Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience

The 3-course meal is prepared by our in-house chef and served whilst the performance continues in the dining carriage.

The show takes place in Bolton Abbey station buffet and throughout the journey on the Dales Dining train (Photo: Neil Harvey).

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are in town! – and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70% of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice. With two hours of comedy, three courses of food, and five-star reviews, expect chaos, laughs, and a brilliant night out.

– ‘Hilarious!’ What’s on London

‘Fantastic!’ What’s on Stage


Officially the world’s longest running and most successful dining experience, this one-of-a-kind original has made its international mark as an ‘outrageously funny’ night out (BroadwayBaby, Edinburgh Fringe). Selling out at shows all over the world – including Sydney Opera House and London’s West End – it’s now coming to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway in June 2019. But be warned: tickets will sell out here too, so early booking is essential!

Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience

Now performed in up to 20 countries a year by 10 teams of actors, Faulty Towers The Original Dining Experience was Brisbane born in 1997. This year, 2018, includes a wealth of highlights such as Fringe Festivals in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh; tours across entire continents like Europe, Asia and Australia; and an ongoing residency in London’s West End. With over 21 years of continuous critical and audience acclaim and close to a million seats sold around the world, it’s clear that this is the most successful interactive comedy show of its kind.

The cast for Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway features Suzanna Hughes (Sybil), TBC (Basil) and TBC (Manuel).

– ‘A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation’ The Daily Telegraph

– ‘Laughs galore!’ The Holiday and Travel Magazine, Sydney Opera House

– ‘Seriously funny’ The Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe

Doors open 5:30pm; performance starts 6:00pm in Bolton Abbey station buffet and continues during the course of the 3-course meal during the train journey from Bolton Abbey.  The train will depart from Bolton Abbey at 6:30pm.



Vegetable soup + bread roll


Roasted Chicken and Wild Mushroom
Roasted chicken breast smothered with a creamy wild mushroom and Madeira sauce served with a selection of seasonal vegetables


Tossed Veggies Rigatoni
Roasted red peppers, olives, onions, mushrooms, spinach, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, basil pesto
(vegetarian option)


Vanilla Ice Cream 
(vegetarian and gluten-free option)




Venue: Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Bolton Abbey Station, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF

Parking: Free of charge at Bolton Abbey station.

Date: Saturday 30th May 2020

Times: Doors open 5:30pm; performance starts 6:00pm in Bolton Abbey station buffet and continues during the course of the 3-course meal during the train journey.

Tickets: £60.00 per person. Due to our limited seating configuration, tickets are sold in pairs.  All tickets include a first class return ticket, 3-course meal and 2-hour interactive show. Advance booking is essential. For tickets, click through to our ticketing system and choose ‘Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience’.




We do our best to cater for individuals with specialist dietary requirements.  The information below summarises which of our Dales Dining events are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs.  If you require more information regarding any aspect of our Dales Dining trains, you can speak to our Catering Manager Ryan Whittaker direct on 07885 986717 between 9am and 6pm.


Vegetarian suitability: The Curry Express, Murder Mystery, Fish & Chips Specials, Breakfast Train, Ploughman's Lunch, Afternoon Teas, Wine & Cheese tastingFaulty Towers - The Dining Experience, Winter Warmers and Cream Teas.  These events are either vegetarian or have an alternative vegetarian option.  Select vegetarian tickets in the checkout (if available).  The Wine & Cheese, Winter Warmers and Cream Teas are all meat-free products and thus for these events specifically vegetarian tickets are not available.

Vegan suitability: The Curry Express.  The vegetarian option of vegetable ginger curry is also suitable for vegans.  Select the vegetarian tickets in the checkout.

Gluten Free: We are not able to cater for coeliacs as we do not have a suitable separate food preparation area on our train. However, we may be able to cater for some gluten free diets on The Curry ExpressCucina - The Italian Dining Experience, Cream TeasThe Ploughman's Lunch, and Winter Warmers. Please contact the catering manager (Ryan Whittaker, 07885 986717) with your requirements in advance of any ticket purchases.

Dogs: Whilst we are a dog friendly Railway we regret (with the exception of guide dogs) we do not allow dogs in our dining carriages.


Cream Teas on a Steam Train through the Yorkshire Dales!
The Curry Express - Steam Train through the Yorkshire Dales!
Fish & Chip Specials on a Steam Train through the Yorkshire Dales!
Wine & Cheese - Steam Train through the Yorkshire Dales!
Strawberry Specials on a Steam Train through the Yorkshire Dales!
Afternoon Tea on a Steam Train through the Yorkshire Dales!

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