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“Rather underwhelming”

The World of Beatrix Potter
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The characters of Beatrix Potter's stories are brought to life in this recreation of the Lakeland countryside.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Manchester
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28 reviews
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“Rather underwhelming”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

We visited The Beatrix Potter World during Oct Half Term.

I think there needed to be more interactive things there for young children to do as entry was quite pricey.

What annoyed me was that to buy anything there from the gift shop, cafe etc there was a £5 minimum spend to pay by card, so we felt like we were spending more than we needed to

Visited November 2013
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High Wycombe, UK
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“a nice escape from the rain!”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Went here in Octobeer half term with kids aged 3-7 and they loved it, especially the 6 and 7 year olds who managed to fill in the sheets provided for them so added an extra level of interest for them. I felt it was quite pricey but we used Tesco vouchers so didn't have to pay as such. There was a long queue and a lot of Japanese tourists but we got in within about 15 mins. Sadly the cafe was closed for a function so they didn't manage to make any more money out of us. Spent about 1.5 hours there in total.

Visited October 2013
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“Half term visit”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

We have visited this attraction several times with our grand daughter and she loves it! Very well laid out and lovely features depicting the ever popular stories. Gets very busy during school holidays but numbers are controlled well.

Visited October 2013
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“Looking dated and tired”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Sorry Beatrix, I really don't think this is what you had in mind. Given the expense of entry I really did expect more that a wander through a series of tired dusty exhibits, faded plastic flowers and somewhat scary animals. This doesn't seem to have changed much since it was first opened and oh how it shows.

The new google street view style display and video is very good but it's in such a small room and there are so many people it's hard to do it justice ( and we were first in so god knows what it's like later).

Ou rchildren did love Mr McGregor's garden and were enchanted for the 15 minutes it took to wander through the display which is just as way of funnelling everyone into the gift shop, but it's a hell of a lot of money. £6.95 for adults and £3.65 for children ( although we found a leaflet for free entry for the kids) for what amounted to about 40 minutes.

Queues were awful as you watch a video presentation at the start and only about 20 or so people can fit in. Toilet access is bad too - if your little one needs the loo half way through ( as they inevitably do). You have to rush through the rest of the exhibit, through the shop, struggle past the queue down the stairs. Then you have to do the same in reverse, ignoring the sign that says you can't go back in via the shop. Sigh...it's attraction for kids - why do this?

On top of that the tea shop was shut for a private function from 11 - 2pm. Still, it stopped them being able to stiff us for even more money.

Kids enjoyed it (7years and 3 years, both girls). Adults emptied their purses in despair

Visited October 2013
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Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We took our 3 small Grandsons here for the first time on Saturday, They had a fabulous time, the displays are fantastic and very good value for money. It is a must see for anyone with small children

Visited October 2013
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