Summer holiday activities at Charlecote Park

A young girl in a yellow summer dress with a white hat is lifting her hands in the air while walking through a grass field of buttercups. A young boy in a blue top and blue hat stands to the side making a daisy chain with his mum.

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 in the parkland.

Tudor Play & Wild Thursdays: Summer holidays family activities

Bring the family along to explore the parkland over the summer holidays and to discover more about our 'Tudor Play' themed activities.

For the first three weeks it's all about the arts. Join us for theatre, music, dancing, poetry, and Shakespeare themed activities.

Head into the second half of the summer holidays and try your hand at some Tudor games (some of which were banned!) - from dice, to cards, and even games for royalty. Find out more on the family trail in the parkland.

And each Thursday, you can also get stuck in to nature themed activities as part of #WildThursdays.


Tudor Arts - theatre, music, dancing and poetry


Dates: Saturday 23 July - Sunday 14 August 2022
Times: 9am - 5pm each day. Last entry is at 4pm and the parkland closes at 5pm.
Price: £2 per trail, admission prices also apply.
Dogs: Are welcome alongside these activities.
Access: There are uneven, grassy paths and cobbled floors to navigate.
Booking: Not needed! Just turn up and have fun.

Tudor Games - dice, cards and games for Royalty


Dates: Monday 15 August - Monday 5 September 2022
Times: 9am - 5pm each day. Last entry is at 4pm and the parkland closes at 5pm.
Price: £2 per trail, admission prices also apply.
Dogs: Are welcome alongside these activities.
Access: There are uneven, grassy paths and cobbled floors to navigate.
Booking: Not needed! Just turn up and have fun.

Wild Thursdays

Bring the kids to Charlecote to enjoy activities connected with nature and the great outdoors. Whether it’s wildlife spotting or revamping Bugingham Palace, there’s something to try every Thursday between 1pm - 3pm of the summer holidays

28 July & 4 August - Look at what creepy crawlies live at Charlecote and go insect spotting. Help us empty Bugingham Palace ready for its re-vamp later in the summer.

11 & 18 August - Help us re-vamp our bug hotel. Whilst you are here look at what creepy crawlies live at Charlecote and go insect spotting.

25 August & 1 September - Learn all about the beautiful butterflies and pick up our handy butterfly spotter sheet. You might also meet some other fascinating bugs on your visit.

Price: Free to do these activities. Admission prices do apply.
Dogs: Are welcome alongside these activities.
Access: There are uneven, grassy paths and cobbled floors to navigate.
Booking: Not needed! Just turn up and have fun.

Explore the outdoors

There’s plenty of space to run round and play games, whatever the weather. Whether you are getting closer to nature or running off some energy, the parkland is a great space for families.

The grassy parkland paths are flat enough for chunky-wheeled pushchairs.

Our ancient trees are fragile and unsuitable for climbing but you'll find large felled trees around the parkland to play on - better than any climbing frame!

Pop in to the spinney behind the stables and see what you can spot on the bird feeders. Bring some binoculars and look into the trees in the parkland too for more birds.

What will you discover today?
Children with binoculars in wildlife hide at Charlecote Park
What will you discover today?

Wild about nature – what will you spot today?

Lift a leaf or peer into the grass to find bugs and minibeasts, see if the friendly robins are in the woodland garden today, and watch the magnificent swans and herons on the river.

Bread isn't good for the ducks or swans at Charlecote or anywhere else - it upsets their tummies. Wild bird seed is much better for them.

Seeing our fallow deer roaming the parkland is always a special part of any visit. Please don't approach the deer, they are large wild animals and easily startled. Even our Ranger never touches the deer.

The Victorians weren't so vile!

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

The house is open on weekend mornings and currently looks a bit different. Ask our room guides what's happening with the heating project!

Take care

  • Please approach the busy road from Visitor Reception with caution.
  • Hip straps are available to borrow. To protect our fragile objects you'll be asked to leave pushchairs and large rucksacks at the front door of the house.
  • Please keep an eye on children in your care at all times - the riverbanks, lake and haha are unfenced and the large stones of the haha can become loose. Our deer and sheep roam freely - poo happens!
  • Balance bikes are welcome but please, no scooters or pedal bikes.
A family of ducks making their way through parkland at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
Enjoy a family walk through the parkland at Charlecote Park this spring
A family of ducks making their way through parkland at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

Did you know…?

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

... we have £10 membership for 5-17 year olds.

… under-5s come in to all National Trust places for free.

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