Jubilations at Charlecote!

The bunting is up and band is set to play! What will you be doing to mark the Diamond Jubilee? We’ve got lots of fun things going on here at Charlecote – why not join us?

We’ve got our Union Flag proudly flying above our Elizabethan Gatehouse and bunting adoring the reception building to welcome you as you arrive (you’ll even find some in the shop!)

This isn’t the first diamond jubilee that has been celebrated at CharlecotePark. The Lucy family and their staff would have marked QueenVictoria’s jubilee in 1897. In honour of this, we’ll be preparing some period menu’s in our Victorian Kitchen. Sharon, our Assistant House Steward, has been doing lots of research and collected lots of ingredients in preparation! The costumed volunteers have been talking about what they’re making for weeks now and we can’t wait to see what they do! I spotted some Pineapples being carried into the kitchen and some peas put in glass jars.  How curious…..

We will also be lighting the bread oven on Tuesday 5th. We only light this on really special occassions and bank holidays, so don’t miss it!

This chap has seen it all before I imagine. He looks over our shop that was once the servants hall, perhaps he witnessed the Victorian Jubilee celebrations?

On Sunday 3rd June we’re having a great big picnic on our paddock (that’s the grassed area by the outbuildings) and also on our Green Court (outside the main house). We hope that you’ll join us. The Bedworth Wind Band will be playing a selection of tunes. Their set list includes some traditional tunes for the day and will be sure to get your toes tapping!

Over all 4 days (Sat – Tues) there will be something to see and do, so come along and join us…

It is not only jubilee that we’re celebrating, but also the fact that it is school holidays! Horray! We seem to get a few extra visitors to the house during school holidays… visitors of the cuddly variety. All week we’ll have our cuddly critters dotted around the house for our younger visitors to spot whilst they explore (the young at heart love these too!.
We’ll be opening the house an extra day to give you a chance to come and see the cuddly critters. The house is usually closed on  Thursday but not on 7th June. We’ll be opening at 11am and would love to greet you! (We will have the house closed on Wednesday however, this is so our conservation team can make sure it is in tip-top condition and gleeming when you visit!)

As a special treat to you all, we’re offering free entry to children – just visit the National Trust website to download your free entry pass and bring it along when you visit us.

Do keep an eye on our twitter updates as we’ll be letting you know what is going on throughout the weekend!

However you choose to celebrate, be it with us, at another of our National Trust places or at home with your own family – we hope that it is a time to remember! Have fun!

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