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'Shilling' entry to Potter's farm
Hill Top farm
The farm house opened to the public 60 years ago
Children are being allowed to visit a farm belonging to Beatrix Potter for five pence for just one day only.

Saturday is the 60th anniversary since Hill Top, in Sawrey, Cumbria, opened its doors to visitors, after it was bequeathed by the children's author.

The creator or Peter Rabbit left the farm to the National Trust so generations to come could enjoy it.

To mark the anniversary young visitors will only pay a shilling (five pence) - what they would have paid 60 years ago.

Since 8 July 1946, Hill Top farm has received 60,000 visitors from all over the world and next year will feature in a film about the creator of Peter Rabbit called 'Miss Potter' and starring Renee Zellweger.

Beatrix Potter used the money earned from the sale of her children's classic to buy the farm in 1903.

Famous characters

Liz Hunter, house and collections manager for the National Trust, said: "A visit to Hill Top, to see where Tom kitten and Jemima Puddle-Duck lived has been a wonderful experience for generations of children.

"Beatrix Potter's tales are part of our heritage and every day we meet people bringing their children and grandchildren back to the place that so delighted them as youngsters."

Potter, who was born in London in 1866, moved to Cumbria after getting married, where she created her famous characters.

She died on 22 December 1943 and left 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust, together with her flocks of Herdwick sheep.

On Saturday visitors can watch Diane Hope, an artist from Border Fine Arts, painting character figurines.


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