Charlecote’s timeline

If you’re a regular visitor to Charlecote, you may have notice that the downstairs room in the Gatehouse has been closed for a while. This has been because we wanted to create something special…

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The Gatehouse was build in the mid 1500s and is Grade I listed. When you’re visiting, it is pretty much the first building you come across. For this reason it is the perfect location to give you an introduction to the site.

Our team wanted to use this space to give the long history of Charlecote. But there are so many stories to tell. How on earth do we share them all? Continue reading

Shakespeare400: Share a #SelfieWithShakespeare!

You can’t have missed the special birthday celebrations that are taking place this weekend to celebrate a certain local lad and pesky poacher, William Shakespeare!

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2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death which will be marked in Stratford-upon-Avon and around the world by a series of special projects and events led by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and others. You can find out more about wider celebrations and events by visiting the Shakespeare400 website.

cropAlways up for a celebration, we didn’t want this one to pass us by (despite Shakey being in our bad books). To mark the occasion there’s a flavour of Shakespeare about the site over the next few days. Sonnets and selfies are what we’d like to see…

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Reblogged: The Gatehouse at Charlecote

So why do you visit Charlecote? The first time you visited, what was it that tempted you here? For some it is the cream tea, others are intrigued by the treasures in the family house, some just want the kids to run off steam in the great outdoors. But for this blogger, Clao Wue , it was seeing Charlecote on stage as part of the RSC productions of Love’s Labours Lost and Love’s Labours Won…

In March 2016 I went to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and to see the Gatehouse of Charlecote for real. The first time had seen it at a flyer of the Royal Shakespeare Company for the plays Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s won. The second time I saw it at the stage while watching the two plays.

As all good things are three  I finally saw it for real. It’s just 4 miles out of Stratford-upon-Avon and…

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The Embroiderers’ Guild : Landscapes of Capability Brown

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As noted in a previous post, 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Brown was a designer who changed the national landscape and created a style which has shaped people’s picture of the quintessential English countryside.

cbtreelogoAs the first ever celebration of Brown’s work, the Capability Brown Festival (CB300) brings together a huge range of events. The Embroiderers’ Guild is a Festival Partner and is contributing to the celebrations with a series of unique textile exhibitions at venues across the country through- out 2016.
We are delighted to be one of of these venues.

Using the landscape and gardens as their inspiration, members have interpreted these using fabric and thread to create unique pieces of work.  Up to the end of October you can view the work of a number of a number of branches in our Orangery Tea Room.

As well as exhibiting their work, each branch has kindly offered to carry out some demonstrations to our visitors between 11am – 3pm on the following dates through the year… Continue reading