Explore Charlecote's parkland this autumn
Charlecote's tranquil parkland is the perfect place to play, wander or picnic all year round. Autumn sees the trees take on firelight colours before the foliage falls in this ancient landscape.
To discover more about our work and wildlife, join a free guided park walk on the day of your visit. We depend on our lovely volunteers to lead the walks - just ask what's happening today on your way in.
Bring your binoculars
Our riverside setting is a wildlife haven and it’s an ideal spot for birdwatching. Our licensed ornithologists check nests and nestboxes and keep an eye on the birds throughout the year, producing a detailed report for us.
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.
Cold weather in the autumn triggers the annual deer rut - you'll often be able to hear the bucks bellowing around the parkland at this time of year. Please, never approach the deer. They are wild animals and can be unpredictable.
The deer happily share the parkland with our pedigree herd of Jacob sheep. 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. Our annual Tree Survey checks the condition of every tree in the parkland.
Collect a Tree Walk trail on your way in and find out more about some of our special trees.
Look carefully around the parkland in the autumn, there are many different examples of fungus in the grass and growing on the trees. Their forms change quickly as they mature making some of them hard to identify, and they're great for close-up photography - we'd love to see your pictures on social media.
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!
The family church
Your parkland stroll will bring you to St Leonard’s church, rebuilt by Mary Elizabeth Lucy in memory of her husband.
Please note that the gate is one-way and does not allow re-entry to the parkland. If you decide to pop in here before you’ve finished your visit, please call in again to Visitor Reception with your sticker and they’ll re-admit you.
Where two rivers meet
Flowing through the park are both Shakespeare’s Avon and its tributary, the little river Dene. They add diversity to the wildlife in the parkland throughout the year. Some of the loveliest photograph spots are around the rivers - do send us your favourite pictures on social media.