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

Secrets of Canons Ashby Trail

Fri 16 Nov 2018
10:00-14:30
Pick up a trail from Visitor Reception and explore the grounds to discover some of the lesser known features of our site which you otherwise might never have noticed.

Remembrance Poppy Display

Fri 16 Nov 2018
11:00-15:00
Visit the church as part of your day at Canons Ashby and see a beautiful display of hand-made poppies arranged by our flower team.

Guided Tour

Fri 16 Nov 2018
11:30-12:30
When the house is closed you can still enjoy a guided tour with one of our fascinating guides. Find out about the history of this special place and the people who made their mark here.

Spit and polish: from kitchen maids to conservation

Sat 17 Nov 2018
11:00-14:30
How can onion water or brick dust help you look after your home? What other uses for tea leaves are there? Discover the differences between how the Victorian servants and the modern conservation team care for our historic house.

Volunteer open day

Thu 22 Nov 2018
10:00-15:00
Meet some of our volunteers over a cuppa and find out more about how you can join this friendly team.

Sold out - An Elizabethan Christmas with Eboracum Baroque

Sun 25 Nov 2018
16:00-17:30
Sold out - Eboracum Baroque return to the wonderful acoustics of the Priory to perform vocal music from the Elizabethan era by composers including William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, as well as a few well-known seasonal favourites.