For families

Summer holiday fun

Join us for extra free activities every Thursday in August © Tim Harris

Join us for extra free activities every Thursday in August

  • 7 August: Falconry display.
  • 14 August: Find your way with a map and compass; Make and fly a kite; Make a funny grass head; Go bug hunting.
  • 21 August: Make a solar nature print; Make a nature print with a hammer; Make a lino print; Make a colourful sun-catcher.
  • 28 August: Make a Cheerio birdfeeder; Make and egg-box owl; Make a sheepy mask; Take a mini tour of the park.

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 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 we're not always able to cook on Wednesdays.

The house is closed on Wednesdays.

Fun for all ages

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

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

Fresh air and fun for all in our park and gardens.

  • Explore the woodland garden and meet Major Mustard and his sheepy family outside their woven willow house.
  • Hunt for bugs in the gardens and play with our games from the Play boxes.
  • Take a longer walk around the parkland and see if you can spot swans and ducks on the river.
    Download our park walk

Under 5s are free

Under 5s come in to National Trust places for free, and where better to tire out your terrible twos or fractious fours?

A couple of hours outdoors at Charlecote could be just what you all need to recharge your batteries. The paths are buggy-friendly but you'll need to leave buggies in the porch before going in the house.

'Our four-year old grandson was kept occupied for the five hours we were here.'

50 things...

Charlecote's a great place to start your outdoor adventure:

  • Run around in the rain
  • Explore inside a tree
  • Make a grass trumpet
  • Fly a kite or hunt for bugs
  • Track wild animals and go birdwatching

The great outdoors

Come and have an outdoor adventure at Charlecote Park

  • Enjoy a game from our Sports Boxes.
  • Let off steam running round the parkland or fly a kite on the paddock. Try a game of croquet on our Croquet Lawn.
  • Play with our giant games or try hide and seek around the trees on the Cedar Lawn.
  • Our parkland paths are buggy-friendly for a longer walk too.

Watching wildlife

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

Bring some binoculars and watch the birds for a while.

Our Jacob sheep and fallow deer roam the parkland and there are happy pigs behind the stables.

Rain doesn't stop play

Can you find our Cheeky Charlies hiding in the house?

Who's hiding in the house in the school holidays? Can you find all the Cuddly Critters today?

Pick up the children’s trail in the Great Hall from one of our room guides and find out more about the objects collected by the Lucy family.

Book ahead for one of our family events.

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.

History all around you

Our friendly room guides will talk to you about anything that interests you, they have lots of stories to tell.

It's worth taking a closer look as they share some of the things you might just miss.

Refreshments

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

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

The Orangery restaurant offers children’s meals and snacks, and we’re happy for you to bring your own food for babies.

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

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.

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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