Family fun in the summer holidays

Spring into summer!

The swallows are swooping through the courtyard, the sun is shining and the kids are off school! 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

In May and June

From 5 May to 1 July 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.

Around Father’s Day

Join us between 9-18 June and bring your Dad, Grandad, (or Mum, Auntie, Son, etc) for the Father’s Day Trail. It’ll be great for grown ups, or families working as a team. Explore the grounds and discover parts of Canons Ashby you might not normally notice. Normal admission prices apply.

In July and August

Between 7 July and 28 August have a go at our Picture Trail. See Canons Ashby’s outdoor spaces through the eyes of the talented women who lived here long ago. Find out how Canons Ashby has changed since those pictures were created and compare the now and then. You may notice things you wouldn’t normally look at, or be inspired to create beautiful images of your own. Great for adults or families who want to explore further. Normal admission prices apply.

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?

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!