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 discover all four new art installations, part of contemporary art programme folly!

Here come the birds

There has been some nest box checking and bird-ringing going on throughout May and now into June. This is to record which birds are around to get an overall view of bird population numbers. To see inside a nest box and find out more about the bird ringing and other wildlife at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal look at the link below.

What's on this June

Nature walks

Must snap photos

The abbey has many angles to capture. Which one is your favourite? Once you start the walk down to the water garden, make sure to look back to see the abbey towering up over the buttercup-strewn east green.

The carefully maintained water garden is a treat to a photographer's eye. The moon ponds and canal offer clean lines with the follies standing out in the back ground. See if you can find all the follies, including the four new art installations across the site, which are part of folly!, our contemporary art programme. They're only here until November so snap them up quick!

For lesser seen views to capture...

Hike up to the High Ride path - it's worth it for not only the views but to walk along the woodland path high above the garden. There are some great photos to be had from Surprise View, before walking along the tunnel of trees to the Temple of Fame. The woods are bursting with squirrels and bird life, too. See if you can get a photo of them before you come to the angular Octagon Tower, which boasts views over the garden below, the Banqueting House and the deer park.

Admiring the view of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire.
Admiring the view of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire.

Father's Day at Fountains Abbey

Make your dad's day special with a family adventure through the abbey and gardens. Take your time to explore every corner of the abbey before heading down to the garden. Tuck into some tasty seasonal food in the restaurant or tea-rooms and treat him in the shop to a range of great books, gardening kit, beer or perhaps some wine.

We're holding a 7.5 mile walk for those outdoorsy families who love to get the miles in. You'll walk from Fountains Abbey to the very picturesque Brimham Rocks, experiencing some of the wonderful North Yorkshire trails.

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 or join our guided walk to Brimham Rocks this Father's Day. 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. From Sun 6 May, on Sundays and bank holidays, the Fountains Flyer 822 runs from York, Boroughbridge and Ripon directly to the visitor centre doors. 

There's a new service, too - the Brimham Explorer 825. This means you can enjoy the 7.5 mile walk, In the Footsteps of Monks, from Fountains Abbey to Brimham Rocks and get the bus back. You can get this bus to both Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks, directly from Ripon and Harrogate.

Further details can be downloaded from www.dalesbus.org

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