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.
The autumn has finally arrived and the gardens are certainly starting to show off the rich colours, especially down the lime avenue which is now turning deep golden; the perfect place to walk and enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot.
Canons Ashby has a creative link to the new King Charles III. The coronet he wore at his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969 was designed by Louis Osman, who lived at Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire from late 1960 to 1979. It was in his workshop at Canons Ashby that Osman designed and created the gold coronet using the pioneering new process of electroforming. It is speculated that some of the workers supporting him may have used the area which is now known as the Brewhouse Bookshop which now houses the second-hand books.
This space has seen many uses over the centuries, including being used as a place to brew beer between the seventeenth to the nineteenth century to supply the house, estate and workers; some visitors remember having a brew in the Brewhouse when Canons Ashby first opened, as it was the location of our first tea-room. The room displays many quirky features as well as plenty of great books. Next time you pop in, look for the fragments of plaster work from the house mounted on the walls, and for the historic medieval masonry from the Priory.
We have some new events for autumn and are already working hard to get our festive displays ready for Christmas; this year it will be Arthurian theme decorations inspired by Camelot’s wizards, knights and dragons. More details to follow in the next update….
What’s on? To find out about any of these events, or to book, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby where the latest information is updated (the below info. can sometimes be subject to last minute changes).
24-25 September, 11am – 4pm
Apple Harvest Weekend – 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.
10 September until 21 October. 10-4pm
Autumn Creature Trail – 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) 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.
22 October – 6 November, 10am – 4pm
Creepy Creature Trail – Pick up a Creepy Creature Trail and have a Hoot with your herd. Find out more about local amazing creatures that you might see in these colder months, and let your little cubs explore the green space and fresh air. Please note: This is an enhanced and slightly spookier version of the Autumn Creature Trail, which will involve a prize and some extra Halloween additions for the October half term. Normal admission applies & £3 per trail.
Wed 26 October, 10am – 2pm
Meet an English Civil War Soldier – Meet a Parliamentary Soldier and his companion, from the English Civil War almost four centuries ago. Find out what it was like to serve in Cromwell’s Army, have a look at items from their daily life, or even weapons that may have been used in the Skirmish that happened at Canons Ashby in 1644. No booking required. Normal admission applies.
Thursday 27 October, 11am – 2pm
Decorate a Halloween pumpkin candle holder – Embrace the darker evenings by decorating your own pumpkin ceramic tea-light holder, to add a spooky glow to your home. Children or adults are welcome to join in, using paints, paint stamps, or ink stamps. Hand washing facilities will be nearby to wash hands afterwards. Please don’t wear precious or valuable clothing – just in case! Normal admission prices apply and £3 per candle holder.
Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 November, 10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
(two sessions each day)
Christmas wreath workshops – Nothing says ‘Christmas is here’ quite like a wreath on your front door. Spend a few hours with our talented flower team who will help you craft your own festive wreath using greenery from the grounds of Canons Ashby. Includes a hot drink to keep you going whilst you’re perfecting your creation. £32 per person, Booking essential – https://tinyurl.com/2kuzfe7d or via main website.
26 November, 5.30pm-7pm
(doors open from 5pm)
A Musical Christmas with Eboracum Baroque – Singers from Eboracum Baroque are delighted to return to Canons Ashby for a festive concert of music through the ages, in the courtyard decorated with Christmas trees and lights. There will be a chance to join in with well-known Christmas carols and tunes along the way, as well as enjoying professional singers performing music from medieval times through to more recent festive arrangements. Join us during the interval for mulled wine and mince pies, available to purchase from the tea-room. This event will be in the open air, and will go ahead whatever the weather unless dangerous to do so. Please dress for the weather (it’s always colder than you think) and bring a torch for your journey back to the car. £16 adults, £10 children, pre-booking essential https://tinyurl.com/2kuzfe7d or via main website.