For families

Colourful days out this half term

Help the gardeners collecting leaves or just have fun throwing them! © Chris Lacey

Help the gardeners collecting leaves or just have fun throwing them!

It's the best season for outdoor exploring...warp up warm and get outdoors

Bug box making

Make a bug box to take home © NT/Gareth Gwilt

Make a bug box to take home

Roll up your sleeves and come and make a wooden bug box for your garden.

Geocaching taster day

Take on a digital treasure hunt challenge © NT/Gareth Gwilt

Take on a digital treasure hunt challenge

Get a taste for geocaching and venture out to find clues hidden on the estate

Colour detectives trail

Wrap up warm and head out on our trail © Chris Lacey

Wrap up warm and head out on our trail

Be a colour detective amdist an explosion of reds, oranges and golds.

Make a pet pinecone

Be it a bear or a birdy, be sure to show them off at home when youâ¿¿re done! © Chris Lacey

Be it a bear or a birdy, be sure to show them off at home when youâ¿¿re done!

Have a 'crafternoon' making pet pinecones in Swanley Grange this half term.

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

Autumn events

Come along for Heritage Open Day as we celebrate our rich history with games and trails.

Don't miss the abbey bathed in light for Fountains by Floodlight on Saturdays 4 October - 1 November.

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 to eat in the restaurant, or pick a drink, sandwich and a treat to make your own lunchbox.

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

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.

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.

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