Northamptonshire and Warwickshire

Come and see Charlecote Park in a different light © Derek Wilbraham

Come and see Charlecote Park in a different light

Discover new gardens, new tea-rooms, new walks and more at our places in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

The 29 year restoration of the most romantic garden in the Midlands, at Canons Ashby, reaches completion in 2013. From February, explore the gardens and the fascinating exterior of this ancient house, on a new daily tour: 1,000 years of Canons Ashby. Indoors, volunteers will reveal something new every day with a look inside a beautiful cabinet, a glimpse through a door that is usually kept closed, or the chance to look through the Dryden family’s historic photo album. Afterwards enjoy Lady Dryden’s Cream tea: a new treat which is a little bit of Victorian heaven on a plate.

Also in Northamptonshire, enjoy traditional local recipes at the newly refurbished Cottage Tea Room at Lyveden New Bield, which opens in the spring.

‘The Victorian Artist’, launches at Baddesley Clinton, allowing visitors a closer look at the work of Baddesley’s Victorian residents known as the ‘Quartet’. Take a look at Lady Chatterton’s bedroom for the first time and see a display of watercolours by 19th century resident Rebecca Dering in the Great Parlour in May.

See Charlecote Park in a different light this year: from February take a seat on the Views Walk to see a new side of Charlecote, watch the painstaking work that goes into caring for a precious collection when a major buildings project is underway or, from Easter, join in the ‘below stairs’ experience to see how the cogs of Charlecote were kept turning in days gone by.

Coughton Court unveils its Cabinets of Curiosity on 9 March, exhibiting 600 years of Catholic treasures. Explore the Throckmorton family’s incredible history through a range of new information and welcome talks or join one of the tours of the collection on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 30 March.