Enjoy your day at Canons Ashby

St Mary's Church with daisies

The weather is getting warmer, the gardens are beginning to bloom and there is plenty to see in the house. There is plenty see this month as spring starts to transform into summer.

In the gardens and grounds

This spring our planting has been inspired by Women and Power so you can expect to see purples, pinks and greens in the formal bedding.

Have a wander around the formal garden and admire the colourful colours beginning to flourish, as well as the snowdrops, crocusses and daffodils springing from the grass around the site.

Here we plant for nature and wildlife, as well as for visitors. We select plants which we know our insects and birds will love, which are grown from seed in the local area so we have less of an impact on the environment.

As the grass is beginning to dry out, why not put your wellies on and go a little further afield and have a stroll around the parkland? Keep an eye out for the sheep and lambs but please don’t get too close to them.

Love nature? Try to spot some of our special spring birds as they return to Britain after migrating over winter. Look out for blackcaps and garden warblers singing in the garden, as well as more common local birds such as blue tits and wrens who are already building nests here on site.

Family fun

Having fun on a lovely day at Canons Ashby
Canons Ashby carer lifting toddler high
Having fun on a lovely day at Canons Ashby

There are plenty of things to explore and activities to join to keep the family entertained this spring at Canons Ashby. With the garden, parkland and paddock, we are not short of space for your young adventurers to stretch their legs and blow off some steam.

Why not pick up a Wild Nature Trail from reception when you arrive and find out about all the evidence that creatues leave behind them: including all the disgusting stuff. Become nature detectives and find out what creatures make Canons Ashby their home.

If the weather is less good, try out the children's trail in the house: Stolen! Canons Ashby has been hit by a crime wave and we need your help to help us find the missing objects throughout the house. Just ask for your Stolen trail when you arrive..

What's on in the house?

A watercolour of the Pebbled Court by Clara Dryden
Watercolour of Canons Ashby's Pebbled Court by Clara Dryden
A watercolour of the Pebbled Court by Clara Dryden

This year, as part of the celebration of Women and Power, 100 years since some women were first able to vote in the UK, we will be paying attention to some of the important women in Canons Ashby's history. 

Some fantastically talented women have lived at Canons Ashby and created art, drawings and photography which you can still see in the house today. As you walk around the house there will be some light interpretation to draw your attention to the creativity of these women and their contributions to this historic home.

Every time you visit us, you are helping us to continue our conservation work of the house and grounds. Thank you for supporting us.

Treat yourself!

Canons Ashby Tea in the Cottage Garden
Canons Ashby Tea in the Cottage Garden
Canons Ashby Tea in the Cottage Garden

Whilst you’re here, don’t miss the Stables Tea Room and the Coach House shop.

We make delicious seasonal fare in the Stables Tea Room every day, so pop in and treat yourself to lunch or some fresh baking eaten in the open air courtyard surrounded by flowering bedding plants.

There are plenty of beautiful gifts and mementoes available in the Coach House shop as well. Have a look at our new Watersmeet or Glendurgan ranges or pick up some new plants for your spring garden.