A fantastic family day at Charlecote
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.
Fresh air and fun
Charlecote's a great place to start your outdoor adventure with '50 things to do before you're 11¾' - why not make this the year that you complete all '50 things'!
There’s plenty of space to run round and play games. Pop in to the Servants' Hall shop for bug-hunting kits and books, and other outdoor activities 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!
Pop in to the spinney behind the stables and see what you can spot on the bird feeders. Bring some binoculars and look into the trees in the parkland too for more birds.
Wild about nature – what will you spot today?
Lift a leaf or peer into the grass to find bugs and minibeasts, see if the friendly robins are in the woodland garden today, and watch the magnificent swans and herons on the river.
Never feed bread to the ducks or swans at Charlecote or anywhere else - they'll gobble it up, but it upsets their tummies. Wild bird seed is much better for them.
Seeing our fallow deer roaming the parkland is always a special part of any visit. Please don't approach the deer, they are large wild animals and easily startled. Even our Ranger never touches the deer.
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.
We don't always have enough volunteers to cook in here. Have you thought about volunteering a few hours around the school day?
Take a look around the outbuildings and imagine the Lucy family’s servants’ tough lives in all weathers.
There are dressing up costumes in the Scullery as part of our First World War exhibition.
(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).
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. Our limited resources mean that we are unable to replace this at present.
Why not join the National Trust today for a whole year of days out at 500 places?
If you join at Charlecote we benefit directly, helping to fund our work and everything you enjoy about your visit. Then every time your membership card is scanned on your way in, it generates £2.50 for the place you're visiting - your membership goes to the places you love.
Did you know…?
... you can include your children or grandchildren in your membership.
... we have a new children's annual membership for 5-17 year olds for just £10.
… 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.