The Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree will be taking place on Saturday 13th May 2017 – 12 to 5pm.

• The Nancy Blackett, the boat called Goblin in ‘We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea’, will be moored up at Pin Mill for visitors alongside Peter Duck, another boat belonging to Arthur Ransome.

• Neptune Sailing school will be hosting free taster sailing sessions for children and adults out on the water – with all equipment provided.

• There will be a Literary Lounge with a series of talks from authors including Julia Jones, children’s author, and biographers of Arthur Ransome at the Pin Mill Sailing Club.

• An exhibition of photographs taken by Arthur Ransome himself of the build of his boat Selina King in King’s boatyard will be on show at the Pin Mill Studio – the first public exhibition of these pictures ever seen.

• The Pin Mill Studio will also host an exhibition of photographs from the restoration of Melissa, a barge restored to her former glory by Webb’s boatyard, with additional archive images of Pin Mill from the early 1900s.

• There will also be an outside installation of old Pin Mill images around the beautiful Pin Mill area – with glimpses back in time.

• Local professional artists, Christine Bryant and Claudia Myatt, will be hosting drop in sessions for budding painters and artists to try their hand at painting the timeless riverside of Pin Mill.

• The Vintage Mobile Cinema, as seen on BBC Television’s Reel History of Britain, will be showing archive film of Pin Mill and Shotley including faces from the past you may recognize.

• There will be games and activities for children and families including a Pin Mill ‘Wooden Boat’ race along the stream leading down to the river, and Victorian swing boats, as seen on the Common in years gone by. There will also be a pirates and seafarers fancy dress competition for children and adults – and even a Arthur Ransome lookalike competition (think pipe and moustache!) Plus stalls and sideshows from many local groups, charities and organisations.

• There will also be lots of live music including shanties from Pin Mill favourites, High Water Mark, a performance of We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea by pupils from Holbrook Academy, and much, much more.

• With cream teas, a barbecue plus refreshments from the Butt and Oyster and Pin Mill Sailing Club– there will be plenty to eat and drink. There will even be a Geo-caching route along the footpath from Shotley to Pin Mill for those who want to arrive with intrigue

We will be selling event t-shirts celebrating this special anniversary and the heritage of this beautiful place.

More detailed information will be available nearer the day but make sure 13th May 2017 is in your diary. We will be encouraging visitors to arrive on foot, by bike or by public transport where possible but we will share advice on where to park nearer the time.

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