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

SOLD OUT - Dawn Chorus Walk

Sat 05 May 2018
04:45-08:00
This event is now sold out. Please have a look at our other upcoming events. Wake up with the feathered friends of Canons Ashby at first light.

Wild Nature Trail

Sat 05 May 2018
10:00-16:00
Become a nature detective. Pick up a Nature Trail Sheet, get outdoors and see what you can find living or growing in our outdoor spaces.

Guided Countryside Walk

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

Eboracum Baroque Spring Concert

Sat 19 May 2018
18:00-19:30
Eboracum Baroque return to perform a spring concert in the wonderful acoustics of Canons Ashby Priory.

Trees and Tales: Children's Creative Writing Workshop

Thu 31 May 2018
10:30-12:00
Let your imagination grow and flourish writing stories inspired by the ancient trees in our historic garden.

Hands-on Gardening Day

Thu 07 Jun 2018
10:00-16:00
Get green-fingered with our garden team learning all about how we look after our plants and trees in the changing seasons on this experience day.