Explore Charlecote this summer
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.
August Children's Club
Come along every Thursday in August and join our free 50 Things... nature-based activities for all ages. With a different theme every week - senses, Charlecote colours, pastimes in times passed, conservation, and habitats - why not come along for all five afternoons!
- Free activities take place between 12 noon and 4.00pm. Just drop in for as long as you want.
- All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Normal admission applies if you're not a National Trust member.
Why not join today for a whole year of days out? If you join at Charlecote we benefit directly, helping to fund our work and everything you enjoy about your visit.
Fresh air and fun
Charlecote's always a great place to have an outdoor adventure with 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 ¾ - why not make this the year that you complete all 50 Things!
Look out for our extra free activities to help you tick off some more adventures throughout the summer holidays.
Wild about nature – what will you spot today?
Nature is always right in front of you if you take a few quiet moments to look.
Bring some binoculars and watch the birds and cheeky squirrels for a while. Seeing our fallow deer roaming the parkland is always a special part of any visit. Look out for the friendly robins in the gardens and watch the magnificent swans and herons on the river. Hunt for bugs and count butterflies too.
Enjoy watching the deer from a few yards away and keep any children in your care close to you. They are wild animals, the bucks have large antlers, they can be unpredictable when startled. Our ranger and her team do not handle the deer and visitors should never attempt to touch 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.
Please note that we don't always have volunteers available for cooking, particularly on a Wednesday. Have you thought about volunteering with us - could you fit a few hours around the school day?
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.
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. Become a Conservation Champion with our house trail and download your own certificate to print at the end.
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 (hip straps available to borrow).
- Please supervise your children at all times. The riverbanks, lake and haha are unfenced. Our deer and sheep roam freely - poo happens!
- 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.
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