Children and Literature

POSTED ON: 02/08/2016

By Kelly Chamberlain
The Bear Garden


If you are coming to the town with your children, or are young at heart, there’s plenty to do.  The river provides lots of inspiration for you to retrace the landmarks of some of our great stories.

Did you know that one of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ played by actor Sam Claflin, was born in Ipswich?  Did he imagine while standing on the shore of the River Orwell that one day he’d be on a pirate adventure of his own?

Take a trip on the sailing barge ‘Victor’ which was built in Ipswich in 1895 and sail downriver to where Arthur Ransome, of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ fame, set the children’s adventure story ‘We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea’. If cruises are more your thing or you have time to experience both, why not take a cruise on the Orwell Lady to Pin Mill.  Stop off here for tasty fish and chips and take in the beautiful scenery before cruising back to the waterfront.

Of course it must be mentioned that the name of the Ipswich river was adopted by Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell.

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