Ripon heritage site hosts film

Fountains Abbey is to host a screening of The Secret Garden.
Fountains Abbey is to host a screening of The Secret Garden.
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Fountains Abbey will be the venue for a special screening of The Secret Garden as part of the North Yorkshire archive film festival.

Working with Cine Yorkshire, Screen Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Film Archive, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal will be part of the Contrast/Brilliance film festival which takes place this month.

On Friday, September 23, the World Heritage Site will screen the 1993 adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden in the Great Chamber of Fountains Hall.

The estate, near Ripon was used as one of the locations in the film directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy a guided tour of the Elizabethan Manor House and Walled Gardens at 6pm before the screening starts at 7pm.

Contrast/Brilliance Film Festival takes place from Thursday, September 22 until Sunday, October 2 and celebrates North Yorkshire’s heritage and traditions through archive film and television, with a series of events and screenings.

This will be Yorkshire’s first ever festival of archive film and television and will give audiences the rare opportunity to see some great films from the British film industry archive on the big screen as well as classic features filmed in the county.

Tickets for The Secret Garden screening and tour cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

To buy your tickets, telephone 01765 643164/643176 or email