Light up your evenings at Fountains by Floodlight 2021

Fountains by Floodlight at Fountains Abbey

Wander through glowing ruins, under shadowed archways and hear haunting choral music ringing through the cellarium this autumn. Join us every Saturday in October and Friday 22 & 29 to have an after-dark experience you won’t forget.

Fountains by Floodlight is a feast for all your senses...

Watch as the night sky falls over the abbey and ruins start to glow with light. 

Grab a torch and chase your shadows as you experince the abbey like never before. Between 7pm-8pm join us in the cellarium as the voices of choirs ring through the ruin as darkness falls. 


Family adventures as darkness falls at Fountains by Floodlight

Make memories this autumn racing through the abbey gloom in the quiet of the autumn night. Create shapes in the shadows and hear the crunch of your footsteps echo through the ruins on a late-night adventure you won’t forget!

You'll need to book a ticket this year...

You'll need to pre-book tickets for Fountains by Floodlight this year. Information on how to do this for both members and paying visitors is coming soon.

Fill your tummy

Stop by Mill Yard across from the abbey and fill those rumbling tummies with some delicious local treats. You'll be able to choose from Pie and Tap, Toast of Harrogate, Posh Dogs plus lots more!

Tummy rumbling? Follow your nose to Mill Yard for delicious hot food
Mill Yard at Fountains by Floodlight
Tummy rumbling? Follow your nose to Mill Yard for delicious hot food

Frequently asked questions

Fountains by Floodlight is a really popular event so take a minute to read over these FAQs so you'll know what to expect this year.

What are the times and dates for Fountains by Floodlight this year?  

You'll soon be able to book tickets to Fountains by Floodlight 5pm - 9:00pm (last entry 8pm) on the following dates:

Saturday 2 October

Saturday 9 October

Saturday 16 October

Friday 22 October

Saturday 23 October

Friday 29 October

Saturday 30 October 

How much is it to get in?

Don't forget that you'll need to book a ticket even if you're a member this year. Details on how to book are coming soon. 

National Trust & English Heritage members: free

Adults: £10

Child (age 5-17): £5

Under 5: free - you won't need to book a ticket for under 5's. 

What time does it start?

When it gets dark! The lights will be on from 5pm and admission at the visitor centre is open until 8pm (car parks close at 9:30pm).

Can I visit earlier in the day and stay for the floodlighting?

If you want to visit the abbey and water garden earlier in the day and stay in the grounds for the evening then you're very welcome to. Admission will be at the normal prices before 5pm and you won't be able to leave the site and come back again on the same ticket. 

Experience the delights of autumn this October
Family throwing leaves in front of Fountains Abbey
Experience the delights of autumn this October

Will there be live choirs this year?

Yes! There will be choirs singing in the cellarium between 7pm-8pm each night. There's limited seating availible for the performances so be sure to arrive early if you're wanting to sit down. 

Saturday 2 October: Daytones Barbershop Harmony Chorus

Saturday 9 October: Fisher Singers

Saturday 16 October: Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir

Friday 22 October: Ripon Trinity Singers

Saturday 23 October: The Cononley Singers

Friday 29 October: Saddleworth Male Voice Choir

Saturday 30 October: Cantabile Chamber Choir

Where can I park?

Parking and admission is at the visitor centre only. 

Admission at west gate is availible for our visitors who require accessible/blue badge parking. You'll still need to book a ticket if using West Gate. 

You won't be able to enter or exit the site via Studley Royal.

What do I need to bring?

As well as yourselves and a sense of adventure you'll need to bring  along the following: 

  •  a torch so you can see as you walk around.
  •  sturdy footwear for exploring in the dark and uneven ground.
  • warm clothing as the tempretures drop quickly as night falls

Can I get something to eat?

Yes. Toast of Harrogate, Posh Dogs, Pie & Tap plus more will be serving hot food to take away from Mill Yard.

Can I explore the whole site at Fountains by Floodlight?

You can explore the whole estate during day light hours but once darkness falls please stay by the abbey ruin. We won't be lighting the water garden this year. Please stick to the paths as there are steep slopes and bodies of water on the estate. 

Dogs are very welcome at Fountains by Floodlight. Just make sure to keep them on a short lead.
Border terrier at Fountains Abbey in the dark
Dogs are very welcome at Fountains by Floodlight. Just make sure to keep them on a short lead.

Can I bring my dog?

You're very welcome to bring your dog. Please pick up after them and keep them on a short lead at all times. 

Is the shop open?

The visitor centre shop will be open until 9pm for you to pick up some early Christmas presents. 

Are there any other details that I may need to know?

Snap away and take as many photos as you'd like. We'd love to see them! - you can share them with us using the links at the bottom of this page. Please note that drones are strictly not allowed here. 

Discover shapes and textures you've never seen before at Fountains by Floodlight
Fountains Abbey floodlight view from the infirmary
Discover shapes and textures you've never seen before at Fountains by Floodlight

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