Celebrate harvest with us at Canons Ashby

A Volunteer in Tudor Costume

Join us for a whole month of harvest celebrations between 4 September and 1 October. There will be plenty of traditional fun and games, crafts and performers to keep the whole family amused.

For the whole of September the house will be decorated for harvest and is full of interesting things to look at, but the most plentiful display will be in the Church, which will be full of the bounties of early autumn taken from our own gardens and grounds.

On the weekends of our Harvest Celebrations we’ll have performers, crafters and other guests to entertain and delight you in the grounds. From morris dancers to medieval minstrels, from basket weavers to leather workers. As there will be different entertainment on the different weekends, why not come several times? You will see something different each weekend.

There is plenty of hands-on stuff to do: try your hand at the coconut shie, make some butter, try to create a woven harvest decoration and try the lawn games. For younger visitors, make a beautiful harvest leaf decoration or a bird feeder to keep your feathered friend's happy this winter.

Get hands on and make something to take home
Families crafting together
Get hands on and make something to take home

As well as games, activities and sellers every weekend day, the following performers will be featuring:

9 September we will be welcoming the folk duo Das Boaty McBoatface, playing beautiful accoustic folk numbers on the Violin and Accordion and selling their hand dyed wool.

10 September will feature the Cordwainers: A traditional folk band who will encourage you to get up on your feet and join in some joyful dancing! They will tell you what to do, all you need is enthusiasm.

16-17 September will have a 16th century feel, as we will be hosting Minstrel Tom: historical musical and performer who will entertain and delight with historical instruments and musical renditions throughout the day. 
We will also be joined by Firebug Loom who will be teaching some Tudor braiding workshops on both days for only £4 per person. Book for that now!

23 September join us to meet Gloriana Living History. These Tudor re-enactors will be dancing, story telling and mingling all day, as well as bringing their kids dressing up clothes for your young historians to try on.

On 24 September we welcome the Royal Oak Morris Dancers from Eydon performing traditional dances to celebrate a successful harvest.

30 September and 1 October will be...

Apple weekend

Family time
Families enjoying apple weekend
Family time

If you visit on the final weekend of our Harvest: 30 September – 1 October you can be part of Apple Weekend. Try some of our freshly pressed apple juice, make an apple bird feeder to keep your feathered friends fed and happy during winter, try some samples of our different apples types, join some of our games and help with the harvest, as well as much more.

What to do you need to know?

Normal admission prices apply to join us for our harvest celebrations, although there will be some small charges for some of the activities. The weekend day events will be running between 11am and 4pm, the church is open 10-5pm each day and the house is open 1-5pm.

Want to know more?

Who is selling this Harvest?

Over the 4 weeks of harvest the following craftsmen and traders are bringing their wares to Canons Ashby:
Beady-Eye Designs, Burcote Woodturning, Sugarush, Daisy Dumpling, Firebug Loom, Knapton Cidery, Riverknits, Spike Cadman Leatherworking, Napton Cidery, Eydon Cider Company, Maggie Smith Basketry, Round the Bend. (Not all traders will be attending every weekend.)