A fantastic family day at Charlecote

Family walk towards gatehouse at Charlecote in autumn

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 discover, and our visitors tell us this is a special place they love to return to throughout the year.

Hallowe'en half-term

Get your wellies on and join us for our annual spooky Hallowe'en trail during half-term (21-29 October). Collect a pumpkin to carve at home when you've completed all the clues.

£3 per trail, normal admission charges apply to non-National Trust members. Please accompany the children in your care at all times. 

Come and look for clues on our spooky Hallowe'en pumpkin trail
Child hunts for clues in pumpkin at Charlecote Halloween trail

Fresh air and fun

Charlecote's a great place to start your outdoor adventure with 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 ¾ - why not make this the year that you complete all 50 Things!

Tick off No. 33 on your 50 Things... list - Catch a falling leaf
Children catch falling leaves in autumn at Charlecote Park

Explore outdoors

There’s plenty of space to run round and play games. We have bug-hunting kits and books, and other outdoor activities such as simple box kites in the Servants' Hall shop that you can play with straight away. 

The grassy parkland paths are flat enough for chunky-wheeled buggies. Wellies are always recommended.

Our ancient trees are fragile and unsuitable for climbing but you'll find large felled trees around the parkland to play on - better than any climbing frame!

Come and build a den in the spinney behind the stables and see what you can spot on the bird feeders.

What will you discover today?
Children with binoculars in wildlife hide at Charlecote Park

Wild about nature – what will you spot today?

Nature is always right in front of you if you take a moment to look. Lift a leaf or peer into the grass to find bugs and mini beasts, see if the friendly robins are in the woodland garden today, watch the magnificent swans and herons on the river.

Bring some binoculars and watch the birds and cheeky squirrels for a while. Seeing our fallow deer roaming the parkland is always a special part of any visit.

The Victorians weren't so vile!

See what’s happening in the Victorian kitchen, help with the cooking and try on a maid’s costume to share the experience of Victorian life. Pick up a Servants' Trail in the kitchen too.

See what's cooking in the Victorian kitchen and help out too
Charlecote Victorian kitchen with costumed volunteer and visitor

Take a look around the outbuildings and imagine the Lucy family’s servants’ tough lives in all weathers. Try the Time Travelling Carriage Quiz in the carriage houses.

From 5 November the house is open only at weekends until Christmas. Pop in and look for the Cheeky Charlies hiding in the house - don't worry if you can't find all the naughty mice, our friendly room guides will help and answer all your questions.

(Please note: buggies and fragile artefacts just don't mix and you'll be asked to leave pushchairs and large rucksacks at the front door).

Take care

Please cross the busy road from Visitor Reception with caution.

Please keep an eye on children in your care at all times - the riverbanks, lake and haha are unfenced. We do a daily "deer poo pick" around the paddock and close to the house, but this is not possible in the wider parkland. The large stones of the haha can become loose - please don't allow children to jump off or climb up the haha walls.

Our woodland water feature was vandalised by unsupervised children.  We are a charity, and receive no Government funding and it is a shame that we have to redirect our limited resources to unanticipated work like this.

Make sure everyone enjoys the acres of parkland safely
Family by river Avon at Charlecote parkland in autumn

Did you know…?

… every Family Membership sold by our friendly Visitor Reception team at Charlecote directly helps our work here?

... you can include your children or grandchildren in your membership.

under-5s come in to all National Trust places for free.

… you’re always welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy by the river, all year round.