Springtime and Easter egg hunts 2022 at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Little girl among the daffodils at Fountains Abbey

We're springing into spring! There's lots to see and do now the days are getting longer. This Easter, join us for an adventure in nature at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Discover our family-friendly trail with fun activities for you to do along the way. Complete the trail and earn your chocolate reward at the end.

What’s happening this Easter?

Pick up an adventure trail and follow the map to complete 10 fun activities during your visit. See if you can shake like a squirrel, rise like the sun and listen to nature’s orchestra – there’s no limit to the fun you can have in nature this spring! There’s a yummy chocolate reward to complete your visit too.

When is it happening and how can I take part?

The trail runs 2-24 April 

10am-5pm (last entry at 4pm)

£3 per trail (plus normal admission) with a chocolate egg reward.

Enjoy wide open spaces on your Easter adventure in nature
A sunny afternoon on east green at Fountains Abbey
Enjoy wide open spaces on your Easter adventure in nature

We want to make sure as many people as possible can take part in our Easter trail. If we can help with any special arrangements, please do give us a call on (01765) 608888 and we'll do our best to help. 

We can offer:

  • Large and Braille print trails.
  • Level access to the site, or a quieter place to enter if the Visitor Centre is overwhelming.
  • Alternative treats for dairy/nut allergies.
  • Complimentary mobility scooters and wheelchairs if you, or someone you’re visiting with would like to make use of one. 


Get crafty in Swanley Grange

Easter school holidays. 11am-3pm

On your way down to the abbey from the visitor centre be sure to stop by Swanley Grange, the home of all things ‘wooly’ here at Fountains. Wool and textiles were a huge part of the medieval monk’s life here. What better way to connect to the past than to have a go sewing your own natural pattern patch to take home.

This activity is open to all ages so please do pop in and have a go.

Visit the play area

Don’t miss a trip to the play area this spring. The visitor centre restaurant for takeaway, baby change and toilets are just two minutes away - perfect for if little legs can't go very far.

There’s things to wobble along, jump over and climb on...you'll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman's poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Be inspired by photography

This spring visit Fountains Mill and the follies throughout the water garden where photographs of this special place will be on display. Go on a journey through the seasons and explore the quiet, and sometimes unruly beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Pick up an exhibition map from admissions and take inspiration from Joe’s work and the way both nature and man has sculpted the design of the landscape here. Have a go at snapping your own photos and visiting areas of the estate you might never have seen before.

There’s a children’s trail too. Often the littlest eyes can see the most amazing things and this trail aims to engage these big imaginations. The trail will encourage the exploration of the whimsical themes in Joe’s work like hunting for hidden faces – they’re everywhere when you take the time to look!



Upcoming events

Nature detective spotter sheet

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Get ready to be a nature detective with a free spotter sheet...

Still Time to Wonder. A new exhibition by Joe Cornish

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Imagine a stillness which will likely never come to this place again. Through the lens of Joe Cornish, explore the tactile beauty of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal over three years and during the silence of the coronavirus lockdown.

James Owen Thomas art exhibition

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Visit Swanley Grange workshop to see artworks created by Nidderdale artist James Owen Thomas.

Garden and Abbey Tour

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Fountains Abbey became the greatest folly of all when John Aislabie created his water garden at Studley Royal. See the abbey as the Georgians did on this guided tour.

Family crafts at Swanley Grange

Wed 17 Aug 2022
Get crafty in Swanley Grange during the summer holidays.

Abbey tour

Wed 17 Aug 2022
If these walls could talk...unearth the monastic secrets of a great abbey and the daily routines of the monks who lived here on this guided tour.

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