Meetings and Events

The Society holds regular talks and meetings in the UK and North America and arranges visits to places of interest connected with Beatrix Potter. Most of these events are free to Members; there is a charge for others. Guests/non-Members are very welcome at almost all events – a small guest fee is charged. Occasionally, priority is given to Society Members at ticketed events.

An annual Linder Memorial Lecture is given in London, to commemorate the contribution to Beatrix Potter studies and research made by Leslie Linder and his sister, Enid.

The Society also holds biennial International Study Conferences in the UK – and occasionally in the USA. The Conferences are often followed, or preceded, by a holiday tour to an area of the UK with Beatrix Potter interest.

For more information about any event, please contact info@beatrixpottersociety.org.uk

Saturday 2 December, 2017                   The Sloane Club, London

Festive Frolics

Dancing Mice CardFestive Frolics will be on Saturday 2 December at the Sloane Club in London, The doors will open at noon and the three course lunch will start at 1 pm, so there will be plenty of opportunity to browse the sales and bring-and- buy tables to support the annual raffle.  In a slightly different format to previous years, ‘Festive Frolics’ will include a ‘show and tell’ of Member’s Potter items, winter/seasonal themed readings from Potter’s writings and an inter-table Beatrix Potter quiz. Click here to download flyer.

Eighteenth Early Conference and Tour

 Save the date!

Tuesday 11 September-Saturday 15 September 2018     Castle Green Hotel, Kendal

The Conference will be held at Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. Day one will feature six local women who like Beatrix Potter, are true Cumbrian entrepreneurs. A speaker from the Lake District National Park will focus on the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Cultural Landscape’ site designation, and what it means for the future of the Lake District and its farming way of life, so beloved of Beatrix Potter. Full day field trips will follow in the footsteps of Beatrix by spending time at either the Westmorland County Show, near Kendal or in Ambleside and at the Armitt Museum. Full details, including costs and information on accommodation at Castle Green Hotel will be provided in the January J&N.  Stay tuned in the coming months and mark your calendar now! 

Beatrix Potter & Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday 24 March, 2018                                            San Diego, California

Beatrix Potter & Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Day Celebrating Their Writing, Art, Farms & Gardens

Marta Mc Dowell, author of “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life” and “The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books”, and Connie Ryle Neumann,  a charter board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy & Research Association will talk about the exciting new research on the surprisingly parallel lives of these two authors. Click here to download flyer.

Eighteenth International Study Conference and Holiday Tour

Planning is underway for this to be held in the Kendal in the Lake District from 11-14 September  2018 details will follow as soon as they are fixed. A Conference flyer will be available in the January 2018  Journal & Newsletter.

Saturday 3 March, 2018                          The Sloane Club, London

Linder Lecture

Further details will be given nearer the time.

Recent Events

Saturday/Sunday 9, 10 September, 2017                   Lake District

Autumn Meeting

Autumn Meeting will be held  in the Lake District on Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September 2017. Click here for flyer

The Autumn Meeting will take place in the Lake District in September. 

   On Friday 8 September Mandy Marshall has kindly offered to host an afternoon at Castle Cottage as an optional extra to the weekend. She is also able to give advice about local travel and accommodation – please contact her directly on mandymarshall.bbg@gmail.com.

   On Saturday 9 September lunch at 1 p.m. in the Braithwaite Hall, Far Sawrey, will be followed by two talks and then tea, and there will be opportunities throughout the day to browse the bring-and-buy and sales tables. Dominic Riley, award winning bookbinder, teacher and accredited lecturer with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, will speak on ‘The Whole Art of the Book’; and then David Seymour, owner and renovator of Lingholm, will talk about ‘Beatrix Potter at Lingholm and around Derwentwater’.

   On the morning of Sunday 10 September Members should make their own way to Lingholm, just outside Portinscale, Keswick, at the kind invitation of David Seymour. Tea and coffee will be served before a guided tour of the newly-restored walled garden and a visit to the house itself.   There is a small gallery/museum dedicated to Beatrix’s work around Derwentwater and the Newlands Valley, and the Lingholm café serves lunch should Members wish to stay on.

Saturday 3 December, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

Festive Gathering

The Festive Gathering was held on  Saturday 3 December at the Sloane Club in London. It was a party to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday. After lunch Miranda Gore Browne, a “Great British Bakeoff finalist and cookery writer who is passionate about creating memories through celebrations gave a light hearted talk about how Beatrix Potter celebrated, or did not celebrate her birthday throughout her life. 

Saturday 10 September, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

Autumn Meeting

Connie Neumann, a Society Member in the USA and on the board of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, talking about these two authors. Born only six months apart but worlds away, they had more in common than their readers would expect.

Saturday 30 July, 2016      California

Another Twist: Embroidering on Beatrix Potter

Talks and tea at the Sherman Library and Gardens. Beatrix’s favourite tale, The Tailor of Gloucester, being the focus of the event

5 – 9 July, 2016      Bowness-on-Windermere

BEATRIX POTTER: a lasting legacy

The seventeenth in our series of popular biennial Conferences, themed to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday.

Saturday 5 March, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture

After the short formal business meeting, Dr Juliet Dusinberre, Life Fellow in English at Girton College, Cambridge, entertained and educated Society Members and guests with an excellent talk entitled Beatrix Potter: defying the enemy. Juliet is the author of several books, including Alice to the Lighthouse, which explores the seismic changes in writing for children created by the Alice books and Carroll’s revolt against the improving tales of earlier times. She explored the ways in which Potter’s creatures often escape and defy the boundaries set for them, a trajectory which has parallels in the secret code Journal she kept, and how reading, writing and drawing provided her with a passport to freedom from the restraints imposed on women both by Victorian family values and by a predominantly male professional environment. 

Juliet’s work on Beatrix Potter is part of a larger project on ‘Reading, Writing and Resistance’ which includes essays on Arthur Ransome, Wilfred Owen and Mass Observation diarist, Nella Last.

Saturday 5 December, 2015      The Sloane Club, London

Winter Gathering

Emma Laws, Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature at the V&A, entertained us with a talk on ‘The secret success of Peter Rabbit’ after lunch.

The event included lunch, a raffle, Beatrix Potter bring and buy table, Society publications on sale and tea with special cake.

Saturday 12 September, 2015      The Sloane Club, London

Autumn Meeting

Nicolette Jones, literary journalist and Sunday Times children’s books editor, gave a lively and interesting talk on ‘Peter Rabbit vs Little Grey Rabbit: the rivalry and affinity between Beatrix Potter and Alison Uttley’.  She considered the similarities and differences between the work, lives and reputations of these two writers, who were only twenty years apart in age and whose themes and subjects overlapped.

Beatrix Potter Society Committee 07Our AGM and Linder Lecture will be held on Saturday 3 March at the Sloane Club. Further details will be given nearer the time, and other dates for 2018 will be announced in the July J&N, in ‘Pottering About’ and on the website.

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