Pack up a picnic at Charlecote

Families picnic by river Avon in summer parkland 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 out of school holidays.

Sit by the river and see what you can discover today
Swan and cygnets on river Avon at Charlecote Park
Sit by the river and see what you can discover today

Sunny weekends and busy Bank Holidays can mean that our small Orangery tearoom 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 catering 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 in the Servants’ Hall shop and there are crisps, chocolate and drinks in the Pantry shop.

  • Please no barbecues, even disposable ones.
     
  • Please take your rubbish home with you to protect our livestock herds and wildlife.
     
  • Don't forget the sunscreen and hats for everyone on sunny days!
Pick up a soft woollen rug for your picnic from the Servants' Hall Shop
Charlecote Park woollen picnic rugs in shop
Pick up a soft woollen rug for your picnic from the Servants' Hall Shop
Charlecote's parkland is an ideal place for birdwatching or wildlife spotting

Top tips for spotting wildlife 

Our staff and volunteers manage the parkland for the benefit of our wildlife throughout the year. Discover the best ways to see more when you visit - don't forget your binoculars.