Heritage Open Day at Canons Ashby

Visit the medieval church and enjoy music to transport you to the magic and myths of Camelot. Take a pew, close your eyes, and listen to excerpts of King Arthur, by Purcell and John Dryden, in the fantastic acoustics of the priory church.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

On 10 - 11 September, visit the medieval church and enjoy recorded music to transport you to the magic, mythical knights and kings of Camelot. Take a pew, close your eyes, and listen to the music bouncing around the historic high ceilings of this beautiful space. And whilst you’re there, admire the Harvest decorations throughout the church this September.

The semi-opera King Arthur was composed by Henry Purcell with the words written by John Dryden and had its premiere in London in 1691. Dryden was the first poet laureate and a close relation of the Dryden family who lived at Canons Ashby in 17th century.

Spark your imagination with the semi-opera which is also the inspiration for our Christmas display this year (from 1st December 2022).

This event is free to enter as part of Heritage Open Days on 10 and 11 September 2022, but please still park in the main visitor car park and go through visitor reception.

The basics

Families are welcome
Meeting point
Park in the main visitor car park and start your day at visitor reception.
What to bring and wear
Please dress for the weather. The church is unheated, and the route to the church is over grass which can be wet or muddy if the weather has been wet.
There is one stone step up into the church and uneven stone flooring inside.
To access the church you will need to cross a public road. Please take care. The whole property is open for free 10-11 September.

Contact Info

Canons Ashby
Call 01327 861900

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