A WILD wood adventure is waiting for families at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this half term.

A clay faces trail has sprung up on different trees in the water garden and by the abbey, waiting for little wanderers to explore. There are den building competitions by the playground and wooden sculpture making drop-ins in Swanley Grange, re-using fallen twigs and sticks collected from the garden by the gardening team. A Dying Gladiator Day will be held on February 24, featuring garden games. The Dying Gladiator was an original statue in Studley Royal water garden which went missing more than 100 years ago.

The team at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, which is near Ripon, are now fundraising to restore the statue.