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

In the picture: then and now

Fri 20 Jul 2018
10:00-16:30
See Canons Ashby's outdoor spaces through the eyes of the talented creative women who lived here long ago on this fascinating self-led trail.

Bug hunting: 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 26 Jul 2018
11:00-15:00
Bring the family, collect some bug finding equipment from our friendly volunteers and search for creepy crawlies all over Canons Ashby. Tick of what you find and earn yourself a sticker!

Guided visit to Priory Church and medieval stew ponds

Thu 26 Jul 2018
14:00-14:45
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.

Evening garden tour with the head gardener

Thu 26 Jul 2018
19:00-20:30
Join our head gardener for a fascinating tour of our historic garden, full of inside information about the plants and garden history of this special place. Then enjoy tea or coffee and a slice of cake together.

Give it a Grow: 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 02 Aug 2018
11:00-15:00
Get green fingered finding out about gardening, compost, creepy crawlies and more. Then take home something to grow yourself!

Guided Countryside Walk

Thu 09 Aug 2018
10:00-13:00
Explore beyond the walls of Canons Ashby on a walk through the rolling hills of Northamptonshire's countryside.