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Celebrate Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad

Posted 559 days ago - Jul 31, 2015 - by Redbrick Communications

7 Nov 2015 to 3 Jan 2016

Chatsworth has once again taken inspiration from a children's classic for its much anticipated festive season. Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad takes visitors through the adventures of those best of animal friends; Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad as they get ready to celebrate Christmas. 

With the lower floors of the house transformed into scenes loosely based on Kenneth Grahame's much-loved classic Wind in the Willows, the Painted hall serves beautifully as the Baronial Toad Hall dressed with sumptuous garlands and a magnificent Christmas tree while the house itself is generously decorated with festive flowers and giant Christmas trees throughout.

The enchantment continues with scenes of the riverside folk getting ready to celebrate Christmas at Toad Hall before they come in for a shock. Visitors will discover Mole helping to dress Ratty's Christmas tree before loading up his little boat with gifts to take to Toad Hall. With many charming scenes unfolding on the journey through the house, this year's festive celebration is sure to enchant all that come under its magical spell.

This year, Chatsworth is also transforming the Great Chamber and the Guest Bedrooms into the scenes from the evergreen story to extend the festive route throughout more of the house.

Children will enjoy discover the hiding places of the little mice all along the route; placing their wish on the Wishes Trees and dressing up in the costumes made especially for Christmas with Mr Toad  by the in house textiles team.

Once again, it's been a huge effort from the talented Chatsworth in house team with staff from Textiles; Housekeeping; Joinery and Gardening coming together to create the costumes for characters and guides; painting backdrops; making scene-setting items such as Ratty's jetty and Badger's house and putting together the garlands and other festive flower displays.

The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground, restaurants and gift shops are open until 3 January 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January), with Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad opening on 7 November.

Tickets for the Christmas season will be available in early autumn. This year there will a timed ticketing system in operation, so all tickets should be booked in advance to ensure a time slot is allocated.


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, Ten of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.

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.

For further information or images please contact:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

Redbrick Communications

0115 910 1500

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