Fountains Abbey New Year Night Run
Keen runners and New Year’s resolution holders have the chance to stretch their legs and support a good cause this January, by taking part in a one-of-a-kind night run at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.
Our first ever night run
On January 9th, come and take part in this one-of-a-kind event here at Fountains Abbey. The run will be a 5km circuit around the abbey itself and the stunning water gardens of Studley Royal. Gates open at 6.30pm and the run starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children, and under 5’s go free. Please note that spectators will need tickets, too.
We’ve hosted Park Run here at Fountains every Saturday morning for a number of years, and we’re often asked about doing a Night Run. We’ve got some really exciting conservation projects coming up in 2018 and thought what better way to inspire people to support us than with a unique event like this.
Where your ticket money goes
2018 is the 300th anniversary of the creation of Studley Royal water garden, and the team at Fountains Abbey are working hard to restore this World Heritage Site to its 18th century heyday for visitors. All proceeds from the event will go towards a fund to replace a statue which mysteriously disappeared from the water garden in the late 1800s.
Restoring the garden to its former glory
Just like a vulnerable work of art, the years have taken their toll on the extensive eighteenth century garden at Studley Royal. With every passing year its features have become faded and blurred; clouding the former glory of this distinctive and much cherished part of Yorkshire. Recasting this iconic statue and returning it to its rightful place by the moon ponds will be a fantastic way to kick off our year of fundraising activity. The paths around the water garden will be lit, but don’t forget your head torch!
What you need to know
- There will be minimal light in the grounds and so a head torch is absolutely essential.
- The run won't be timed and so take your time going around and enjoy the experience of this after dark adventure!
- There won't be any catering so please bring plenty of water with you (or a hot drink if you prefer) and a snack for after the run.