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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.


  1. Maya Patel

Weekend Picks: Chatsworth Fireworks

Bonfire and Fireworks: 5th - 6th Nov (Chatsworth, Bakewell Derbyshire)

Credit: Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire are putting on a bonfire display in their gardens this weekend.

There’ll also be two firework demonstrations throughout the evening. The first will be centred on a ‘Frozen’ theme more suitable for children and the final display will be a mix of drama and energy.

There’ll also be entertainment from live ice-carvers, alongside stilt walkers and live bands.

This year our bonfire makes a welcome return to our annual fireworks celebration.

Also, for the first time we are hosting a fireworks display set to Disney classics - perfect for children and Disney lovers - before the grand finale display ends the evening in spectacular Chatsworth fashion."

– Jonathan Fish, Chatsworth

Strong winds to close Chatsworth Christmas Market

The Christmas Market at Chatsworth House will be closed on Sunday, due to the forecast strong winds expected to hit the region over the weekend.

Chatsworth House will remain open despite the market being closed Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images

Organisers say the market will be closed because of safety concerns in the windy conditions, as temporary structures are used to make up the market.

The market is expected to be open on Saturday and re-open again on Monday. On Sunday, the house, garden and farmyard at the estate will remain open as usual however.

Weekend Picks: Chatsworth Fire Garden & Fireworks

Chatsworth Fire Garden & Fireworks: 31 Oct 2015 - 1 Nov 2015 (Bakewell)

Chatsworth House is open this weekend for two days of fire garden spectacle. Credit: Flame Oz Fire Show

Chatsworth House is open this weekend for two days of fire garden spectacle.

Visitors can expect to see garden displays come alive with fire sculptures, fire dancing on the South lawn, on stage music entertainment, circus artistry including seeing a human kaleidoscope and watch the grand finale musical fireworks display.

“The new fire garden event is something very special. Featuring fire sculptures, live entertainment and a grand finale fireworks display, it really will be an evening to remember!”

– Stephanie Cliffe, Chatsworth.


Statue of pig balancing a ball stolen from stately home

The pig statue Credit: Derbyshire Police

A statue of a pig balancing a ball on its stout has been stolen from the Chatsworth House estate in Derbyshire.

The piece was on display at the stately home's farm shop in Pilsley when it was taken.

Police say a man walked into the shop at 12.35pm on Saturday, put the 18-inch ceramic statue in a bag and then walked out without paying.

Officers want to speak to a white man who is around 5ft 8ins, of stocky build, with dark hair and tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a short sleeve body warmer type jacket, and red trainers.

Chatsworth hosts campaign to promote rural tourism

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: PA

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting the launch of a new campaign to promote the country's rural tourism overseas.

The 'Countryside is GREAT' campaign is a new three-year initiative developed by VisitBritain.

New analysis from VisitBritain reveals that more international tourists are travelling across the country than ever before, with spending hitting new record levels for the first 9 months of 2014.

The world of Alice in Wonderland comes to Chatsworth

Visitors to Chatsworth House this Christmas will be taken on a journey through the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been transformed Credit: Chatsworth House

People visiting the Derbyshire estate should prepare to head down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass as this year's Christmas theme takes inspiration from the vivid and fantastical world created by author Lewis Carroll.

Alice in Wonderland is this year's Christmas theme Credit: Chatsworth House

The attraction opens on 8 November and runs until 4 January.

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