Autumn colours and competitions

Autumn is a colourful time of year. Just wander along the drive towards Charlecote’s Elizabethan Gatehouse and you’ll know. Golden yellows, evergreens and the odd flash of crimson red provide sumptuous views as far as you can see!

Autumnal views to the Gatehouse at Charlecote Park / Jana Eastwood

Autumnal views to the Gatehouse at Charlecote Park / Jana Eastwood

If you’re a keen nature photographer, you’ll also be a big fan of this season. Deer rutting, fungi blooming and leaves falling make wonderful subject matter. So it is an ideal time of year for a photography competition. Or perhaps two…

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Our friends at Cotswold Outdoors have joined forces with National Trust in the Midlands for this seasonal competition.


All we ask of you is to share an autumnal shot with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and use the hashtags #NTMidlandsComp . Full terms and conditions are listed on the website and it is important you read them. The closing deadline for the competition is midnight 31.10.16.

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YOUR BLOGS : A Hallowe’en visit from Little Pickle’s Mom

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. We LOVE reading your blog posts about visiting Charlecote. Not only is it lovely to hear your feedback, it is fascinating to see our special place through your eyes. It’s wonderful to see how you spend your time with us and what it is that makes Charlecote special to you.

This week Little Pickle’s Mom shared her visit with us.


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We ventured to Charlecote Park, a gorgeous property just outside of Stratford upon Avon, known for its resident deer. It seemed we weren’t the only ones with the same idea as the car park was rammed – luckily, we quickly managed to grab the space from someone who was leaving. Score.


We took both the pram and our Beco Gemini baby carrier so we had options whilst we walked around (and we did end up using both!). We didn’t go in the house this visit as we thought it’d be a bit of a struggle with the pram and we just wanted to enjoy the gorgeous autumnal weather. Charlecote Park have set up a Hallow’een trail for the half term so even though it’s obviously aimed at children, we used Toby an excuse to follow it too!

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Give books and help save a collection

We need to raise funds for specialist conservators to help us repair and care for around 3,500 books in our care and you can help us…

The Library at Charlecote Park is one of the best libraries in the care of the National Trust and contains many rare and important volumes. As beautiful as it looks, our riverside location creates damp which can prove disastrous for old papers.

Len in the library at Charlecote

Specialist conservation work comes at quite a cost and with so many books needing attention, it is a long process too.


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But how can you help?

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YOUR BLOGS: I used to be indecisive… visits Charlecote Park

Another wonderful blog post about a visit to Charlecote was shared by Elaine on her blog ‘I used to be indecisive…‘. She visited earlier this year and we couldn’t resist sharing her post as it contains some beautifully sunny photography to keep our summer memories alive.

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Charlecote Park, on the edge of the River Avon in Warwickshire, is a 16th century house with delightful gardens and parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.   We visited in May when spring was well on its way and everything was looking fresh and bright.

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