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Royal School of Dunkeld Reunion Afternoon tea
15:00 - 18:00
Doors Open 14:30

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Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Visit the world of Beatrix Potter

Become a Friend of Beatrix Potter and enjoy unlimited visits to our exhibition for a whole year.

Young Beatrix Potter spent many of her childhood summers exploring the fields and paths of Perthshire, travelling as they did with the family pets – two young rabbits named Peter and Benjamin.

It was her own childhood adventures that helped fuel her inspiration for her famous adventurous young Peter Rabbit, with his own penchant for mischief and adventure.

Along with his loyal cousin, Benjamin Bunny, and Peter’s sisters – the very well-behaved bunnies, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail – many aspects of her later stories found their spark in the young girl’s imagination during her summer strolls in the lanes of Perthshire.

For years, children have delighted to the tales of the cheeky Peter Rabbit, brave Benjamin Bunny, good Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, accident-prone Mr. Jeremy Fisher, and hard-working Mrs. Tiggy-winkle.  

At Birnam Arts, we are all set up to help fans of all ages explore the world of young Beatrix Potter, including our desks in a Victorian school room where you can see some of her drawings as she investigated the natural world, and explored ideas through her illustrations.

Children will love the traditional games and vintage toys, including building blocks and wooden trains. There’s also a range of interactive games and colouring in sheets for little ones, which change throughout the year.

Keep an eye out for our fun seasonal family activities throughout the year!

‘Delve into the world of Beatrix Potter’s Perthshire adventures and learn how she took inspiration from the beautiful area surrounding Birnam Arts.’

If you are in the area for a short visit, you can book your day tickets in advance through our website or if you would like to visit more often, our Annual Pass offers great value, allowing you to visit as many times as you like!

Become a Friend of Beatrix Potter

Priced at £40 for 12 months from date of purchase, the annual pass admits 2 adults and up to 4 children (3-15 years) any time you’d like to visit our Beatrix Potter Exhibition. 

Annual Passes are available to purchase from our Gift Shop counter. 

You can buy your Beatrix Potter day tickets online in advance of your visit or on the day of your visit from our Gift Shop.

Day Tickets    £2.50/child (3-15)
  £3.50/adult (16 and older)
       £12/family (admits 2 adults and up to 4 children)
  Children under 3 & accompanying carers are free               

 

Buy your Beatrix Potter tickets online

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For Children

Peg the laundry on the washing line at Birnam Arts

Peg the laundry

Peg the laundry on the washing line

Can you do the laundry the way Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle does so carefully with her chores?

A firm favourite with everyone at Birnam Arts

Grocer's Shop

A firm favourite with everyone

Have fun roleplaying in your very own fruit & veg shop! 

Budding Florist's can also enjoy selling flowers from the Flower Cart.

Step back in time and visit our Victorian School room at Birnam Arts

Victorian School Room

Step back in time and visit our Victorian School room

Learn what it was like to go to School in the Victroian era and do your classswork on a chalk slate or sit at the teacher's desk! There are no calculators here so you'll need to do your counting on an abacus.

Spend a little time with Beatrix Potter and your favourite characters at Birnam Arts

Toy Corner

Spend a little time with Beatrix Potter and your favourite characters

Discover Beatrix Potters' stories in our range of library books, enjoy playing with traditional toys or dress up as your favourite character & get a selfie with Peter Rabbit himself!

 

Dalguise Pillar

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Dalguise Pillar

The beautifully carved stone column which use to stand on the lawn at Dalguise House, summer home for Beatrix Potter during her childhood, is elaborately carved, dating from the 18th century. The Corinthian details, spiral fluting and unicorn carving became the subject of drawings by Beatrix during her summer holidays. 

Following its sad demise over time, the badly deteriorated column was dismantled in the 1980s. During the conservation efforts, each stone received attention, with the removal of previous repair efforts and consolidation of vulnerable sections, using threaded stainless-steel rods and lime fills, where needed.

The pillar now lives inside Birnam Arts, where it is protected, and supported by a stainless-steel stand, designed by Henry Boyd of Edinburgh. 

Importantly, the illustrations young Beatrix completed in her holiday garden were invaluable for identifying the pieces during the different restoration projects.

We remain very grateful to the Beatrix Potter Society and PGL Adventures Limited for their support for the project.

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Compact Arts & Conference Centre, it is also the exhibition centre for Beatrix Potter with an adjacent themed garden. The centre has a cafe with indoor / outdoor seating areas. Throughout the year the arts centre hosts a variety of different acts, shows, talks & exhibitions.

Simon Hawkes   |   Google Reviews

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Such lovely memories of coming to Birnam as a wee one, visiting the garden and the exhibition then exploring the woods that inspired Beatrix Potter.

Graham Webster   |   Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020

Accessibility

Parking

There are two dedicated accessible car park spaces directly in front of the venue. There is a gentle slope from street level up to the accessible entrance.

Entrance

Using the touch pad, enter via the large glass doors to the right of the main entrance.

 

Toilets

There are two Accessible Toilets within the venue, one on each level.

Ramps

There are ramps situated throughout the building to enable easy access from the Café to the Box Office and Shop, as well as on the first floor to go from the Gallery to the Meeting Room.

 

Lifts

There is a lift between the ground level and first floor.

Floor Plan

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Beatrix Potter Shop Showcase

Beatrix Potter at Birnam Arts
Peter Rabbit plate set at Birnam Arts
Peter Rabbit tins at Birnam Arts
Peter Rabbit toys at Birnam Arts
Peter Rabbit bags at Birnam Arts
Beatrix Potter mugs at Birnam Arts
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life at Birnam Arts
Shop Images at Birnam Arts
Gift Shop at Birnam Arts

Beatrix Potter

Shop one of the largest selections of Beatrix Potter merchandise in the country! You'll find everything from books and figurines to soft toys and kitchenware. 

Map showing Birnam Arts and conference centre in Scotland

Opening Times

Box Office
Open periodically throughout the week | Book online 24/7


Cafe
Daily | 10 - 4



Birnam Arts
Station Road
Birnam Dunkeld
PH8 0DS
admin@birnamarts.com
Tel: 01350 727 674

Entrance

Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.

Highlights

Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!

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As a past Chairman of Tayside NADFAS/Arts Society, I have enjoyed so many of our lectures in Birnam's wonderful hall and the hospitality which has accompanied it.

Virginia Cardwell-Moore   |   Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020

  • Entrance

  • Kinnaird

  • Cafe

  • Beatrix Potter

  • Shop

  • Gallery

  • Studio

 BIRNAM ARTS CAFE

  

Sunday, 21st April

 

As we are hosting a large conference on Sunday, we will, unfortunately, not be offering our Breakfast or full Lunch Menus.  The cafe will be serving our Soup of the Day from 12 noon until 3.00pm.  Teas, coffees, cakes and ice-creams  will be available from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

 

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause.

 

*The Beatrix Potter exhibition, shop and art gallery will be open as usual*