May half term at Canons Ashby

A mother and child on the steps in the garden

Bring the family to Canons Ashby this half term and take advantage of the warmer weather. There's lots to explore and enjoy.

Be a butterfly and moth explorer

Canons Ashby girl doing trail

Pick up a Butterfly and Moth Trail from Visitor Reception and enjoy the outdoors with your family. Flitter and flutter across the parkland looking for our British butterflies and moths. See how many you can find and discover more about these beautiful winged creatures.

When you’ve finished, head to the Coach House Shop to claim your victory sticker. This trail is running from 25 May to 7 June, 10-4pm. The trail is free although normal admission prices apply.

Plant it, grow it, eat it

Get green fingered with the family
Child planting seeds in a pot
Get green fingered with the family

Get green fingered and plant something to grow and nurture at home. You'll earn a sticker for your '50 things to do before you're 11¾' and you can take your seed pot home to watch them grow, then taste when they're ready!  This event is running from 27 to 31 May, 11-3 pm. £1 and normal admission prices apply.

In the gardens

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

Our gardens are blooming with spring colour, so why not have a wander? If you'd like to know more about the plants, have a chat to one of our gardeners if you see them out and about. They'll be happy to help.

In the parkland

Canons Ashby parkland mound
Canons Ashby parkland mound
Canons Ashby parkland mound

You'll find sheep and cows in the parkland at the moment and they're fun to watch - especially the lambs. But please be careful and avoid getting too close. If your dog is enjoying the day out with you, please keep them on a short lead.

Explore the ancient parkland’s lumps, bumps, hidden corners and historic trees. People have been living and farming here for nearly 1000 years so the ground is very lumpy in places.

In the paddock

Enjoying a picnic in the paddock
Family enjoying a picnic in the paddock
Enjoying a picnic in the paddock

There are picnic benches, a small wild play patch and a spinney of trees to explore.

You can also find our chickens in the corner near the wild play patch as well! They are very well fed with chicken food to help them grow and thrive: they may look like they want human food but please don’t feed them. This can make them poorly.

In the house

Get the kids all puffed out by exploring Canons Ashby
Children with the pufferfish in the museum room
Get the kids all puffed out by exploring Canons Ashby

Some items from the house have gone missing! Join our family trail "Stolen" and see if you can help recover our items as you explore the house. Ask for your free "Stolen" trail from Visitor Reception when you arrive.  .

In the tea-room and shop

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

If you fancy a tasty treat the Stables tea-room has a selection of delicious snacks and sandwiches as well as children's lunches, plus a scrummy choice of cakes. There's high chairs and a place to heat food for very young children. Have a look here fore more information about family access.  When you're all refreshed,you may want to have a browse in the Coach House shop and pick up a souvenir before you go. With toys, games, books, treats and gifts,there's something for everyone.