Summer in the garden

Face painting

Weekends | Included with your admission | 11am–4pm

If your little ones have ever fancied being a bee or a butterfly or a little monkey for the day, there's free face painting near the Maze.

Garden games

Every dayIncluded with your admission

Every day around the maze are lots of fun garden games, such as skittles, giant jenga and croquet. Not sure how to play? Look out for our guides in vintage costume who will be touring the gardens to answer any questions.


Every day | Included with your admission | 11am–4pm

If you go down to the garden today you're in for a big surprise as you may bump into some of our famous Chatsworth gardeners.

There's Sir Joseph Paxton – head gardener, architect and the man behind the Cavendish banana – as well as Paxton's plant hunting assistant John Gibson and garden foreman James White.

Our famous gardeners will also be reading material from the archives by the Maze at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Live band music

Weekends | Included with your admission | 2pm–4pm

Every summer, we welcome a host of local bands who entertain us with their exciting repertoires throughout the summer holidays in the Rose Garden.

19 August Hallamshire Military Band
20 August Charnwood Symphonic Wind Orchestra
26 August Burton Concert Band
27 August Fairfield Band Buxton
28 August Ashover Band 

Barrel organ

Every weekend | Included with your admission | 11am–4pm

Enjoy the nostalgic sound of Patrick Cook's barrel organ near the Maze.

Free walking tours

Every day | Included with your admission | 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm

Enjoy a free guided walking tour of the garden with one of our guides. The tour starts outside Flora's Temple and lasts about 45 minutes.

Garden buggy tours

Every day | £4 per person

Buggy tours of the garden start from outside the Orangery shop at the following times: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm.

Garden shuttle

Every day | £4 adults, £2 children | 11am–4pm

The garden shuttle runs from outside the Orangery shop to various stops in the garden including the Maze, Grotto and Kitchen Garden.


Summer in the house

House Style trail

Every day | Included with your admission

Discover the hidden treasures in our House Style exhibition by following the family trail. Collect the stamps as you move around the house – look out for the bag in the shape of a farmyard animal! The trail leaflet is available from the tills when you enter the house.

Introductory talks

Every day | Included with your admission

Short talks take place by the weeping ash tree outside the house entrance at the following times: 10.35am, 11.05am, 12.05pm, 1.05pm and 2.05pm. 

Taster tours

Every day | Adults £4, children £2

Enjoy a taster tour of the house led by one of our knowledgeable guides. Visitors can re-enter the house after the tour to explore it at their own pace. Taster tours are available at the following times: 11am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.


Summer in the farmyard

Creatures under the canopy

Every day | Included with your admission | 1.30pm

Learn about the animals in the farmyard and have the chance to meet one of the animals. The talk takes place under the canopy in the top yard.

Animal handling

Every day | Included with your admission | 11.30am, 2pm, 4pm

Get hands-on with our guinea pigs in the animal handling pen in the bottom yard.

Milking demonstrations

Every day | Included with your admission | 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Discover how cows and goats are milked in the farmyard with our milking demonstration. Goats are milked at 2.30pm and cows at 3.30pm.

Meet the animals

Every day | Included with your admission | 11am–1pm, 2pm–4pm

Meet a variety of animals in the Oak Barn in the top yard. A great opportunity to handle the animals and learn more about them.

Golden Gates trailer ride

Every day | £2.50 per person | From 1.30pm

Take a trailer tour to the Golden Gates to see the Chatsworth Estate. Trailer tours start from the top yard.

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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