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Swallows and Amazons star to sail on Beale Park Lake

Swallow, the boat used in the classic 1974 film of “Swallows and Amazons”, is coming to Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show in June. She will be launched on the lake, and rigged with the original patched sail as seen in the much-loved film. Swallow was rediscovered in 2010 when Turks Boatbuilders held an auction […]


Swallows and Amazons Screening Sold Out!

With everyone heading to the Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge for tomorrow’s 40th anniversary charity screening of the classic “Swallows and Amazons”, we can report that it is now completely sold out. Presented by the Nancy Blackett Trust, the event includes a special on-stage appearance by Sophie Neville (who plays ‘Titty’ in the film), and who will […]

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Nancy Blackett was the favourite yacht of author Arthur Ransome, CBE, and the inspiration for "We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea", part of his "Swallows and Amazons" series, and probably his best sailing novel. Nancy, lightly disguised as the Goblin, plays a starring role as the boat at the centre of the book.

Nancy Blackett is now owned by the Nancy Blackett Trust, preserving her as a living part of the Arthur Ransome heritage. Each year many Ransome fans enjoy the experience of sailing her, and many more visit her at maritime events.

Please explore our website to find out more about Nancy Blackett’s history, how you can sail her, how you can help support her, and the mission and work of the Nancy Blackett Trust.

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Nancy Blackett at Woolverstone, May 2009.
Credit: I. Jacobson.