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Summer of Play

Get ready for a Summer of Play at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, sponsored by Starling bank

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join us during the summer holidays and explore the estate with your family and friends.

Visit four different play stations across the estate and discover ways you can play together. Build an obstacle course and let your imaginations run wild. Take your shoes off and walk barefoot through the grass. Get creative in Swanley Grange with chalk and logs in Swanley Grange. Take to the stage in Quebec and perform with puppets, costumes or musical instruments.

Join in with Movement Monday activities on the ball games field, just 2 minutes from the visitor centre

The estate is large, so give yourself plenty of time to explore on your visit.

You can walk around the estate with a buggy on hard-standing paths and some grassy areas. Four-legged friends are welcome, but please remember to keep them on a short lead and pick up after your pet.

Summer of Play activities are free to take part in and run from 20 July to 1 September during standard opening hours. You don't have to pre-book, just turn up on the day.

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Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Meeting point

Head in to the estate through any admissions point: the Visitor Centre, West Gate or Studley Royal. There is level access from the West Gate entrance.

What to bring and wear

There are slopes and areas of uneven ground on the estate so please wear sturdy footwear. We are an outdoor site, so dress for the weather.

Accessibility

There are hard-standing paths around the estate and level access from the West Gate entrance. There are some slopes, including a hill with 15-20% gradient between the Visitor Centre and the abbey.

Upcoming events

Event

Help the rangers: Big Butterfly Count 

Join us for the Big Butterfly Count 2024

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on
22 Jul 2024
at
10:00 to 16:00
Event

Summer of Play: Movement Monday 

Discover a different way you can get moving every Monday during the summer holidays.

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on
22 Jul to 26 Aug 2024
at
10:00 to 16:00
+ 5 other dates or times
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A Landscape Painter's Perspective: Peter M. Hicks 

Explore Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal through the eyes of one of the north's leading landscape artists this summer. 'A Landscape Painter's Perspective' is a new art exhibition by Peter M. Hicks.

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on
22 Jul to 11 Aug 2024
at
10:00 to 16:30
+ 20 other dates or times
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Garden and abbey tour 

Join one of our volunteer tour guides to see the abbey as the Georgians once did; incorporated into the dramatic designed landscape.

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on
22 Jul to 20 Sep 2024
at
11:00 to 12:30
+ 121 other dates or times