Family-friendly things to do at Canons Ashby
- 26 December 2022
Come out and play at Canons Ashby. There are lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained and help you create great memories together. What adventures will you have next?
Planning your family visit
Here's the information you need at a glance to make the most of your family day out at Canons Ashby:
- There are baby-changing facilities in the area outside the unisex accessible toilet and the ladies toilet. These are available to all.
- High chairs available - Please ask the team for help with your baby food if it needs to be heated.
- Pocket money books and games are available in the Coach House shop
- You're welcome to picnic in the Paddock and Parkland, but not the formal gardens
- Family trails can be picked up from visitor reception
- The grass can be uneven and boggy in some areas of the wider parkland and may not be suitable for pushchairs
- The garden has loose gravel paths that may not be suitable for some pushchairs and there are steps and slopes throughout.
Merlin’s Enchanted Tree Trail
11 November - 1 January, 10am - 3pm. Normal admission applies & £3 per trail.
Bring your little elves and enjoy the enchanted trail through out outdoor spaces, enjoying some decorations and finding out all about the magical trees all around us. When you’ve finished, pick up a magical treat from the shop or visitor reception to take home! £3 per trail and normal admission prices apply.
A Christmas Quest
30 November - 24 December, 11am - 2.30pm. N ormal admission applies.
This year our Christmas displays will be inspired by the legends which sparked the imagination of John Dryden, member of the Canons Ashby family and the first poet laureate. King Arthur, the semi-opera, by John Dryden and Henry Purcell, astounded audiences from 1691 until today.
For little adventurers, pick up the Christmas Quest children’s trail, find all the ingredients on the list, and help Merlin complete his spell to make a magical Christmas.
This is the second year of "A Christmas Quest", which won "Best Exhibition" at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards 2023. This year it will be even better!
Festive Handbell Ringing in the church
Saturday 2 September, 11.30am - 12.15pm, no pre-booking needed and normal admission applies.
Enjoy the festive sounds of the Launton Handbell ringers in the beautiful acoustics of Priory Church. Wrap up warm and take a pew to enjoy their beautiful music.
The Knight Before Christmas – candlelit tour
Friday 8 December, 6pm - 7.10pm & 7.30pm - 8.40pm, £16 per person, booking in advance essential. Find out more here.
Join us for a special after-hours tour around the festive house as a fascinating Christmas treat. The Arthurian decorations, full of knights, wizards and dragons, are sure to be even more atmospheric in the evening. Our experienced guide will show you around some of the main show rooms, tell you some fascinating facts, and we’ll finish with mulled cider or hot chocolate and a mince pie by the light of the Christmas Trees. (The candles will be artificial for the safety of our historic house.)
Snowdrop Stories trail
Saturday 10 - 25 February, 10am - 3pm. Normal admission applies, no booking needed.
Wander through Canons Ashby and discover what people have believed about these delicate and beautiful blooms through the years. Look out for the trail ointers as you make your way around the grounds and enjoy the beautiful display.
Grab a bite to eat in the tea-room, and find a souvenir to remember your visit in the Coach House shop. Head to the old brewhouse where you will now find a second-hand bookshop.
The garden provides plenty of space for the family to have a great day out and enjoy the fresh air. You can also stretch your legs with one of the walks in the wider grounds.
Explore the historic house at Canons Ashby with grand rooms, stunning tapestries and plasterwork which contrasts with the servants' quarters. Find out more about what you can see.
There are lots of things to do when you visit one of our family-friendly places. Find inspiration for days out and discover a range of activities for everyone.