May half term at Canons Ashby

A mother and toddler enjoying the daisies on a spring day

Bring the family to Canons Ashby this half-term, and take advantage of the warmer weather and green spaces. There's plenty for little ones and older ones to enjoy in nature.

Our gardens are blooming with spring colour, and our Parkland is open to explore. There are plenty of activities for the little ones as well as the house and church to explore. Why not make day of it and enjoy a lunch in the Stables Tearoom or a picnic in the gardens.

Family activities

Canons Ashby Book Sale
28 May – 5 June, 10am - 4pm (normal admission applies)

Come and browse a wide selection of books which have been donated by our supporters. Stock up for your holidays whilst raising funds for our special place. On the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11-2pm, bring your little ones and listen to a story from one of our friendly storytellers. Every time you take home a pre-loved story, you’re helping us to look after the next chapter of Canons Ashby’s history.

Make a Jubilee Crown

2 June - 5 June, 11am - 2pm. Normal admission prices apply and £2 per crown. This will be taking place beside the book sale – head toward the white marquee.

Celebrate the Jubilee by creating your own beautiful crown with your little princes and princesses. There is a history of making a golden crown for royalty here at Canons Ashby, so bring your little royals and make a gold cardboard crown, decorated with natural ingredients, and a couple of special shiny additions too.

In the parkland

Canons Ashby girl doing trail

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 and remember to scoop the poop.

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

There are picnic benches, a small wild play patch and a spinney of trees to explore - great for little ones! Take inspiration by joining in with our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities sheets available at Visitor Reception.

As you wander, why not admire the wild flowers in the paddock? We are increasing our wild flowers, which will in turn help the rest of our wildlife be healthier and happier. It may look a bit wild at certain times of year, but it's great for the plants and creatures who live here.

In the House and Church

The house will be open, and during busier times there will be a timed ticket entry which will be advised at Visitor Reception, check opeing times here. There are plenty of interesting things to spot as you look around the fascinating house with over 600 years of history to explore. 

The Church is across the road from the main house, and is definitely worth a visit. Built on the site of the remaining Priory and now known as St Mary's it offers a glimpse of what life may have been like when used as a religious site. Check opening times here.

There is a place to leave pushchairs if you have one, but it is not attended so please do not leave valuables with it.

Have a look around the fascinating historic house
Children exploring the larder at Canons Ashby
Have a look around the fascinating historic house

In the Tearoom and Shop

The Stables Tearoom will be open serving drinks, snacks and light lunches. The Coach House Shop sells homeware, gifts, toys, books and tasty treats.

Every penny spent helps us raise funds to continue to look after Canons Ashby for the future.

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