Enjoy Charlecote's parkland this 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 - did you know 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.
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 first thing in the morning and at the end of the day now that the grounds are open between 9.00am and 6.00pm.
Find out about the free park walks led by our volunteers on your way in. It's a great way to discover more about how we manage this ancient landscape and about 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.
Please don't ever approach the deer. They are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Even our Ranger and her team never handle the deer.
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?
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.
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.