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Gigg School















Giggleswick School s a day and boarding school situated in the stunning rural location of the Yorkshire Dales, within walking distance of the market town of Settle, and just over an hour from both Leeds and Manchester.  Founded in 1512, in a building on half an acre next to the village Church, it has been much extended over the years, most recently with a new dining hall, new sports hall and theatre.

The Richard Whiteley Theatre will be the venue for the conference proceedings. The theatre opened in 2010, following extensive conversion into a state of the art multi-purpose performing arts venue.  Built on the legacy of the former pupil & Governor Richard Whiteley the Theatre operates a wide programme of events including, theatre, film and music targeted at both pupils of the school and the wider community.

Giggleswick School Website


We will be using three of the school boarding houses for accommodation. Most rooms are single with some twin and larger rooms available, offering basic facilities. Bathroom facilities are shared. Each ‘house’ also has sitting room areas and basic kitchen facilities.


Please note that all accommodation is up at least one flight of stairs. If you require a room with easier access, please get in touch. Other areas of the school (theatre, dining room) are fully accessible. 


All meals (including the Conference Dinner) are provided by the excellent catering department at the school, including a full lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments.  Evening meal on the Monday evening is at 6.30pm.

Vegetarian and other dietary preferences/allergies are catered for, with prior notification.

Getting There

Giggleswick School is located in Giggleswick, which is adjacent to Settle. Directions to the school can be found at:  Directions.

The post code is: BD24 0DE

By Rail

There are railway stations at Settle (Leeds-Carlisle line) and Giggleswick (Leeds-Lancaster line), though services are limited! Both are approx. 15-20 mins walk from Giggleswick School.

Taxis should be booked in advance as they do not wait at the station.

Call:        Settle Taxis: 01729 822219
Stainforth Private Hire: 01729 824888

If there is sufficient demand, we will look into organising minibus transport to meet specific trains.

By Bus

Bus service details at: Buses

Other accommodation options

There are plenty of options for organising your own accommodation – a selection of local hotel and guest house accommodation is listed below. There are also numerous holiday cottages in the area - why not plan a week’s break in this fabulous area?

Hotel Accommodation

Harts Head, Giggleswick

Craven Arms, Giggleswick           

The Lion, Settle

The Black Horse, Giggleswick   01729-822506

The Traddock, Austwick       

The Falcon Manor, Settle

The Coniston Hotel, Nr Skipton


Selected B&B Accommodation

Valleymead, Giggleswick

Settle Lodge, Settle

Tipperthwaite Barn, Giggleswick

No3, Settle          

Provender House, Nr. Giggleswick              

King William the Fourth Guest House, Settle

Oast Guest House, Settle

Camping/Caravan Sites

Kinght Stainforth, Stainforth

Dalesbrige, Austwick