Swallows and Amazons 40th Anniversary


Many of the visitors to our Lake District cottages will be familiar with the classic tale of Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. It is an iconic Lakeland story that was turned into film in 1974.

Yacht on Lake WindermereThe book was first published in 1930. Ransome drew on his knowledge of Windermere and Coniston to create an imaginary Lakeland setting. The film adaptation was released in 1974 and was filmed in the instantly familiar locations of Coniston and Windermere.

We have several cottages in Windermere and Coniston where you can enjoy exploring the Swallows and Amazons landscape. There is a special cruise exploring the locations in Coniston that featured on the book. The cruise takes place aboard the steam yacht Gondola, the very boat that gave Ransome the idea for the Captain Flint’s houseboat in the story.

Steam Yacht Gondola on ConistonThe Swallows and Amazons story was set in the 1920a and evokes the charm of a wholesome carefree age that seems to have all but disappeared. It is a tale of innocence, adventure and sheer fun - a whole world away from modern playgrounds and soft play all under the watchful eye of an adult.

As is the fashion now, the film has been remastered and reissued to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original release. To celebrate the reissue of the film there will be several special screenings across the Lake District at The Royalty Cinema Bowness-on-Windermere, The Roxy Cinema Ulverston, Zeffirellis in Ambleside and the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. The screenings in Kendal and Ambleside will also feature a Q&A session with one of the original cast.

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Thank you to Visit Cumbria website for these images.