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Cornwall has long been a popular holiday destination in the UK but with the release of a new film last week, tourism experts in the region are hopeful of a further boost in tourism. The film, 'Summer in February', is based on the story of the Lamorna Group, a group of local artists named after the village on the coast in the south west county.

Based on the book by Jonathan Smith, the story follows the exploits of an ill-fated love triangle between lauded artist AJ Munnings, his wife and the land agent on the Lamorna Estate. Actors starring include Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens who plays the land agent. The story is based on a true story and is set just prior to the start of the First World War.

Scenic spots in West Cornwall are featured throughout the film including Lamorna itself and Porthcurno, which was the setting for an evening barbecue. There are several horse-riding scenes in the film and many were filmed on the National Trust land at Holywell beach.

The region in Cornwall in which 'Summer in February' was known for producing many great artists of the time and tourism experts at Visit Cornwall are encouraging visitors to step into the shoes of the characters by enjoying local art lessons or visiting Munning's studio and former residence. The pub, The Wink, where the love rivals often drank is still open today and open to tourists who might like to enjoy a pint on their scenic walk.

The South West Coast Path features as the inspiration for the title of the book and film. It was commented on in Munning's diary in which he discussed a walk along the path, which is the longest of the National Trails in the UK, but said it was a 'summer's day' although the walk really took place in February.

Cornwall's tourism team are very keen to showcase the still thriving art scene in the county, citing the stunning scenery as a draw for artists throughout the centuries. Communications around the movie will bring focus to the area's art galleries, studios and art classes.

Its starring role in 'Summer in February' isn't the first time that the rugged Cornish coastline has been featured in major movies. Even James Bond in 'Die Another Day' enjoyed time there and Tim Burton's take on the CS Lewis classic Alice in Wonderland also featured the landscape.

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