VISITORS to a centuries-old North Yorkshire abbey are being treated to stunning scenes as part of an October light festival.

‘Fountains by Floodlight’ runs every Saturday evening during October at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon.

It gives visitors an after-dark experience of the World Heritage Site which was formed on the banks of the River Skell in 1132.

The abbey was used for more than 400-years, until 1539 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of all monasteries.

Due to the popularity of the light events, two extra dates have been added this year so visitors can also enjoy the spectacle on Friday, October 26 and November 2 as well as on the Saturday evenings.

Additional events are also being run in conjunction with the light show.

These include choirs singing in abbey cellarium from 7pm, with performances from the Schola Cantorum of Giggleswick School and the Elysian Singers among others.

Youngsters can also soak up the atmosphere by dressing up as a monk on a family abbey tour.