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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Shakespeare & Charlecote Park

In this 400th year of Shakespeare we’re thrilled to be hosting a joint event with Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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On Wednesday, 7th September 2016, from 5.30-7.30 pm, we have Sir Stanley Wells and Professor Paul Edmondson with us to discuss that famous legend that links us with the bard….

Charlecote’s house, completed by Thomas Lucy in 1558, the year Elizabeth I ascended the throne, was one of the first great country houses in Warwickshire and the focus of the poaching scandal which apparently sent Shakespeare fleeing to London! Still part of the Lucy family, the house will host an evening with Sir Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson to celebrate Shakespeare in his county. We will begin with prosecco and canapés overlooking the deer park and then make our way to the great hall to hear Stanley and Paul talk about Shakespeare and enjoy a private view of the house, including the unique exhibit of the quarto of The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Second Folio and Ortelius’s map of Illyria, where Twelfth Night is set.

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Reblogged: Every child needs to find their wild side #30DaysWild — Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Have you been going wild this June?

We’ve been making an effort each day to share a wild view, video, idea or activity on our twitter feed. It’s all part of the Wildlife Trusts ’30 Days Wild’ Campaign. It fits so nicely with our own ideas of getting outdoors, enjoying and conserving nature. Like Katie explains in her blog (below) it is incredibly important for our children to experience the outdoors.


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I feel very lucky that as a child I was encouraged to play outside by my parents, no matter what the weather. I’ve had those times where I got so engrossed in trying to catch a stickleback fish, I got my brand new shoes so wet and muddy they were unsalvageable. I can’t say my parents were happy for the messy shoes but they definitely saw the value in the outdoors. […]

Read the rest of Katie T’s blog and find out why Every child needs to find their wild side #30DaysWild —on  Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Blog


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Sharing Sonnets at Charlecote Park

Just a few weeks ago we were celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare.  As part of our Charlecote celebrations we asked visitors to help us write sonnets at the writing desk of Mary Elizabeth, Mistress of Charlecote. We were really impressed with your contributions and wanted to share some on the lines you wrote.

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Here we are at Charlecote park, A family day out what a lark.

William Shakespeare was caught poaching here!
(Matthew Aged 34)

Tulips bloom in rampant, sunny splendour

The deer roamed the park at will, fish saw swiftly

The eternal sunshine ripples beyond the fields and sky.

Here in Charlecote House we live, love and Laugh

Its beautiful walls and ceilings divine

There are over 360 pikes on the carpet (Poppy age 7)

Play billiards while we drink wine, so divine

The rooms are grand and full of precious things

Elizabeth the 1st stayed for two nights ( Olivia Age 11)

Hark, Hark, tis Mary Elizabeth’s on her Harp!

The Sun is Bright and throws it’s light

To be in to be out that is the question?

Our thanks to all who helped pen a line.

 ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

©National Trust Images/James Dobson

“As Shakespeare said upon his day, Thou art more lovely than a Summers day, and still holds to this day.”

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