Celebrate harvest at Canons Ashby

Beautiful fruit, vegetables and flowers decorating the church

This article refers to Harvest season 2019. Unfortunately this will not be possible in 2020. We will update this in 2021 as we know what's coming up for next year.

Join us as we celebrate the beautiful harvest season this September. With traditional natural harvest decorations in the church and in the house, and Apple Harvest Weekend on 28-29 September.

Enjoy the sights and smells of a traditional harvest celebration. For the whole of September the house and church will be decorated for harvest, featuring plenty of produce grown in our own gardens and grounds by staff and volunteers.

Pick up a family harvest trail from visitor reception when you come in. Answer our harvest themed questions and find out more about this special time of year. Then pick up your prize from the Coach House Shop. The Harvest Trail costs £2 and will get your whole family out and about and learning new things.

Apple Harvest Weekend

Family time
Families enjoying apple weekend
Family time

Join us to celebrate the apple harvest on 28-29 September. Help us press the apples into apple juice and taste the results, or take home some apples for a donation to the honesty pots. By donating you're helping us continue to care for our heritage apple trees. 

Bring the family and make an apple bird feeder to keep your feathered friends fed and happy during winter or a harvest decoration. Or try out the coconut shie and see who has the best aim!

Browse a small seletion of stalls of local handmade produce - bring some cash and take home something lovely (or delicious!).

Don't miss performances by our local Morris sides, on Saturday we will be visited by Royal Oak Morris and on Sunday by Brackley Morris Men. Performances will be at 11.30, 12.30 and 2pm.

Have a look at the rustic crafts display and Romany caravan, and have a chat with our guest traditional craftsman.

Visit the fascinating house and historic church - they're decorated for harvest but interesting at any time of year.

Stroll around the beautiful garden, it may be autumn but there are plenty of beautiful blooms to enjoy.

Like at any time of year, there is a small wild play corner in the paddock for kids to enjoy.

What to do you need to know?

Normal admission prices apply (so it's free to come in for National Trust supporters), although there will be some small charges for some activities.

The children's crafts (£3 per apple bird feeder, £1 per harvest decoration or play with art straws for free), and harvest trail (£2) can be paid for in cash at the activity points, or by card in the visitor reception or shop. It's 50p for 3 tries on the coconut shie - please put your money in the honesty pot.

Parking is free, and there's no need to book.

The house is open to explore between 11.30am and 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm.

This is an outdoor event, with activities taking place under gazebos and in a small marquee - rain may effect the Morris Dance performances but the rest will go on as planned.

For more information about visiting Canons Ashby please have a look at Plan your day or our Family Information page if you're bringing young children.