Enjoy Charlecote's parkland this spring

View of Charlecote parkland including river in spring

Charlecote’s tranquil parkland is the perfect place to picnic, play or wander all year round.

Bring your binoculars

Our riverside setting is a wildlife haven and you'll see more before the leaves unfurl on the trees. It’s an ideal spot for birdwatching and we have one of the largest heronries in Warwickshire. We've seen kingfishers on the rivers and the lake, be patient and you may be lucky.

One of our resident kingfishers spotted by our very patient volunteer photographer
Kingfisher on branch in parkland at Charlecote Park in summer

A time to relax

Find picnic benches by the river, or bring a rug and choose your favourite spot. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, we’re always less busy when the house is closed on Wednesdays.

You'll often see herons along the river in the parkland
Heron flies along river in parkland at Charlecote Park

Find out about the free park walks led by our volunteers on your way in and discover more about how we manage this ancient landscape and our Capability Brown connections.

Charlecote’s historic fallow deer herd

There has been a fallow deer herd at Charlecote for centuries, and legend has it that a young William Shakespeare was prosecuted for poaching here. We manage the herd to the highest possible welfare standards and our venison has won Fine Farm Food awards.

Take a walk through the parkland and see what you can discover today
Young fallow deer in the parkland at Charlecote in spring

Centuries of tradition

Have you noticed the traditional cleft oak paling fencing? This is a rural craft that we're delighted to be able to keep alive. The varied heights of the panels confuse the deer so that they don't jump over the fence, although they easily could.

Spotting the spotty sheep

The fallow deer happily share the parkland with our pedigree herd of Jacob sheep with their characteristic chocolate-blotch fleeces.

Did you know that George Lucy introduced the very first flock of Jacobs to England from Portugal in 1755?

Adorable new additions to our rare breed Jacob sheep herd
Jacob sheep ewe and lambs at Charlecote Park in spring

Caring for the environment

As part of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme we manage the parkland to ensure the widest possible environmental benefits.

We look after our ancient trees in the park and manage our rare fruit varieties in the orchard, grafting some of the trees to ensure their continuity and planting new rare varieties too.

Horse chestnut 'candle' flowers have a sweet scent on warm days
Horse chestnut tree candle flowers in parkland at Charlecote

We manage the grassland and rivers for the benefit of the insects, invertebrates, mammals, birds, and plants that co-exist here.

We close to visitors when the rivers flood (usually in spring, but it can be any time of year) because we don't know where the riverbanks or the edges of the lake are.