Volunteer with us at Charlecote

Volunteer in costume outside laundry with visitor at Charlecote

We'd love to hear from you - get involved and join nearly 300 volunteers of all ages and interests who bring Charlecote to life every day.

Volunteering at Charlecote is a chance to enjoy new experiences, make friends, learn skills, broaden your knowledge and share your enthusiasm. For many it's as simple as giving something back.

Whether you'd prefer to be front-of-house or behind-the-scenes, there's always a role to suit.
Just a few hours one day a week (or fortnight) from all our volunteers enables us to make Charlecote the lively, fascinating place our visitors love.

What could you be doing today?
Costumed volunteer cooking in Victorian kitchen at Charlecote

Could you…

...be a room guide?
...talk to our visitors as a costumed interpreter in the Victorian kitchen?
...lead tours on wildlife or horticulture in the park and gardens?
...research and lead tours on Charlecote's fascinating history?
...sell raffle tickets and raise vital funds for our work?
...help out in the office?

We're particularly interested in hearing from anyone who would like to be involved in our team creating a lively bustling atmosphere around the brewhouse, laundry and tackroom. This area can be one of the most memorable experiences for our visitors when it's brought to life.

Next year's Working Wednesdays is a particularly important project for us and will focus on these outbuildings.

" I honestly love every moment I spend here..."
- Ruth Longoni, Kitchen Volunteer

Everyone is welcome

Our diverse volunteering team comprises people from all walks of life, many of whom are active retired people who aren’t ready to put up their feet yet. Part-time workers with a few hours to spare for volunteering in an area they love also join our team.

We have family volunteers where older children sometimes join their volunteering parents. Many of those parents find that the flexibility of a few hours volunteering mid-week fits in perfectly around school hours.

There are students who volunteer here too, gaining valuable experience before moving on to employment within the National Trust and elsewhere.

" It never fails to amaze me that after 12 years at Charlecote my interest in volunteering has never diminished. I still am being asked questions for the first time and entering conversations where I learn new things from our visitors. I've made wonderful long-term friendships here. Walking into Charlecote early in the morning I love the feeling of history, the wonderful vista and the sense of all the people who have created it"
- Neil Chandler, Monday Day Leader

Gain more from your volunteering

For our regular volunteers we offer free National Trust entry, discounts in our shops and restaurants, social events and visits, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes talks and visits to local museum and heritage places – and there's free cake most days!

The volunteers' summer barbecue is one of the highlights of the year
Sunset and silhouettes at volunteer summer barbecue at Charlecote Park

We send out a fortnightly newsletter to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening at Charlecote, and you can find out more with the National Trust's MyVolunteering website for volunteers everywhere.

Group visit in Great Hall of Charlecote Park house

How to get started

Follow the link to Volunteering Opportunities and put Charlecote into the search box. Click on the role that interests you, complete the details and we'll get in touch.

Join a local supporter group

There are several supporter groups in and around Warwickshire which enjoy close links with Charlecote and other National Trust properties in the area. It's a great way to make friends, get involved and find out more about the places you love with visits and talks. There's more information below.

Local heritage volunteering

There's a one-stop place to find out about volunteering with heritage organisations throughout south Warwickshire. This covers Charlecote, as well as other non-National Trust places in the area such as Compton Verney, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. See below for links.