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Science & Nature Events

With nearly half the Harrogate District designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it won’t surprise you that wildlife is everywhere when you visit Harrogate, Ripon and Nidderdale.

A Natural Haven

What better to way to learn about and experience the natural world than to be guided by experts who can take you right to the best places to see remarkable species?  Wetland bird reserves and peat moorlands guarantee a range of waders and while curlew and oyster catchers are reliable regulars, the passing migrations means a number of other rarities are frequently spotted.

Natural Science

The events organised across our beautiful and rural area do not just cover nature, but also the scientific topics of the natural world, including talks on the science and evolution of the landscape and its moorlands.

Dark Sky Events

Through the winter months there are frequent events offering visitors a greater understanding of the sky at night, and what to look out for. 

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has fantastically dark skies that truly showcase the majesty of the night sky. 

A number of events take place through the year that includes talks and photography and knowledgeable experts who can introduce you to the sky.

Natural Wonder

With a number of ancient woods, many of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the flora and habitats to be seen are wonderful.  In May, carpets of bluebells turn the woodland floor into a carpet of vivid blue, and a number of walks and events are held to allow people to enjoy this spectacular sight without worrying about finding the right wood at the right time.

Guided through Nature

Guided nature walks reveal the range of birds around the woods or moors with local experts sparing you the pressure of hastily flicking through the bird book to identify that bunting or plover. 

Instead you can enjoy the spectacle as sky larks and northern lapwings dive and swoop above you.  Alternatively the crueller side of nature can be glimpsed as peregrine falcons, buzzards and kites search for carrion and prey.

While you may find deer tracks in many of the local woods only those up early, or particularly lucky will see them out in the woods.  Deer walk events allow you to glimpse these graceful creatures up close, learn about how the herds are cared for and in autumn, witness the savage clash as the antlered male’s battle for supremacy.

Events are added to the pages all the time so if you’re visiting in the future be sure to check back soon.

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Ongoing Events

  1. Deer Watch Walk

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    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2018 To 30 Oct 2018
    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  2. Fountains by Floodlight

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water gardens. Listen to a live performance from the choir and join an evening guided tour, you might even catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. 

    £10 adult, £5...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2018 To 26 Oct 2018
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    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
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    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  3. Apple juicing at Swanley

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    We know the monks at Fountains Abbey produced ale and perhaps cider. Other monasteries in the country certainly did. Join in the apple juicing process and sample the delicious results from your hard work. We’re using apples from our orchard which are all northern varieties from the sixteenth...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  4. Autumn Drive through

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    Gardens

    Ripon

    Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. As it’s a drive-through you’ll need to stay in your car. If you’d like to come and explore the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  5. Wildlife and farming in the uplands - Wild Watch talk

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    Come along to this free event to hear RSPB conservation advisor Chris Tomson explain how farmland can provide valuable habitat for wildlife in the Nidderdale AONB.
    This talk promises to cover a very interesting and important topic in light of current native wildlife population declines. Attending...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2018 To 13 Nov 2018
  6. Preserving at Swanley Grange

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    The monks would have preserved as much food as possible to tide them over the winter. Come and see the original medieval recipe cooked on an outside fire at Swanley and taste the results.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  7. Winter bird walk

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    Gardens

    Ripon

    A 2 mile walk around the estate to see the birds that make Fountains their home in winter time.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  8. Fountains Hall 1930s christmas

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Make your own paper chain or snowflake decoration, challenge your family to a game of snakes and ladders, dress up as they would have done, delve your hand into a stocking to see what you would have received on Christmas morning.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  9. Music and Lights

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a chilly winter weekend: glowing lights, festive music and delicious food and drink. Come and join us!

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 25 Nov 2018
    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
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    8 Dec 2018 To 8 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  10. The Nativity trail

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Follow the stars to discover scenes of the nativity by the abbey and in the garden. Discover wooden sculptures of the nativity scenes created by local artist, Shane Green.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 7 Jan 2019
  11. Christmas floristry workshops

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Join one of our workshops to create a wreath on the theme of 'rich berry colours'.

    Award winning florist Joanna, from Twisted Willow, will be providing expert tuition on how to make your own wreath at these workshops. Using estate foliage. For those who wish to create a table decoration,...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2018 To 3 Dec 2018
    From:
    4 Dec 2018 To 4 Dec 2018
  12. Festive Christmas Lunches

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Tuck into a delicious festive lunch with family, friends or colleagues this December.

    Choose from a two or three course traditional lunch menu and add tea or coffee with a mince pie for an extra treat. Make a day of it by taking a leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds and visit the shop...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2018 To 20 Jan 2019
  13. On the hoof

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn about their job managing the wild herd. Meet outside St Mary’s Church in the deer...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  14. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

    On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
  15. Carols by Candlelight

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
  16. Cryptic creatures - a talk by the Wild Watch

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    From bizarre battleships and beautiful blooms to bad-tempered buzzing, Dr Chris Hassall from the University of Leeds will speak about how animals and plants have evolved remarkable means to deceive one another and us!

    Attending this free event is sure to whet your wildlife appetite during the...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jan 2019 To 15 Jan 2019
  17. The Yorkshire Dales as a wildlife refuge? - a talk by the Wild Watch

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Learn how some animals are withstanding the effects of climate change by using valley's in our local countryside. Dr Andrew Suggitt from the University of York will share his striking research with us as well as well as explain how we can help wildlife in our own gardens.

    Attending this free event...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Feb 2019 To 12 Feb 2019
  18. The Settlers Society Exhibition

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Discover the little known history of the Settlers Society at Fountains Hall. The boys camp was created by Commander Vyner, owner of the Fountains Abbey estate in the 1930s, to offer an escape to young men from Tyneside from the effects of the Great Depression. Learn about the personal histories of...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  19. Folly! Art in the garden

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    There’s art in the garden but it’s not paintings, and it’s not in a gallery…The artworks are in the garden and they’re just for fun - we call them follies. Pick up a free map at the entrance gate to explore this years exhibits.

    Four striking and surprising new artworks will emerge into the...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2018 To 4 Nov 2018

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