BYO Sailing day @ Warnford, Hampshire
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day

Saturday June 28th is our sailing/water fun day. This will be held on (and sometimes in) a private lake belonging to a TARS member. We are charging £2 per head to cover basic expenses, but otherwise it is very much ‘bring your own’. That is, bring your own food for a shared jolly picnic, and if you want jolly tea with your jolly picnic bring your own Primus stove.

We also need to bring our own water-craft, sailing boats, rowing boats, canoes, rafts…anything goes. We do not expect everyone to bring a boat, all are welcome with or without. If people do not want to engage with the whole wetness thing, they are also welcome to cheer others on and share in the picnic experience.

We will also have a paper-boat race, so bring your own materials and designs for paper boats. All soggy paper and other litter to be carefully collected and taken home; Coot Club rules.

Please note this is an open-air country event, there are no changing or toilet facilities on offer. The general area is between Winchester and Petersfield. For a map of the village of Warnford please contact one of the Southern region committee.


Rudyard Sailing Week-end
Jul 18 @ 4:00 pm – Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm

Camp by Midland Region’s very own ‘Lake in the North’, Rudyard Lake.

89th stoke sea scoutsBring a boat (or canoe) if you have one, or stow away aboard someone else’s.

£19 for Adults & £13 for Junior TARS price includes venue hire camping/bunkhouse accommodation & launch fees, but not food. £5 deposit by 14th July please


For further details see Signals or e-mail

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The Newtonmore Wildcat Experience @ Newtonmore
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – Jul 27 @ 10:00 am

Join us for the weekend and enjoy a Wild Cat Experience!

The Wildcat Trail

We have the exclusive use of Newtonmore Hostel from midday on Friday July 25th to Sunday July 27th. The hostel is right in the middle of the little town of Newtonmore in the heart of the Wildcat country!

The hostel at NewtonmoreNewtonmore is on the railway line from Inverness in the north to Edinburgh and Glasgow in the south. For Rattletraps the A9 is only a few minutes away and there is parking at the hostel. Likewise dromedaries can be stabled. For those who do not want to stay in the hostel there are B and Bs nearby, one of them only a couple of minutes from the hostel.

If you are very lucky you may see a wildcat in the wild. If you are not so lucky you can make your own luck by joining us at the nearby Highland Wildlife Park run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Discover Scottish wildlife and endangered animals of the world’s mountains and tundra in a spectacular setting in the Cairngorm National Park.

The Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore covers a mile long site with over twenty-five buildings. Discover how Highland people lived, worked and dressed. Visit the reconstructed eighteenth century Highland village. Look out for charcoal burners. The museum is inspired by the open air ones in Scandinavia and moreover it is free!

The open air museum

Surely not the Amazons’ tent! Spot the handcart (which book does that feature in?).

In the hills just above Newtonmore is the remains of a Pictish dwelling place. (Picts lived here, but were there any Martyrs?) Follow the Wildcat Trail into the hills to find it. Bring Dromedaries for further exploration!

A blue wildcat

A blue wildcat.

There are numerous models of wildcats prowling the town. Find 25 and you receive a certificate. Find 50 and you win a prize. Each wildcat is decorated in a different way.

A very strange wildcat.

A very strange wildcat.

A purple wildcat

A purple wildcat. Only another 47 to go!

The weekend is especially good for juniors and their families, and there is a welcome for TARS members from other regions too. Sleeping places are limited, so early booking is recommended, if you would rather stay elsewhere then just join us during the day and in the evening.

The cost is £14 per night (this includes tea, breakfast and refreshments throughout the day).
Juniors go FREE (but must be accompanied by a paying adult).
There is also a £5 Registration Fee for all attending any part of the weekend.

Camping weekend @ Cobnor, near Chichester
Aug 14 – Aug 17 all-day

Between August 15th and 17th we are having our usual annual camp at Cobnor, near Chichester. We light fires, go sailing, look at the stars, swim, and much more. You can stay overnight or visit for just a day.

Booking forms for this event will be sent out to Southern members by email and post nearer the time. Members from other regions please phone/email to get hold of a form as you are welcome too!

Last year there were 43 adults and 30 juniors having a great deal of fun.

Bring a boat if you can, or be press-ganged as crew aboard someone else’s. We regret to report that Swallow (the film version) will be unable to attend this time.

London sightseeing @ Greenwich, London
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

On Saturday September 20th we will be visiting Greenwich. This will include a visit to the Cutty Sark in the morning, so please meet there at 10am. Lunch will be found in Greenwich before we visit the National Maritime Museum in the afternoon.

The cost to visit the Cutty Sark is £12 or £9.50 concessions or £6.50 for a child. The National Maritime Museum is free. For anyone who has not recently been to either of these, they will find a lot of changes. Both are fascinating to anyone interested in nautical matters.

Apple Day
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPut a ‘Swallows and Amazons’ slant on celebrating the apple harvest with a variety of light-hearted activities in a Gloucestershire garden.

See Signals for further details or e-mail

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Scottish Literary Day @ Linlithgow Union Canal Centre (LUCS)
Oct 18 @ 10:15 am – 4:30 pm

We’re delighted to welcome Sophie Neville (‘Titty’ in the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film) to our Literary Day!

Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville

  • 10:15am to 10:30am – Registration and Coffee in the LUCS Team Room
  • Talk: – ‘The Making of the Swallows and Amazons film’ – Sophie Neville
  • Boat Trip on the canal
  • Lunch
  • Talk: – ‘Gaelic Language and Community in Great Northern?‘ – Prof. K MacKinnon
  • Talk: – Sophie Neville

Cost: £22 including the Boat Trip, all food, coffee and tea.

Booking (by 4 October please), and further information from Jim Lonie –

St Magdalene

Professor Callum Walk
Oct 25 @ 10:45 am – 3:30 pm

Professor Callum Walk

Saturday 25th October


Climb Herefordshire Beacon in the Malverns

and discover some of the secrets of this

Iron Age Fort

hereford camp

For further details see Signals Sept – Dec or  e-mail

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Autumn gathering @ Chidham Village Hall
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note the new location; we will be meeting on the South coast instead of the usual spot!

Held this year in Chidham Village Hall (at postcode PO18 8TP, on the main road through Chidham), very near to where we hold our summer camp, not far from Chichester. We will be hearing from Claudia Myatt the well known illustrator and author, who has illustrated the Strong Winds trilogy by Julia Jones and also is the artist used by the Nancy Blackett Trust. As well as a speaker we are going to have our own regional members’ forum: a chance for everyone to talk about how they see the Society going, are people happy with our events? what other events might we do? what are people’s concerns? what suggestions do people have for the future? etc. Come prepared to discuss and drink tea.

We will have two floors to use, so juniors can have their own activities; this year it is cake decoration and flag making. The nearest railway station is Nutbourne, 8 minute’s walk away.

Mug and Book Day @ Network For Change
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Swallows and Amazons Mugs

Use porcelain paints and pens to turn a plain mug into your own special Ransome-themed creation in the morning.  For the afternoon bring along a favourite book or two to introduce fellow TARS members to.  Come for either or both parts of the day as you prefer.

Please be aware this is up 4 short flights of stairs!!!

For further details e-mail

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