Photo call: The Emperor Fountain will shoot to over 200ft, more than three times its normal operating height, following the fitting of a new, modern nozzle (it was built in 1843). Other water features including the Cascade House and the Willow Tree Fountain will be ‘switched on’ regularly for a torrent of water while there will be musicians, face painting and horse and dray rides throughout the week.

Date: Saturday 24 May – Sunday 1 June (Apply for press pass by Fri 23 May, 4pm)

Time: Emperor Fountain - 12.10, 13.10, 14.10, 15.10, 16.10 and 17.10 daily.

Location: Chatsworth, nr Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Visitors can expect a good soaking this Bank Holiday weekend as Chatsworth turns on the taps to celebrate the improved Emperor Fountain as it sprays water over 200ft, more than three times its normal operating height.

The water spectacular will be the first time the fountain has been used to full capacity since a new nozzle was fitted earlier this year. Gravity-powered from the lakes above the house, visitors can watch as the waterworks jet out over the picturesque canal pond.

The Emperor Fountain is just one of Chatsworth’s impressive water features and during the weekend extra streams will be used to transport the gardens back in time to the day of the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Built in 1843, the 6th Duke asked his renowned head gardener Sir Joseph Paxton to create the record-breaking, gravity-powered fountain.

Throughout the three day weekend and up until June 1, Chatsworth’s expert guides will explain the history behind the Emperor Fountain, Cascade House, Willow Tree Fountain and Ring Pond in the tours which start at 11.30 am and run hourly until 4.30 pm.

The half-term extravaganza will also provide fun for all the family with horse and dray rides along the Broadwalk, face painting in Flora’s temple and a variety of musicians in the garden and at the house entrance.

Normally averaging heights of 60 to 80 ft, a specialist engineer was consulted over the new nozzle and replacement valve so the fountain could a gain a greater height. The fountain is gravity-powered by a 16in iron pipe direct from the Emperor Lake 122m above.

The Water Spectacular is included with admission to the garden. The operation of the water features will be dependent on available water at the time. 


Notes to editors:

For further information or images please contact:
Steve Houghton,
Liz Bee,
Redbrick Communications, 68 St James’s Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FJ
T: 0115 910 1500,

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