What's on this May

Bluebells on the banking with Fountains Abbey in the distance

Embrace the light bright days as spring turns to summer and the landscape starts to look truly green once again. New life is flourishing with birds nesting, trees blossoming and the deer get ready to have their young.

Bank holiday adventures

Start the bank holiday weekend off with a lakeside breakfast at Studley Royal tea-room before a relaxing wander up through the water garden. Wander amongst white statues and find all the follies, stroll around mirrored moon ponds and hear the crashing cascades. Find the bluebells decorating the sidewalks and wild flowers blooming by the Banqueting House.

See bluebells appearing by the abbey
Bluebells by Fountains Abbey
See bluebells appearing by the abbey

Pull on your boots to explore the wider estate and countryside trails. You can download one of the walking routes or pick up a leaflet on your visit. We always recommend using these leaflets with a map.

Join a free tour

11am-12.30pm - Garden and abbey tour

2-3pm - Abbey tour

3-4pm - Any questions

Join a tour to learn all about the water garden and the abbey. If you can't make a tour ask for an audio guide when you arrive, which will tell you all about the abbey, or visit Porter's Lodge.

See wildlife waking up on the estate
A duck with her ducklings on the river Skell with Fountains Abbey in the distance
See wildlife waking up on the estate

Guided walks for you this May

Fascinating nature facts

Wed 1 May, 2-3.30pm

Join your guide Mike to learn all about the plants that grow all around you, discover their secrets and hear the folk stories behind them.

Herbal habits

Wed 22 May, 1.30-3pm

Find out which wild herbs can help knit your bones, spin your wool and weave your memories on this light hearted walk through Fountains Abbey with your guide Pam.

Spring bird walk

Sat 11 May, 11am-12.30pm

See which of our fluttery friends are out and about around the estate this spring. Also suitable for families with older children. This walk will cover approximately 2 miles.

Guided walks for families this May half term

Spring deer walk

Sat 25 May, 2-4pm

The stags and bucks are growing their new velvet covered antlers and the females will be getting ready to give birth. Come along this May to join Anne and Mike for a walk through the medieval deer park and learn all about the deer that live there.

Learn outdoors with us
Child with magnifying glass on bug hunt
Learn outdoors with us

Minibeasts to mammals walk

Wed 29 May, 2-3pm
Become a wildlife explorer on this guided walk and see which creatures you can find.

Let your wild ones loose this half term

It's time for holiday activities! See the lambs in the field, get stuck into crafts at Swanley Grange and make sure to take enough time to explore the play area - there's hours of fun to be had!

Coming up

Treat dad to a beer this Father's Day. Tuck into street food, have a go kneading dough with Café 164 and play family games together in the heritage apple orchard.

Romantic folly: an exhibition by Ian Scott Massie

Painter Ian Scott Massie's water colours show a different way of looking at the abbey. Exploring the way the Georgian's may have seen the abbey ruins - as a fanciful building for touring and enjoying as part of the Studley Royal garden rather than the power house of its time, you can come and see his paintings on display in Fountains Mill from Sat 1 June to 14 August




Leave the car at home

Go green by getting the bus directly to the visitor centre on the 822, which runs from York, Selby and Ripon directly to the visitor centre doors. 

On Sundays and Bank Holidays you can get the Eastern DalesBus 825 from Selby, Tadscaster, Wetherby and Harrogate to Brimham Rocks and Fountains Abbey visitor centre.

Further details can be downloaded from www.dalesbus.org

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