Fancy a round? Join Tony Hawks for a film screening at unique Trust pub

Fans of comedian, author and Radio 4 regular Tony Hawks are invited to join him at a film screening with a difference next week.

Tony will be introducing his new film, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, at the National Trust’s newly-acquired pub, Sticklebarn, in Great Langdale on Friday 20 July, and then hosting a question and answer session afterwards.

This independent British feature film tells the true story of Tony and an unlikely bet which turned into a life-changing adventure. Dramatised from the best-selling book of the same name, it’s a unique production – all profits go to the care centre for children with cerebral palsy in Chisinau, Moldova, which Tony started with the royalties from the book.

The bet involved Tony playing and beating the entire Moldovan national football team at tennis, one by one. He thought it would be easy – until he encountered gangsters, corruption, difficult football managers and terrible poverty.  

This is the second time Tony has appeared in an adaptation of his own books, the first being Round Ireland With A Fridge. Tony’s acting credits also include Red Dwarf and Morris Minor’s Marvellous Motors, and he’s a regular on radio and TV panel shows such as Have I got News For You and Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

Deborah Robertson, Business Development Manager for the Central and East Lakes team at the National Trust, says she loved the idea of Sticklebarn hosting such a quirky film screening. She said: “This screening came about after Tony became a member of the National Trust. He wanted to raise awareness of what we do and the type of unusual venues we have and we jumped at the chance to see him at Sticklebarn.

“We only took over the pub in the Spring and is unique because it is the only Trust-run pub in the country so all the pub’s profits will be used to care for the land around it. That means NT staff behind the bar, serving the very best local fare, and sharing their knowledge and expertise of the outdoors with the thousands of visitors who come to this valley. We’re making plans for all sorts of events and this is a great one to start with.”

Tony said: “My girlfriend and I became National Trust members this year after making use of the cafe at Mompesson House in Salisbury. When we got talking to the staff, we realised what good value joining was and we signed up straight away. I love the concept of our national treasures being shared by all, and am delighted to be helping the Trust with this screening. I love the Lake District – who doesn’t – especially this year when it doesn’t actually appear to be any wetter than anywhere else in the UK!”

The Sticklebarn screening takes place on Friday July 20 at 7.45pm. Tickets are free, though places are limited so we’re asking people to book in advance by calling Sticklebarn on 015394 37356.

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Media inquiries: please contact Suzanne Elsworth, National Trust Communications Consultant, on 07770 635354 or email


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