Explore Charlecote this summer

Children run through parkland in summer at Charlecote Park

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 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.

Our popular free Children's Club returns on Thursdays in August - look out for more information coming soon.

Join us on the evening of 10 August when Three Inch Fools present Shakespeare's glorious comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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.

What will you discover today?
Swan and cygnet chick on river at Charlecote Park
What will you discover today?

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. Hunt for bugs and count butterflies too.

Enjoy watching the fallow deer from a few yards away and keep any children in your care close to you. The deer 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?

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

Take a look around the outbuildings and imagine the Lucy family’s servants’ tough lives in all weathers. 

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 (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!

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.

Look across the croquet lawn for distant views of the countryside
Family picnic in summer by croquet lawn at Charlecote Park
Look across the croquet lawn for distant views of the countryside

Why not join the National Trust today for a whole year of days out at 500 places? If you join at Charlecote we benefit directly, helping to fund our work and everything you enjoy about your visit. Then every time your membership card is scanned on your way in, it generates £2.50 for the place you're visiting - your membership goes to the places you love.

Did you know…?

... you can include your children or grandchildren in your membership.

... we have a new children's annual membership for 5-17 year olds for just £10.

… 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.

Picnic with Charlecote Park shop goodies in summer by river

Pack up a picnic 

Why not bring a picnic today? There's plenty of space and you can watch our wildlife too.

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