January might not be top of your list for a weekend getaway to a self catering Lake District cottage but it is a quiet time of year for a relaxing visit, and there is still plenty to do and see. The weather forecast is for snow in the next week which might tempt winter mountaineers to come and stay. For something a little more sedate you could try the Theatre by the Lake, near our self catering Lake District cottages in Keswick.
The classic Swallows and Amazons novel, published in 1930, has been reinvented for the stage and is currently running at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Arthur Ransome’s tale of John Susan, Titty and Roger has been brought to life by the crew at the Theatre by the Lake, “The Swallows and Amazons are the terror of the seas!”. The story was adapted into a stage musical in 2010, with music by Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy.
Ransome took inspiration from his surroundings and readers of the novel will recognise Coniston and Windermere as the setting for his story. He grew up holidaying in Nibthwaite, a hamlet in Coniston and eventually bought a home in the Winster Valley near Newby Bridge. He died in 1967 and buried at Rusland between Coniston and Windermere.
Theatre by the Lake is inviting you to celebrate Ransome’s birthday on January 18th (this coming Saturday) by attending the 7pm production and dressing up as a pirate. There are prizes on offer for the best costumes! Tickets are on sale from the Theatre by the Lake.
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