A summer of Swallows and Amazons at Lake District attraction

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16 June 2017 3:13PM

THE much-loved Lake District tale Swallows and Amazons is the subject of a new exhibition opening this month.

Arthur Ransome’s classic novel is brought to life at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts house near Windermere, with an exhibition featuring props from the 2016 film and objects from the Ransome archive borrowed from Blackwell’s sister museum, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal.

Discover an indoor recreation of the Walker children’s campsite on Wildcat Island plus a children’s trail and craft activities for the whole family to enjoy.

This is Blackwell’s first foray into a full summer of family activities that have been created as an immersive experience, encouraging families to spend time and learn together well away from modern day digital distractions.

The team have been lucky enough to work with Studiocanal and Nick Barton, the producer behind the 2016 award-winning film. Nick Barton of Harbour Pictures has loaned the boats, Swallow and Amazon, that featured in the film. They will be perched on Blackwell’s lawns with picturesque views overlooking the lake that was their literary home.

Exhibition curator, Meredith Greiling, says: "Arthur Ransome combined his passions for sailing and the Lake District into his best loved books, beginning with Swallows and Amazons.

"In his stories he captured a love of sailing on the lakes into a lasting tale of childhood adventure, which has been revisited many times by film and television makers.

"The exhibition recreates camping on Wildcat Island where a storyteller will conjure new stories inspired by Ransome’s books. It is also a chance to get up close to some of the artwork made for the film and see how Ransome’s story was recreated.

"Lakeland Arts has a long association with the legacy of Arthur Ransome displayed at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. By bringing the boats and props from the latest film to Blackwell visitors will experience the charm of these much loved tales in an appropriate setting with views over the water of Windermere which first inspired their author."

A Summer of Swallows and Amazons at Blackwell starts on Thursday June 29 and runs until Sunday September 3.

Every Wednesday in July and August, the resident storyteller will be recalling the adventures on Wild Cat Island, and on Friday July 7, Nick Barton will host a breakfast from 9am.

For more information, visit blackwell.org.uk

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