Busy Bees

Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made 'skeps' to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn't have sugar.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Swanley Grange has been turned into a hive of activity for this weekend with fun activities to get stuck into like candle rolling and candle making, with bee keeping demonstrations from members of the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers throughout the day.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £17.60 £16.00
Child £8.80 £8.00
Family £44.00 £40.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £15.20
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.60

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

National Trust and English Heritage members free (except English Heritage corporate and education memberships). Free admission to St Mary's Church.

All members need to bring their cards, including family passes. 

A family ticket includes 2 adults and 3 children. Under 5s go free. 

The basics

Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Swanley Grange workshop


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
24 August 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available
25 August 2019 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Fountains Abbey
Call 01765 608888

Upcoming events

Daily water garden and abbey tours

Sun 21 Jul 2019
A tale of two parts, delve deeper into this World Heritage Site on a guided tour to learn more about the history and stories of this ancient place.

Spot the wildflower

Tue 23 Jul 2019
The Banqueting House lawn is full to bursting with all sorts of wildflowers. Drop in to see which ones you can find.

Make a journey stick

Tue 23 Jul 2019
Make a journey stick to decorate before you head out for your abbey adventure

It's a monks life family tour

Wed 24 Jul 2019
Join us at Swanley Grange to dress up like a monk for this family tour.

Pond dipping

Fri 26 Jul 2019
Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels...there's an extraordinary world waiting to be discovered under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden.

Going Digital photography workshops

Sun 28 Jul 2019
Discover how to get the best out of your camera with these photography workshops with Pandora. Learn the basics in an inspiring setting or discover how to capture the perfect landscape.