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06/08/2015

News Release - Issued by Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Summer Event Listings August 2015

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* Normal admission charges apply
BE Booking Essential
(50) Included on 50 things to do before you’re 11¾

August

Abbey Tour
Daily 11.30am – 12.30pm & 2.30pm – 3.30pm
If these walls could talk…join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building. Meet at Porter’s Lodge *

Abbey & Water Garden Tour
Daily 1.30pm – 3pm
A tale of two parts, revisit the Abbey’s monastic past before experiencing the Georgian splendour of the water garden. Discover how the ruins were given a new lease of life in the eighteenth century and cleverly incorporated into the Studley Royal water gardens, leading to our World Heritage Site status. Meet at Porter’s Lodge *

Flavour of Fountains
Until Monday 31 August
Daily 20 minute talks at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Let one of our guides give you an introduction to the whole estate before you set off to discover at your own pace. Meet at the Skyline*

Folly!
Until Sunday 29 November
10.30am – 4.30pm
Seek out the follies in the water garden. These whimsical buildings have been transformed from their original use by some of the country’s most inventive artists and designers. Great secrets lie within, inspired by the history of the garden and the opulence of the eighteenth century. We guarantee that you’ll be astonished. Pick up a guide to lead you or use our 'marvellously magical family map' to create your own journey of exploration with strange surprises and all kinds of mystical goings on to excite your imagination! *

Meet the Mallorys
Until Sunday 1 November
10am – 4pm
The Mallory family portrait is one of the few paintings we have of the people who once called this estate home. We’ll be displaying a replica of the painting inside Fountains Hall to help us tell the story behind the picture. *

Art Exhibition
The Small Group
Saturday 1 August – Friday 14 August
10am- 5pm Fountains Hall
Fountains Hall welcomes The Small Group, a Harrogate based team of embroiderers and textile artists. For this multimedia exhibition, inspired by the theme of ‘Text and Texture’, they have created an eclectic and all-encompassing mix of artwork.

Pond Dipping
Friday 7 August
2pm – 3.30pm
Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels..., there’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered hiding under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Meet at the Studley Royal entrance. BE. Tel: 01765 643189. * (50)

Busy Bees
Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 August & Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August
10.30am – 4pm
Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made ‘skeps’ to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn’t have sugar. Swanley Grange has been turned into a hive of activity for this weekend with fun activities to get stuck into like candle rolling and candle making and bee keeping demonstrations from members of the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers throughout the day. *

Family abbey tour – A monk’s life
Saturday 8 August
2pm – 3pm
Join our guide and dress up as a monk to find out what life was like for the monks of Fountains Abbey in the Middle Ages. They had to keep silent, eat one meal a day and always wear the same clothes – would you have liked to be a monk? Meet at Porter’s Lodge. *

Den Building
Monday 10 – Tuesday 11 August
11am & 1pm
Branches? Check. Leaves? Check. Want to get muddy? Double and triple check! Using the best nature has to offer on the estate roll up your sleeves and make the biggest den you’ve ever seen - can you make it waterproof? BE. Tel: 01765 643189. * (50)

Family Bike Ride
Thursday 13 August
6pm – 8pm (last entry 7pm)
Use some pedal power and enjoy a rare chance to cycle around the Water Garden at Studley Royal and the ruins of Fountains Abbey. A single circuit is approx. 2.5 miles or for little legs there’s a short cut! Enter at Studley Royal. (50)

Specialist tour – English architecture
Friday 14 August
2pm – 3.30pm
Find out where the ideas came from for our World Heritage Site buildings. Explore the magnificent Abbey ruins, learn the classical language of the Water Garden's buildings, spot Fountains Hall's quirkiness, experience the sounds of sturdy Fountains Mill and be stunned by interiors in St Mary’s Church. Meet us at the visitor centre to join this tour. *

Deer tracks and signs
Saturday 15 August
2pm – 3pm
Follow footprints like a true tracker and seek signs of deer to see exactly what they get up to when they think we aren’t looking. Join Anne and Mike from the wildlife team on an exploration for the whole family through the deer park and become a nature detective. Meet at the Studley Royal entrance. * (50)

Geocaching Taster Day
Tuesday 18 August
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
All adventurers head this way…It’s your chance to explore like never before! Learn how to use a GPS unit and travel through time on a digital treasure hunt to seek out secret stashes hidden all over the estate. We’ll provide the equipment, so all you need to bring is a keen eye for spotting the clues. BE. Tel: 01765 643189. * (50)

In Our Time: Volunteer and Staff Exhibition
Wednesday 19 August – Wednesday 26 August
10am – 5pm Fountains Hall
Within the community of our staff and volunteers has emerged a group of wonderfully exciting artists who will be displaying their vast array of art and craft skills in Fountains Hall. Come and have a look at what our staff and volunteers get up to when they aren’t busy here at Fountains. There’s an opportunity to meet the artists on Tuesday 18 August before the exhibition opens in the Hall 2pm – 4.30pm. *

Eucharist for St Bernard
Thursday 20 August
12pm
For Fountains Abbey St. Bernard of Clairvaux was an important figure. Bernard was a French abbot and monk who founded the Cistercian Order, and it was this order that the monks at Fountains chose to follow. To commemorate St. Bernard there will be a Eucharist held in St Mary’s Church. Everyone is welcome.

Specialist tour - Wow, I didn’t know that
Friday 21 August
2pm – 3.30pm
Join Mike and enjoy a walk bursting with 101 interesting facts about the wildlife on the estate. Meet at the Visitor Centre. *

Pond dipping
Saturday 22 August
2pm – 3.30pm
Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels..., there’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered hiding under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Meet at the Studley Royal entrance. BE. Tel: 01765 643189. * (50)

Water Garden Tour
Friday 28 August
2pm-3.30pm
Travel back in time to Studley Royal in the elegant Georgian era. Hear how the creative genius of the Aislabie family produced this World Heritage Site garden. Meet at Porter’s Lodge*

Family abbey tour – A monk’s life
Saturday 29 August
2pm – 3pm
Join our guide and dress up as a monk to find out what life was like for the monks of Fountains Abbey in the middle ages. They had to keep silent, eat one meal a day and always wear the same clothes – would you have liked to be a monk? Meet at Porter’s Lodge. *

Lord and Lady Pompous
Saturday 29 - Monday 31 August
1pm – 4pm
Look out for the outrageously entertaining stilt-walking ‘Aristocrats’ this bank holiday as you enjoy promenading through the 18th century water garden. *

The Luna Cinema at Fountains Abbey
Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August
Doors open at 6.30pm, film starts at 8.00pm
Sit back on abbey green and as the stars come out lose yourself watching a film al fresco. Choose from two British classics, Calendar Girls (Sun 30 Aug) or Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Mon 31 Aug). You’ll be treated to some previously unseen footage from the BFI’s archive before the main film too, so spread your picnic blanket and enjoy. Booking Essential, www.thelunacinema.com/bfi 0844 858 6767, tickets: adults from £13.50 / children from £9.

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PRESS CONTACT

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR IMAGES:
Aimee Rawson, Communications Officer, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Estate Office, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
Tel 01765 643164
Email aimee.rawson@nationaltrust.org.uk

About Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal is a World Heritage Site owned by the National Trust. Discover the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins and the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breath-taking views. There’s also St Mary’s Church, a fine example of Victorian gothic church, Elizabethan Fountains Hall with its hidden herb garden, and medieval deer park – home to over 500 wild deer.