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.


Roger Altounyan was the discoverer of Intal and the Spinhaler (the chemical and delivery equipment which has saved the lives of countless asthmatics), he was also an inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’…

Find out more on the Member’s Site under Further Reading about AR!


Forthcoming Events

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SW region’s Zoom talk by Alan Kennedy 7:00 PM
SW region’s Zoom talk by Alan Kennedy
Feb 10 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
This event is for members only – if you would like to join TARS please go to the membership page. We are delighted that Alan has kindly agreed to do another talk for us.  
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Rattletraps-on-the-Water
Rattletraps-on-the-Water
Feb 24 all-day
Rattletraps-on-the-Water
Rattletraps-on-the-Water (Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire) Saturday 24th February 11.00am walk & quiz around the village, bring or buy lunch followed by The Cotswold Motoring Museum Sherbourne Street GL54 2BY prices £7.50/5.25 juniors (Region contributes £5 per JuniorContinue reading "Rattletraps-on-the-Water"
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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