Don't forget to check out our daily activities, talks and tours in addition to the special spring half-term fun below. Most activities are included with your garden or farmyard ticket.

In the garden

Water spectacular

26 May - 3 June

We're celebrating the waterworks in the garden this spring half-term. Join one of our free garden tours and hear more about water features including the Cascade, Willow Tree Fountain, Ring Pond and Emperor Fountain, which will be played at its full height of 90 metres.*

Tours begin at the bottom of the Cascade every hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm.

Get crafty

26 - 28 May

The Stickyard will also be a hub of activity over the bank holiday weekend with lots of fun craft activities for all the family to enjoy.

In the farmyard

It's heritage crafts week in the farmyard this spring half-term. Learn more and have a go at a few rural crafts, they're fun for all the family.

Dry stone walling

26 - 27 May

Build a mini dry stone wall, hear the history and learn more about the fossils and other objects hidden within dry stone walls from a master stone waller.


28 May

Meet a variety magnificent birds of prey and enjoy a fascinating flying display.

River creatures

29 May

Get up close and personal with many interesting creatures found in the River Derwent. What's your favourite?

Wool spinning

29-31 May

Learn about the process of turning fleece to wool from an experienced hand spinner and weaver.

Fly tying

30 May

Fishing flies are made to imitate the natural food some fish feed on. Create your own fishing flies plus make insect models from craft materials.

Weaving with wool and willow

1 June

Use traditional weaving techniques to make willow and wool 'god's eyes' decorations.

Chatsworth young farmers

£25 per child | £15 per adult

The session runs from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Join our farmyard team to help with their daily jobs. This is a chance for hands-on involvement in caring for the Chatsworth farmyard animals.

This event is suitable for children aged between 6 and 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


This event is also available on the following dates:

  • 1 August
  • 8 August
  • 15 August
  • 22 August

*Please be aware that the water features are gravity fed and reliant on the water levels in the lakes above Chatsworth. The active times may change due to rainfall.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We have a collection of hotels, inns, cottages and restaurants on and around the Chatsworth Estate that will make your visit that little bit more comfortable and special. Visit our website to find out more and to book online.

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