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 to explore.

Be a Wild Nature Explorer

Taking a closer look
Canons Ashby boy looking at bug in jar
Taking a closer look

Pick up a Wild Nature Trail from Visitor Reception, get outdoors together with the family and see what evidence of wildlife you can find in our outdoor spaces. Be prepared to see the delightful and disgusting side of nature!

When you’ve finished, head to the Coach House Shop to claim your victory sticker or fill in your 50 things to do scrapbook. This trail is running from 5 May to 1 July 10-4pm. The trail is free though 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, who'll be happy to help.

In the formal garden you might find some lawn games: challenge your family and test your skills with the quoits, noughts and crosses or something else. Or the green court behind the topiary is a great place for a game of hide-and-seek.

Join the children's creative writing workshop

Let your imagination grow and flourish writing stories inspired by the ancient trees in our historic garden on Thursday 31 May, 10.30-12noon. Our writer will encourage your children's creativity and help them to come up with descriptive interesting tales in the grounds of Canons Ashby. Children need to be accompanied by an adult who is willing to give it a go as well! This activity is for children between 8 and 12 years old. Book today!

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's 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. A new feature this year is the story of Alice Dryden,daughter of Sir Henry. An inspirational women ahead of her time.

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 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 and pick up a souvenir before you go. With toys, games, books, treats and gifts,there's something for everyone.