Swallows and Yorkshires

Swallows and Yorkshires

Yorkshire is getting plenty of big-screen exposure at the moment, with the release of the new film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic, ‘Swallows And Amazons’ starring Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes and Harry Enfield.

The production took in locations from Coniston Water and Derwent Water in Cumbria to Heptonstall, Wakefield and Wetherby in Yorkshire with some iconic scenes shot at Plumpton Rocks near Harrogate and at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway at including Keighley, Oakworth and Oxenhope stations.

At Calderdale the high-street was closed, modern street furniture removed and even the local buses were re-routed to enable filming to take place over two days in August last year.

Creative England estimates the film will have contributed over £700,000 to the local economies over the course of the 43-day shoot and Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said: "Film tourism is continuing to grow in Yorkshire with visitors enjoying exploring the fantastic locations where their favourite movies and TV shows were made and I’m delighted that Yorkshire’s eclectic landscape continues to be a magnet for film and TV makers across the world."