Have you heard the news?
We’re finalists in the Kids & Families category of the
Coventry & Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards!
We are absolutely over the moon just to make it this far. An award would be wonderful but, whatever happens from here, we’re already delighted!
The National Trust in general hasn’t always been viewed as being a very family-orientated organisation. Over the past few years a lot of work has been going on to change this perception. Our central office teams have helped us by generating fun initiatives (such as the brilliant ‘50 things to do…‘) and holiday events to entice families on site and we’ve also altered our marketing to tell families who we are and what we do.
We welcome over 170,000+ visitors to Charlecote each year and we’re a relatively small team. The majority of people you meet whilst here are likely to be volunteers.
Perhaps that is why this nomination means so much, because a great deal of the hard work has been achieved by our marvelous and dedicated volunteer team. A team who love this place so much they work for free, driven by a desire to share their passion with young minds (oh ok, and they’re fuelled by cake!). The same young minds we hope will discover a love for nature and history, and perhaps one day will work for the National Trust, join us as members, bring their own families and therefore help us keep our places forever, for everyone.
So who ever wins the accolade later this month – and we’re up against some stiff competition! – we’re already so very grateful. Grateful to our staff team, our volunteers and also to our visitors and loyal supporters.
Just so you know, if you visit us as a family, you’ll find:
- Trails for both the house AND the parkland designed for young visitors to get the most out of their visit, to take charge and lead their families around whilst also learning more about this fascinating site.
- A hide and seek cuddly critters activity around the house which will get you all hunting high and low!
- Colouring in sheets in our cafe. They were designed by one of our catering team too!
- Play boxes full of playing equipment on our paddock and cricket pitch. These include hoops, bats, balls, skipping ropes and happy hoppers – which are very popular.
- Den building, bird watching and drawing activities in our spinney.
- Opportunities to get hands on and learn from our costumed volunteers in our Victorian Kitchens and Outbuildings.
And that’s not to mention…
- A calendar of family-friendly events including visits to see Father Christmas, Easter and Pumpkin trails, family friendly walks and our free Children’s Club activities during the summer holidays.
- Baby changing facilities with a basket offering spare nappies, wipes or bags if you’ve forgotten or ran out
- Steps to help little ones reach the toilets and/or sinks in the toilets
- Picnicking areas
- Pocket money friendly items for sale in our shops
- Hip-carrying infant seats for loan when visiting the house
- Children’s sized meals, picnic boxes and snacks in the cafe
- National Trust family membership that offers great savings on repeat visits at NT places throughout the year and under 5’s are admitted free of charge.
We’re always looking at what more we can offer and have recently signed up to the Kids in Museums Manifesto too. Watch this space on future family-friendly developments!
If you’re interested in joining our volunteering team and helping us push forward even more in this area, have a look at our website and download an application form.