Buckland Abbey

Enjoy safe space, fresh air and a Peter Rabbit garden adventure at Buckland Abbey

Authored by Mary
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 22:05

Anyone faithful to the traditional nineteenth-century Beatrix Potter storybooks will love the Peter Rabbit™ winter activity trail that has opened in the gardens of Buckland Abbey near Plymouth.

The adventure trail at Buckland Abbey has been inspired by Beatrix Potter’s iconic tales.   With a sprinkle of festive magic, Peter Rabbit fans step through Buckland’s Kitchen Garden gate straight into Mr McGregor’s garden.

Carrot baubles dress Mr McGregor’s Christmas trees and the bunny jackets of Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail lovingly hand-made by Buckland Costume Group volunteers decorate the vegetable beds.

Look out for Peter Rabbit’s famous blue jacket on Mr McGregor’s scarecrow. Count up the carrots Peter dropped when he was chased away with a rake. Further along the trail spot the familiar watercolour characters of Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs Tiggywinkle and their real life habitats set in the winter landscape of Buckland Abbey's gardens.

Trail explorers receive a Peter Rabbit good bag with an activity pack, pencil, badge and certificate to set them off on their adventure. The trail is open daily 10am – 3.30pm (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Helen Trebble, Buckland Abbey’s Visitor Experience Manager said:  “Peter Rabbit is synonymous with garden adventures and is perfectly at home in the family-friendly gardens of Buckland Abbey.  The Abbey may not be open this festive season, but we can’t wait to ignite the imagination of Peter Rabbit fans and their families with some Christmas magic when they step inside Mr McGregor's garden and explore the outdoors in plenty of safe space and fresh air”.

Visitor information

  • Price: £2 per trail pack, plus normal admission applies:
    Trust members/U5s free entry, standard ticket £8.
  • Trail open everyday until end of January 2021 (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
  • The trail is wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs only in the gardens.
  • Pre-booking is not always required, please check the website for details. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey
  • The restaurant and shop open daily 10am-3.30pm.
  • When planning your visit, please ensure that you check local and national guidance before travelling.