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.

the big steam adventure

Our president will be co-presenting “The Big Steam Adventure” and we believe a reference to TARS will be made in episode 2.

More information about the 50th Celebration can be found here along with timetables for the event.


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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Swallows & Amazons 1974 Movie – 50th Anniversary at Windermere
Swallows & Amazons 1974 Movie – 50th Anniversary at Windermere
Jun 29 – Jul 30 all-day
Swallows & Amazons 1974 Movie - 50th Anniversary at Windermere
    Swallows & Amazon movie 1974 50th Anniversary 29th – 30th June 2024 Also in TARS members area on link below….. Swallows & Amazons Weekend at Windermere Jetty Museum
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SW Zoom Sparkinson Interviews 4:30 PM
SW Zoom Sparkinson Interviews
Jul 13 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
This is event is for members only – if you would like to join TARS please go to the membership page. We did three of the interviews last year, which went down well, so weContinue reading "SW Zoom Sparkinson Interviews"
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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