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Spend some quality family time in the Lake District, Cumbria and celebrate the release of the BBCs new film adaptation of Arthur Ransomes classic childrens book Swallows & Amazons.

Follow in the footsteps of the four young explorers (the Swallows) or have your very own pirate adventure like sisters, Nancy and Peggy. Visit the locations that originally inspired and captivated the imagination of many generations to follow, including the picturesque village of Coniston where Ransome himself spent many childhood holidays.

There is no better way to explore the locations than by boat, so it is time for you and your family to get on board, and experience life out on the water with a sailing adventure all of your own. Let outdoor adventure company Joint Adventures guide you around Coniston Water. Travel to places only accessible by canoe or Kayak, such as Secret Harbour on Wild Cat Island, where you can explore for yourself and see where the Swallows set up their tents, played pirates and even make the Jump.

If you fancy exploring on your own you can have a totally authentic experience by hiring a dingy in true Swallows style or for a modern twist you could even try your hand at stand up paddle boarding from the Coniston Boating Centre. For a more relaxing way to explore take an afternoon cruise on Coniston Launch, or aboard Steam Yacht Gondola – once a houseboat which was one of the inspirations behind Captain Flint’s houseboat) and travel down the peaceful East side of the lake to find locations including 'The Amazon River' and 'Octopus Lagoon.'

If by now you are completely hooked and want to continue your adventure, then perhaps its the perfect time to learn to sail for yourself. With the stunning backdrop of the magnificent Eastern fells surrounding Ullswater, the Lake District's second largest lake, head over to Glenridding and book a lesson with Glenridding Sailing Centre. Fully equipped with traditional Swallow type boats during the session you will learn semaphore, hunt down treasure, end your day with an epic battle against Captain Flint, complete with a cannon, and walking the dreaded plank!

Once you have returned to dry land and if you want to learn even more about Ransome, visit the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in the historic market town of Kendal. The new BBC film is on release nationwide on the 19th August, following an initial premiere on July 24th.

Keswick Alhambra will be hosting a special Swallows and Amazons event on Saturday 28 July 2018 with an intro to the 1974 film and a Q&A afterwards with Sophie Neville, who played Titty. Moreover, Keswick Alhambra will be showing the 2016 Swallows and Amazons film at various dates through the Summer Holidays, perfect for those rainy days!



Begin your Swallows and Amazons experience by finding the perfect family friendly accommodation. Don't forget to pack your exploring equipment.



Canoeing, Ullswater

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