UNITED KINGDOM / AGILITYPR.NEWS / July 20, 2021 / Arts and culture, history and horticulture, picnics and plays are all in the programme of events and experiences launched at Chatsworth for the summer of the staycation.
A big-screen experience under the stars in the open-air setting of the garden has a line-up of movie favourites from Pride & Prejudice and Rocketman to The Greatest Showman Sing-Along and Star Wars: A New Hope. A food offer and full bar available will make for a perfect movie night. 19, 20, 21, 22 August.
Staying in the garden, there will be a chance to join the in-house experts on a walking tour to explore one of Britain’s biggest private garden transformations. Visitors will discover the new areas designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, now known as Arcadia, supported by Gucci. It is in full bloom for the first time this summer and includes the creation of meadow-like glades across 25 acres connected by woodland walks, there’s also a remodelled Rock Garden, new borders surrounding the Maze, a revamping of the Ravine, as well as Dan Pearson’s redeveloped Trout Stream and Jack Pond. 20 July, 17 August, 21 Sept, 5 October.
Other outdoor events include a performance of Macbeth; hands on Cutting Garden days, and park walks taking in the village of Edensor and a lakes loop on various dates.
A new Flying Childers Outdoor Bar opens in the garden on 23 July offering a lovely spot to pause and refresh while drinking in the beautiful landscape. Located near the Vinery, it will serve local beers and spirits alongside great wines curated at Chatsworth and a light Derbyshire inspired snack menu featuring cured meats and seasonal marinated vegetables.
With the school summer holidays round the corner, picnics and playtime outside are in order. The 105-acre garden with its water features is a favourite with children, whether it’s the monumental Emperor Fountain, sending its plume over the banks of the Canal Pond, or the water splashing down the stone steps of the Cascade, that play every day from 10.30am to 4.15pm. Everyone is welcome to bring along well-behaved dogs on leads and pack a picnic too.
Over in the Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground, there will be three sessions available every day to book for two and a half hour visits from 19 July onwards, at 9.30am, 12.15pm and 3pm. It’s a chance for younger visitors to see a working farmyard up close, and meet the resident horses, donkeys, sheep, pygmy goats and guinea pigs, as well as seeing the cows being milked.
Life Stories in the house explores characters such as Bess of Hardwick with her necklace of 1000 pearls, the artists Angela Conner and Elisabeth Frink, and historic family figures such as Christian Bruce, wife of the 2nd Earl of Devonshire, and the 5th Duke of Devonshire, by pairing them with objects that tell us unfamiliar stories about their lives. Open until 3 October 2021.
While Chatsworth is looking forward to being able to welcome more people back to the estate following the easing of restrictions on 19 July, the health and wellbeing of visitors and colleagues remains its number one priority.
Key measures will include requiring visitors to wear a face covering in the house and encouraging their use in all other indoor areas, such as the restaurants and gift shops; advance booking required for visits to the house, garden and farmyard to manage capacity.
Car parking for visits to the general area can be paid for on arrival, with no need to book in advance. Chatsworth will review these measures regularly, and update them when it is in the best interests of visitors and colleagues.
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Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and is located in the Peak District National Park. The house, many of its contents and much of the surrounding landscape are leased to a registered charity, the Chatsworth House Trust. The Duke and Duchess pay rent to the charity to live at Chatsworth and work with the charity and others to welcome Chatsworth’s visitors.
Every penny of visitor admission goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, which is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the collections, garden, woodlands and park for the long-term benefit of the public. The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards 2020, designed to recognise excellence and outstanding achievement in the area's valuable tourism sector, which is worth over £2.3 billion.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.
Chatsworth is part of the Devonshire Group, which comprises the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s interests, charities and businesses throughout the UK, including Chatsworth which sits within the Derbyshire Estate, Bolton Abbey Estate in Yorkshire, and Lismore Estate in Ireland.
Chatsworth is only 10 miles from Chesterfield train station, 14 miles from Sheffield train station, 16 miles from the M1, and it well served by regional bus services.
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