Author Archives: Helen Lewis

Sailing Day At Bank Ground Farm. Aug 2nd 2014

Following the success of last year’s Sailing Day hosted by the Battys of Bank Ground Farm, and our failure to raise a fit team of Dragon Boaters, we decided to repeat the experience.
Join us at Holly Howe for a spot of sailing, canoeing or native rowing.
Bank Ground Farm, East of Lake Rd, Coniston, Cumbria. LA21 8AA
Saturday August 2nd, from 10am till 4pm. Bring a model boat, hoist a signal, make a fire place, use leading lights, meet new friends and share lunch in style.
Cost £15 to include lunch and access to the site.
Juniors £8.
Please contact Helen Lewis 0191 373 6312 by 22nd July.

Roger’s Day Out in York 26th Oct 2013

 Roger’s Day Out at the new Chocolate Museum and the Railway Museum, York on 26th October 2013

Meet outside Museum Gardens at 11.00. The bus from the Park and Ride stops here. Do a short chocolate tour around York on route to the Museum. 

The Chocolate Tour lasts one hour and it has been booked for 11.40. This means a lot of the afternoon will be free.  We recommend lunch and then a visit to the Railway Museum which is free, or for those interested enough, a guided tour of the second-hand bookshops of York could be arranged.  

The maximum Chocolate Tour group is 20. 

To keep us as one group we have been pencilled in as 10 adults and 10 senior citizens.  It can be amended to include children.  Full payment must be made 7 days before and so we need to know before then how many are keen to come. We need a minimum of 15 to get the group discount. 

There are various cafés for lunching in – there is a church hall nearby which does cheap sandwiches and tea/coffee but it has no facilities.  The best option is Deans Court Hotel – where we have been before – as they are never as busy and will take a booking.  However, this could be a bit pricey.

The prices for the Tour are as follows:  

Date of Visit

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Customer Notes



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Group – Adult

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A child (5-15) would be £5.75

If we don’t get 15 Members, the price is as follows:

Admission prices: 

      Online Best Prices     Walk-up Prices      
Adult     £8     £9.50      
Senior Citizen     £7 (over 60)     £8.50      
Student     £7     £8.50      
Child (aged 5-15 years)     £6     £7.50      
Family (2+2)     £25     £28




Visit Seven Stories, Newcastle. The National Centre for Children’s Books

Seventh Heaven for lovers of Children’s Literature

  • Literary event
When Mar 23, 2013
from 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Newcastle
Contact Name Helen Lewis
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A rare opportunity for the members in the North of our Region to attend an event near them!

Come and visit Seven Stories in Newcastle. A fascinating building which houses (on seven stories!) a huge amount of archive and current material on Children’s books, authors and illustrations.

Activities for all ages from craft and play acting to interactive displays and research information.

Pleasant cafe overlooking the river Ouseburn.

if we can get a group of 20 or so they will ive us a tour of the archive not normally open to the Public.

We may get a glimpse of their recently acquired Enid Blyton archive!

Prices; Adult £6.50 concessions £5.50.

for more info visit the website.

Helen Lewis

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AGM and Birthday Party

Annual General Meeting and Celebration of A R’s 129th Birthday

  • Meeting
When Apr 13, 2013
from 11:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where Huby, Leeds, North Yorks
Contact Name Helen Lewis

Annual General Meeting and belated Birthday Celebration. (Postponed from January)

Meet from 10.45 for 11.00 coffee. AGM begins at 11.30.

Please bring and share goodies for lunch.

After lunch we will have a talk from Kirsty Nichol Findlay entitled ‘1930, Arthur Ransome walks the plank!’  This had been sceduled for the Literary day in November but Kirsty was unable to attend.

There will be a display of past event photoraphs and the Nor Tars menagerie kindly lent by Jim and Judy Andrews.

Also a chance to bring and buy books on our stall.


This page contains information about the Northern Region of TARS

  • Welcome to the Northern Region Pages!

The Arthur Ransome Society’s Northern Region includes Cumbria, Northumbria, Tyneside, County Durham, Teeside, Yorkshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man & Northern Ireland.

Getting in Touch with Us

Our Committee members are:

Veronica Priest, Helen Lewis, Elizabeth Williams, Ann Farr

Members: please refer to your 2017 Events Calendar for full contact details.Non-members: please use the Society’s Contact details, making it clear you wish to speak to TARS Northern Region.

Forthcoming events


Our forthcoming events are advertised on the Upcoming Events page of the TARS Website.

For convenience, here  is our next event(s) with link(s) for more information

Please join us for our next event which is in Manchester on Saturday 28th October, with Julian Lovelock author of Swallows, Amazons and Coots, who will be giving us a talk on his book. Bring your own for him to sign!

The meeting will start at 11am.

We will meet in the main entrance foyer of Central Library and move downstairs when all are gathered. The Library cafe is available just beyond the foyer for those who arrive early.

We will finish at lunch time, but members are invited to share lunch together in the cafe (bring own or buy from cafe) then, depending on the weather, join us for a walk in AR’s footsteps around the Manchester streets.

Members are free to depart whenever they wish/have to.

In case it is of help to anyone, Deansgate is actually the nearer station to the Central Library.