For families

Meet Father Christmas

What's that sound? It's jingle bells! © Chris Lacey

What's that sound? It's jingle bells!

Father Christmas is touching down, and he comes bearing gifts.

Deck the Halls

Make a decoration, one, two or three! © Chris Lacey

Make a decoration, one, two or three!

Make a decoration, two or three to take home and hang on your tree.

Go 'On the Hoof'

Wrap up warm and explore the deer park © Chris Lacey

Wrap up warm and explore the deer park

Get a bit closer to the wild deer munching through their winter feed.

Twelve Days of Christmas Trail

Explore the great outdoors this winter © John Millar

Explore the great outdoors this winter

Help us round up the cast of the Twelve Days of Christmas!

4 things to do at Fountains today

  • Make a makeshift home 

    Build a den

    Gather twigs and sticks for a makeshift home

  • Fountains is a haven for wildlife © David Levenson

    Go bird watching

    Look out for water-loving birds in the water garden

  • Climb and clamber in the woods © David Levenson

    Explore inside a tree

    Find an oak tree in the deer park

  • Find creepy crawlies © Michael Hook

    Hunt for bugs

    Old trees in the deer park are just the place

Christmas events

Every weekend see the abbey lit with rainbow colours and hear live music and carols with Music & Lights.

Don't miss Carols by Candlelight, everyone's welcome to our annual family carol service in the abbey.

Get outdoors

Get your walking boots on and get outdoors, we've got acres for you to explore.

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

On the menu

Choose from children's menu favourites, or book to enjoy a festive Christmas lunch in the restaurant.

You're sure to find something to suit even the pickiest palettes!

Let off steam

Boy playing on the netting at Fountains Abbey play area

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!

Wildlife spotting

Wrap up warm and explore the deer park

Go 'on the hoof' and get a bit closer to the deer as they munch their winter feed.

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

Rain, rain go away!

Have fun whatever the weather

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.