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  • Writer's pictureSheila Webb

Adventures at dusk

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

Last October we wrapped up, thermals, woollen socks, decent boots, head torch (taking care not to blind others) and went along camera at the ready to enjoy Fountains Abbey by floodlight, if you don't venture out much of a night it'll take you by surprise just how cold the evenings are now.

We got out of work late and raced along, first making a stop at Studley Royal deer park to take in the sunset. Utterly surrounded by wildlife and treated to a lovely mysterious misty haze like something from storytales. Unfortunately we were too late to set up for any photos... Here's one of the water gardens from another day out!

Half moon pond water garden Sheila Webb 2019
Half moon pond on another trip.

So off we went to scramble down towards the Abbey, at this time all we could make out in the black sky were the follies and temples lit in the distance and the sound of the performing choir in the cellarium became the monks from the distant past in our imaginations. To top things off there's plenty of hot tasty food, warm drinks and bags of atmosphere.

Fountains Abbey by floodlight dusk CR Lauren Sarreas-Webb 2019
Eery reflections on the water against a purple sky. Magical.


The floodlit event takes place on Saturdays and some Friday evenings 5pm - 9pm throughout October and early November.

Saturday 5 October – Leeds Male Voice Choir

Saturday 12 October - Ripon Cathedral Youth Choir & Ripon Cathedral Chorister

Saturday 19 October - Leeds Guild of Singers

Friday 25 October - Ripon Trinity Singers

Saturday 26 October - The Cononley Singers

Friday 1 November  -  York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir

Saturday 2 November - Saddleworth Male Voice Choir

For a full information dates and details see the national trust website here:

Arches Fountains Abbey CR Lauren Sarreas-Webb 2019
Waiting for a monk to step through the arches.


Only 30 mins drive away from Ripon is Jervaulx Abbey and we've already added a date in our diary to see the illuminated walls in colour whilst warming up by the Log burners for this fundraising event. Car park & tea rooms are open during floodlit evenings 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th October   - check out details:


Note: All images on this blog are owned and published by the creators Sheila Webb & Lauren Sarreas-Webb. Please ask before using, we reserve all rights.

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