Light up your evenings at Fountains by Floodlight 2021
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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