Canons Ashby October 2019

Here’s an update on some of the things going on at our local National Trust property. Less than 5 miles from Woodford, Canons Ashby was the home of the Dryden family who owned property in Woodford and founded the original village school (now the Dryden Hall) ….

Pumpkins at Canons Ashby

This October there is plenty going on, both behind the scenes and for visitors to enjoy

Caring for the house

The house is getting a facelift; repairs will be going on over October to the East elevation. Large portions of this side of the house will be re-pointed using a traditional lime mix, and areas of damaged stone will be replaced. Inside, in October and November, plenty of work will be happening to improve and upgrade our fire detection system, so we can get the best warning if any problem does occur.

For Visitors

During October bring your little ghouls and goblins and join in the Halloween Bat Trail in the parkland – a great way to stretch little legs and get a sticker!

On 30 October the house is welcoming Wheatley Birds of Prey, and on 31 October there is a creative writing workshop for children in the morning, and for adults in the afternoon. Find out more about all of these, and book your place for the writing, through the “What’s on” part of the Canon’s Ashby website.

Check visitor opening hours, events and find out more about the work that’s going on to care for Canons Ashby on. their web site :

What’s on?

Canons Ashby has plenty of events and activities listed on their website. Here are just a few highlights.

1 October -3 November 10-4pm Halloween Bat Trail

Dress to impress and join us for a great family day, out hunting our hidden and spooky bats.

Then collect your sticker from the Coach House shop. Normal admission prices apply

13 October 2-3pm Clarinet ensemble performance Enjoy clarinet ensemble music from the award-winning BWCB Liquorice Allsorts in the atmospheric Priory Church. You can enjoy the whole performance, or wander in and out when you like. The performance will include a wide range of pieces from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik to popular musical numbers. Normal admission prices apply.
30 October 11-3 Birds of Prey Come and see beautiful hawks, falcons and an owl from Wheatley Birds of Prey and find out more about these fascinating birds. Then see them stretching their wings and taking to the sky with flying displays at 11.30 and 1.30pm (weather permitting). Normal admission prices apply
31 October 10.30-noon Spooky Stories (children’s creative writing workshop)

Let your imagination run wild writing Spooky Stories with us this Halloween. Our writer will encourage your children’s creativity and help them come up with tales to thrill everyone this October. Children need to be accompanied by an adult who is willing to give it a go as well!

Aimed at children aged 8-12 years old, this will take place inside Canons Ashby, and use the buildings and stories as inspiration.

Pre-booking essential

31 October 1-3pm Beginners Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (creative writing for adults) Try your hand at thrilling writing in a flash under the guidance of experienced writer, Jo Derrick.
Stories ranging from 69 words to 500 words are becoming ever more popular in our fast-paced society. Our writer, Jo, has had dozens of Flash Fictions published and will give you a comprehensive guide to starting out. Have fun with a variety of writing exercises in an historic setting this Halloween. This creative writing workshop is for adults (or teenagers 15 years and older – anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
Weds 20 November 10-4pm Hedgehog or Rabbit Sculpture workshop

Discover the art of textile sculpture with the versatile medium of Powertex and create a charming rabbit or hedgehog sculpture. Learn how to build a simple armature using everyday materials, then add texture & details with natural fibre recycled textiles & environmentally friendly fabric hardener.  Finish your sculpture with a selection of colour pigments & varnish, all under the expert guidance of Liz Dixon, a fully certified Powertex tutor.  Once dry, your sculpture will be suitable for outdoor display all year round.

£60 and pre-booking essential


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