Easter at Charlecote

Parkland floods at Charlecote in spring

Flooding is a perennial problem at Charlecote. Our riverside location is beautiful but almost every year at some point we have to manage burst riverbanks for the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and wildlife.

Continued heavy rainfall after this winter's snowmelt means that our parkland is utterly saturated. Much of it is completely inaccessible.

Even when we can see the ground again, much of the parkland will still be extremely wet. Walking over this land will further damage the infrastructure and mean that it will take longer to recover. Please bear in mind that some areas may remain inaccessible even if they look dry!

All we can do is wait for the floods to recede - and hope it doesn't rain again for a while
Large areas of Charlecote's parkland are completely inaccessible after recent flooding
All we can do is wait for the floods to recede - and hope it doesn't rain again for a while

The overflow car parking on grassy fields and the well-worn existing car park areas are virtually unusable, and likely to remain so for some weeks. Matting would have done little to alleviate the situation and in the long-term would extend drying-out time.

  • We are limited to just 100 car parking spaces per day and will close to new visitors at short notice for the rest of the day when these are full.
     
  • The Easter Egg Hunts will continue until 15 April to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy Charlecote over the Easter holidays. We have plenty of Easter eggs in stock and are unlikely to run out.
     
  • Easter Egg Hunts run from 10am until 3pm or until the car park is full, whichever is sooner. Reduced price of £2 per Easter Egg Hunt leaflet to reflect shortened route. 

The Cadbury Easter Egg hunts will take place on a shortened route well away from the riverbanks.

Over half the parkland is currently flooded
Flooded parkland at Charlecote looks dramatic but means we have to close for safety reasons
Over half the parkland is currently flooded

We can no longer see the edges of the riverbanks and the lake, and fast-moving flood waters mean that we have had to rope off over half of the parkland.

Our team are working hard day and night to ensure the safety and well-being of our deer and sheep (lambs are due now). We hope you will understand that our decisions have not been taken lightly, and we look forward to seeing you later in the year when we have dried out!

Look out for regular updates on social media.

We are a charity. We receive no Government funding. This represents a huge loss of income for us which will have an impact on the conservation work we can carry out in the future.

Please visit us later in the year - every new member we recruit at Charlecote, every time a member shows their card, every slice of cake from the Orangery, every gift you buy in the shop all raises vital funds to keep Charlecote special for everyone.

The floods have taken no notice of our signs!
Flooding in Charlecote's parkland is a regular occurrence and means we have to close for safety reasons
The floods have taken no notice of our signs!
Children with sticks play in puddles at Charlecote Park

Easter holidays for families 

Our reduced Easter offer will run until 15 April - plenty of Cadbury Easter Eggs left. Our parkland is severely flooded - please postpone your visit if you are not coming for the Easter Egg Hunt.