World Book Day is on Thursday, March 3. Visit these amazing book settings to celebrate
Ignite your child’s imagination (not that it needs much encouragement!)
and celebrate World Book Day this Thursday (March 3).
Whether you’re setting up a book corner at home, sending them to school with a stack of novels purchased for £1 or taking them on a scavenger hunt through Enid Blyton’s village or The Gruffalo’s forest, there are loads of fun days out to enjoy.
Here are a few spots to visit with your little one to get those imaginative juices flowing…
Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Can you believe Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released 15 years ago? To celebrate the special birthday, Warner Bros. Studios has lined up even more enchanting features to keep us muggles busy. Now you can see Hagrid’s half-giant costumes, step inside number 4 Privet Drive and discover how Fluffy – the three-headed dog – was brought to life.
Alice in Wonderland inspired Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel
Image: The Sanderson
One of the most famous and salivating scenes from the Victorian novel is undoubtedly the chaotic, yet utterly brilliant, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Sanderson Hotel offers a unique afternoon tea of pocket watch macaroons, tailor-made teas and crab éclairs that are sure to make you shrink and shriek with delight.
Beatrix Potter’s Lake District home
Beatrix Potter’s famous Lake District cottage will take you to the magical world of Peter Rabbit – and – it’s now available to rent if you fancy getting away. The house also features in the film ‘Miss Potter’, and since then everyone from Emma Thompson to the Queen have frequented the farmhouse.
Gruffalo trails across the country
If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise! Across the country the Forestry Commission have set up Gruffalo Days Out that consist of woodland trails like those found in the adventure books.
Giant Gruffalo sculptures hide between the trees, whilst costumed figures roam the pathways.
The original Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett was inspired by the gardens at Great Maytham Hall after staying there between 1889 and 1907. Burnett found an overgrown and neglected wall in the garden with a crooked door and so began its restoration. Now the Hall boasts an award-winning restaurant and diners are invited to explore the gardens.
Peter pan statue at Kensington Palace
Escape to Neverland through the royal parks at Kensington Palace. Potter along the Long Water and float westwards to find the iconic statue of Peter Pan surrounded by rabbits, squirrels, rabbits, mice and fairies all captivated by his musical charm. Author J.M. Barrie lived close to Kensington Palace during his time penning the novel and took inspiration from the palace gardens.
Thomas the Tank Engine destinations
Image: Day Out with Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine could be coming to a station near you! A Day Out With Thomas allows children to watch the engine’s cheery face roll into a local station before climbing on board to enjoy a day of exploration. You’ll also get the meet The Fat Controller, take part in Thomas-themed activities and leave with a special goody bag.
Winnie the Pooh at Ashdown Forest
Image: Ashdown Forest
For 90 years, Winnie the Pooh and his pals have been tumbling through The Hundred Acre Wood. Ashdown’s 500-acre forest inspired A. A. Milne, and today, visitors can embark on Winnie the Pooh routes through the forest and admire the views of the Southern Downs.
Stick Man trails across the country
Image: Stick man trail
If your little one is a fan of the Stick Man then these forest trails are for them. Children are encouraged to join in the Stick Man’s dangerous quests to get home to his wife and children – jumping over barking dogs and wrestling through swan nests. After you’ve completed the trail you’ll receive a special certificate.
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Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park
Image: Peppa Pig World
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