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.
Join us at half term for spooky Halloween fun from 23 to 31 October. Get your wellies on to follow the trail through the parkland and pick up your pumpkin at the end. We'd love to see you in your scariest costume too!
There’s plenty of space to run round and play games, whatever the weather. Whether you are getting closer to nature or running off some energy, the parkland is a great space for families.
The grassy parkland paths are flat enough for chunky-wheeled buggies when it's not muddy. 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.
Bread isn't good for the ducks or swans at Charlecote or anywhere else - 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.
Take a look around the outbuildings and imagine the Lucy family’s servants’ tough lives in all weathers.
Come in to the house and see how the Lucy family lived in Victorian times and try to find all the Cuddly Critters. Our friendly room guides will help you if you can't spot them all, and they'll tell you about anything that interests you.
- Please approach the busy road from Visitor Reception with caution.
- Hip straps are available to borrow. To protect our fragile objects you'll be asked to leave pushchairs and large rucksacks at the front door of the house.
- Please keep an eye on children in your care at all times - the riverbanks, lake and haha are unfenced and the large stones of the haha can become loose. Our deer and sheep roam freely - poo happens!
- Balance bikes are welcome but please, no scooters or pedal bikes.
Did you know…?
... every Family Membership sold by our friendly Visitor Reception team generates a payment to Charlecote from central funds and directly helps us to look after this special place. And you get a whole year of days out together at 500 places, as often as you like.
... you can include your children or grandchildren in your membership.
... we have £10 membership for 5-17 year olds.
… under-5s come in to all National Trust places for free.
... every time your membership card is sanned it generates £2.56 for the place you are visiting - your membership goes straight to the places you love.
… you’re always welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy by the river, all year round.