Family fun at Canons Ashby

Spring into summer!

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

Family fun

There are plenty of ways to keep the younger visitors entertained this summer at Canons Ashby. 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

The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle by Illyria

Bring the family and a picnic to enjoy this much-loved story, brought to life by Illyria in the beautiful grounds of Canons Ashby.

Dr John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh starts out as a human doctor. But once he is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals he becomes the most celebrated veterinary doctor in England. Word of his skill spreads and animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, right wrongs and gain a greater understanding of the animal kingdom.

Find out more and book tickets here!

50 Things Thursdays

On 2, 9, 16, 23 August we will be doing activities themed around our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrapbooks. Get closer to nature with our family activities and earn yourself a sticker for your book.

Things to enjoy all summer

Enjoying a day out
Riding high on a fun day out
Enjoying a day out

The house trail

If the weather is a bit wet, why not try the “Stolen!” trail in the house. Lots of objects have gone missing from Canons Ashby, can you help us find them all?

Wild Nature Trail

Why not bring the kids to try the Wild Nature Trail? Find out more about how to track and identify the creatures, big and small, who live here. Just ask for a Wild Nature Trail in Visitor Reception and get hunting. Normal admission prices apply.

Play and picnic in the paddock

The wildflower 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. There's a home-made den, things to balance on or crawl through and plenty of insect habitats to inspect.

Canons Ashby's wildflower paddock is the perfect place for a picnic
A family having a picnic in the green paddock in front of the priory.
Canons Ashby's wildflower paddock is the perfect place for a picnic

Stretch your legs

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

If the weather is fine there may be lawn games on the grass at the top of the formal garden. See who is top of the league in your family.

Treat yourself in the tea room!
Child enjoying a scone with jam and cream
Treat yourself in the tea room!

Enjoy some special treats

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

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

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 including books,gifts and games to keep the little ones entertained or allow them to enjoy their pocket money!