For families

Easter trail

Hunt the chicks for chocolate treats © Cadbury

Hunt the chicks for chocolate treats

18 April - 21 April, 11am - 4pm

Hunt high and low around the hidden corners of the abbey and water garden for giant eggs on our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Tell us how many you've found to claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize. Once you've cracked the trail come and try some of our other Easter activities.

  • £2 to enter per child
  • Start at Visitor Reception 

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Easter holiday fun

Seek our golden egg this Easter  © Line Lundkvist

Seek our golden egg this Easter

5 April - 22 April, 10am - 5pm

This Easter there's so much to enjoy at Fountains you can take your pick...

Join our golden egg hunt, discover a lost language, or get crafty making some wonderful windows.

Tag along on a spring family nature walk, go on a digital treasure hunt, and get busy den building.

Put your best foot forward in our egg and spoon race and other Easter Eggsploits then test your aim in our egg rolling activities.

50 things in spring

Discover something new with every step © National Trust/Arhel de Serra

Discover something new with every step

Once you've completed your trail, you'll be able to tick off one of your 50 things!

Stop by the bird hide, have a go at Geocaching, or make a den and you've ticked off another few...

You can download our 50 things map to help you explore the abbey, water garden and deer park this Easter.

Our shop has everything you'll need to be a 50 things explorer, make time to call in when you visit.

Wildlife spotting

Bird Watching for Beginners at Fountains Abbey

Bluetits, goldcrests and woodpeckers are regular visitors to our bird feeders...

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

'50 things' map

Isn't nature brilliant! Adventure, discover, track and explore your way around the estate with this handy map of all of the '50 things' you can do here at Fountains, either with us or under your own steam.

3 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

  • Classic E.H. Shepard illustration of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh © The E. H. Shepard Trust, reproduced by permission of Curtis Brown Group

    Play pooh sticks

    Search under the trees for sticks and challenge your friends

  • Take a look inside a tree to see what wildlife you can find © Isabel Neugebauer, National Trust

    Explore inside a tree

    Find an oak tree in the deer park

Let off steam

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!

Get active outdoors

Join a family bike ride in the deer park, follow cycle routes on the estate or little ones of 8 years and under are welcome to bring along their bikes and trikes.

There are plenty of paths to explore on foot, or tackle a digital treasure hunt...

Rain, rain go away!

We know that the Great British weather can be a little unpredictable...

We've created this rainy days map so you can still have fun at Fountains even if the skies open. Why not have a go at weather forecasting following our tips?