Come and explore at Charlecote

Children run with kits in summer parkland at Charlecote Park

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.

Please note that the parkland is very muddy at the moment - wellies or sturdy boots recommended!

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!

Easter tradition

It's that time of year again when we welcome families for our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. It's a great opportunity to find out what makes Charlecote special, enjoy lots of space to run round, and end the day with a chocolate treat.

Easter trails are available from Thursday18 April to Tuesday 23 April, from 10am to 4pm.

We anticipate that the weekend will be exceptionally busy so if you're able to come along on the weekdays you'll find we're a little quieter.

Trails are £3.00 each and normal admission prices apply to non-National Trust members.

Join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Join a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Explore outdoors

There’s plenty of space just to run round and play games. You can buy bug-hunting kits and other outdoor activities such as simple kites from the Servants' Hall shop, and play with them straight away.

Wellies on, ready to go!
There's plenty of room for the family to run around at Charlecote this spring
Wellies on, ready to go!

Wild about nature – what will you spot today?

Bring some binoculars and watch the birds and cheeky squirrels for a while, or pop in to the bird hide in the Spinney. Watch the ducks, swans and herons on the river but don't feed bread to them 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 but watch them from the pathways though, They are large and unpredictable wild animals though, and should never be approached. Even our Ranger never handles 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. Pick up a Servants' Trail in the kitchen too.

Take a look around the outbuildings and imagine the Lucy family’s servants’ tough lives in all weathers. 

See what we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen today
Children watch volunteer in Victorian kitchen at Charlecote Park
See what we're cooking in the Victorian kitchen today

Come and see how the Lucy family lived in Victorian times and try to find all the Cuddly Critters hiding in the house. Our friendly room guides will help you if you can't spot them all, and they'll tell you about anything that interests you.

Take care

  • Please cross the busy road from Visitor Reception with caution.
  • Buggies and fragile artefacts just don't mix so 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.
  • Please help little ones to keep to the winding paths in the woodland garden - short-cuts trample the plants!

    Our woodland water feature was vandalised by unsupervised children. We are a charity, and receive no Government funding. We don't yet know if - or when - we'll be able to replace it.

Did you know…?

… every Family Membership sold by our friendly Visitor Reception team at Charlecote generates a payment to us from central funds and directly helps us look after this special place. And you all get a whole year of days out at 500 places!

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

... we have a new £10 membership for 5-17 year-olds.

… 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.

Children's gifts

Presents for children should be full of fun and joy, and our gifts for children collection has lots of ideas for toys, books and so much more.

Join as a family

Join today and your membership will help us to protect the landscapes you and your family love to explore