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

Muddy Explorers Trail

Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00-15:00
During February half term, put on your wellies and join our Muddy Explorers Trail to embrace this squelchy time of year!

Family storytelling

Sat 09 Mar 2019
11:30-11:45
Bring the children and hear a story with our guest storyteller from Usborne Books at Home. Listen to Amy spin an exciting yarn aimed at children from 0 – 7 years old.

Mother's Day Posies

Sun 31 Mar 2019
11:00-15:00
Treat your mum by making her a little posy of flowers to really put a smile on her face.

Seed Bombs!

Sat 06 Apr 2019
11:00-15:00
Make a big muddy seed bomb out of our ingredients, take aim and throw it as far as you can!

Newts, bats and birds: evening nature walk

Fri 12 Apr 2019
19:00-20:30
Take a walk with our experienced nature guides and see what creatures can be found as night starts to fall on Canons Ashby.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
10:00-16:00
A delicious Cadbury prize awaits at the end of our outdoor Easter Hunt. Bring the whole family to search high and low for our creature clues across the ancient parkland. Then don’t forget your tasty reward!