Out in the open

The House Steward opening the door of a cabinet

June is the perfect time to enjoy everything there is to see at Canons Ashby. Revel in being outdoors with a picnic in the paddock followed by a special open door tour of the house.

Picnicking outdoors

The wildflower paddock at Canons Ashby comes into its own in June, combining the dewy freshness of spring, and the lively buzz of summer to come. 

Choose your spot at one of our picnic benches scattered across the paddock, in perfect pockets amidst tall grasses and heritage meadowflowers, and spend a blissful afternoon outdoors before taking a tour around the house.

Peering indoors

Taking on the spring spirit of openess in the great outdoors, the house is baring all to see. As well as the cupboards under the stairs and drawers of the dressers, the House Team is holding limited openings for the special doors of Canons Ashby.

Submerge yourself under the surface of the exquisite Gerrit Jensen seaweed cabinet on the 1st and 3rd of June, delve into Sir Henry Dryden's Victorian document chest from the 6th to the 10th, take a peek behind the panelling hiding the remains of sixteenth century murals in Spenser's Room from the 13th to the 17th, go truly behind the scenes in the conservation store from the 20th to the 24th, and from the 27th to the 29th take a closer look at the eighteenth century laquer cabinet in the Sitting Room.

Visit our event page below for more details on this special opening indoors. 

Upcoming events

Harvest Trail

Tue 25 Sep 2018
Explore the ancient parkland to find out more about harvest time in history. Find our clues hidden in the trees and answer the questions, then head to the shop to claim your sticker!

Harvest Season

Tue 25 Sep 2018
Visit during this joyful time to see the house and church decorated for harvest. Help yourself to some home-grown produce from the produce bench for a donation, try the harvest trail around the parkland, or join us for apple weekend.

Guided visit to Priory Church and medieval stew ponds

Thu 27 Sep 2018
Find out more about the medieval history of Canons Ashby with a guided visit to the church, and then to the recently restored medieval stew ponds: an area not accessible to the public without a guide.

Give it a Grow: chat about gardening, composting and more

Fri 28 Sep 2018
Get green fingered finding out about gardening, composting, creepy crawlies and more with our guest from Give it a Grow.

Artist in residence: botanical watercolours

Fri 28 Sep 2018
On your visit around the house you may meet our artist in residence in the Dryden Sitting Room. Jenny Major creates beautiful botanical watercolours, many of which are based on specimens from Canons Ashby's garden.

Apple Harvest Weekend

Sat 29 Sep 2018
Celebrate the apple harvest with us, with tastings, activities and beautiful harvest decorations.