Arthur Ransome Trust

Putting Ransome on the Map

Previous Events

Our previous events are summarised below. They include Temporary Moorings exhibitions, Voyages of Discovery displays and events, and Camp Fires talks.


  • Swallows and Amazons Marathon Read, September 3, 2017 (Voyages of Discovery)
    A wonderful day at Coniston Boating Centre, hosted by Lake District National Park Authority. ART both supported and took part in a live, non-stop reading of Swallows and Amazons.
  • From Coniston to the Kremlin: Arthur Ransome’s Russian Adventures, July 3 – September 3, 2017 (Temporary Moorings)
    An exhibition exploring Arthur Ransome’s involvement in Russia between 1913 and 1924.
  • Imagination and Reality in the Lake DistrictJuly 27, 2017 (Camp Fires)
    A talk by Paul Flint, part of the Lakeland Arts Trust’s Swallows and Amazons season at Blackwell.



  • Brockhole, August 1 – December 6, 2016 (Voyages of Discovery)
    A good, long Voyage courtesy of our hosts, the Lake District National Park Authority.
  • Rheged Activity Day, October 26, 2016 (Voyages of Discovery)
    A day at Rheged, for activities alongside our host’s half-term screening of Swallows and Amazons.
  • Rheged Centre, Penrith, September 24, 2016 (Camp Fires)
    Paul Flint provided a Q&A session about Arthur Ransome and Swallows and Amazons for Ullswater Festival’s screening of the new Swallows and Amazons movie.
  • Holker Garden Festival, June 3 – 5, 2016 (Voyages of Discovery)
    In June we returned to what subsequently turned out to be the last Holker Garden Festival (not our fault, honestly!). (Photo Gallery)



  • Lowther Show, August 15 – 16, 2015 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    Our first Voyage to the north-east lakes, courtesy of one of Cumbria’s largest fairs.
  • Bristol Old Vic, November 29, 2014 – January 17, 2015 (Voyages of Discovery)
    We returned to Bristol, renewing acquaintances as the Old Vic revived their excellent adaptation of Swallows and Amazons
  • Liverpool Central Library, September 27 – October 31, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery)  
    Our static display proved popular during its month-long visit to Liverpool’s new Central Library.



  • Arthur Ransome’s Imagination and Reality in the Lake District, October 15, 2014 (Camp Fires) 
    Paul Flint gave a lecture at a well-attended open meeting of the Crossthwaite and Lyth Women’s Institute
  • Grasmere Show, August 24, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    Our return to Grasmere was accompanied by excellent weather (a relief after the Lakeland Country Fair!)
  • Lakeland Country Fair, August 17, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    Our single-day Voyage took place in gales and horizontal rain – a good test for ART’s mini marquees.
  • Coniston Country Fair, July 20, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    An enjoyable and busy Voyage, the first using our expanded marquees.
  • Coniston Regatta, May 28 – 29, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery) 
    An enjoyable Voyage of Discovery, with ART’s marquee pitched between a charcoal burn and an alpaca pen.
  • Swallows and Amazons Musical at Windermere School, February 12 – 13, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery) 
    This was the first production of the Swallows and Amazons musical by a UK school. Great fun, and good to meet and chat with the audience before and after.
  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, November 15, 2013 – January 18, 2014 (Voyages of Discovery) 
    Swallows and Amazons came to Keswick, with a hugely enjoyable and well-received version of the Old Vic’s Musical.



  • Grasmere Show, August 25, 2013 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    It was great to take the ART displays to this classic Lakeland show.
  • Hawkshead Show, August 20, 2013 (Voyages of Discovery) 
    Our second venture with ART’s new mini-marquee took us to one of the classic Lakeland agricultural shows.
  • Coniston Regatta, May 30 – June 1, 2013 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    This three day event was a great opportunity to try out ART’s new mini marquee in a classic Ransome location.



  • Pigeon Post at Holker Hall, June 8 – 10, 2012 (Temporary Moorings) (Photo Gallery)
    A cross between a Voyage of Discovery and a Temporary Mooring, as we produced a mini, three day exhibition focused on Pigeon Post, complete with replica blast furnace.
  • Swallows and Amazons Musical Tour, December 20, 2011 – May 19, 2012 (Voyages of Discovery) 
    Huge thanks to all involved, on the tour and at the host theatres, for taking ART’s displays around the country.



  • Imagination and Reality: the Art of Arthur RansomeMay 19 – September 4, 2011 (Temporary Moorings) (Photo Gallery)
    Our first Temporary Mooring exhibition was in partnership with the hosts, The Brantwood Trust, and Lakeland Arts Trust and Leeds University Library, who loaned the exhibits.
  • Imagination and Reality: Arthur Ransome’s MapsSeptember 3, 2011 (Camp Fires) 
    A joint event with the Royal Geographical Society, including a lake cruise and a number of mini lectures at Brantwood.
  • The Collingwoods, Coniston and Ransome, August 24, 2011 (Camp Fires)
    A fascinating talk at Brantwood by Vicky Slowe, curator of the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.
  • Secret Water, August 10, 2011 (Camp Fires) 
    A lecture at Abbot Hall, Kendal, by Roland chambers, author of The Last Englishman, the Secret Life of Arthur Ransome.
  • Ransome’s Foreign Legion, August 3, 2011 (Camp Fires) 
    Our third Camp Fire event, as Robert Thompson lectured on the many foreign editions of the Swallows and Amazons novels.
  • The Homing Stone and Old Peter, July 13, 2011 (Camp Fires) 
    A wonderful evening as Arthur Ransme’s great-nephew, Hugh Lupton enthralled his audience with his story-telling skills.
  • The Lake in the North, June 29, 2011 (Camp Fires) (Photo Gallery)
    Our inaugural Camp Fire lecture. Author and Ransome literary executor Christina Hardyment explored the links between Ransome’s fictional landscape and reality



  • Swallows and Amazons Musical  at the Bristol Old Vic, December 2010 – January 2011 (Voyages of Discovery) (Photo Gallery)
    Our first Voyage of Discovery, courtesy of the Bristol Old Vic’s new and highly-acclaimed adaptation of Swallows and Amazons.

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“This is the best day of the whole cruise,” said Titty.

“I know why,” said Dorothea. “It’s because it wasn’t planned.”

That was it. For the four able-seamen, as well as for Nancy and John, the cruise had been too successful. The Sea Bear, sailing from port to port, from one famous anchorage to another, had been as regular as a liner. Everything had gone according to programme, and that programme had not allowed for such days as this, with four able-seamen exploring by themselves…

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