A Tour Of Storytelling Britain

We are so lucky that both our boys love books. Over the years we have bought so many books and each and everyone was read so many times that we knew the stories inside out. Big J has a really big collection and would want us to read 2 or 3 every night before bed and little J is just the same. Over the years we have visited some of the places that inspired our favourite authors and it really does give you an insight into the books and the characters. Cottages . com has created a lovely map of places you can visit based around children's authors and stories.


Out of all the places we have visited here are our favourite three.

beatrix potter, lake district

Hill Top

We are big fans of Beatrix Potter so we headed to Hill Top a few years ago where Beatrix once lived. It was truly amazing to wander around her home and see where she used to work. It is now owned by National Trust.

warner brothers studio tour

Warner Brothers Studio Tour London

A must for any Harry Potter fan. The studio tour based in Watford has everything you need. Walk around the Great Hall, try a butter beer or even cast a spell. We are desperate to return as 1 day wasn't enough for us.

drayton manor

Thomas Land, Drayton Manor

Little J absolutely loved Thomas Land. It is inside Drayton Manor theme park and it really is an excellent day out for Thomas fans. It's on our 'places to visit' list for this Summer.

To celebrate World Book Day and Storytelling Britain I have teamed up with Cottages . com for a Beatrix Potter giveaway so make sure you head over to my competitions page. 

If any of the places above or on the map take your fancy then you can be sure there is a cottages.com property close by. Renting a cottage can be an excellent way to have an affordable break together at any time of year. A break that isn't incredibly hard work, and gives you access to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Many properties accept pets, and larger properties can sleep the whole family. We have never stayed in a cottage before but after browsing the website it is something I want to do this year. 

Have you ever stayed in a cottage?



  1. We love books in our household and would love to take Blake to some of these places. Luckily we live near quite a few of these.

  2. This looks ace I will defo have a look and see where is near us, I also really want to go to the Warner brothers tour!

  3. I really want to visit more of the UK - particularly the North where I was born

  4. What a brilliant idea, I am a total bookworm and so are all my nieces and nephews, so this is brilliant for them x

  5. a wow this is just fab we are al avid book lovers here so this is right up or street

  6. This post is one of the reasons I love blogs and bloggers. I had no idea about the storytelling map so will check out what's near us. Thank you!

  7. It's a lovely idea, I'd like to visit a few too! :)

  8. I'd love to go to Warer Brothers Studios, I love Harry Potter so I've wanted to go since it opened. I can't wait until the kids are a bit older and I can get them into it and then I can use them as the excuse to go!

  9. We've never stayed in a cottage before, but it's top of our to-do list.

  10. This is such a fantastic idea. Big fans of Peter Rabbit here

  11. We stayed in a cottage in Cornwall when O was 14 months old. It was a great holiday and we really enjoyed ourselves! It was most helpful having separate sleeping areas and a lounge x


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