Visit this March

A drift of snowdrops by the river Skell with the abbey ruins in the distance.

As new shoots light up the verges and the first lambs frolic in the fields, there’s a lot going on at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this March.

Tours are back!

March means the return of our daily water garden and abbey tours. A tale of two parts, there will be two tours of the abbey and one tour of the water garden each day. Each free tour lasts about an hour. If you don’t fancy a tour but have something you’d like to ask, visit one of our guides as you stroll the estate. Find out where to meet for tours and any questions here

Easter family fun

If it's Easter family fun that you are after then pop into Swanley Grange to learn basic needlecraft and embroidery  techniques or have a go at natural dyeing using materials from the medieval garden just like the monks did over 500 years ago.

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt returns for four days over the Easter weekend and don’t forget to bring your decorated hard-boiled egg for Easter Monday’s egg rolling competition!

Wool: a college art exhibition

Harrogate College will open a pop up exhibition inspired by the medieval wool trade on 17 March – 22 March. Enjoy a selection of mixed media pieces created by the local students in Swanley Grange.

Who’s tweeting this month?

Spring has just about sprung on the estate, bringing with it the promise of longer days and warmer climes. Did you know that the rare Hawfinches have returned to our shores in far greater numbers this year due to the flowering of the Hornbeam trees in central Europe? They have such a powerful beak that they can break a cherry stone! Rumour has it they have been sighted in the yew trees near Fountains Hall…

A Hawfinch sits high on a branch at Fountains Abbey
A Hawfinch sat high on a branch at Fountains Abbey
A Hawfinch sits high on a branch at Fountains Abbey

Want to learn how to bird watch with the best of them? Join members our wildlife team in the bird hide where they will be on hand to help you spot birds and to answer your questions on 14 March, 12.30 -3pm.

Escaping the Great Depression

Fountains Hall will become the home of a brand new exhibition this Easter. Discover the untold history of the Settlers Society – a boys training camp set up in the 1930s at Fountains Hall, offering young men from deprived areas of the North East a chance to escape the poverty of the Great Depression. Our interactive new exhibition will tell the personal histories of the boys who lived here. Read more about it here

Boys from the Settlers Society at Fountains Abbey
Boys from the Settlers Society standing outside their huts
Boys from the Settlers Society at Fountains Abbey

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