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News release - Issued by National Trust

A brand new play area opens for the summer holidays at National Trust property, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

The new play area at this World Heritage Site near Ripon, North Yorkshire, is twice the size of the previous playground. Made by Flights of Fantasy, the custom built design includes a mini wooden abbey – resembling Fountains Abbey itself.

Built from sustainable timber and hand-spliced ropes, the ‘playscape’ has been designed to blend in with the landscape and woods around so that children can hop, skip and jump from one end to the other underneath the shade of the trees.

Situated close to the visitor centre, there’s plenty of play for all ages and abilities, the play area includes sensory equipment such as chimes, a ball roll and skittles, and an accessible swing and roundabout.

Little dare devils can clamber and climb on a gigantic 8 metre rope bridge and whizz along a 31 metre zipwire. There’s scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a woodland house, a slide and a wobbly bridge too.

Jennifer Taylor, Visitor experience manager at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal said, ‘The whole ‘playscape’ is entirely new and it’s been great to see it taking shape over the last few weeks. It’s totally transformed the area and its lovely how it fits in around the woodland. It’s going to be fantastic to see children playing and having fun on it over the summer holidays.’

The adventure doesn’t stop there either! Families can check off lots of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾’ activities with pond dipping (Friday 5 August), tracking for wild deer (Tuesday 23 August), and den building (every day). Even more ‘50 things’ adventures can be discovered with the summer explorer map. This summer holiday essential can be used to find the best nature spots on the estate – get bird watching, explore inside a tree and go on a barefoot walk.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is open daily 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm), and is free to National Trust members so families can play all holiday long.

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Summer events at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal:

Summer Explorer Map
Wednesday 27 July- Sunday 4 September
10am – 5pm

Medieval make and play
Wednesday 27 July – Sunday 4 September
11am – 3pm

Water wheel workshops
Various dates and times – check the website for more details

Family bike ride
Wednesday 3 August
6pm – 8pm (last entry 7pm)

Pond dipping day
Friday 5 August
11am – 3pm

Family abbey tour – A monk’s life
Saturday 6 & Saturday 27 August
11.30 – 1pm

Busy Bees
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 August, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August
10.30am – 4pm

Deer tracks and signs
Tuesday 23 August
2pm – 3pm



• A new adventure at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal:


Alice Ostapjuk, Marketing Assistant, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Estate Office, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
Tel 01765 643199 / Email