Come and explore at Charlecote

There's plenty of room for the family to run around at Charlecote this spring

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 11 ¾ - why not make this the year that you complete all 50 Things!

Spring could be the perfect time for No. 6 – Run around in the rain, and you can always start with No. 1 – Climb a tree. We’ve felled some old trees in the parkland and left them lying where they’ve fallen for you to climb on. (Take care - the branches of the ancient trees still standing in the parkland can be fragile and they aren’t suitable for climbing.)

You don’t need much of a breeze for No. 7 – Fly a kite, and you’ll find plenty of sticks in the parkland to make a trail (No. 12).

Charlecote is the perfect place for No. 44 – Go birdwatching and you can Hunt for bugs on a warm spring day to tick off No. 31.

Easter fun for all

Join us for the long weekend at Easter for our Cadbury Easter trails. It's the perfect way to get the whole family outdoors whatever the weather. Collect a trail from the big tent on the paddock and spend as long as you like looking for clues before you claim your Cadbury chocolate egg.

We expect to be really busy, so if you're able to arrive early or after 3.00pm you'll find it's quieter.

£3 per trail, normal admission applies to non-NT members.

2018 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt logo

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 box kites from the Servants' Hall shop, and play with them straight away.

Our parkland is a great place to fly a kite - make your own or find a simple box kite in our shop
Family with home-made kites in parkland at Charlecote

The grassy parkland paths are flat enough for wide-wheeled buggies.

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

Wild about nature – what will you spot today?

Nature is always right in front of you if you take a moment to look.

Bring some binoculars and watch the birds and cheeky squirrels for a while. Look out for the friendly robins in the gardens and watch the magnificent swans and herons on the river.

Seeing our fallow deer roaming the parkland is always a special part of any visit. They are wild animals though and should never be approached. Even our Ranger never handles the deer.

Licensed ornithologists check young barn owls at Charlecote Park

Top tips for spotting wildlife 

Our licensed ornithologists keep a careful eye on the birds in the parkland throughout the year. Discover the best ways to see more wildlife when you visit - don't forget your binoculars.

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. Please note that we don't always have volunteers available for cooking, particularly on a Wednesday.

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.

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

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.

Please help us to keep Charlecote special for everyone...

  • Buggies and fragile artefacts just don't mix and pushchairs and large rucksacks should be left at the front door of the house.
  • Please supervise your children at all times. The riverbanks, lake and haha are unfenced.
  • Please 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 directly funds 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.

Flying, swimming, running... what is our wildlife doing today?
Family at picnic bench watch wildlife in parkland at Charlecote

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