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Time's Plague at Birnam Arts
Fri 7 Oct
Time's Plague | Auditorium
19:30 - 21:00
Doors Open 18:45

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Friends of Beatrix Potter

Visit the world of Beatrix Potter

Become a Friend of Beatrix Potter and visit 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 fun family activities throughout the year that will ignite your imagination!

‘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 – they are valid for 12 months from date of purchase 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

To help you visit the world of Beatrix Potter, we created our 'Friends of Beatrix Potter' Annual Pass for those who love the mischievous bunny. 

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 the world of young Beatrix Potter. And if you bought a pass in 2020 or 2021, we are delighted to extend validity until the end of 2022, meaning you can visit anytime until the end of the year.

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 & 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?

for the young artist in us all at Birnam Arts

Activity Boxes

for the young artist in us all

Stocked full of fun colouring-in and activity sheets, along with pencils & crayons - maybe your little artist will be inspired by the beautiful illustrations of Beatrix Potter and create a masterpiece to take home. The boxes are available to borrow in the Gift Shop.

Take a seat in our School Room at Birnam Arts

School Room

Take a seat in our School Room

Write in chalk on a slate at a Victorian school desk.

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

Cosy corner

Spend a little time with Beatrix Potter and your favourite characters

Discover Beatrix Potters stories in our library of books and DVDs that you can watch in our soft play area.

 

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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Great exhibition and performance spaces. Lovely terrace and indoor seating with lots of light. Great food and drinks and even a garden next-door for a stroll afterwards. Like

John Kirkwood   |   Google Reviews

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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

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
Peter Rabbit books & videos at Birnam Arts
Peter Rabbit books & videos at Birnam Arts

Beatrix Potter

There is bound to be a Peter Rabbit or Beatrix Potter treat just right for that special person in our Gift Shop.

Map showing Birnam Arts and conference centre in Scotland

Opening Times

Box Office
Mon - Fri | 10:00 - 17:00


Cafe
Wed-Sun | 10:00 - 16:30



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

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