Easter holidays at Canons Ashby

A family enjoying the Cadbury Egg Hunt

Have some family spring fun this Easter. There's lots going on to keep everyone interested - as well as learning more about nature and wildlife.

Update: Sadly due to the current situation and Government advice, Easter at Canons Ashby will not be as previously advertised below.

Canons Ashby is now closed, including all buildings, garden and grounds, and we don't yet know when we'll be open again. Upcoming events have been cancelled until the end of May.

Please have a look at the Coronavirus update for more information, and check our homepage. Any updates will be posted on our homepage in the red notice near the top.

Begin your day at Visitor Reception

Once you've arrived and parked (parking is free for our visitors), the team at Visitor Reception will welcome you, sort out your tickets or scan your membership cards, and point you in the right direction. If you're not a National Trust member, you can find our ticket prices here, or one of the team can help you become a member if you would like. 

This is also where you can pick up a map, walks, and any other information you need.

There is no need to book in advance for a normal day out visit. Some special events must be booked in advance: find out about these and book on our What's On page.

Growing Green Trail

4-19 April (excluding Easter weekend), 10-4pm

Grow your interest in the green things all around us by joining in this family spring trail during the school holidays (outside of the Easter weekend). Bring the kids and have a go, then pick up your sticker. Find out more about the trail here.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

10th - 13th April 10-4pm

Getting to know our outdoor spaces
 Family looking at trail
Getting to know our outdoor spaces

A delicious Cadbury prize awaits at the end of our outdoor Easter Hunt. Bring the whole family to search high and low for our clues across the ancient parkland. Then don’t forget your tasty reward! The trail costs £3 each and normal admission prices apply. Find out more about this here.

It can be busy in the middle of the day if the weather is good, so try to come early or late to have a calmer visit.

Do some exploring

There's plenty to do at Canons Ashby. As well as the parkland, paddock and garden to explore, don't miss seeing the house and hearing about its fascinating history.You can also have fun with the kids doing the family house trail. Do be sure to check the house opening times to avoid disappointment.

The church is the oldest part of Canons Ashby, and used to be part of a much bigger priory. Find out more about it inside.

If you're out in the parkland or churchyard, look out for the sheep and lambs, but please don't get too close to them.

Explore the paddock full of wild flowers on a warm day
Children exploring the paddock
Explore the paddock full of wild flowers on a warm day

Treats for all!

There are plenty of treats, toys and gifts in the Coach House shop, including pocket-money treats. Or, kit the kids out with nature spotting equipment and books to foster their love of creatures big and small.

When it's time for a rest and something to eat, visit the Stables tea room and enjoy a tasty lunch or some fresh baking - and for the little ones there's a pick and mix lunch box.