Your Swallows and Amazons Adventure starts here

Arthur Ransome’s most famous works are the series of 12 books following the adventures of children in the Swallows and Amazons series. Many of their activities are carried out by our members today such as camping, sailing, hiking and stargazing.

Come and Join us!

Amazing adventures are waiting for you. Treat yourself to membership from as little as £15.

Taster day from £2.

Forthcoming Events

(many cancelled due to Corona virus so start looking in June and check each event if it is shown as still happening.)

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Reading Coot Club
Reading Coot Club
May 15 all-day
Reading Coot Club
Reading On Zoom Sundays 4 – 6pm March 13th, 20th April 10th, 24th May 15th,22nd Join TARS to find out more!    
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Gorge on Riverside Caves
Gorge on Riverside Caves
May 21 all-day
Gorge on Riverside Caves
GORGE ON RIVERSIDE CAVES Dovedale Saturday 21st May Follow the Rive Dove in the footsteps of Isaak Walton, Charles Cotton and a bit of AR  – with a fishy quiz thrown in. About 8 milesContinue reading "Gorge on Riverside Caves"
SW Walk
SW Walk @ Blackdown Hills - tbc
May 21 all-day
This event is for members only – if you would like to join TARS please go to the membership page. We will meet somewhere in the Blackdown Hills and enjoy a walk together in lovelyContinue reading "SW Walk"
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Reading Coot Club
Reading Coot Club
May 22 all-day
Reading Coot Club
Reading On Zoom Sundays 4 – 6pm March 13th, 20th April 10th, 24th May 15th,22nd Join TARS to find out more!    
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Come and try Arthur Ransome inspired activities with us!

About The Arthur Ransome Society

Founded in 1990, the Arthur Ransome Society (TARS) celebrates all things Ransome.  He wrote on many subjects but his most famous works are the series of 12 books following the adventures of children in the Swallows and Amazons series.  Films have been made of several of these.  Many of their activities are carried out by members today, camping, sailing, canoeing, walking, climbing, star gazing, wildlife watching, campcraft, even singing shanties around a campfire.  Indoor activities include puzzles and quizzes, making things, readings, scoffing and chatting.  Come and try some with us!

As a literary society we also celebrate and research his life and his other works.  Racundra’s First Cruise will be familiar to many yachtsmen, and Rod and Line to many fishermen.  His work as an international journalist is still of interest today “If you want to know what is going on in Egypt today read Ransome on Egypt” said a member recently.   If you are interested in learning more become a member from as little as £15. For more membership information, click here.

We have an international presence and the Swallows and Amazons books are translated into 18 languages.

Our Member Publications

One of the benefits of being a member of The Arthur Ransome Society is access to the following publications: Signals, Mixed Moss and The Outlaw. Click the publication cover below to view an extract.

Arthur Ransome Books

The Arthur Ransome Society Privacy & Data Protection Policy

TARS Safeguarding Policy for minors