There’s no shortage of things to do when you book a stay in a dog-friendly traditional pub in the Lake District, but if you’re in the region from September 16th you really will be in for a treat.
Meeting Bea, a play by Eric Pringle, will be on at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere until October 9th, so if you’re keen to find out more about Beatrix Potter then this is definitely the event for you.
The production is set in Lancashire in 1945 and in the Lake District in 1927 at Hill Top, Castle Cottage, Moss Eccles Tarn, Troutbeck, Hawkshead Village Hall and The Tower Bank Arms… all places close to Miss Potter’s heart.
As the story goes, Beatrix is now Mrs William Heelis, a successful farmer in the Lake District, with her past as a famous children’s author now well behind her. However, her quiet little life away from the weird and wonderful world of writing is turned upside down by the arrival of a young Lancashire girl and an American publisher. Who knows what happens next?
The play itself was originally written for radio and was first broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 1993. Pringle, who lived in Kendal for nearly three decades, told the Westmorland Gazette: “I grew up with Peter Rabbit, Pigling Bland, Squirrel Nutkin, Tabitha Twitchet, Jemima Puddle-Duck and company firmly lodged in my imagination.”
So it’s certainly no surprise in that case that he chose to base a play around the wonderful Miss Potter! Tickets for this production are priced between £7 and £22.50, but if you opt for the Dine Out Ticket Deal you can have a two-course meal before the show for £35 in total.