2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Arthur Ransome. Pin Mill featured in at least two of Ransome's books so a number of organisations are planning a number of commemorative events.

The fun starts at 12:00, with events continuing all the way through to 18:00. The following have so far been confirmed:

  • On Pin Mill Common

*Stalls, stands, games and fun.


*Victorian swing boats, barbecue and cream teas

*Live music with a nautical theme—including High Water Mark playing Arthur Ransome's own shanty and the Suffolk choir, the Rabble Chorus.

*A special adaptation of scenes from We Didn't Mean to Go To Sea featuring students from Holbrook Academy

*Fancy dress competition with great prizes! Children: Come to the Jamboree dressed as sailors, pirates and sea creatures First prize is an Annual Family Pass to Jimmy's Farm! Adults: Come dressed as Pin Mill's famous author, spy, sailor & adventurer, Arthur Ransome. First prize is a fantastic Family Day Ticket to Jimmy's Festival 22/23 July ! Judging will take place on Pin Mill Common at 3pm

*Games and activities for children and families including a Pin Mill ‘Wooden Boat’ race along the stream leading down to the river

*Local professional artists, Christine Bryant and Claudia Myatt, will be hosting drop in sessions for budding painters and artists to try their hand at painting the timeless riverside of Pin Mill.

*Commemorative We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea/ Arthur Ransome Pin Mill Jamboree T-shirts will also be on sale at £8 each and an information desk will help you find out what is on where...

  • At King's Boat Yard

*The Vintage Mobile Cinema, as seen on BBC Television’s Reel History of Britain, showing old archive film footage of Pin Mill and Shotley from days long gone by.

  • At the Pin Mill Sailing Club

*The bar will be open all day and the Club will host a literary lounge throughout the afternoon with talks from writers and authors, including Paul Anderson on Ransome: Reporter of the Russian Revolution; Anna Chen on Ransome in China, Peter Willis on Ransome's wooden boats, Julia Jones— acclaimed children's author and Professor Hugh Brogan, Ransome's official biographer.

  • At the Pin Mill Studio

*Exhibition of photographs by Arthur Ransome of the building of his boat, the Selina King, in Kings Boatyard

*The Pin Mill Studio will also host an exhibition of photographs from the restoration of Melissa, a barge restored to her former glory by Webb’s boatyard, with additional archive images of Pin Mill from the early 1900s.

*Ice creams

  • At Pin Mill pontoon

*Neptune Sailing will be offering free sailing taster sessions for children and young people, all equipment provided.

  • At Woolverstone

*Free and plentiful parking at the start of the river path to Pin Mill

*The Nancy Blackett and Peter Duck, two of Arthur Ransome's boats, will be moored up for visitors to see.

  • At Shotley

*Shotley to Pin Mill — a geo-cache trail for intrepid explorers walking the route from Shotley Marina down to Pin Mill through the National Trust woodlands

  • Getting there

VERY IMPORTANT! - PARK AND WALK - Due to the wonderful picturesque nature of Pin Mill there are no parking facilities for Jamboree participants apart from two disabled bays . Woolverstone marina and the Royal Harwich Yacht Club who have kindly offered their space for parking; it is then a short 20 minute walk to Pin Mill along the river footpath. Please do bear in mind (if you haven't been here before) that Pin Mill is an undeveloped riverside hamlet - unchanged for many years - with unmade roads and a common across a stream and the tide will be in during part of the day. Local people - we ask that you arrive on foot or cycle. There are bus services from Shotley and Ipswich too, and a foot ferry from Felixstowe and Harwich to Shotley. Please don't try and park in Pin Mill Lane.

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