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Canons Ashby In Winter.

Canons Ashby is closed now until 12 February, but it’s one of the busiest times caring for the house and collection and getting prepared for the spring ahead.

Here’s what Ellie Fisher, Collections and House Manager, has to say about what’s happening in the house:

canons ashby conservaton

Conservation in progress on a painted “trompe l’oeil” pilaster and cornice.

“At Canons Ashby we’re very lucky that the house is closed during January. This means that we can get on with the mammoth task of deep cleaning the house. We are cleaning every room from top to bottom – ceilings, walls, fixtures and fittings, tapestries, paintings, furniture, carpets, etc. As we’re cleaning such an array of items – wood, silver, pewter, paper, textiles, etc. our conservation training is put to very good use as we care for each material differently.

We clean the most difficult rooms when we’re closed so that we can move furniture out in order to clean carpets and floors and erect scaffolding for the highest ceilings, but other rooms we’ll do while we’re open as four weeks isn’t long enough for the whole house.

We also take the opportunity to get specialist conservators in, and this month we’ll be carrying out furniture repairs, ceiling repairs and decorating work, and having surveys on a tapestry which unfortunately suffered water damage and on our wall paintings. Did you know we have wall paintings in nine different rooms, and the church?”

You’ll have a chance to come and see Canons Ashby springing to life as the weather warms, once it is open again on 12 February.

What’s Coming In The Spring?

 More information about all of these events, and bookings, will be available on the National Trust Canons Ashby web site pages in early spring.

From 12 February 10-3pm Nature Detectives: All about birds Are a wise owl, or a silly goose? Pick up an activity trail from visitor reception for no extra charge, and become a bird expert. Normal admission prices apply.
15-18 April 10-4pm Easter Trail

Grab your Easter trail from Visitor Reception, venture into the grounds and get in touch with nature this spring. Then pick up your chocolate egg reward.

Normal admission prices, £3 per trail

14 May 2022 6pm – 7.30pm Strictly Sherlock performed by Don’t Go Into The Cellar

Join the king of the detectives as he brings to life those startling cases, The Sussex Vampire and The Creeping Man. Jonathan Goodwin returns as Sherlock Holmes in the grounds of Canons Ashby.

£20 per person, pre-booking essential

28 May – 5 June 10-4pm Bookfest Come and browse a wide selection of books which have been donated by our supporters, whilst raising funds for our special place. Normal admission prices.
2- 5 June 11-2pm Make a Jubilee Crown

Bring your little princes and princesses and make a shiny royal crown.

£2 per crown and normal admission prices.

11 June 6pm-7pm (doors open from 5.30pm Baroque Classics in the Garden performed by Eboracum Baroque Enjoy a selection of Baroque classics performed by the talented Eboracum Baroque in the beautiful gardens of Canons Ashby. Pre-booking essential. £8 children, £15 Adults


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