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Lake District's Great Peter Rabbit™ Egg Hunt starts next month
A LAKE District tourist attraction is gearing up to host one of England's best Egg Hunts next month.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction™ in Bowness is behind the one day event which spans the Lake District countryside.
Now in its sixth year, the Great Peter Rabbit™ Egg Hunt is also raising funds for WaterAid, an international charity providing clean water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest communities.
Fifty handcrafted ceramic eggs are currently being delivered to secret locations across the Lakes and will be placed in safe-to-reach hideaways.
Organisers stress the eggs will be in open view in public areas so no digging or delving is necessary.
An online map will help egg hunters identify the general location of each egg before they set off on their hunt.
They are promising more prizes than ever with the star prize a week’s holiday for a family of six in the five star boutique penthouse apartment, The Bowering in Windermere.
Five luxury hotels: Lindeth Howe Hotel, Beech Hill Hotel, Low Wood Hotel, Lakeside Hotel and the new Daffodil Hotel at Grasmere, are all offering one night stays along with family passes to top local attractions.
Local artist Sue Dunne has been commissioned to create three limited edition designs for the ceramic eggs.
Each egg, a prize in itself, is a collectable item and allows its finder and family entry in to The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction and a copy of the 100th anniversary edition of Pigling Bland, courtesy of Frederick Warne, publisher of the Beatrix Potter books.
The Egg Hunt is launched at 10am on Thursday April 4 at the World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction and on the website www.hop-skip-jump.com where treasure hunters can view a map and clues before they set out on their quest.
Those taking part are encouraged to register securely online at www.hop-skip-jump.com/egg-hunt in advance of the event, giving their £2 donation to WaterAid.
Andy Poole, Chief Executive of the World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction said: “We are delighted to be organising the Great Peter Rabbit™ Egg Hunt for the 6th year running along with the support of Frederick Warne, the publisher of Beatrix Potter™ books, the National Trust and many local accommodation providers and attractions who have generously donated prizes.
"We are hoping to raise a significant donation for WaterAid. We have supported WaterAid for a number of years raising over £17,000 to date for their work in Malawi.
"It seems right that in our region which is so famous for its water that we should help a part of the world where there is a shortage. We invite people from all over the country to come and visit the Lake District and explore this beautiful area as they hunt for Peter Rabbit eggs.”
Susie Kennedy, of WaterAid, said: “It’s great to know that while intrepid explorers search for treasure around the stunning waters of he Lake District they will be helping those who currently lack the vital resource of safe, clean water. Good luck to everyone taking part!”
No special egg hunting equipment is required for the one day event.
Once all the eggs have been found, the egg hunt is over for another year Egg Hunt progress can be followed on twitter @peterrabbiteggs