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

Silver Bells Trail

Wed 13 Dec 2017
10:00-15:00
Bring the family and explore the grounds with a Christmas twist. Find the musical items in our outdoor spaces and make some beautiful festive sounds. Discover them all and win your musical prize.

Five Centuries of Christmas

Wed 13 Dec 2017
11:00-15:00
Immerse yourself in five centuries of Christmas, from earthy Tudor treats to familiar 20th century traditions.

Festive Face Painting

Sat 16 Dec 2017
11:00-15:00
Get some festive face paint for the final weekend of 5 Centuries of Christmas. For £2-£3 depending on the design, join in the festive fun.

New Year's Walk

Sun 07 Jan 2018
10:00-12:30
Blow away the cobwebs after the indulgent Christmas season and get some fresh air in the beautiful Northamptonshire Countryside.

Weird and Wonderful Valentines

Sat 10 Feb 2018
11:00-15:00
Explore the house and grounds whilst looking out for our weird and wonderful Victorian expressions of love. These strange cards and tokens certainly caught our attention.

Make a bird feeder

Mon 12 Feb 2018
12:00-15:00
Make a bird feeder to help your feathered friends in the cold weather.