Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard open 25 March 2017 with highlights including the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show; House Style, a fashion-led exhibition which will showcase the captivating lives of the Cavendish family, and the completion of the £32.7-million Masterplan restoration project.
Here’s a quick look at what visitors to the Derbyshire estate can look forward to this year.
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth
25 March - 22 October 2017
In what will be its largest and most ambitious exhibition to date, House Style will explore the history of fashion and adornment by showcasing the lives of the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family. Highlights of the exhibition will include personal family collections, including items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, demonstrating the varying breadth of fashion and adornment from the Devonshire Collection throughout the generations. The show will also include exceptional couture designed by Jean Philippe Worth and Christian Dior, together with influential contemporary garments from designers such as Gucci, Helmut Lang, Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Vetements.
8 - 23 April 2017
The hugely popular Easter Eggstravaganza is back with its annual Easter Egg hunts, crafts, and rides; just some of the activities in store for visitors this season.
The Dodson & Horrell International Horse Trials
12 - 14 May 2017
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials is three days of thrilling equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of Chatsworth. Visitors will enjoy world-class competition, from elegant dressage to exciting show jumping and thrilling cross country. There will also be entertainment and activities for the whole family, and the shopping village with more than 100 high-quality trade stands.
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
7 - 11 June 2017
Green-fingered visitors are in for a treat this summer as the highly anticipated RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will take place for the very first time. Visitors will be invited to explore a horticultural wonderland featuring a range of inspirational gardens, displays and features from hotly-tipped designers. There will also be a series of fascinating talks and demonstrations throughout the week to answer all of your gardening queries. Additionally, the show will bring together a selection of the finest independent companies and specialist nurseries, offering a wide range of design-led products and quality plants.
VitalityMove with Jessica Ennis-Hill
9 July 2017
Following her appearance as Chatsworth Country Fair President last year, Olympic gold medallist Jessica-Ennis Hill will be returning this summer with her brand-new event, VitalityMove. Aimed at runners of all ages and fitness levels, there will be a range of activities to get involved in from one-mile fun-runs and family relays, to the more traditional 5k and 10k distances. Keeping the energy high with music throughout the day will be DJ Trevor Nelson.
Chatsworth Country Fair
1 - 3 September 2017
Following last year’s incredibly successful event, topped off by two displays by the Red Arrows, Chatsworth Country Fair is back this September and will once again be jam-packed with fun and entertainment for all the family across the stunning estate grounds.
Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition
9 September – 29 October 2017
The annual contemporary sculpture exhibition, Beyond Limits, returns to Chatsworth this autumn featuring work from several of the world’s leading artists. With last year’s exhibition celebrating the late visionary architect Zaha Hadid, whose sculpturally striking Lilas made for the most architecturally ambitious installation presented at Chatsworth to date, visitors are sure to be treated to another spectacular show this September. Look out for future updates over the coming months.
The Chatsworth Festival: Art Out Loud
22 - 24 September 2017
Art lovers can immerse themselves further during The Chatsworth Festival: Art Out Loud, which will run from 22-24 September 2017 and feature an exciting line-up of artists, curators and writers. Look out for announcements of the festival line-up which will be revealed from spring 2017.
Christmas at Chatsworth
11 November - 5 Jan 2018
Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas in what will promise to be an enchanting day out. As well as the main event in the house, there will be a whole host of festive themed activity from the Christmas market (17 November to 5 December) with stalls for the whole family, to wreath demonstrations and nativity performances in the Chatsworth Farmyard.
Masterplan Project Phase Four
Until November 2017
The final phase of the £32.7-million Masterplan project, which began in 2005, is now underway. A significant progression in the restoration works is the removal of the scaffolding along the East façade in the garden, which visitors saw in 2016. Elsewhere, cleaning and conservation work is taking place on the 6th Duke’s North Wing, the building that runs down to the house entrance. Work continues on the Belvedere, which has proved problematic as the masonry and other repairs are far more extensive than originally identified. It aims to be completed by June 2017, in time for RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.
The project is on course to be completed in November 2017 and once it is finished the house will be beautifully cleaned and conserved, as it would have looked when it was built.
For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org
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.www.treasurehouses.co.uk
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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