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Christmas at Charlecote Park

Open door to the Gatehouse where the trail starts
Get ready to start the Heritage Crafts Trail! | © Camille Francois

Christmas is nearly over! The House is now closed until 1 March. Not ready for the fun to be over? Take part in the Heritage Crafts Trail – join the Master Crafter or Time and solve riddles and puzzles in Charlecote's courtyard and gardens.

Heritage Crafts Puzzle Trail: The fight for or against time

Choose your trail route to work with our Master Crafter or become one of Time’s Minute Minions.

‘Time’ is alarmed about the pace of change and has locked all the heritage crafts away for safe keeping. But in doing so these crafts have been forgotten and unused and are in danger of being lost forever.

The Master Crafter is in a race against Time to try and save these special skills and techniques and unlock them before they're forgotten.

Now’s the hour in which you chose your trail route. Will you unlock these crafts or keep them hidden?

Join forces with the Master Crafter to unlock these heritage crafts from the constraints of Time. Help them to solve riddles and puzzles to revive the different crafts this Christmas. Or become one of Time’s ‘Minute Minions’ and help keep these crafts locked away for Christmas and beyond!

Dates: Saturday 2nd December 2023 – Monday 8 January 2024 (closed 25 December)
Time: 9am – 4pm each day, last admission 3pm
Price: £3 per trail, admission prices also apply
Booking: Booking is not available or needed. Weekends are busy during December so we encourage weekday visits wherever possible if you prefer to avoid the crowds.

Please note that some trail stops are not on the dog walking route.

The house is now closed until 1 March 2024 while the team is undertaking winter conservation.

A young family with a father, mother, young daughter and baby looking up in delight at a Christmas tree decorated wtih fairy lights
The Christmas trail is suitable for all ages | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

More to enjoy at Charlecote this winter

  • Parkland walks: The parkland will be open every day from 9am - 4pm with last entry at 3pm to explore.
  • House closed: The house is closed until 1 March but the Service Wing and Outbuildings (scullery, kitchen, laundry, brewhouse, stableyard) are still open.
  • Eating & Drinking: Warm up with a hot chocolate and other delicious festive treats from one of our outlets.
  • Shopping: Browse a selection of eco friendly and sustainable gift ideas in the Servants' Hall Shop. The winter sale is now on!
  • Dogs: Continue to be welcome along the designated dog walking routes in the parkland.
  • Access: Hire out a tramper to help you explore the parkland this winter.
A large number of young deer stand close together beneath spring trees

Exploring the parkland at Charlecote Park 

Walk through an estate brimming with wildlife, from fallow deer to spotted Jacob sheep, and find out what else there is to see on a visit to Charlecote Park in Warwickshire.

Dogs on a walk at Charlecote Park

Visiting Charlecote Park with your dog 

Charlecote Park is a two-pawprint rated place. There's plenty of space to explore with your dogs along our special walking routes. With acres of beautiful parkland to visit, come and wander with your four-legged friend.

Two visitors holding sitting at an outdoor table holding coffee mugs, surrounded by garden greenery

Eating and shopping at Charlecote Park 

Whether you’re looking for a quick snack with your dog or relaxing lunch with friends, we’ve got a choice of places to eat, drink, and shop at Charlecote.

Two visitors look upwards at the paintings all around them on the walls in the Great Hall

Things to see and do in the house at Charlecote Park 

Discover a fine example of a Victorian home at Charlecote Park, with its vast collection of treasures and immaculately preserved Victorian kitchen and outbuildings.

Two mums and three children walk along a path which is lined with lavender. The children are smiling, wearing sunglasses and pointing up at the red bricked building to their side. In the distance is a view of the parkland and river on a bright sunny day.

Family-friendly things to do at Charlecote Park 

Entertain the whole family this spring at Charlecote Park. Picnic, play and explore the estate, and spot the wild deer herd, the flock of Jacob sheep, as well as lots of wildlife.