25-26 September, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Celebrate the apple harvest at Canons Ashby, with beautiful harvest decorations and some traditional seasonal fun. There will be family craft activities, traditional games for old and young, some historical characters hard at work, a fancy tombola, and a select group of stall holders selling their wares.
Then you can explore the site and enjoy the autumn colour in the garden.
Whilst you’re there, try the Autumn Owl Trail in the parkland, spot the harvest mice in the house, or visit the church to see beautiful decorations.
This will be slightly different to normal, as it’s been a different type of year.
Normal admission prices apply. There may be small additional charges for some activities. If you want to buy things from the stall holders, please bring cash.
Apples At Canons Ashby
The Canons Ashby garden team grow lots of historical varieties of apples. Head Gardener Nadine, said: “We care for historic apple varieties which might have been grown here in the 1800s. You won’t see a Cats-Head apple or Coeur De Boeuf (beef heart) apple in the local supermarket today, which makes it much more important that we look after them well.”
Cuttings of this collection of historic trees have been taken and used in other orchards to keep these special varieties going. Some of the trees are around 150 years old, but many were planted in the 1980s when Canons Ashby was rescued from dereliction and the garden was restored.