Lake District set to dazzle in new film adaptation of classic children’s book Swallows and Amazons

Cumbria Tourism, the county’s official destination organisation, is looking forward to the Lake District, Cumbria dazzling in the limelight once again, with the imminent release of the new film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s book Swallows & Amazons.

The film, which stars Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Harry Enfield and Andrew Scott, will be released in cinemas nationwide on the 19 August during the summer holidays making it the perfect time for families to be inspired to have their own adventures and follow in the footsteps of the young explorers.

With locations including Boon Crag Farm in Coniston and Derwentwater in Keswick showcasing our stunning scenery on big screen, the whole country will be able to see how the area is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. From sailing on the lakes to exploring ancient woodlands there is nowhere else more suited for the ultimate family escape.

Rachel Tyson, Head of Marketing & Sales at Cumbria Tourism, says,
We are really excited about the release of this brand new adaptation of Swallows and Amazons and look forward to welcoming many fans to visit the iconic locations for themselves, and have their own summer of adventure in the Lake District, Cumbria. We look forward to the positive impact the film will have on the local economy and we hope to see an increase in bookings and trade across the county.

In July, Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake took centre stage welcoming the cast and crew for the World Premiere of the film which was very well received by all who attended.

Director Philippa Lowthorpe says;
It was hugely important to me that we filmed ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in the Lake District. We filmed on Coniston and Derwentwater, with Herbert Island doubling as the infamous Wildcat Island. The Lake District is more than just a location in the film and Arthur Ransome’s story, it’s as important as any lead character. It was exhilarating to capture its epic beauty on the big screen. We hope the film’s release this August will inspire families to go out and have their own adventures in the Great British countryside and we can’t think of a better place to visit than the glorious Lakes

Cumbria is no stranger when it comes to being chosen as the perfect blockbuster setting with Miss Potter, King Arthur and even Snow White showcasing the beautiful Cumbrian countryside on big screen.
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Notes to Editors:

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1. Cumbria Tourism is the lead organisation for tourism in the county and is at the heart of the Cumbria Visitor Economy. It is also the largest membership organisation in Cumbria with more than 2,400 members. In 2015, more than 43 million people visited Cumbria, contributing more than £2.62 billion to the local economy and support around 61,000 jobs.

2. SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… As a desperate battle for ownership of the island ensues, the real dangers of an adult world on the brink of war encroach on their paradise in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner. As the sleepy British summer is turned on its head, the children must learn skills of survival, responsibility, and the all-important value of friendship. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lakes, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.

3. For more information about visiting the Lake District, Cumbria, visit:

4. To find out more about the work of Cumbria Tourism, visit

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