Half Term Happenings

Looking for some inspiration over the Half Term Holidays? Well, look no further. Here at Coniston HQ we’ve put searched high and low to compile our hit list of half term happenings in Yorkshire, as well as things to make and do at home, take a look …

Thornton Hall Farm – Halloween & Pumpkin Picking
The family, friendly farm is just 15 minutes away from The Coniston and have a jam packed programme this Halloween.
• Pick your own pumpkin
• Outdoor play area
• Indoor play area
• Animal demonstrations
• Jumping pillows
• Spooky shows, demonstrations, and special character meets and greet
• Spooky activities scheduled throughout the day

Junior Driving at The Coniston Hotel
Ideal for young drivers aged 10 and up, 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.

Dine Out For Discount & Children Eat FREE at The Coniston
Join us in The View Restaurant and enjoy a delicious discount Mondays – Thursday and save 25% (up to the value of £5pp) on lunch, afternoon tea and early evening dining (5:30pm – 6:30pm) until 29 October. And better still, children (under 12) can enjoy a complimentary main course over the holidays, 19-22 and 26-29 October, when dining with an adult. Book your table online.

Walking Trails on The Coniston Estate
Why not tie in your meal out at The Coniston with a walk? Be it a short stroll around our lake, or a slightly lengthier walk around one of our many estate trails, you can make the most of the changing seasons and enjoy autumn at its very best.

Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail
Enter at your own risk through the giant spooky gates at the start of Strid Wood. Follow the trail of over-sized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery boxes hidden among the trees. Inside each box is a clue to help unravel a mystery! Collect your trail sheet from outside the Cavendish Shop and let the fun commence!

Frightwater Valley Theme Park
Lightwater Valley will be hosting a hocus pocus half term full of activities to keep young families eerily entertained in-between rides. Younger visitors will love taking a trip down Trick or Treat Street for the chance to get some sweet treats and practise their aim on the Ghoul Shoot targets. Venture into the Abandoned Theatre and walk through spooky scenes of wicked witches and friendly ghosts. Whilst enjoying thrills and chills on the family fun rides be sure to keep an eye out for the thirteen hidden ghosts lurking around the park and meet and greet some creepy characters.


Halloween at Home
And if you’re celebrating Halloween indoors this year, take a peek at our top picks for creating your very own ‘fright night’ party:

Terrifying Track List
Compile a play list, guaranteed to have the whole family dancing round the kitchen; from ‘Monster Mash’, ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ to ‘I Put A Spell On You’, there are a host of spooktacular songs to get the party started.

Get Into Character
Everyone loves a bit of dress up! There are a host of costumes online, in all shapes and sizes – pumpkins, witches, skeletons, ghosts – you’ll be spoilt for choice. For a real DIY option, use a white bed sheet to recreate a ghastly ghost, or grab the toilet roll and tomato ketchup for a monster mummy look!

Treat or Treat
The little ones will undoubtedly miss the annual tradition of ‘trick or treating’ this year. They need not miss out! Create their very own bag of all their favourite sweets for them to enjoy over the evening.

Spooky Spread
Cook up a storm with your very own Halloween haul to enjoy. Creepy cakes, witches brew soup, toffee apples, slime jelly, petrifying pizza. Even a simple touch of decoration to the table; spiders entrapped in cobwebs, pumpkin lanterns, bulging eyeballs, will add a spooktacular effect.

Ghastly Games
Keep the little ones (and big ones!) entertained with a host of games and activities to enjoy indoors;

• Tarantula treasure hunt
• Alarming apple bobbing
• Musical tombstones
• Pin the tail on the witches cat
• Blood curdling bingo