Fun for families this May

A girl walking along a rope bridge

There are acres of space where little legs can explore and imaginations can run riot. You’ll be full of beans but out of puff once you’ve found a cave, a tunnel, spotted that special bird you’ve never seen before and discovered four new follies.

What's on this May half term

folly! family adventure

Pick up a family folly! Art in the garden trail to dance below a suspended cloud, gaze at a mirrored sphere and marvel at Polly, a 9m exotic tower whose colourful shell pops in the landscape beside Fountains Abbey.

Foster and friends under Foster's Design, The Cloud
Foster and friends under Foster's Design, The Cloud
Foster and friends under Foster's Design, The Cloud

folly! is all about exploring the water garden as it was originally created; a playful water garden with dramatic views that criss-cross the landscape. The Georgian water garden is dotted with follies, fanciful structures designed to catch the eye, and for folly! 2018, four new artworks have sprung to life, re-imagining the garden’s lost follies

Join the folly! family trail and let your creativity run wild!

folly! Art in the garden family trail

There's art in the garden but it's not paintings, and it's not in a gallery...The artworks are in the garden and they're just for fun - we call them follies. Use this map to explore!

Explore together

Little adventurers can climb higher, go faster and play longer than ever before in the new play area. Not far from the visitor centre explore a mini wooden abbey, a woodland house, swings, scramble nets, a gigantic zip wire and more!

Scramble, swing, slide and climb in the play area
A group of girls climbing on the rope bridge
Scramble, swing, slide and climb in the play area

There's lots of fun to be had at Swanley Grange – stop off on your way to the abbey. Get crafting, check out the medieval style vegetable garden and meet the chickens. Find activities in the workshop every day throughout the school holidays too.

Take a left from the visitor centre and follow the path to the bird hide to get ‘twitching’. Record your sightings and find out more about your new feathered friends. 

There's plenty of opportunity to check off lots of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾’ activities from your list. Explore inside an ancient tree in the deer park, climb a big hill to find the hidden Banqueting House or build the best den ever in the woodland!

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What's on this May half term

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