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Notice: All of our Father Christmas dates are now fully booked! Please take a look at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands to find out which of our other National Trust places will be visited by Father Christmas this year.
Superb Tudor house and landscape deer park
Charlecote has been home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. Their stories are told throughout the house with their portraits as well as through the objects they collected from around the world. See the design influence they had on the house and parkland. Step into the house today and you will see how Mary Elizabeth Lucy spared no expense furnishing it in Victorian times.
The gardens include a formal parterre, colourful herbaceous planting, woodland walk and the wider parkland (inspired by 'Capability' Brown), which offers miles of walks and views across the River Avon. A herd of fallow deer has been in the park since Tudor times.
We're getting ready for Christmas
We've ordered a dozen Christmas trees and lots of new decorations. Everyone at Charlecote - staff and volunteers from the house, park and garden - joins in to make everything festive.
The house is open only at weekends now, and every weekend in December you can come and see how we've decorated for Christmas. Can we fit an even bigger tree than last year into the great hall?
There will be music too from Bedworth Wind Band and Eastgate Brass and children can visit Father Christmas in the gatehouse (advance booking required).
Whose stick will be first? The river is flowing fast after recent rain and the bridge to West Park is an ideal spot to play poohsticks.
Take an outdoor challenge at Charlecote - no batteries required!
There are plenty of conkers and falling leaves, so children can tick off some more fresh-air activities this autumn. Have you filled up your scrapbook yet?