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 ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom 4:00 PM
Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom
Jan 9 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reading 'Winter Holiday' on Zoom
Reading Winter Holiday on Zoom Every Sunday 4.00 – 6.00 pm from January 9th for the Zoom link Join TARS
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AR Birthday Zoom get together
AR Birthday Zoom get together @ Zoom
Jan 15 all-day
This event is for members only – if you would like to join TARS please go to the membership page. An afternoon Zoom get together organised by the South West region to raise a toastContinue reading "AR Birthday Zoom get together"
Midlands AGM 12:00 PM
Midlands AGM
Jan 15 @ 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Midlands AGM
Saturday 15 January The Midland Region AGM Herefordshire  also available via Zoom Arrive from 12.00 with a packed lunch. Come and share your ideas for activites that we could enjoy together.  Juniors – create your ownContinue reading "Midlands AGM"
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Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom 4:00 PM
Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom
Jan 16 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reading 'Winter Holiday' on Zoom
Reading Winter Holiday on Zoom Every Sunday 4.00 – 6.00 pm from January 9th for the Zoom link Join TARS
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Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom 4:00 PM
Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom
Jan 23 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reading 'Winter Holiday' on Zoom
Reading Winter Holiday on Zoom Every Sunday 4.00 – 6.00 pm from January 9th for the Zoom link Join TARS
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Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom 4:00 PM
Reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on Zoom
Jan 30 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reading 'Winter Holiday' on Zoom
Reading Winter Holiday on Zoom Every Sunday 4.00 – 6.00 pm from January 9th for the Zoom link Join TARS
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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