The joys of spring

Daffodils at Charlecote in spring with Orangery in background

Come out of hibernation and discover something new at Charlecote this spring.

New perspectives

Stroll down the driveway to our new exhibition in the gatehouse where you can discover more about the Tudor heyday of Charlecote under the first Sir Thomas Lucy from the end of March.

Then come on in to the house and even if you’ve visited before, you’ll enjoy seeing it from a fresh perspective. We’ve removed some of the ropes so that you can come right into the rooms and really feel part of this Victorian home.

Bring your binoculars

Take a walk through the parkland this spring before the new foliage unfurls on the trees for a better chance to spot the deer, herons and other wildlife.  Don’t forget to look along the rivers and across the lake – we’ve seen kingfishers this year and you may be lucky too.

April is lambing time and we’re hoping to bring this closer to our visitors for the first time this year.

Look out for a new generation of Jacob sheep lambs at Charlecote in April
Two Jacob sheep lambs at Charlecote in spring
Look out for a new generation of Jacob sheep lambs at Charlecote in April

Colour and scent

Colour comes to the gardens as thousands of bulbs that we planted last autumn come into bloom. On a warm day though, visitors find that it’s the unexpected scent of the inconspicuous flowers of the shrubs such as mahonia, skimmia and sarcococca that really lifts the spirits.

By April the parterre will be full of colourful bulbs and scented wallflowers.

Enjoy the early spring colour in the gardens
Early spring tulips in summerhouse border at Charlecote Park
Enjoy the early spring colour in the gardens

Cadbury Easter fun

The Easter weekend has become a real tradition for many families who come and explore the gardens and wider parkland, seeking out the clues in our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Find the clues hidden by the Easter Bunny and then claim your Cadbury chocolate prize. Every penny from the Egg Hunts stays at Charlecote for our work here.

This year it’s happening between 25 and 28 March (£2.50 per Egg Hunt leaflet, normal admission applies). Even if it’s welly-weather that doesn’t stop the fun.

Come in to our Easter marquee over the Easter holidays for other activities too:

  •     Over the week leading up to 25 March you can make your own colourful Easter card.
  •     Wheat weaving drop-in activities on Sunday 20 March from 11 – 1 and 2 – 4pm.  
  •     Sunflower seed sowing – (and tick off No. 41 on your 50 Things... list - Plant it, Grow it, Eat it). From 11 – 2pm on Tuesday 22 and 29 March.
  •     Demonstrations by Solihull Embroiderers' Guild on Thursday 24 March and Saturday 2 April.
  •     Rag rugging workshop on Thursday 31 March, 11am – 3pm.  Make your own corsage or small animal, prices from £2.50 each.
  •     Charlecote honey tasting on Sunday 3 April, 11am-4pm.

Eating and shopping

We can get very busy in the tea room in school holidays and on sunny Bank Holidays. Look out for our pop-up catering outlets around the grounds to cut down on queuing time or why not make this your first picnic of the year.

Delightful spring gift ideas in the Servants' hall shop
New spring ranges for 2016 in Servants Hall shop at Charlecote
Delightful spring gift ideas in the Servants' hall shop

Don’t forget to call into the Servants’ Hall Shop and Pantry Shop to discover the new spring ranges, whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for a spring birthday.

Closed Wednesdays

The house is closed on Wednesdays but everything else is always open. This is the day when you can join our Hidden Charlecote tours of the outbuildings for an intriguing look at the stories of the Lucy family and their servants, and how the buildings evolved from Tudor to Victorian. Just sign up  on your way in through Visitor Reception.

The stables tackroom is a corner that our visitors often miss
Tackroom at Charlecote Park
The stables tackroom is a corner that our visitors often miss