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  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: Christmas at Chatsworth

Derbyshire: Various days & evenings until January 3rd.

Step into an enchanting winter wonderland this Christmas season as Chatsworth House prepares to welcome visitors for a month of fun and festivities.

A production of the timeless favourite, 'The Nutcracker’ will be sure to get you in the mood for the yuletide as they join forces with the Buxton Opera House to showcase a classic.

Combine your house and garden visit with a traditional afternoon tea in the 18th century stables or take a winter walk through the grounds and farmyard.

Christmas at Chatsworth.


Weekend Picks: Christmas at Chatsworth

Christmas at Chatsworth: 7th November - 3rd January (Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire)

Visitors can enjoy Christmas at Chatsworth with adventures from Mr Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger Credit: Chatsworth House Trust

As we move into the festive season Chatsworth has taken inspiration from a children’s classic. Visitors can enjoy Christmas at Chatsworth with adventures from Mr Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger as the house has is transformed into scenes loosely based on Kenneth Grahame's much-loved classic Wind in the Willows.

Visitors are invited to take a look around the house and see the Painted Hall transformed into the Baronial Toad Hall, discover scenes of the riverside folk getting ready to celebrate Christmas at Toad Hall and witness Mole helping to dress Ratty's Christmas tree before loading up his little boat with gifts to take to Toad Hall.

Children and adults alike will love the Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad. With festive decorations galore and Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad making appearances throughout the house, as well as Mr Toad’s vintage car, it is sure to be a treat for the whole family!"

– Stephanie Cliffe, Chatsworth House
  1. Hannah Stokes

Food foraging: how to find fresh food for free

We're a nation of food lovers - but the cheaper and fresher it is - the more we love it! So what do you say to handpicked food for free?

Food foraging is becoming more popular, with those in the know taking a countryside stroll and coming home laden with ingredients.

As well as saving money it can also mean unique flavours. It's rumoured London's famous Ivy restaurant was so named after the head chef added the plant to his dishes.

So we sent Hannah Stokes to Hartington's cookery school in Bakewell, to discover the secrets of the Midlands landscape.


Sheep rustlers steal over 100 sheep in just four months

More than 100 sheep have been stolen in just four months in a spate of sheep rustling attacks in Derbyshire.

Police have urged farmers and other people in the Bakewell area to stay alert after a total of 105 crop ewes and mule ewes were stolen between September last year and this month.

All the sheep had red flock markings on their backs.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the thefts are urged to call police in Bakewell on 101, quoting reference 1998/14.

Extravaganza to educate dog owners

Yorkshire terrier playing in his owner's back garden. Credit: PA

The Dogs Unleashed event is taking place in Bakewell Showground in Derbyshire this weekend.

It has been running for five years. The organisers say it normally attracts around 5,000 people over the two days.

The event informs the public and dog owners about issues that are regularly seen in the news, such as responsible dog ownership, relationships between children and dogs.

People will also be taught how to deal with the aggression of dogs and shown ways to socialise dogs and improve their health.

There will be microchipping, free health checks and behavioural advice at the event, which will also educate the public about working dogs - the local fire service and search and rescue dogs will be involved in this.

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