Pack up a picnic at Charlecote
You’re welcome to picnic at Charlecote all year round, from January to December – and some of our visitors do!
It doesn’t matter whether you bring a wicker hamper or chuck everything in an old rucksack, everyone knows sandwiches taste better outdoors.
There are benches along the main drive and picnic benches near the Spinney and on the Paddock. If you’d rather spread out on a picnic blanket, there’s plenty of grassy space on the Paddock and on Cricket Pitch.
Keep an eye on children in your care - the riverbanks are unfenced.
Take time to enjoy the wildlife as a swan glides past on the river or a heron swoops across the parkland. You’ll usually find it’s quieter midweek and out of school holidays.
Sunny weekends and busy Bank Holidays can mean that our small Orangery tea-room gets really crowded, so you could avoid the queues if you bring a picnic. To make life really easy, why not pop in to the Orangery early (the food and beverage team open up at 9am) to pick up sandwiches and cakes and then enjoy them out in the grounds later.
At weekends in spring and summer you can pick up a take-away Cream Tea to eat in the grounds, or to take home to enjoy.
Don’t forget you’ll find everything from picnic blankets to sporks and lidded bamboo coffee (or tea!) cups in the Servants’ Hall shop and there are crisps, chocolate and drinks too.
- Please no barbecues, even disposable ones.
- Please take your rubbish home with you to protect our livestock herds and wildlife.
- Commercial waste disposal costs us nearly £4000 a year - taking your rubbish home will help us spend less so that we can use these funds for our conservation work.
- Don't forget the sunscreen and hats for everyone on sunny days!