What's on this June at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

A couple enjoy the sunshine next to the ruins of fountains abbey

With trees decked in their finest greens and wildflowers blooming, the estate looks set for summer. Stroll up to the High Ride to enjoy the sun-dappled woodland path, spot the cygnets on the river and come along for new event Beer and Bread.

Join a free guided tour

11am - Garden and abbey tour (approx 1.5 hours)

2pm - Abbey tour (approx 1 hour)

If you don't fancy joining a tour but have some questions about the abbey come to the cloister (marked on your map) to visit one of our volunteers who will be able to help in Any Questions 3-4pm

Blue skies over Fountains Abbey
Blue skies over Fountains Abbey
Blue skies over Fountains Abbey

Wildlife walks

Fascinating nature facts

Wednesday 5 June, 2-3.30pm

Enjoy a walk bursting with interesting facts about the wildlife on the estate. From poisonous plants to ingenious ways nature is used, your guide Mike will astound you with fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes as you walk around the estate.

Summer in the herb garden

Wednesday 12 June, 1.30-3.30pm

Meet Rosemary, Angelica and Rose in the hidden herb garden opposite Fountains Hall. Pam will offer some sage and thymely advice to help you get to know these and other members of the herb family that grow in this little garden in summer. 

Deer watch walk

Saturday 22 June, 2-4pm

Do you know your stags from your hinds and your reds from your sikas? Head out with our expert guides to discover what the deer are up to this summer. 

A mother and her young in Studley Royal deer park
A mother leads her young through Studley Royal deer park
A mother and her young in Studley Royal deer park

Monastic Powerhouse or romantic folly?

Over the centuries, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been home to the monks and the Georgians. The abbey once housed the largest Cistercian order in England, bringing in wealth and riches making ti a powerhouse of its time. Then, the Georgians came along, making the abbey an eye-catcher, or folly, within their carefully designed garden. 

This summer we're exploring the different ways of seeing this place. Come and explore and let us know how you see the abbey. 

Romantic folly: an exhibition by Ian Scott Massie

Come to Fountains Mill to see Ian Scott Massie's latest work, including water colour and print of scenes from around the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal estate.

Come to Fountains Mill to see work from local artist Ian Scott Massie
Ian Scott Massie's exhibition is on in Fountains Mill
Come to Fountains Mill to see work from local artist Ian Scott Massie


Beer and Bread and Father's Day at Fountains Abbey

Make your dad's day special with a trip to Beer and Bread. Indulge in local bread themed street food, sample a beer and having a go with dough with Cafe 164 before playing family games in the heritage apple orchard by the mill. 

Explore Fountains Mill at your own pace or join a tour to learn all about the mill, ruined bakehouse and brewhouse. 

They're on at 1pm and 3pm and last around 45 minutes.

Come to Beer and Bread this June at Fountains Mill
Come to Beer and Bread this June at Fountains Mill
Come to Beer and Bread this June at Fountains Mill

Find out all about Beer and Bread below.

Take a stroll this summer

Wildflowers are dotted around, adding delicate colour to the lush green covering the estate. With warmer temperatures finally here, pack a bottle of water and pick up a walking leaflet to explore further afield. You could find yourself in corners of the estate or North Yorkshire countryside you didn't know about before…

The deer at this time of year

The deer in the park are starting to give birth. It's very normal for the mother to leave her young unattended in a nice shady spot. If you spot one, keep your distance. While we know it's really tempting to try and get closer, to get a photograph or to help it, their mothers are very sensitive to smells. They are likely to abandon their young if they smell anything on them so be sure to not go near them and keep dogs on leads.

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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