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News Release - Issued by National Trust -Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

A week of school holiday fun for young bird detectives at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

This February half term, get out and about nature exploring at this National Trust estate near Ripon.

Roll up your sleeves and book to get involved in bird box making with a hands-on family workshop, £5 per box. You’ll be making homes for wild feathered friends such as bluetits and chiffchaffs. Booking essential, please call 01765 643189 to book.

If you’ve got a taste for adventure, head out into the landscape to find a geocache on a digital treasure hunt, just call ahead and reserve one of 6 GPS units from the visitor centre.

Any day of the week during February half term you can grab your wellies and hit the trail to follow clues around the estate. Become a bird detective as you search in the abbey and garden to discover some of the birds that call Fountains home and there’s a shorter version for little legs too.

Get crafty in Swanley Grange workshop and create some beautiful birds and your own fluttery feathery bird to take home.

Wrap up warm for winter walks in the fresh air and see one of the finest displays of snowdrops in Yorkshire. There are binoculars to borrow in the bird hide to watch goldfinches and woodpeckers flocking to the feeders.

With acres of countryside to explore, woodland play area, paths and walks, the whole family can get out and about at Fountains Abbey this February half term.

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• Bird box making takes place Tues 17 – Thurs 19, booking essential, call 01765 643176 £5 per box and normal admission applies.
• Craft activities and trails available daily throughout the half term week, normal admission applies.
• Our 6 GPS units are available on a first come first served basis for DIY geocaching.


Aimee Rawson, Communications Officer, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Estate Office, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
Tel 01765 643164

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.