10 Reasons to visit The Dales this spring

Discover the very best of what the Yorkshire Dales has to offer this spring. Whether you are planning on escaping to the countryside for a peaceful getaway or are looking for a jam packed family filled adventure. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa offers the perfect base for you to discover the Yorkshire Dales and some of its many glorious attractions.


Thornton Hall Farm

Newly renovated and reopening this April, take the children to experience hands-on animal encounters on a traditional working farm with a visit to Thornton Hall Farm.

Climb onboard a Safari Ride, take a trip up to the Deer Park and enjoy some delicious food in their onsite diner while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in their huge fun-filled Play Barn.

Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS  |  01282 841148  |  8 Miles from The Coniston


Easter Egg Trail

With your activity sheet in hand, take in the fresh air, soak up the springtime scenery and look out for clues along the way to help you solve our Easter mystery. All tickets include a picnic lunch which can either be enjoyed on the estate or taken away to tuck into at leisure. What’s more, at the end of the trail children will receive their very own Easter egg!

£14.95 per person.

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Skipton BD23 4EA |  01756 748080  |


Hesketh Farm Park

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Hesketh Farm is idyllic, with around 10 acres of greenery overlooking the Yorkshire hills and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam train whistling by in the valley below.

With so much to do, you’re little ones won’t be stuck for options! Head down to feed the animals, jump in the giant sandpit or adventure into the straw maze.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA |  01756 710444  | 11.7 miles from The Coniston


Skipton Castle 

Explore a 900 year old mediaeval castle in the heart of Skipton. Visitors can discover the depths of the dungeon right up to the top storey of the watchtower! Visit a fantastic piece of Yorkshire history.

Tickets from £10.20 per adult and £6.90 per child.

The Bailey, Skipton BD23 1AW |  01756 792442 | 7.3 miles from The Coniston


Young off roader

Get the children behind the wheel this easter! Ideal for young drivers aged 11-17, our Junior Experience is the perfect way for your little ones to get behind the wheel for the first time knowing they’re in the safe hands of our highly-trained experts.

From £150 per child, restrictions apply.

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Skipton, BD23 4EA |  01756 748080 | 


Billy Bob’s Parlour

Billy Bob’s parlour combines a funky ice cream parlour with a 50’s American diner and amazing play adventures. Ideal for children and adults alike! With various play areas and delicious American diner style dining.

Calm Slate Farm BD23 6EU |  01756 711826 | 10.4 miles from The Coniston


Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway is located just a short drive from the historic market town of Skipton and offers a relaxing experience travelling between Embsay & Bolton Abbey taking in some breathtaking scenery on route.  

Bolton Abbey Station, Skipton BD23 6AF |  01756 710614| 11.7 miles from The Coniston


Settle & Carlisle Railway

The Settle to Carlisle Railway is one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK, with viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales.

Town Hall, Market Pl, Settle BD24 9EJ|  01768 353200| 8.8 miles from The Coniston


Ribblehead Viaduct

Visit an iconic Yorkshire landmark and take in history just over the border from Cumbria into North Yorkshire , the Ribblehead Viaduct. Undoubtedly the most impressive structure on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

Low Sleights Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AU | 25 miles from The Coniston


Malham Cove

The 70 metre high, gently curving cliff of white limestone has amazed visitors for centuries. Formed along the line of the Middle Craven Fault, it has been eroded backwards from the line of the fault by the action of water and ice over millions of years.

Malham, Skipton BD23 4DJ| 7 miles from The Coniston