Today marks World Book Day – a BIG celebration of authors, books, illustrators and reading!
On this special day, we’ve decided to spotlight the inspiration that bought one of the world’s most loveable children’s characters to life – Winnie the Pooh!
AA Milne (b.1882) was notoriously known for capturing the imaginations of children around the globe with his collection of Pooh stories.
Milne’s first volume titled Winnie-the-Pooh was released in 1926 and in 1928 this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner.
His inspiration derived from the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex – which ultimately became the home of the famous teddy bear and friends! Milne lived on the Northern edge of this vast area of land and his son regularly drew illustrations of the forest which featured in many of the books.
Why not pay a visit – The Ashdown Forest is only an hours’ drive from London! Take the Pooh Walk at the Gills Lap (Galleon’s Leap in the books) downloadable from the Ashdown Forest Centre and explore all the haunts of Pooh, Tigger, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore Kanga, Roo and Owl including The Enchanted Place, Pooh Sticks Bridge, The Heffalump Trap, North Pole, and Eeyore’s Sad and Gloomy Place.
The Forest itself is classed as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to plenty of deer and thousands of different species of wildlife. The ancient forest is the largest open access space in the whole of the South East with 2500 hectares of land.
No visit to the Ashdown Forest is complete without a trip to Pooh Corner! Situated on the edge of the forest, choose from the hundreds of souveniers and collectables to make your Winne the Pooh adventure complete. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by for a delicious cream tea or two at Piglit’s Tearoom!
For the perfect weekend stay, The Red House in the pretty village of Hartfield is conveniently located right on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. This magnificent double fronted holiday cottage sleeping 10 + 2 is comfortably furnished with plush sofas and open fireplaces (perfect for warming up those rosy cheeks after a day of exploring!)
For more ideas and inspiration please check out our things to do section.