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

A look at books: conservation in action

Mon 26 Feb 2018
This season we are taking on the challenge of conserving our historic book collection. Whilst you visit you can see our house team busy at work cleaning, looking for bugs and beasties and checking that the books are in good health.

Mother's Day Posies

Sun 11 Mar 2018
Treat your mum by making her a little posy of flowers to really put a smile on her face.

Cadbury Egg Hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
A delicious Cadbury prize awaits at the end of our outdoor Easter Hunt. Bring the whole family to search high and low for clues across the ancient parkland.

Plant it, grow it, eat it

Tue 03 Apr 2018
Get green fingered and plant something to grow and nurture at home, and earn a sticker for your 50 things to do. Take it home, watch it grow and taste it when it's ready.

Spring Tray Gardens

Mon 09 Apr 2018
Where art meets gardening: create a miniature tray garden to take home.

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sat 05 May 2018
Wake up with the feathered friends of Canons Ashby at first light. Look and listen out for a variety of birds during their dawn chorus with an expert guide, before enjoying breakfast in the Stables Tearoom.