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News Release- Issued by Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Autumn event Listings September - October 2015

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

What’s On

Until Sunday 29 November
10am – 5pm
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. Pick up a guide to lead you, or make your own journey with a ‘Marvellously Magical Folly! map’ with all sorts of strange surprises and mystical goings on. We guarantee that you’ll be astonished! Please note: The Banqueting House is open on weekends and during school holidays 12pm – 4pm (11am – 3pm from Oct half term) so you can step inside. The Temple of Piety and Octagon Tower are open approximately 10.30am - 4.30pm daily (10.30am - 3.30pm from Oct half term). *

Heritage Open Day
Saturday 12 September
10am – 5pm
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places. Pick up our lost places trail to discover more about parts of the abbey and water garden that have disappeared over time and pop into Swanley Grange to create your own invisible art. Free admission.

Fountains by Floodlight
Saturdays 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October
5pm – 9pm (last entry 8pm)
Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey. Warm up with a hot pulled pork sandwich and listen to a live choral performance. Join an evening guided tour and see if you catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. Half price admission.

Autumn Drive Through
Sunday 1 November
6pm – 8pm
Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. Enter at Studley Royal Lakeside only (from Ripon turn left into Studley Roger village). Free admission.

October half term

October half term trail – Loads of Leaves Trail
Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November
10am – 4pm
Grab your coat, slip on your gloves and get stomping around the Fountains Abbey estate in hunt of leaves, leaves, leaves. Follow the trail and the rustle through the autumn colour to discover the clues. *

October half term fun – Leaf Crowns
Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November
11am – 3pm
Be king or queen of the trees this half term and make a majestic leaf crown to take home with you. Get creative in the workshop to make your own leaves or find fallen leaves on the estate to create your truly royal leafy crown. (50) *

Do it yourself Folly! Art day
Sunday 25 October
10am - 5pm
There’s a unique chance to make your own art from the artwork of Folly! Paper and pencils at the ready? Let your creative juices flow around the Water Garden, and be inspired by the surprising views and follies. A special drop in drawing session in Banqueting House from 2pm - 4pm. Paper and clipboards available. *

Den Building
Monday 26 & Friday 30 October
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 best den you’ve ever seen- can you make it waterproof? BE. Tel: 01765 643189. * (50)

Bug Box Making
Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 October
10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm
As winter approaches we’re not the only ones wrapping up warm in preparation for the chill! Our creepy crawly friends are also looking for somewhere to bed down – and you can help them out. Roll up your sleeves and come and make a wooden bug box for your garden. Bring the family and book early as it’s really popular. £5 per box. BE. Tel: 01765 643189. * (50)

Deer Rut Walk
Wednesday 28 October
2pm – 3.30pm
Come and experience one of the season’s most spectacular sites on a colourful walk through the deer park with our deer warden John. See and hear the sights and sounds of the ‘rut’ as the stags and bucks lock antlers to compete for the does and hinds. Meet at the Visitor Centre. *

Wildlife walks and guided tours

Abbey Tour
Until Sunday 1 November
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
Until Sunday 1 November
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 *

St Mary’s church tour
Friday 4 September, Friday 18 September, Saturday 26 September
2pm – 3pm
Gaze heavenwards and let the secrets of this gothic treasure be revealed to you on a guided meander through its mural, marble and mosaics. Meet at the Church.

Family abbey tour – A monk’s life
Saturday 5 September
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. *

Wildlife Wander
Friday 11 September
2pm – 3.30pm
Tag along with Robert as he spots the estate wildlife. As visiting birds migrate to sunnier climes, look out for late butterflies and small birds feeding on hedgerow berries. You might see fungi starting to appear along woodland paths. Meet at the Visitor Centre. *

Specialist tour – Masters of Medieval Machinery
Saturday 12 September
2pm – 3.30pm
More than prayer was needed to sustain a monastic community; the monks used cutting edge 12th century technology. Join a tour to find out more about the powerhouse behind the abbey. Meet at Porter’s Lodge. *

Specialist tour – English architecture
Saturday 19 September
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. *

Fountains Rocks
Friday 25 September
2pm – 3.30pm
The monks arrived here 800 years ago but the rocks have been here longer. Take a tour through the estate and your guide will reveal the hidden geology below ground that shapes the scenery of the estate above ground. The walk begins at Porter’s Lodge.*

Water Garden Tour
Friday 2 October, Friday 9 October, Friday 16 October, Saturday 17 October, Friday 23 October, Friday 30 October
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*

Deer watch
Saturday 3 October
2pm - 4pm
Do you know your stags from your hinds and your Reds from your Sikas? Begin your guided walk of the medieval deer park at the Visitor Centre. It’s free to come on the walk in the deer park, but normal admission charges will apply to the abbey and water garden.

Autumn family nature walk
Sunday 4 October
2pm – 3pm
Kick up the autumn leaves as you bound along on this family friendly nature walk to spot the changing colours and juicy fruits that autumn brings. Remember to wear your wellies! Meet us at Studley Royal.* (50)

Specialist tour – Seen and unseen, the architecture of Fountains Abbey
Saturday 10 October
2pm – 3.30pm
Join a guided tour to find out about the architecture of the Abbey over 400 years looking at the incomplete remains following the Dissolution. Meet at the Visitor Centre. *

Autumn colour walk
Saturday 24 October
2pm – 3.30pm
Here at Fountains as summer draws to a close we are positively itching for autumn to come; and you’ll see why as Gwynneth shows you just how breathtaking the turn of the leaves can be. From glorious golds to rich russets, the estate is simply bursting with colour at this time of year. Meet at the Visitor Centre.*

Fungi Explosion
Saturday 31 October
2pm – 3.30pm
Puffball, inkcap, beefsteak, chicken of the woods…Over 70 species of fungi can be found on the estate! Explore with our guide and spot some of the most fascinating varieties. Meet at the Visitor Centre. *

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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.