YOUR BLOGS: I used to be indecisive… visits Charlecote Park

Another wonderful blog post about a visit to Charlecote was shared by Elaine on her blog ‘I used to be indecisive…‘. She visited earlier this year and we couldn’t resist sharing her post as it contains some beautifully sunny photography to keep our summer memories alive.

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Charlecote Park, on the edge of the River Avon in Warwickshire, is a 16th century house with delightful gardens and parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.   We visited in May when spring was well on its way and everything was looking fresh and bright.

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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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Busy as a bee: A day in the life of our volunteer photographer

Have you enjoyed the photos of Charlecote we’ve shared on our website, twitter or facebook? Chances are they were taken by the lovely Jana, our volunteer photographer. 

As well as taking photos for us, Jana also blogs about her photography and the places she visits. We’re delighted to feature quite regularly on her blog and felt it was about time we returned the favour!

Jana joined us recently to find out more about our bees and the team of volunteers who look after them…


“Setting out for Charlecote Park I was a little nervous as I was about to complete a new experience for me. I was going to be dressed in a Beekeepers outfit and photograph the bees, but what an experience it was, not only did I get to take photos and record what was going on inside the hives, but I also learned so much. The volunteer Bee Keepers explained all the different sections to me and showed me everything that was going on in the hives. It was really interesting and I was able to see the important bit – The Honey!”



Our thanks to Jana for sharing these stunning images and her enthusiasm for Charlecote. We can’t wait to see what other fantastic images she’ll capture in the months ahead!

We really do depend on our fantastic team of volunteers. They help us in ALL aspects of opening and caring for the site.
If you want to find out more about our current opportunities,  visit our website or contact us for an information pack and a chat.


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.