Chatsworth will open its summer season with celebrations in its farmyard and adventure playground on July 26 to mark the 40th anniversary since it was established by the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
A special exhibition at the farmyard will be opened by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire displaying archive material from the last four decades. Created as a working farmyard, it has stayed true to its original purpose of educating children and their families about how animals are kept and where their food comes from. Today, regular demonstrations and talks teach visitors about everything from sheep shearing to keeping pigs and milking cows.
The birthday bonanza will feature fun with a nostalgic twist with magic shows, hop scotch, skipping ropes, space hoppers and a trail to spot the 1970s memorabilia.
A Georgian Summer: 27 July - 29 August
As the probable inspiration for Pemberley, Mr Darcy's home in Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth is the perfect setting for a Georgian Summer to celebrate 200 years since the publication of Jane Austen's novel. There will be Georgian themed events and special two for one entry to the house and garden for visitors in period costume every Saturday alongside a free family trail; Georgian themed garden tours and music in the garden. An outdoor theatre performance of Pride and Prejudice takes place on 1 August with tickets available to book now online.
Outdoor theatre and music
Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain (30 & 31 July), a family friendly caper through history with the horrible bits left in! West End Classics (2 August) is an evening of favourite show tunes from classic musicals and Party in the Garden (3 August) is a night of classic disco, soul and pop classics.
A new exhibition by the young British artist Emma McGuire inspired by her time immersed within New York's cage-fighter subculture, will open at Chatsworth on 11 July. The exhibition, titled 'XXXX', aims to challenge established ideas around male identity, violence and beauty.
WordTheatre (July 11) sees renowned actors perform short stories in the Chatsworth theatre followed by a Q&A session with the authors.
There will be a new selection of works on display in the Old Masters cabinet from 3 August until 8 November 2013. Titled Renaissance to Rococo: Designs for the luxury arts designs for interiors and luxury goods will be on display, by artists such as Holbein and Watteau.
The Chatsworth Farm Shop Summer Food Fair (25-28 July) celebrates the best of British food. From cheeses to wines, curry paste to coffee, puddings and beer, it's a perfect chance to taste, chat and learn more about the food on offer at the award winning farm shop. The event will be in the courtyard at the farm shop and admission is free.
Advance tickets are now on sale for the Chatsworth Country Fair (30 August-1 September) which once again is serving up three days of spectacular entertainment. The Red Arrows will provide a wonderful finale on Sunday after a weekend packed full of shows, competitions and fun. Look out for the Dancing Diggers in the grand ring, marvel at the dog agility contests and pop over to see the star of the hit TV show 'Great British Bake Off' Mary Berry in the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre (Friday only).
For more information and a full calendar of events including tours and activities, visit www.chatsworth.org
Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body. Chatsworth underwent a rigorous independent assessment before being chosen by a board of tourism industry experts including previous Small Visitor Attraction winner Victoria Emmanuel of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experienced travel journalists Alison Rice and Sally Shalam.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.www.treasurehouses.co.uk
Chatsworth is only 16 miles from the MI, 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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