Willows Activity Farm marks Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground construction with time capsule

PUBLISHED: 17:24 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:50 04 November 2015

Digging a hole for the Peter Rabbit time capsule by the 100-year-old ash tree at Willows Activity Farm

Digging a hole for the Peter Rabbit time capsule by the 100-year-old ash tree at Willows Activity Farm


A time capsule will be buried at Willows Activity Farm in Hertfordshire as construction of a £1million Peter Rabbit-themed adventure area starts.

Plans for the Peter Rabbit™ Adventure Playground at Willows Activity FarmPlans for the Peter Rabbit™ Adventure Playground at Willows Activity Farm

The farm attraction near St Albans will bury the time capsule, including a copy of the Welwyn Hatfield Times, to mark the foundations of the UK’s first Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground being dug.

The capsule will preserve a host of much-loved Beatrix Potter items for future generations, including Peter Rabbit books, a Peter soft toy, Willows Newsletter announcing the new adventure playground and a Peter Rabbit magazine.

Copies of local newspapers, including the Welwyn Hatfield Times, will be included to give a flavour of life in Hertfordshire in 2015.

The time capsule at the farm attraction in Coursers Road, between London Colney and Colney Heath, will be buried underneath the 100-year-old ash tree that will soon be transformed into The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse – the centrepiece of the new attraction.

The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground

It will have 10 activities themed around the world-famous and much-loved Beatrix Potter characters, including the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Kitchen, a Jeremy Fisher Musical Pond and Benjamin Bunny Treetop Adventure.

The centrepiece will be The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse, built around a 100-year-old ash tree at the Coursers Road site near St Albans, Hertfordshire.

A plaque will also be placed on the tree to commemorate the occasion, and a letter from Willows chief executive Andrew Wolfe explaining the contents of the capsule for future generations.

Mr Wolfe said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Peter Rabbit to Willows next year, and what better way to mark the beginning of the construction of the new area than with a time capsule?

“Peter is already loved by generations of children. We are very proud to be the location of the first-ever Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground and want to ensure Peter’s legacy is preserved and loved for many more generations to come.

“We hope that when our time capsule is discovered in the future, the people who find it will be reunited with a fondly-remembered friend.”

The new Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground at Willows is being created in partnership with Silvergate Media, the co-producers and global licensing agent of the CGI animated TV series ‘Peter Rabbit’.

It will feature new play areas themed on the much-loved stars of the animated CBeebies programme.

Thomas Merrington, of Silvergate Media, said: “Parents and children alike love Peter Rabbit, so it’s great that the time capsule includes elements of the classic stories and the new animated Peter Rabbit, especially with the 2016 opening coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.

“He is truly a timeless character.”

The Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground will open in April 2016.

* For more information visit www.willowsactivityfarm.com or follow @Willows_Farm on Twitter for all the latest updates.

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