#EggsEverywhere at Charlecote Park

Our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts will be taking place over the Easter holiday weekend again this year. Running on 25 – 28 March from 11am – 4pm.

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We can’t wait to see you all this Spring. The flowers are starting to bloom, the car parking team are ready in their hi-vis vests and the chocolate is stocked up in a super-secret and secure location.

Families who complete their hunt here at Charlecote, between Good Friday and Easter Monday, will be rewarded with a delicious Cadbury chocolate treat at the end. What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy your treat knowing that every single Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is support our work* right here at Charlecote.

Normal admission applies – a grounds ticket is all that’s needed to join the Easter fun – plus £2.50 per hunt map.
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The Stones in Charlecote’s Pietra Dura table

Our House elves have almost completed their winter clean and we’re almost ready to reopen the doors and welcome visitors to our House once again. To whet your appetite, we thought we’d share some information about one of our top objects – the pietra dura table in the Great Hall.

Detail of the Lucy table from the Library at Charlecote with carved oak base and pietra dura top, purchased in 1824 from Thomas Emmerson.

Detail of the Lucy table from the Library at Charlecote with carved oak base and pietra dura top, purchased in 1824 from Thomas Emmerson.

It is an item of the collection that really does make you stop and look a little. Many of our visitors ask the guides about this table so in this post Frank, one of our Tuesday guides, will tell you more…

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Travertine:

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The large central stone is travertine, also called alabaster, comprises mainly of the mineral calcite (3 on the Mohs scale) and therefore fairly soft and easily worked. It is formed by the calcite deposits of hot springs and colouring is caused by the inclusion of iron oxides and other impurities.

This one is known in Italian as alabastro a tartaruga from its resemblance to a
tortoise shell (tartaruga is Italian for tortoise). It is found in the hot spring deposits of Iona in Tuscany. Travertines are also known in the stone trade as oriental onyx or onyx marble but in geological terms they are neither onyx nor marble. Continue reading

Celebrating Chinese New Year through our collections

Today marks Chinese New Year and we’re marking this occassion by highlighting some special items from our collections – both inside and out…

Our House Elves care for such a wide variety of items. The collections includes things such as copper pots, taxidermy, framed portraits, tiny miniatures, carved stonework, family books, as well as a fleet of carriages and an historic harp! But we asked them to pick just a few items to share today – each of them with a Chinese connection.

Here’s just a few of the items they chose;

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The 12 days of Christmas… 1842

In 1842 the popular Christmas tune, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ was ever so slightly different to what we know of it today. As we are hosting a Victorian Christmas we thought we’d take inspiration from the song recorded by James O Halliwell and create a tree trail…

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Dotted around the site you’ll find 12 festive trees, each taking one of the ‘days’. Here’s just a peek for you…

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A partridge in a pear tree…

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Two Turtle Doves…

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