood book, so magical, I used to wish it was real, I still do ha ha x

  7. jo hutchinson
    26th February 2016 / 12:43 am

    Roald Dahl’s fantastic Mr Fox.

  8. Ray Dodds
    26th February 2016 / 5:37 am

    Swallows and Amazons

  9. laura stewart
    26th February 2016 / 11:06 am

    peter rabbit xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Aw I loved Peter Rabbit x

  10. Susan Sargent
    26th February 2016 / 11:35 am

    James and The Giant Peach

  11. Chris Andrews
    26th February 2016 / 11:51 am

    What is your favourite childhood book . . . . .Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales and my favourite was . . . . . The Emperor’s New Clothes

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Ooh I had the Ladybird version I loved it so much x

  12. Lorraine
    26th February 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I found my favourite book last week hidden away. It was called ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Just magical, I loved the pictures of exquisitely made shoes!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Oh I loved this xx

  13. Lynsey Buchanan
    26th February 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I love the Magic Faraway Tree Books

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Oh me too, my all time favourite x

  14. aaron broad
    26th February 2016 / 3:42 pm

    The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar

  15. Annabel Greaves
    26th February 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I loved the Malory Towers series xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Oh I used to love these, and ST.Claires x

  16. Andrea Fletcher
    26th February 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Enid Blytons, famous five.

  17. Tracy Nixon
    26th February 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I loved The Farway Tree Adventures!

  18. Carrie Truckle
    26th February 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Georges marvellous medicine

  19. Kathryn Joyce
    26th February 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Absolutely anything by Enid Blyton – although sadly I don’t think they’ve aged well:(

  20. Emma Ellams
    27th February 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Matilda 😀

  21. Ruby Spiteri
    27th February 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Matilda, loved Roald Dahl books x

  22. 28th February 2016 / 9:34 am

    I’m not sure how well known they ever were, but I loved ‘What a Mess’! xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Ooh never heard of that one x

  23. Ruth Harwood
    28th February 2016 / 10:01 am

    We loved The Hobbit xx

  24. MANDY DOHERTY
    28th February 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I love the Dr. Dolittle books x

  25. Maggie Ali
    28th February 2016 / 4:30 pm

    my favourite was Anne of Green Gables 🙂

  26. Michelle O'Neill
    28th February 2016 / 6:00 pm

    the magic faraay tree

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 8:04 pm

      My Fave x

  27. 28th February 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I loved reading so it’s hard to pick just one, One that I can remember reading a lot is Matilda by Roald Dahl 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      28th February 2016 / 9:10 pm

      I love Matilda too x

  28. Keith Hunt
    28th February 2016 / 8:42 pm

    Five Go to Mystery Moor Book by Enid Blyton

  29. Corinne Peat
    29th February 2016 / 5:51 am

    The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

  30. Ray Becker
    1st March 2016 / 10:07 am

    Wind in the willows

  31. Jayne T
    1st March 2016 / 12:13 pm

    The magic faraway tree.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st March 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Same here I love it x

  32. kimberley ryan
    1st March 2016 / 4:56 pm

    The Hobbit, just loved it, and still do 🙂

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      1st March 2016 / 9:41 pm

      I have never read the Hobbit, will have to put it on my list x

  33. don erwood
    1st March 2016 / 10:51 pm

    The Magic Finger was my intro to Dahl and I loved it

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd March 2016 / 8:49 pm

      ooh never heard of that one

  34. Michaela Hannah
    2nd March 2016 / 8:37 am

    Danny the champion of the world, i loved that story so much!

  35. sharon martin
    2nd March 2016 / 11:59 am

    velveteen rabbit

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd March 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Ah I used to love Noddy

  36. Kelly Hanson
    2nd March 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Can’t remember who wrote it but it was called ‘Gobbolino the witches cat’

  37. gemma hendry
    2nd March 2016 / 10:15 pm

    i loved the twits as a child

  38. Adrian Bold
    3rd March 2016 / 12:54 am

    The Famous Five / Secret Seven series.

  39. Victoria Prince
    3rd March 2016 / 9:52 am

    Mine was The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant! Though I was a real bookworm and there were so many I enjoyed.

  40. Vicky Loveday
    3rd March 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Rufty Tufty

  41. Emma Fox
    3rd March 2016 / 2:01 pm

    The Worst Witch

  42. 3rd March 2016 / 2:14 pm

    The Owl who was Afraid of the dark by Jill Thomlins. I have fab memories of being at primary school and my favourite teacher reading it to us

  43. Jennifer Rhymer
    3rd March 2016 / 4:09 pm

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then when I was older I loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume 🙂

  44. Natalie Crossan
    3rd March 2016 / 4:23 pm

    A Hundred and One Dalmatians

  45. michelle olner
    3rd March 2016 / 5:20 pm

    my favourite book as a child was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

  46. Rebecca Powell
    3rd March 2016 / 7:32 pm

    The Hobbit

  47. jessica cook
    3rd March 2016 / 8:14 pm

    gobolino the witches cat

  48. Moany Mike
    3rd March 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Peter & Jane

  49. Donna Caldwell
    3rd March 2016 / 8:39 pm

    The book of brownies Enid blyton

  50. sarah rowland
    3rd March 2016 / 9:53 pm

    the gruffalo

  51. Zoe Warren
    3rd March 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I used to read loads of Enid Blyton. My favourites were The Famous Five, and The Twins at St Clare’s. I read them all several times!

  52. debbie hay
    3rd March 2016 / 10:14 pm

    The babysitter club was my favourite

  53. Jacqueline Chapman
    3rd March 2016 / 11:13 pm

    I loved the ‘What Katy Did’ books.

  54. 21st February 2017 / 11:37 am

    It’s easy to see what inspired such fabulous authors when you see what they did. Britain really does have some beautiful places, doesn’t it?

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