Knowing Me, Knowing You, AHA!

Writers’ Weekend at Scargill House, Skipton, Yorkshire

Friday 26 April to Sunday, 28 April 2024

Speakers:  Adrian and Bridget Plass

Would you like to attend a writers’ event at Scargill House in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales?

Bookings for weekend passes have now closed. Day passes only are available for Saturday, 27 April only (about 12 hours) until 29 March (Good Friday).  If you book now, you would need to pay the full amount (£39) on booking.

To book, click on the Booking Request Form (‘The Blue Form’), complete it and submit it.  If there is room available, the Association of Christian Writers (ACW) will make your reservation and contact you to arrange payment.

When you select Submit, this form will be sent to the ACW, who will, after checking that a room is available for you, send you a confirmatory email requesting payment.  After you have received that email from the ACW, then you must select the Pay for Scargill Weekend  menu ( ) and use the Pay Balance or Full Amount form  (‘The Purple Form’)  to pay for either for the whole weekend or for a day pass.   It is important that you do not attempt to make any payments until you have received the confirmatory email from ACW.  At this stage, we do have to ask for full payment because it is getting close to the event.  (We can no longer accept deposits.)

We recommend that you book as soon as you can, because this event is filling fast.

If you have already paid your deposit for this event, may we remind you that the balance of your payment must be made by 29 February 2024.

Be assured that your details will be stored securely by the Association of Christian Writers and only be used in connection with booking this writing weekend.

If you would like to take advantage of all the benefits of Association of Christian Writers membership, please visit our Membership page.

Things to Know Before You Visit

Check-in is from 4pm on the day of arrival and check-out is by 2.30pm on the Sunday (the day we depart).

There is a limited mobile phone signal at Scargill House.  A phone can be made available for your use if it is necessary for you to make a call.

Towels, soap and all bedding are provided in all rooms.


Please bring appropriate footwear.  The rugged landscape around Scargill House means almost all walks will involve moderate ascents and descents.  If you are unsure about your ability to complete any walk, check the the Scargill Host Team on the day.


Satnav users:  the post code for Scargill House is BD23 5HU.  However, many devices will direct you via Conistone, and won’t tell you that it is a narrow single-track road.  To ensure you stay on wider roads, set your satnav to direct you via Kettlewell.

The roads through Kettlewell and from there to Scargill House are very narrow.  In order to be good neighbours, we ask all our guests to drive carefully.  To help with this, we ask that you keep your speed to below 20mph on the road to and from Kettlewell and in the village itself.


ACW may occasionally take photographs during your stay, to be used for publicity, both in print and on the ACW website.  For GDPR purposes, a representative of ACW will ask you to complete the ACW Photo Consent Form.  If you have signed one of these forms already, you do not need to complete another one.

Terms and Conditions of Booking

Please read these Terms and Conditions of Booking before submitting your Booking Request Form (‘The Blue Form’) as these contain important information related to your visit.

Are You Attending With a Friend, Companion or Family Member?

If you are attending this event at Scargill House with a friend, companion or family member and you wish to share a room with him/her, you must enter his/her name in the window on the Booking Request Form.  Also, the friend, companion or family member must complete a Booking Request Form of his/her own and enter your name in the same window.


As we are getting close to the event, we are asking everyone starting to make a booking for the Knowing You, Knowing Me, AHA! event during January and February to pay the full amount at the time of booking, that is, £184 for the whole weekend and £39 for a day pass (Saturday, 27 April only).    Bookings are not complete until you have received confirmation from the Association of Christian Writers. Details of how to make your payment will be sent to you by email, after you have submitted your Booking Request Form (‘the Blue Form’).


We regret that we have to apply charges for all cancellations.  We are a charity and late cancellations may severely compromise our budget, as well as depriving others of the opportunity to attend.  Obviously, we don’t like asking you for money if you can’t come, but ACW would still have to pay the Scargill Movement for your reserved place.   We therefore recommend that you take out travel insurance or be prepared to bear the following charges should you cancel:

  • Before 29 February:  your deposit
  • Between 29 February and 28 March (inclusive): 50% of full fees.
  • On and after 29 March:  full fees.

It may be possible to transfer your booking to somebody on the ACW waiting list (if we have a waiting list) and, in this case, we would not have to charge you the full fees.  However, this is beyond our control and we cannot guarantee this.

For anyone who might hesitate about attending this event for financial reasons, there is an opportunity to apply for either to the Scargill Bursary Fund, or for an ACW bursary fund (for ACW members only), to subsidise the booking fees.

Dining and Diets

Guests and the Scargill Community eat together in the dining room.  Scargill offers family meals, home-cooked and high quality.  They can cater for vegetarians, vegans and all medically essential diets, provided they know about them beforehand.  Please help the kitchen at Scargill by fully completing the question on the Booking Request Form about dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances.  There is no special dress code for the dining room.


Smoking is not allowed in any of  buildings at Scargill House.


In spirit of generosity, ACW will make en-suite rooms available to those who would not be able to stay at Scargill without ensuite accommodation.  If you do need an ensuite room,  we ask you to explain why in the appropriate box ‘Explain why you would not be able to attend this event at Scargill House if you could not have an ensuite room’, which is on the Booking Request Form (‘The Blue Form’).   All information you provide on this form will be treated in strictest confidence and used only for the purpose of making your stay at Scargill House more comfortable.  Any ensuite rooms not assigned according to specific needs will be allocated using a random draw – definitely not first come/first served.

Disability Access

ACW will always try to accommodate people with a disability.  In particular, the following is available at Scargill House:

  • Two wheelchair accessible rooms with ensuite toilet and shower
  • Wheelchair access to the dining room, chapel and Marsh Lounge
  • Hearing loop systems in the main meeting rooms
  • Deafguard bedside fire alarm monitors.

However, the layout of the building makes access to some areas of the house difficult.  If you cannot climb stairs, please tell us at the time of booking.   We are unable to offer care ourselves, so we ask that you bring your own carer if you need this support.  We will offer your carer a 20% discount on booking fees.  If you do need to bring a carer with you, please enter his/her name in the appropriate place on the Booking Request Form.  The carer will also need to complete a form of his/her own,

If you need to bring an assistance dog. you must tell us using the ‘Is there anything else you would like to tell us’ section on the Booking Request Form.


As much as the Scargill Community loves animals, guests are not permitted to bring pets with them to Scargill House. The ONLY exception is for assistance dogs. It is not permitted to leave dogs in a car while you attend an event at Scargill House.

Special Needs

Everyone is welcome at this event at Scargill House, including those with special needs.  Please indicate any specific needs you have in the ‘Is there anything else you would like to tell us?’ section on the Booking Request Form.  We may need to talk with you by telephone to discuss whether we can meet your particular needs.

Climate Stewards

There will be an opportunity during your stay at Scargill House to make a donation towards offsetting the carbon footprint from your journey through Climate Stewards.