Fascinating times await visitors to South East England this summer. There is much to learn and mull over. More importantly, the range of events means all ages in the family will be transfixed!

A few examples are below:

Memories of Beatrix Potter

16th July to 18th September, Mottisfont, Hampshire

The National Trust's Mottisfont in Hampshire hosts a new exhibition – the only one in the South East of England – that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. 

Beatrix Potter: Play and Childhood features a delightful collection of 30 original watercolours and drawings by the world's most beloved children's illustrator and author.

Also on display will be a selection of vintage Beatrix Potter dolls and figurines. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see these artworks, which, due to light sensitivity, are rarely shown outside of their permanent home in the Lake District. Accompanying the show is an extensive Beatrix Potter family trail, inspired by her playful characters and colourful stories. The route takes children on a fun adventure around the grounds, with activities to complete and puzzles to solve.

To be, or not to be?

Shakespeare 400, Windsor Castle, Berkshire


16th to 17th: Much Ado About Nothing

18th to 20th & 25th to 27th: A Midsummer Night's Dream

19th to 20th: Love's Labour's Lost

Shakespeare wrote the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor while staying in Windsor and the play was first performed in the town. The play is believed commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I for a celebration at Windsor Castle to coincide with her cousin, Lord Hunsdon, being made a Knight of the Garter in 1597.  

This August, the work of William Shakespeare is celebrated with an especial evening of performances of his plays at Windsor Castle, the royal residence closely associated with Britain's greatest playwright.

Many historical experiences are taking place at various attractions throughout South East England. Find out more: