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News Release - Issued by Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Now summer’s in full swing, get outdoors for a playful summer at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

In the water garden you can surprise your eyes with Folly! (daily, 10.30am – 4pm) to see the Georgian follies of the water garden re-imagined. Giant creatures, kaleidoscope-like interiors and astonishing artworks will keep you guessing as you follow the paths to find temples, views and hidden histories… Pick up a ‘marvellously magical Folly! map’ to make your own journey of discovery full of strange surprises and mystical goings on.

When was the last time you explored inside a tree, went bird watching, played pooh sticks, or rolled down a really big hill? If you haven’t discovered the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 & ¾’ challenge you can get the bug this summer at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal with pond-dipping (7 & 22 Aug, 2pm, booking essential), a family bike ride (13 Aug, 6pm – 8pm last entry 7pm), geocaching (18 Aug, 11am & 2pm, booking essential) and den building (10 & 11 Aug, 1pm, booking essential) – and start ticking off some of those 50 things.

If wildlife is your thing, there’s also a family deer tracks and signs walk (Sat 15 Aug, 2pm – 3.30pm) where you’ll learn to follow footprints like a true tracker and seek out signs where the deer have been eating, sleeping (and pooing!).

New family abbey tours (8 & 29 Aug, 2pm – 3pm) mean you can dress up and see what life was like for the monks in the middle ages, and if you’ve never been to Fountains before why not get a ‘Flavour of Fountains’ with a short talk from one of our welcoming guides (every day at 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm).

There’s a spread of summer fayre to enjoy too, with pop-up BBQs on every weekend (weather dependent, see website for times), afternoon teas at Studley tearoom and picnics to pre-order and carry-off to your favourite spot.

Over the bank holiday (Sat 29 – Mon 31 Aug, 1pm – 4pm) look out for ‘Lord & Lady Pompous’ the outrageously entertaining stilt-walking ‘Aristocrats’ in the water garden, and then round the summer off on abbey green watching a classic film under the stars with Calendar Girls (Sunday 30 Aug, from 8pm, booking essential) and Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Mon 31 Aug, from 8pm, booking essential) showing on a big screen.

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

About ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’

The National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ initiative is in response to a report commissioned by the NT which highlighted research that fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago, a third have never climbed a tree and one in ten can’t ride a bike.

The 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ campaign provides a checklist for under-12s (and those who are young at heart) including everything from running around in the rain and bug hunting, to setting up a snail race, damming a stream, flying a kite and the simple pleasure of making a (delicious) mud pie.It’s all about inspiring children to get outdoors and closer to nature. Its brilliant fun and you’ll be learning about the world around you too. Why not dare your family and friends to take on the ‘50 things’ challenge?

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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.
About the National Trust
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 742 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: