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Merry Christmas, everyone

Come and see the house decorated for Christmas at weekends this December © Jana Eastwood

Come and see the house decorated for Christmas at weekends this December

  • Join us for music, crafts and storytelling each December weekend before Christmas.
  • See the house decorated for Christmas each weekend and help cook traditional treats in the Victorian kitchen.
  • Browse for Christmas gifts in the Servants’ Hall shop.
  • If you'd rather get away from it all though, come and kick through fallen leaves in the parkland and look for wildlife and our fallow deer.
  • The park, garden, Orangery restaurant and shop are open every day (except 23-25 December).

Merry Christmas, everyone

Recharge your batteries with a walk through the tranquil parkland © Paul Smith

Recharge your batteries with a walk through the tranquil parkland

  • Join us for music, crafts and storytelling each December weekend before Christmas.
  • See the house decorated for Christmas each weekend and help cook traditional treats in the Victorian kitchen.
  • Browse for Christmas gifts in the Servants’ Hall shop.
  • If you'd rather get away from it all though, come and kick through fallen leaves in the parkland and look for wildlife and our fallow deer.
  • The park, garden, Orangery restaurant and shop are open every day (except 23-25 December).

Walks and talks

Join one of our Meet the Gardener talks and find out more

There are just-turn-up talks and tours in the house and around the park nearly every day.

Introductory talks are outside the gatehouse and costume talks are in the great hall. They're free and there's no need to book. Visitor Reception staff will let you know what's happening on your way in.

The mown grassy paths in the parkland are flat but we'd recommend sturdy footwear now that the weather has turned wetter.

What's on

Father Christmas is now fully booked.

Christmas activities at weekends include music on the Cedar Lawn, storytelling in the woodland, decorating our Christmas trees in the gatehouse, mulled wine and beer tasting in the brewery - there's lots to make your Christmas merry this year.

We're planning some exciting behind-the-scenes events for 2015 - keep checking and book ahead as they always sell out.

For families

  • Tick things off your 50 things to do... list - fly a kite, catch a falling leaf, play conkers...
  • Find out about the Victorian lives of the Lucy family and their servants in the house and outbuildings and how they celebrated Christmas.
  • Enjoy the space and fresh air whatever the weather. There's always wildlife to spot in the parkland and along the river.

Treat yourselves

Scones, brownies or flapjack - what would you like today?

Come in to the Orangery restaurant for tasty meals made from our own venison, pork and lamb. What could be nicer than a hot drink and cake or a bowl of warming soup after a walk in the park?

Open from 10.30am every day. Free wi-fi available.

Our Servants' Hall and Pantry shops stock our award-winning Charlecote venison, hogget and honey. You'll find lots of Christmas gift ideas for everyone here too.

Make a note for next spring

Talk to one of our friendly room guides

  • Explore the house and chat to our friendly room guides when the house re-opens on 14 February
  • Soak up scent and colour in the parterre and woodland garden
  • Enjoy your first picnic of the year by the river
  • Spot wildlife in the park

Pop back in the summer

Enjoy an easy walk through the parkland this summer

  • Spot our new lambs and fawns in the parkland
  • Try a game of croquet in our glorious gardens
  • Join us for children’s summer holiday activities
  • Book ahead to enjoy special events in this beautiful setting
     

Come and see us in the autumn

Take a stroll through the parkland as the leaves tumble and see our deer

  • Book ahead for our behind-the-scenes deer events
  • Pick up a pumpkin at our Hallowe’en trails
  • Kick through falling leaves in the park
  • See what we’re cooking with our apple crop in the Victorian kitchen

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