Great Place Lakes and Dales

Exploring the power of placemaking + creativity

GPLD: Creative Connections

22 & 23 Nov 2018

Free event

Creative Connections

Join us for two days to discuss, debate and understand the role of placemaking and the creative economy and help us build a sense of place for the Lakes and Dales.

GPLD: Creative Connections is an opportunity to engage with experts who will share their invaluable knowledge and experience, providing the inspiration and the foundations to help shape the future of the Lakes and Dales to make it more appealing to younger people.


An engaging programme has been designed not just for you to listen to but for you to be involved with and includes:

  • Exclusive insight into research findings into younger peoples’ perceptions of living and working here
  • Creative and interactive workshops
  • Panel Q and A sessions
  • Business support and information for younger creatives
  • The announcement of two major new programme initiatives
  • Networking and learning opportunities
  • Cultural performances by young local artists
  • Wellbeing sessions


GPLD: Creative Connections will take place at the newly opened Avalon, a transformative wellbeing centre set in the stunning rural grounds of the Broughton Hall Estate outside Skipton.


Avalon provides a space for self-exploration. Seeking to enhance living and assist in the ultimate art of being by supporting new lifestyle habits, promoting empowering inner work and raising awareness.



The event will begin at 12:30pm on Thursday 22nd November 2018, with registration taking place at Utopia, a unique conference and eating space which is adjacent to Avalon.


Following an afternoon of inspiring activity and thought provoking debate at Avalon, we’ll return to Utopia for an evening of cultural entertainment and networking at a drinks reception until 8pm.


Friday 23rd November 2018 will begin at 9:30am with a full day of enlightenment and creative discussion concluding at 4pm.


GPLD aims to understand and help address some of the reasons why fewer 16-34 year olds than the national average live and work in the South Lakes and Yorkshire Dales.

We’re using arts, culture and heritage as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental change, as well as working with decision makers to influence policies  and planning which will help encourage younger people to live in the Lakes and Dales.

This conference is at a pivotal point in the programme’s delivery, where research and partnership-working can influence collaborative and direct action that will make a real difference in the coming months and years


Creative experts such as The Audience Agency; Hemingway Design; From the Fields; Deco Publique; Arts Council England; Heritage Lottery Fund and a host of young creatives and local business entrepreneurs will join key stakeholders, policy and decision makers, as well as representatives and younger people from creative, arts, digital and cultural industries.


Do I book?

This is a free event with limited places, to register please visit before Friday 16th November.

To find us

By train
The nearest train station is Skipton. Taxis are available outside the station, which is about 3 miles from Avalon.


By road
Turn off the A59 between East Marton and Skipton on to Old Lane, following signs for Broughton Hall. *Note this turning is to the east of the large gated entrance which takes you to Broughton Hall itself*


From Old Lane follow the road over the bridge and around to the right. *Do not go through the pillared gate which is straight ahead.*


Follow the narrow lane through the trees for approximately 0.2miles. You’ll then see a turning to your left with signs for Utopia and Avalon. Follow these signs to Avalon.


Parking is available adjacent to Avalon which will be on your left with overflow parking available further along.


The event and parking will be clearly signposted from the A59 on the day.


Broughton Hall Estate
Holiday Cottages on site


The Tempest Arms
(1.5 miles, 3 min drive from Avalon)


Herriots Hotel, Skipton
(3 miles from Avalon, opposite the train station)


The Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
(5 miles from Avalon, 8 min drive)


The Coniston Hotel, Coniston Cold
(5 miles from Avalon, 10 min drive)


The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
(9 miles from Avalon at Bolton Abbey)


There are also a range of self-catering accommodation available for short breaks. Please contact Skipton Tourist Information Centre on 01756 792809 for further information.


There's so much to see and do in our Great Place, why not stay for the weekend and check out some of our favourite places in the Skipton area we love.

And there are so many more of our favourites places to check out on the A65 corridor through Settle, Ingleton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Sedbergh, Kendal, Grasmere and right into Ambleside including the Boxer and Hound, Three Hares café, Yard 46, Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Dove Cottage, The Jumble Room and Zefferillis, so you really must make a Lakes and Dales weekend (or two weeks) of it!


We want this event to be about trying out and experiencing something new, but most importantly getting out of your comfort zone and having the space to think creatively and differently.


We’re very pleased to be able to offer volunteer opportunities for young local residents to become part of our team for this event. If you’re aged 16 – 24 and want to gain experience of being involved with running events as well as inputting into the discussions and activities during Creative Connections get in touch. We’d love to hear from you: