For families

A fantastic family day

Explore outdoors and spend time with family and friends this summer © Jana Eastwood

Explore outdoors and spend time with family and friends this summer

Families with children - and grandchildren - of all ages will find plenty to keep everyone busy at Charlecote. Rain or shine there's always something to see and do, and our visitors tell us it's a special place they love to keep returning to throughout the year.

The Victorian kitchen and the all the outbuildings are open to explore every day, but the house is closed on Wednesdays.

Make a den in the Spinney or see if you can spot the deer roaming in the parkland. Bounce with joy on our Happy Hoppers.

A fantastic family day

Come and play - find all sorts of activities in our Play boxes © National Trust

Come and play - find all sorts of activities in our Play boxes

Families with children - and grandchildren - of all ages will find plenty to keep everyone busy at Charlecote. Rain or shine there's always something to see and do, and our visitors tell us it's a special place they love to keep returning to throughout the year.

The Victorian kitchen and the all the outbuildings are open to explore every day, but the house is closed on Wednesdays.

Make a den in the Spinney or see if you can spot the deer roaming in the parkland. Bounce with joy on our Happy Hoppers.

A fantastic family day

Try on costumes, talk to our volunteers and imagine Victorian life © Jana Eastwood

Try on costumes, talk to our volunteers and imagine Victorian life

Families with children - and grandchildren - of all ages will find plenty to keep everyone busy at Charlecote. Rain or shine there's always something to see and do, and our visitors tell us it's a special place they love to keep returning to throughout the year.

The Victorian kitchen and the all the outbuildings are open to explore every day, but the house is closed on Wednesdays.

Make a den in the Spinney or see if you can spot the deer roaming in the parkland. Bounce with joy on our Happy Hoppers.

Fun for free on Thursdays

Come along on Thursdays for free nature-based children’s activities

Enjoy nature-based activities from 12 noon until 4pm every Thursday this August. Become a Discoverer, Tracker and an Explorer with crafty fun all around the grounds.

Pick up a trail from the Welcome Tent by the gatehouse signposting all the activities so you don't miss anything.

Free activities, but normal admission applies for non-NT members. Find out more about Family Membership for you and your children or grandchildren.

Watching wildlife

There’s all sorts of wildlife to discover in the park and gardens, from tiny bugs and beasties to magnificent swans and herons on the river.

Check the National Trust wildlife spotter guide - you'll find them all at Charlecote!

Bring some binoculars and watch the birds and cheeky squirrels for a while. Will you spot the fallow deer today?

50 things...

Charlecote's a great place to start your outdoor adventure of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾.

Sunny or soggy, we've got plenty of free activities to get you outdoors every day.

It's fine to take your tech too, you can download the App today.

The great outdoors

  • Build a den and discover nature in the spinney behind the stables.
  • Enjoy a game from our Play Boxes on the paddock.
  • Let off steam running round the parkland or fly a kite on the paddock.
  • Play hide and seek around the trees on the cedar lawn.
  • Our parkland paths are buggy-friendly for a longer walk too.

The Victorians weren't so vile!

See what’s happening in the Victorian kitchen today, help with the cooking and try on a maid’s costume to share the experience of Victorian life.

Take a look in the outbuildings and imagine a servant's tough everyday life.

Toddler time

Come and play in Major Mustard’s house in the woodland garden

Did you know that under-5s come in to National Trust places for free?

Our grounds are an ideal place to run off some energy and the gravel and grassy paths are buggy friendly. Balance bikes are welcome, but nothing with stabilisers or pedals please!

Balance on the timber logs and play in the Major's willow house in the woodland garden, look for ducks and swans on the river, have a picnic, and fly a kite on the paddock all year round.

Rain doesn't stop play

Can you find our Cheeky Charlies hiding in the house?

Our Cuddly Critters are hiding all around the house - can you find them all?

Pick up our brand new children’s trail in the Great Hall from one of our room guides and discover more about the objects collected by the Lucy family on their travels around Europe in Victorian times.

Refreshments

Pick up a children's lunch-box in the Orangery

Pick up a children's lunch-box in the Orangery

The Orangery tea room offers children’s meals and snacks, and we’re happy for you to bring your own food for babies.  Free wi-fi access.

When we're busy, there's another outlet for snacks outside the Orangery and pop-up catering in the pretty tea-garden by the Stables so you don't have to queue in the tea room. There are ice creams, drinks and crisps in the Pantry shop next to the entrance to the Victorian kitchen too.

You are always welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy by the river whatever the weather.

Shopping

Our Servants' Hall shop has lots of pocket-money priced toys, games, sweets and books for you to enjoy.

Choose one of the outdoor games and activities from here that you can play with straight away.

Find ice-creams in our Pantry shop by the Victorian kitchen.

There's always a selection of children's books in the Stables second-hand bookshop too - perhaps you can pick up a classic to share.

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