Birnam Arts Dunkeld

Birnam Arts Centre entrance

Birnam Arts Centre

Birnam Arts Centre  hosts a wide range of events, conferences and exhibitions. It is the home to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition.Birnam Arts Cafe

Created by the Dunkeld Institute which first formed back in 1883. In the 1990s committee decided to embark on a major building project raising £2 million to create the centre.

Birnam Arts Centre Theatre offers a wide range of music, comedy, workshops, art exhibitions, and is an excellent venue for conferences, meetings, weddings, parties, community events.

Birnam Arts Centre has an excellent cafe (10am and 4.30pm), free Wifi is available, and it  serves very good coffee, tea, home baking and excellent lunches.

The Beatrix Potter ExhibitionBeatrix Potter Rabbits

Between the years of 1871 and 1881, Dalguise House was rented by barrister Rupert Potter as a summer retreat for his family.  Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866. From the age of four until she was fourteen, Beatrix Potter stayed annually with her family for their summer holidays. From May to October, the end of the salmon season.

The young Beatrix knew the local postman, Charles Macintosh, who introduced her to the flora and fauna of the area. It was this early introduction that started her interest in nature, that was to become a lifelong passion.

The young Beatrix wrote for the first time about Peter Rabbit here. This later provided the basis for her first and most famous children's book 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'.

'The Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle' was published in 1905 and is almost certainly based on the Potters' old washer woman at Dalguise, Kitty MacDonald.

Beatrix Potter GardenOther children's books written by Beatrix Potter influenced by her  summer holidays here, were  'The tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle' based on the Potters' old washer woman at Dalguise, Kitty MacDonald and 'The Tale of Jeremy Fisher' based on her study and exploration on the banks of the River Tay.

From 1882 onward the Potter family abandoned Perthshire and spent their summers in the English Lake District. It is this association that Beatrix Potter is much better known with.

Next to the Birnam Arts Centre is the Beatrix Potter Garden. It features flowers, fungi and wild life characters that the young Beatrix experienced when on holiday in the area.

The garden footpaths leads past the houses of Mr Todd and Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, alongside the stream and pond where Mr. Jeremy Fisher lives and 'Peter Rabbit's burrow'.  It is open all year.