For families

Start your 50 things adventure...

Get away from the TV and get closer to nature! © Arnhel de Serra

Get away from the TV and get closer to nature!

There are loads of things to do at Fountains this summer. Tackle our summer adventure list and use our handy map to find your way...

Wild art workshops

Get your creative juices flowing © Annie Berrington

Get your creative juices flowing

Bet you didn't think you could make a beautiful piece of artwork using natural materials and some clever crafty techniques... See how in this family workshop.

Pond dipping

Find out what's in a pond © Annie Berrington

Find out what's in a pond

Find out what lurks beneath the tranquil ponds of our water garden in this hands on family activity.

Den building

Have a go at den building © NTPL/John Millar

Have a go at den building

Bring your best den building team to make a makeshift home like the first monks did with branches and leaves.

4 things to do at Fountains today

  • Fountains is a haven for wildlife © David Levenson

    Go bird watching

    Look out for water-loving birds in the water garden

  • Come and play Pooh sticks at the bridge over the river © NT/John Millar

    Play pooh sticks

    Search under the trees for sticks and challenge your friends

  • Take a look inside and see what you can find! © Emma Louise Oram

    Explore inside a tree

    Find an oak tree in the deer park

  • Get a taste for Geocaching © John Millar

    Find a geocache

    Download an app or call to reserve our kit

Play lord & lady

Live the Georgian high life in the water garden

On weekends in the water garden, look out for colourful dancers, stilt walkers and pop-up players.

Head to the Banqueting House to play lord and lady with Georgian robes and garden games.

Wildlife spotting

See Fallow, Sika and Red Deer in the deer park

Join us for a deer watch or a family nature walk to see the estate buzzing with life.

See what you can spot from our bird hide, and like a true wildlife spotter be sure to note your sightings.

Get active outdoors

Start your 50 things adventure this summer...

Join a Skyride for a cycling challenge or little ones of 8 years and under can bring along their bikes and trikes.

There are paths to explore and walks to do, or track your way across the estate on a digital treasure hunt.

Let off steam

A girl climbing in the playground

With a timber tangle, nest swing and suspension bridge, our play area is just waiting to be clambered on - it's open every day except on very snowy/icy days. 

Our ball games area is the perfect spot for flying kites and kicking balls!

Family lunches

Find the perfect picnic spot

This summer you can order your own picnic box from us and we'll pack it up for you to head outdoors.

Choose from children's menu favourites to eat in the restaurant, and have a go with our new garden games too.

Rain, rain go away!

Pack a mac, an umbrella and wellies and have some puddle-splashing fun!

We know that the Great British weather can be a little unpredictable...but you can still have fun even if the skies open.

Splash your way to Drum Falls to hear the water rush by or duck into the mill to see the water wheel thundering round.