SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS join the race at KING POCKY’S DERWENT WATER REGATTA on Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 July
Join the adventure at King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta on 9 and 10 July, as upcoming family film Swallows and Amazons takes over the National Trust Lake District event. Families will have the chance to try out ‘back to basics’ outdoor activities featured in the film as part of the STUDIOCANAL and VISIT ENGLAND partnership celebrating The Great Swallows and Amazons Summer.
The enchanting film, in cinemas from 19 August, brings to life the classic novel by Arthur Ransome, telling the tale of the Walker children’s summer holiday in the Lake District, sailing, camping and fishing. Now, families can experience their own outdoor adventure by ‘setting sail’ for King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta and taking part in a range of activities inspired by the film – all in the location in which the story is set.
From sailing taster sessions* and the Swallows and Amazons Pirate Fancy Dress Competition to boat trips and a musical bonfire on the beach, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Ending the weekend on a thrilling high, adventurers can cheer on their favourite team, including one featuring the film’s producer Nick Barton, in the Swallows and Amazons Boat Race – a race using the real boats; ‘Swallow’ and ‘Amazon’, that are featured in the film.
There’s also a traditional fairground, live music and drama, ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’** activities as well as games to play including badminton and volleyball, watersports to try like kayaking and paddle boarding. Plus plenty of stalls selling food and drink - everything you could need for a family fun weekend.
Once you’ve enjoyed the activities at King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta, you can then visit a brand new information hub from 5th July, designed to help you create your own Swallows and Amazons-inspired Summer. The site offers free inspiration and advice on the best places to sail, picnic and camp across England with the aim of getting children enjoying the great outdoors again - and having wild adventures!
*small cost for taster sessions, see fact box
• King Pocky’s Derwent Regatta takes place in Crow Park, just beside Theatre by the Lake and runs from 9-10 July
• For more information on the event go here.
• To book a taster session, download the information sheet here.
• Taster sessions cost between £5 - £8.
• Stay here: GLAMPING WEBSITE INFO/COSTS TBC
• VisitEngland website launches 5 July with free inspiration& advice on where to sail, picnic and camp across England
• For more information on the film visit.
• Swallows and Amazons is in cinemas nationwide on 19 August
About the film
An enchanting new take on the beloved novel by Arthur Ransome, Swallows & Amazons tells the story of the Walker children, whose summer holiday in the Lake District sees them sailing out on their own to a local island, only to find themselves in competition with a rival group of children who call themselves the Amazons and ultimately an adventure far bigger than they could have imagined. Combining a great British cast with stunning locations and a classic story, Swallows & Amazons is an exciting and heart-warming adventure that will be a must-see for family audiences this summer.
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS follows the Walkers, four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday 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 they battle for ownership of the island, they learn the skills of survival and the value of friendship, which helps prepare them for the real danger they must face from the adult world. Steeped in the wonder of a child’s imagination and set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Lake District, this is an exhilarating adaptation of a treasured classic.
STUDIOCANAL is Europe’s leader in production, rights acquisition, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series. STUDIOCANAL operates directly in all three major European markets, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed recent box office hits like Paddington, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Non-Stop. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include The Commuter featuring Liam Neeson, and Nick Park's stop-motion movie Early Man, with Aardman Studios.
STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning subsidiary production companies including TANDEM Productions in Germany (Crossing Lines, Spotless) and the UK's RED Production Company (The Five, Happy Valley). STUDIOCANAL is partnered with SAM Productions, a Danish company founded by Søren Sveistrup (The Killing), Adam Price (Borgen), and Meta Louise Foldager (A Royal Affair). The UK based GUILTY PARTY, an associate partner of STUDIOCANAL, is run by the producer Spencer Millman, (Harry Hill's TV Burp), and the actors and writers Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and Jonny Sweet (Chickens). FINAL TWIST is an independent production company launched by the international bestselling author Harlan Coben in partnership with RED's Nicola Shindler.
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About Visit England
VisitEngland’s focus is on the development and delivery of the new Discover England fund for product development to ensure that bookable regional product is being sold in international markets. This activity will also benefit the domestic industry by building engagement and partnerships between and across regions and developing product that will be attractive to both domestic and international markets.
Our work is underpinned by robust research and customer insights. You can access the latest in-depth market intelligence and statistics. Tourism in England is worth £106 billion, and supports 2.6 million jobs
About The National Trust
The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the charity does.
Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
More than 20 million people visit every year, and together with 4.5 million members and over 62,000 volunteers, they help to support the charity in its work to care for special places forever, for everyone.
For more information and ideas for great seasonal days out go to.
The National Trust cares for 20% of the Lake District National Park, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, its deepest lake, Wastwater, its precious wildlife, 90 tenanted farms, and the cultural heritage within a dozen historic buildings. The National Trust supports 300 jobs in Cumbria and the Lake District and each year they work with local volunteers, who help them look after one of England’s most inspirational landscapes. The Trust is dependent on the support of its members and the visitors they welcome to our special places each year: every penny they raise in Cumbria is invested in caring for this special place, for ever, for everyone.
**About 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾
The National Trust launched 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ - a bucket list for children of outdoor activities - which aims to encourage more families and children out into the outdoors, engaging with nature.
For further background on this campaign, please visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk/50-things-to-do or tweet at: @nationaltrust
About King Pocky
The first Derwentwater Regatta was held in 1781 and the events continued for ten years. It was created by Joseph Pocklington and Peter Crosthwaite. Pocklington claimed the title of ‘King Pocky’ for himself and Crosthwaite (founder of the first museum in Keswick) styled himself ‘Admiral and Commander in Chief of the Fleet’. The regatta began with a rowing race – two oarsmen to each boat, starting from the site of the present boat landings and going anticlockwise around the four islands with a first prize of seven guineas (over £1,000 today).
Joseph Pocklington (1736–1817) bought Derwent Island in 1778 and built the house that stands there today. Pocklington was the son of a Nottinghamshire banker and was viewed locally as a wealthy eccentric. He had inherited a large fortune at the age of 26 which allowed him to lead a life of luxury. On the island he also built several follies, including a boathouse shaped like a chapel, a fort and a ‘druidic’ stone circle.
The western half of Derwent Water, and all the islands (including Pocklington’s home) are now in the care of the National Trust, who resurrected King Pocky’s Derwent Water Regatta in 2013 with the help of Keswick’s outdoor activity providers.