From the moment that Wordsworth scribbled his ode to the golden daffodils of Grasmere, the natural beauty of the Lake District has attracted artists, writers and film makers, eager to capture it for the masses. I was reminded of this only this week when reports surfaced that the Hollywood actors Colin Firth & Stanley Tucci had been spotted enjoying Sunday Lunch at a pub in Bassenthwaite. The pair are here filming for a new project which is due out next year (no title has been publicly announced as yet). Earlier this year, Windermere was immortalised in Deep Water, based on the Windermere Series of books by local author Paula Daly.
The gripping ITV drama starred Anna Friel, with the news following that it has been commissioned for a second series. Speaking of ‘second series’, bagging one was always a preoccupation for one of Britain’s favourite comic characters, Alan Partridge. Famously, his creator Steve Coogan and pal Rob Brydon wined and dined around the beautiful Lake District in 2010.
And who knows if it was his experience in this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site that partly inspired Coogan to set up home in the area shortly afterwards. 2006 saw the gorgeously shot, family friendly Miss Potter starring Renee Zellweger as the eponymous children’s author, local lass and founding member of the National Trust.
More recently there was a new production of Swallows & Amazons filmed locally too including on Windermere itself. Keep an eye out for other productions using the beauty and tranquility of the Lakes as a backdrop in the coming months. Hopefully they may wish to use us as a loction if they need a nice looking cafe or bar. 😉