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Family-friendly things to do at Charlecote Park

A mother and baby sit in a coat and hat watching a husband and dog play with a stick on a large log, with autumn trees behind them.
Explore the parkland with family this winter. | © Shaun Fellows

Discover all the things to do on a family day out at Charlecote Park. From exploring the Service Courtyard and imagining life in the Victorian era to watching deer in the parkland, there's plenty to keep little ones entertained. Find out what family-friendly events are coming up and how best to plan your day out at Charlecote Park with children in mind.

Planning your family visit

  • There are toilets and baby-changing facilities beside the Gatehouse and at the Orangery
  • Pushchairs and buggies are welcome outside
  • Wellies are always recommended
  • Please take extra care around the riverbanks, lake and ha-ha as they are unfenced and the large stones of the ha-ha can become loose
  • Small children's balance bikes are welcome but unfortunately scooters and pedal bikes are not permitted on the grounds
  • Deer and sheep roam freely and are wild animals – please don't get too close or try to touch them.
  • There are fallen logs to explore and climb on for natural play in the parkland, but there is no playground installed

Family-friendly events

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.

Family-friendly things to do in the house

Take a look around the outbuildings and the Victorian Kitchen and imagine what it would have been like for the Lucy family’s servants to work in all weathers.

The five downstairs rooms of the house are open seven days a week from 10.30am - 2.30pm by timed ticket. These can be collected on a first come first served basis at the Visitor Welcome Centre.

Useful things to know when visiting the house

  • Due to the fragile objects inside the house, pushchairs and large rucksacks will need to be left outside
  • Hip straps are available to borrow.
A mother with two young children peer over the ropes at an old carriage with large wheels in an old stables rooms with white painted walls and cobbled floors.
Explore the house and outbuildings together. | © National Trust/Annapurna Mellor

Family-friendly things to do on the estate

Whether you're getting closer to nature or running off some energy, the parkland is a great space for families. There’s plenty of space to run round and play games, whatever the weather. On your adventures through the parkland, there’s also lots of wildlife to spot.

Useful things to know when visiting the parkland

  • There are grassy and uneven pathways in the parkland, and gravel and cobbled floors to navigate
  • The grassy parkland paths are flat enough for chunky-wheeled buggies when it's not muddy.

Go birdwatching

Pop into the bird hide in the Spinney and see what's on the feeders there. Look out for the friendly robins and watch the ducks, swans and herons on the river, but remember that feeding them bread can harm them – use wild bird seed instead.

Look for bugs

Hunt for bugs when you wander along the grassy paths. Count butterflies, bees, dragonflies and ladybirds too. The long grass and knobbly tree bark provide perfect habitats for all sorts of creatures.

Look out for deer

Winter brings with it new coats for the deer to keep them warm. The team give them extra food and 'deer nuts' in the winter, to supplement their diet. If you want to know more, just ask one of our park roamers when you visit. 

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Are you ready to tick some activities off your list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾'? There are plenty of things to try at Charlecote Park, whatever the weather. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: Find a tree and see what creatures make it their home. The ancient standing trees at Charlecote Park are fragile, so enjoy climbing the huge felled trees in the parkland instead
  • No. 7 Fly a kite: It doesn’t have to be blowing a gale – a simple box kite will take off in a breeze. Bring your own or choose your favourite colour from the shop. Run around the Paddock and watch it fly
  • No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild: With benches in the Paddock and loads of grassy spaces to spread out your blanket, Charlecote Park is the perfect place for a picnic. Watch the wildlife while you enjoy your sandwiches but remember that the ducks shouldn't eat your leftovers.
A young girl runs through the maze of low box hedging in the garden with a big smile on her face and rosy cheeks.
Whatever the weather this autumn, explore the estate together. | © National Trust/Annapurna Mellor
  • No. 19 Play Pooh sticks: Stand on the bridge by the entrance to West Park and see whose stick comes out on the other side first
  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: Look in the grass, check tree bark and look under stones to see what bugs you can find
  • No. 34 Discover wild animal clues: Can you see the tracks made by the deer and sheep? They make flattened grass paths to get to their favourite spots and you might see their hoof prints if it's muddy in the parkland
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: Bring your binoculars and see what you can spot, from friendly robins and blackbirds in the gardens to swans and herons on the river. Look out for a woodpecker’s rising and falling flight in the park. Can you hear a buzzard mewing overhead?
Visitors in the garden at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

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