Arthur Ransome's East Coast - enjoy the 2017 celebrations

The Shotley Peninsular TAG are excited to announce Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration, a series of events across the Shotley Peninsula celebrating 2017 as a Jubilee Year for the area’s literary and maritime history. There are three key anniversaries at the heart of this celebration:

  • 50 years since the death of popular children’s author; Arthur Ransome,
  • 80 years since his book “We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea” was published,
  • 20 years since the formation of The Nancy Blackett Trust.

Each of these milestones have a special connection with the Shotley peninsular and the River Orwell and perfectly tie in with Visit England’s Year of Literary Heroes 2017. All information on Facebook: ArthurRansomesEastCoast 

A famous author and journalist best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children‘s books, Arthur Ransome lead a colourful life. Whilst working as a foreign correspondent during the First World War, Arthur provided information to MI5 when he was in Russia, yet British Officials were suspicious of Arthur’s loyalties as he was friendly with the Bolsheviks.

In 1935, Arthur and his wife Evgenia moved to Pin Mill where they had a selection of yachts docked, one of which being Nancy Blackett. Whilst living in Suffolk, Arthur Ransome wrote We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, the story of a group of children sailing the Goblin (a boat almost identical to Nancy Blackett) from Pin Mill and being drifted down the River Orwell and out into the North Sea, eventually managing to sail to return to Harwich. As part of Arthur’s research when writing the book, he actually sailed the route of his fictional characters from Pin Mill on Nancy Blackett.

To highlight and celebrate this Jubilee Year, Shotley Peninsula TAG are organising a collection of events across Pin Mill and the Shotley Peninsula. Events will include walking and cycling trails, geo-caching, photography exhibitions, a drama production, open air cinema, a Swallows and Amazons themed camp and sailing event, Flotilla and the opportunity to see Nancy Blackett herself.
Arthur Ransome Walking Trail - free to download.

Shotley Peninsula TAG held a Press Launch on Thursday 27th April 2017, 10am to 11am, presenting their calendar of events and unveiling never-before-seen photographs of Arthur Ransome and Nancy Blackett.

The Jubilee celebration begins with the Pin Mill Arthur Ransome Jamboree on May 13th and events will continue throughout the spring and summer months.

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Arthur Ransome East Coast Celebration, coordinated by the Shotley Peninsular Tourism Action Group (TAG)

By Cathy Smith on May 10th, 2017

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