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 TheHelpfulHiker.com and find out why Finn and his Mum enjoyed Charlecote so much…

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Springing about : Hares in Camp Ground

If you’re eagle eyed, you may have spotted these guys popping up across the River in Camp Ground.

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Our visitors and volunteers have been treated to quite a special sight when looking over into Camp Ground from the Dining Room and Library. The hares have been really active with several bouts of boxing going on. Jana, our volunteer photographer, bravely ventured out with a long lens camera to snap these great photos.

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What wildlife have you spotted at Charlecote recently? If you’ve managed to capture some on camera, why not share them with us on social media or in our flickr group.

Amazing Anniversary at National Trust Charlecote Park

We love hearing about your visits to Charlecote, especially when you choose to spend your special occassions with us!

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The morning of our 15th Wedding Anniversary started with heavy rain and an hour into our drive to National Trust Charlecote Park near Stratford Upon Avon it was still raining.

We were feeling optimistic that the weather would improve despite the forecast. Fortunatly plans were very loose and our main aim was to obviously enjoy each others company so the weather didn’t matter too much (although dry is obviously nicer)

Shortly before arriving at the car park the grey clouds started to depart and blue sky was quickly making an appearance.

Walking along the long driveway we were greeted by a magnificent gatehouse with beautiful and ornate turrets, balustrades and carving. As you can see the weather really had improved and the billowy white clouds were looking amazing.

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Underneath the Gatehouse arch and a little peak at the house

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Oak trees are just starting to come into leaf and so…

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Much Ado about a picture.

I’m feeling pretty pleased at the moment.

The Royal Shakespeare Company got in touch with me a month or two ago about using a winter image that I took of the house in Charlecote Park for the leaflets and advertising media in productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won which is better known as Much Ado About Nothing. The setting for the plays is, respectively, the summer of 1914 and the winter of 1918.

The stage designs are set around Charlecote Park, hence the request to use my image on their advertising leaflets. The designer had an idea to show the house in both the summer and winter and so my winter image was used as well as a summer one by another photographer.

You can see the result below in a a scan of the leaflet centre pages.

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