50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Charlecote Park
Have an adventure in the park and gardens at Charlecote. There are some things you can do all year round, and some that you’ll have to plan ahead for the right weather or season. Collect your scrapbook and our '50 things' trail map on your way in and start ticking off some amazing activities.
No. 1 Climb a tree
Our ancient standing trees are fragile, so enjoy climbing the huge felled trees in the parkland instead.
No. 6 Run around in the rain
Never mind a soggy day. Come in your wellies, splash in puddles, feel the raindrops on your face.
No. 7 Fly a kite
It doesn’t have to be blowing a gale – a simple box kite will take off in a breeze. Bring your own or choose your favourite colour from our shop.
No. 10 Play conkers
Look for the horse chestnut trees in autumn and collect a pocketful of shiny brown conkers to string when you get home.
No. 12 Make a trail with sticks and No. 18 Create wild art
Collect twigs, leaves and feathers and whatever you can find in the parkland and see if you can make a trail for people to follow, or make your own original artwork. Please don't pick the flowers in our gardens, just use whatever you find lying around.
No. 16 Make a daisy chain
Create your own jewellery for free. Perhaps a grown-up will help you make a hole in the stems to thread your daisies together.
No. 19 Play poohsticks
Stand on the bridge by the entrance to West Park and see whose stick comes out on the other side first.
No. 22 Explore inside a tree
Stroll down into the park from the end of the long border and you’ll see one of the huge fallen trees to investigate. Is anything hiding in there?
No. 24 Go on a walk barefoot
Go on - just take off your shoes and socks and find out how the grass feels!
No. 25 Make a grass trumpet
Put a wide blade of grass between your thumbs. You'll need to hold them together side by side and keep your fingers out of the way. Then blow – how loud can you be?
No. 26 Hunt for fossils
We may be a long way from the beach, but you can see if you can spot the ancient fossils in the floor tiles of the Great Hall. Ask one of the room guides to help if you can't find them.
No. 31 Hunt for bugs
They’re everywhere! Look in the grass, check tree bark, look under stones, what will you find today? Listen for grasshoppers in the parkland on a warm sunny day and count ladybirds in the gardens.
No. 33 Catch a falling leaf
Chase them and catch them before they land. How many colours can you find? Make a collage when you get home.
No. 34 Track wild animals and No. 44 Go bird watching
Can you see the tracks made by our deer and sheep?
Bring your binoculars and see what you can spot, from friendly robins and blackbirds in the gardens to swans and herons on the river. Can you spot a woodpecker’s rising and falling flight in the park? Can you hear a buzzard mewing overhead?
No. 40 Go on a nature walk at night
Take a look at our Events page and book ahead for one of our bat walks. Join the experts from the Warwickshire Bat Group with their specialist equipment and discover more about our resident protected bat colonies.
50 things to do before you're 11 ¾
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