Nikon Owner West Midlands Photo-outing
Charlecote Park, Warwickshire
Saturday, 29th September 2012
10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Following the successful photographic outing of the re-formed West Midlands Group at Baddesley Clinton a few weeks ago, Peter Jepson, the organizer of the group, is pleased to announce that the next photo-excursion will take place at Charlecote Park, Warwickshire on Saturday, 29th September 2012.
Charlecote Park is a grand 16th century country house surrounded by its own deer park on the banks of the River Avon near Wellesbourne, about four miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon and five and a half miles south of Warwick. It is a Grade I listed building and a National Trust property. It was built in 1558 by Sir Thomas Lucy, and Queen Elizabeth I stayed in the room that is currently the drawing room.
The general outline of the Elizabethan house remains, and the gardens include a formal parterre, colourful herbaceous planting, a woodland walk and the wider parkland which was landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in about 1760 and has exceptional views across the River Avon. All this offers some wonderful photographic opportunities. A herd of fallow deer has been in the park since Tudor times, and the story goes that William Shakespeare allegedly poached rabbits and deer in the park as a young man and was brought before magistrates as a result, although the story may be more myth than reality.
Where to meet: Charlecote Park car park
Time to meet: 10.00 a.m.
Approximate finish time: 2.00 p.m.
Lunch: You can bring your own or if you prefer, you can eat at the National Trust café
How to get there
By car: 6 miles south of Warwick on north side of B4086. Use postcode CV35 9ER for SatNav
By train: Stratford-upon-Avon 5 miles; Warwick 6 miles; Warwick Parkway 8 miles. Leamington Spa 8 miles. Taxis available from all stations.
We suggest you wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing as it is an outside photo-outing. Family members are very welcome.
Although there is no charge for attending the outing, as this is a National Trust property, there will be an entrance fee.
If you would like to attend this photographic outing, would you kindly send an e-mail to Gillian Greenwood firstname.lastname@example.org as well as adding your name to the thread on the message board for Peter Jepson.
With very best wishes,
Features Editor and Events & Training Coordinator