The #CheekyCharliesReturn for a summer of fun!

Remember these guys?

Well, they’re back and causing mayhem!

Our Cheeky Charlies are here to keep your own cheeky ones busy every Thursday in August.

We’ll have a variety of nature based family activities for you to enjoy, all based on our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4‘! There’s no additional charges for these events, just pay your normal admission*

Charlie & Lucy build a den and tick it off their '50 things' list!

Charlie & Lucy build a den and tick it off their ’50 things’ list!

These activities will run on Thursday afternoons from 1pm until around 4pm. Just drop in to join our fun. We’ll share more on our facebook page too so hop over and give us a ‘like’ so you’re among the first to know!

Hope to see you soon!

play games wiht friends

*Free to NT members. Donations to help us keep these events free are always gratefully received.

The return of Downton Abbey… and the release of Mouseton Abbey!

We have been eagerly awaiting the return of Downton Abbey ever since the last episode ended! It has become compulsive viewing for us here at Charlecote. We love to watch Mrs Patmore busy in the kitchen, creating culinary masterpieces and wonder if she is perhaps a similar character to our own cook, Mrs Horton.

Downton is such a popular series, we know a lot of our visitors enjoy it so perhaps we’ll all be settling down at the same time this weekend when it returns to our screens!

For our younger friends – and our young at heart – we’ve a new book appearing in our Servants’ Hall Shop which has a familiar appeal…

Mouston Abbey

Mouseton Abbey!

The story of Mouseton Abbey: The Missing Diamond is both gripping and amusing. It is that well known festival of Cheesemas and the Mouseton family have discovered their Great Big Cheesy Diamond is missing!

It really is a sweet book and the characters are all knitted mice with some very entertaining, if a little cheesy, names.  We think our own CheekyCharlies would approve.

You can read some reviews of the book here. And at the moment we’ve a special price too – save £3 on RRP – selling at £7.99.

If Mouseton Abbey isn’t quite your things, we also stock the official companion to all 3 series so far ‘The Chronicles of Downton Abbey : A New Era’. Written by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis with a foreword by creator, Julian Fellowes, it is a must have for any fan. The pages are packed with beautiful photographs and character insights. We’ve been known to drool over the fabulous costumes and giggle at the Dowager Countess’ quick quips… I’m sure the forthcoming series will continue to delight us!


Summer draws to an end BUT…

School holidays might be drawing to an end but that doesn’t mean your family fun has to end!

We’ve had an absolute ball this summer with our Cheeky Charlies Children’s Club days. Over 5 weeks we have flew kites, met the bees and the pigs who live at Charlecote, watched falconry displays and dogs herding ducks(!), we’ve made bird feeders, pig masks, nature nets, deer heads and more! Phew! Thank you to all who came along and enjoyed the fun with us. We hope that you have ticked off a good number of your 50 things… and enjoyed the activities.

Set up1But let me tell you a little secret… the fun doesn’t have to stop! We’ve put together some handy sheets with some activities to do at home and we’re also looking forward to seeing you back soon for Hallowe’en trails and our Christmassy activities this winter.

Download the craft sheets here…


And if you need a little help from the #CheekyCharlies watch their videos on YouTube

We’ve also sold a phenomenal number of mice in the shop this summer which means that there are Cheeky Charlies all over Warwickshire – possibly even the world! We would LOVE to see what your Cheeky Charlies have been up to so please send them in or post them to our facebook page.


Mrs Horton’s Recipes… #6 (Sugar Mice)

Oh dear, it has been quite some time since we last shared a recipe with you! Let’s get that put right…

Whilst thumbing through Mrs Horton’s Cookery Book in the Servants’ Hall Shop we came across this recipe that sounds ideal for our #CheekyCharlies this summer – Sugar Mice!

The best mice to find in your kitchen!!!

The best mice to find in your kitchen!!!


1 egg white
1lb icing sugar
Food colouring
Currants and string


  1. Beat the egg white until frothy but not stiff
  2. Sieve the icing sugar, adding enough to produce a fairly stiff mixture
  3. Add a few drops of food colouring (flavourings can also be added at this stage if required)
  4. Knead the mixture into a firm past and divide into 12 – 16 pieces
  5. Roll into oval shapes making one end pointed to form a nose, pinch up two small pieces to produce ears.
  6. Eyes can be formed using currants or cloves, the tail can be made from string
  7. Place the mice on to parchment or waxed paper, put om a warm place to dry for 24 hours
  8. Store in an air tight container.

If you’re interested in trying Mrs Horton’s recipes we have a small book of them for sale in our shop which sells for £3. You can click to follow our blog as we like to share them from time to time, or click on the ‘Mrs Horton’s recipes‘ link to the left to see what we’ve already shared.

Seb, Luca, William and Isobel had a fun time in the kitchens making sugar mice with the cook!

Seb, Luca, William and Isobel had a fun time in the kitchens making sugar mice with the cook!