Adventure awaits for little pirates at Chatsworth this half-term, with swashbuckling fun spread throughout the farmyard and playground.

Visitors can take a ride on the high seas in the tailor-made galleon and water blast pirate targets, create their own pirate hat and parrot, and befriend a few creepy crawlies as well as cuddly farm creatures. All activities are free and included with tickets to the farmyard and playground.

Pirate crafts
11am - 1pm; 2pm - 4pm

Visitors can create their own pirate hat and a squawking parrot before taking a ride on the tailor-made Chatsworth galleon.

Tractor trailer ride
11am - 3pm

Take a ride on the high seas of Stand wood in the Chatsworth galleon and water blast the pirate targets. The tractor trailer ride is subject to weather conditions.

Small animal handling
11.30, 2pm, 4pm

Little pirates are invited to handle the cuddly farmyard guinea pigs.

Spiders and snakes
1pm - 4pm (Weekdays 18-22 February only)

Befriend a few creepy crawlies this half-term with spider and snake handling in the farmyard.

The farmyard is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with last entry at 3.30pm. The house and garden at Chatsworth re-opens on 23 March when new season launches with the 2019 exhibition ‘The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth’. Inspired by the Duchess of Devonshire’s love for her four-legged friends, it explores stories of bravery and mischief, of working dogs and treasured companions through a myriad of paintings and objects from letters, snuff boxes, jewellery, sculpture and ceramics to embroideries, drawings and painted ceilings.

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Notes to editors:


The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, 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 is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the M1, 10 miles from Chesterfield, and 8 miles north of Matlock, in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

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