‘Unlike other films, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is within children’s reach,’ I’ve been told. It’s true. Any child can pretend that their bed is a sailing dinghy taking them to a deserted island. And when you are a little bit older – it’s not impossible to join a sailing club or go camping.
We took Swallow to join the Aldeburgh Junior Lapwings on the River Alde in Suffolk.
One intrepid sailor had bought her own Lapwing for £100, raising the money by busking in Aldeburgh High Street. Tilly renovated and varnished the clinker-built dinghy herself.
She can be seen here teaching the younger children how to owl hoot, playing ‘What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor’ on her thumbs.
The children went fishing for crabs, which they later raced down the slipway.
They went in search of treasure – if that is what you call a scavenger hunt –
before sailing back to camp by the mud flats, cooking out in the open and sleeping in tents.
They launched their dinghies, raised their red sails
and headed off, catching the tide.
Swallow, the dinghy used in the 1974 film ‘Swallows & Amazons’ acted as flag ship.
You can find ideas for Swallows and Amazons themed parties and presents here.
You can read about the adventures we had making the original movie of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ in these illustrated publications available online:
9 thoughts on “A ‘Swallows and Amazons’ sailing weekend in Aldeburgh”
Dear Sophie, Fabulous pics! Thank you.
My 36 hours at Rudyard Lake last weekend I described to Paul Green as, “36 Hours of Sheer Pleasure”.
Should have Nora C Lee with me at the Coniston Camp albeit I might not have any sails.
All the best, John.
Great to hear that, John. It sounds as if the Coniston Camp will be great fun. Please send me some photos!
This was wonderful!
Thank you! It was a wonderful weekend. I have just come in from filming an item for ITV News at Ten with kids doing the same sort of thing on the Solent. It was great fun!
What a great initiative! Well done, Sophie and Swallow! I’m sure the Great Man would have approved heartily.
Thanks – it is quite a journey up to the River Alde but wonderful when you get there.
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This looks like it was a fabulous weekend. As you say, ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is indeed timeless.
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