Canons Ashby – August 2022 News

Here’s an update on coming events at our local National Trust property. The Drydens of Canons Ashby owned land in the village and founded (and designed the building for) the village school in what is now the Dryden Hall.

Canon’s Ashby In Summer

It’s certainly all about nature here at Canons Ashby. We do our best to support wildlife by encouraging a biodiverse habitat and planting wildflowers. The stew ponds which were restored a few years back also provide a great feeding ground for our latest visitors. We have had some swallows set up temporary residence near the main door in the Pebble Courtyard. They have had 2 broods, and the first had 3 chicks successfully fledged; the second lot are still in residence now. They have a habit of swooping by when you least expect them, keeping staff and visitors alike delighted with their progress. It has been said that swallows have been nesting here for over 50 years, so good to see this tradition continuing.

canons swallows

We have also had a few drop ins (literally from bats too). They seem to like the gardeners as they keep falling into their laps! The big parasol above the gardener’s break area was the latest surprise, when one made an abrupt appearance. After a little sip of sugar, and a rest protected by some cardboard, we saw him flap away to freedom.

As we head into the early autumn, we are busy getting things ready for our apple harvest weekend, lots of traditional seasonal fun including games, decorations and even some Morris Dancing, so maybe see some of you there. #

What’s on? To find out about any of these events, or to book, please visit where the latest information is updated (the below info. can sometimes be subject to last minute changes).

canos ashby in summer

What’s On?

There are plenty of events and activities listed on the National Trust Canons Ashby website. Here are a few highlights:-

Guided visit to Priory Church and medieval Stew Ponds

Thursdays in September,  2-2.45pm

Find out more about the medieval history of Canons Ashby with a guided visit to the church, and then to the recently restored medieval stew ponds: an area not accessible to the public without a guide.

An exclusive chance to see this beautiful area. This visit will only go ahead in good weather due to ground conditions on the route. Please wear sturdy footwear and ask at reception on your way in. Not recommended for children under 10 years old.

Normal admission prices apply, no booking needed, first come first served basis.


Come Out & Play
to end of September, 10-4pm

Enjoy getting active in the Paddock with the family this summer. Who can hop like a frog, flap like a bat, or creepy crawly under our leaf canopy? Make special memories together on our nature themed active trail.

Normal admission applies. No booking needed.


Nature explorer activities

Every Tuesday of August 11-2pm

Bring the kids and enjoy activities connected with nature and the great outdoors. Whether it’s wild art, or wildlife spotting, there’s something to try every Tuesday of August.

Normal admission applies


Rapunzel, performed by Immersion Theatre

Sat 20 August 5.30pm – 7.20pm (doors open from 5pm)

Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale!

This fast-paced, larger-than-life production contains all the ingredients Immersion’s loyal audiences have come to love and expect, including a laugh out loud script, heaps of audience interaction, a host of catchy songs, unforgettable characters, and maybe even the odd water gun or two!

With magic and mayhem throughout, this is one hair-raising adventure the family won’t want to miss!

£14 adults (18+), £9 children (4-17), Under 4s free


Apple Harvest Weekend

24-25 September, 11-4pm

Celebrate the start of the apple harvest with beautiful decorations, Morris Dancing and traditional seasonal fun. There will be family craft activities, games for old and young, a tombola, and a select group of stall holders selling their wares. The Morris Dancing displays are at 11.30, 12.30 and 2pm.

Spot the harvest mice in the house and enjoy beautiful decorations in the church.

Normal admission prices apply. There are small additional charges for some activities. To buy from the stall holders, please bring cash.


Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes house tour with Afternoon Tea

Sat 15 October 3.30 – 5.45pm

Our house and collections officer and experienced house guide will lead you on a tour around the historic mansion, after we have closed to the public, to tell you more about the conservation work we do, show you some secret hidden spaces, and show you some special items normally kept in our conservation store.

Then enjoy a small Afternoon Tea in the Stables Tea-Room, including sandwiches, scones and mini bakes.

Please note there are steps and stairs throughout the house. Please wear sensible flat shoes due to uneven and fragile floor surfaces.

You won’t see every single part of the house that would you see on a normal visit – this is stuff you WOULDN’T see on a normal visit to the house. Pre-booking is essential and spaces are limited. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions using the booking form.

£20 per person. Booking essential, Call 03442491895 or email


Autumn Creature Trail

10 September until 21 October 10am – 4pm

From 10 September until 21 October, pick up an Autumn Creature Trail and have a Hoot with your herd. Find out more about local amazing creatures that you might see as summer turns to autumn, and let your little cubs and pups explore the green space and fresh air. (And don’t be the silly goose forgets their wellies).

No booking needed, normal admission applies.

Please note: From 22 October until 7 November, this trail will be enhanced into the Creepy Creature Trail, which will cost £3 and involve a toy prize.



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