Family fun this summer at Canons Ashby

Toddler with flowers in background

The birds are singing, the sun is shining and the kids are ready for summer! It’s the perfect time for the whole family to enjoy Canons Ashby at its best.

Family fun

We have plenty of ways to keep the younger visitors entertained this summer. So visit again and again to have a go at something different.

You'll find lots for the whole family at Canons Ashby
A parent helps a child complete a trail
You'll find lots for the whole family at Canons Ashby

Flying High Trail

4 May - 5 September,10am-4pm

Bring the kids to discover the wildlife that flaps, glides and swoops over Canons Ashby, or just buzzes lazily between the flowers. Try the challenges, answer the questions and watch their imaginations soar.


Nature Explorers

Every Tuesday in August

Bring the kids and enjoy activities connected with nature and the great outdoors. Whether it’s wild art, or wildlife spotting, there’s something to try each week in August. 


Things to enjoy all summer

Discovering creepy crawlies in the gardens
Children looking at bugs on bark of a tree
Discovering creepy crawlies in the gardens

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Grab a 50 things sheet from visitor reception and see how many you can tick off during your visit. The summer gardens at Canons Ashby have plenty of places to 'discover wild animal clues' or 'watch a bird'. How many can you complete?

Play and picnic in the paddock

The paddock is ideal for summer family picnics with plenty of space for the children to run around and let off steam. Don’t miss the small wild play area in the corner of the paddock and through the spinney.

Stretch your legs

Bring your explorers and see what you can find in our outdoor spaces.The stunning formal gardens are bursting with colourful flowers which attract lots of insects, including beautiful butterflies and busy bumble bees. Whilst in the parkland there are trees to climb around on and animals to see (just please don't get too close). 

Treat yourself to something tasty
Child enjoying a scone with jam and cream
Treat yourself to something tasty

Enjoy some special treats

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

We make delicious cakes, sandwiches and lunch specials, as well as children's packed lunches (menu may vary). To help your day go as smoothly as possible, there are high chairs, facilities to warm baby food and both indoor and outdoor seating. 

In the Coach House shop you'll find beautiful gifts and mementoes, including a selection of local nature-inspired art, homeware and gifts, as well as speciality preserves, biscuits, sweets and drink.There's also lots for the children with a selection of books, gifts and games to keep the little ones entertained or allow them to enjoy their pocket money!