YOUR BLOGS : The Helpful Hiker

We love to read your blogs about visiting Charlecote. It’s always lovely to see our special place through your eyes (and lenses!).

Here’s a recent post from the Helpful Hiker we’d like to share with you.

We had considered going away for a quick break this week, but Luke had a bad back and the idea of lugging a tent around was less than appealing! However, I still wanted to do something outdoorsy with Finn so I consulted my National Trust handbook and the two of us headed off to Charlecote Park, near Stratford upon Avon. I’m less bothered about stately homes, it’s the outdoor space that is much more interesting to me.

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The idea of spending a summer’s day in a beautiful, green deer park was enough to get me packing a picnic and heading off for an hour’s drive with a toddler.

I wasn’t disappointed…

line scrollYou can read more of this post on and find out why Finn and his Mum enjoyed Charlecote so much…

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NT Passport : No awkward photo required!

prodzoomimg10871Did you know that the National Trust has its own passport and there is absolutely no need for any awkward photos!

You can pick up an NT passport for the small price of £4 in our shops and, at each of our special places, get it stamped. Once you have collected 30 stamps you can get a certificate which is sent to you from our central office.

Our passports are popular with visitors of all ages!

Oliver, aged 1, has had his since he was just a few months old and is using it to record his first forages to National Trust properties.

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Where will you go?

Where will you go?


Why not pick one up from our shop and record your own adventures? We’d love to see where you get to!

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire: 101 things to do

Still wondering what to do to fill up the days before the children go back to school? This wonderful blog from Lindsey just shows how great Charlecote can be for your little explorers – even in the rain!

Don’t forget each Thursday in August we have our Cheeky Charlies Children’s Activities. Different things to do each week and all FREE (normal admission applies)


At the weekend we took a trip out to another local National Trust Property.


This time we visited Charlecote Park in Warwickshire.

It was pouring with rain – for the first time in a while, so we kited ourselves out with raincoats and wells. A bit of rain wasn’t going to stop the Kettle’s from having a trip out!


We headed through the visitor entrance and then crossed the road towards the house.

Halfway along the drive is the Gatehouse, which houses a second hand bookshop and the family museum. We had a look around at the old childrens toys and the taxidermy animals and birds.


Then we carried on along the driveway to the main house.

As with the other houses there were things around the house for the children to find – in this case it was mice – Charlie and Lucy who are hidden in all the…

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‘Our Day Out At Charlecote Park’ by the Reading Residence

Wondering what to do this Easter? Why not join us for our Easter activities? We know of one family who we will definitely be seeing…

“We popped down the motorway to another new National Trust property at the weekend, Charlecote Park (well, it was new to us, it’s been their since the 12th century, so not all that ‘new’!).

On walking through reception, you then go back outside and across a road, and commence the lovely walk down to the property, complete with muddy puddles to play in…

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It’s a beautiful view of the house and outbuildings, but we also got to see the herd of fallow deer they have grazing there..

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On arrival, it was time for lunch, so were straight off to the lovely orangery restaurant they have there. I had a rather delicious sausage roll ;-). Then we were back out exploring the grounds…

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< Read more about the Reading Residence’s day out here… >

Weather aside, it was a truly lovely place, and one we’ll be certain to return to. We’re thinking this may be our place of choice for the Easter Egg hunt, so we will be back. Here’s hoping our next trip out update is a dry one!

Well, we can’t promise the best weather (although we’ve put in our order for sunshine, so fingers crossed it delivers!) – we know that there will be lots of chocolate about which sort of makes up for it…

Huge thanks to the Reading Residence for sharing their blog and beautiful photos of their day out.

Easter 2011 piggy back

Why not join us yourself and wander round the grounds looking for Eggs – who knows you might even find a real one! Our trail runs for 4 days on 18 – 21 April from 11am – 4pm, extra activities will be supplied by our sponsor – Cadbury.  There are lots of details available on the Cadbury website about how you can join in the fun!