10:50AM, Monday 25 July 2022
The sight of my two little children excitedly peering out from behind a plant pot in Mr McGregor's potting shed and frantically searching for a key amongst Miss Tiggy Winkle's laundry are just two of the happy memories I'll take with me from Peter Rabbit's Garden Adventure at Blenheim Palace.
Despite the soaring temperatures this was a wonderful immersive experience for my little ones, and it was lovely to see them so eagerly supporting Beatrix Potter in her quest to rescue Peter from ending up in one of Mrs McGregor's pies.
We join the aspiring author as she discovers that Peter has gone missing somewhere in Mr McGregor’s Garden and then follow her through his vegetable gardens, greenhouses, and potting sheds, encouraged along by a host of familiar characters including Benjamin Bunny, Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddleduck and Squirrel Nutkin.
Each of them are brought to life through wonderfully skilled puppeteers and actors, who enchanted the audience at every turn.
Once again it appears Peter has managed to get himself into mischief in his attempt to pilfer radishes from Mr McGregor's vegetable garden but, with the help of his friends, Beatrix Potter – and the cunning of her band of little accomplices – clues are solved as the tale twists and turns towards its dramatic conclusion - a confrontation with Mr McGregor in his potting shed.
Through a mix of expert storytelling, live performance and excellent puppetry, this charming tale is brought to life brilliantly. Our Beatrix was excellent and engaging and, despite seeing this on one of the hottest days of the year, the 50 minutes flew by. The palace's walled garden provide an excellent backdrop for the story, so much so it felt very much like stepping into the pages of one of Beatrix Potter's books.
All children with a love of the outdoors and sense of adventure – and adults who remain young at heart – should love this, and the chance to explore the palace's walled garden afterwards, with its maze, games and play area, added to the experience. The wonderful and picturesque, gardens of Blenheim Palace are also well worth a visit.
Before that though, the children were able to get their creative minds going in an activity area, drawing their favourite scene or character from the show or colouring in Peter and his friends. There's also a farm shop selling a variety of Peter Rabbit inspired gifts and a food cart outside where you can grab a coffee or other tasty treats.
See below for more information and booking details.
1.Date: From Wednesday 6th of July to Saturday 3rd of September
2. Opening hours: 10.30 am to 6:30 pm (last session 4:30pm)
3. Duration: Approx 50 minutes
4. Location: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
5. Price: Tickets range from £5 - £20
6. Age requirement: Family-friendly activity. All ages welcome!