Chatsworth is helping visitors to make the most of the hazy days of summer with special extended openings of its beautiful 105 acre garden taking place for the first time. As well as the opportunity to see the garden in a different light, a new hop on hop off land train service will help visitors explore the furthest reaches of the garden. 

The garden will now stay open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 29 August inclusive to allow visitors to experience the garden at dusk when it really comes into its own.

With no additional cost to daytime admission, there is also an option to buy an evening only ticket for visits from 6pm priced at £6 adult and £3.50 children, available on the gate or via www.chatsworth.org with free entry for Friends of Chatsworth.

Flora's Temple and the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar on the Broadwalk will be open while bands will be playing every weekend in the Rose garden and a classical string trio will be adding ambience during the late garden openings.

The new hop on hop off Garden Train will takes visitors to the furthest reaches of the garden, passing under the Cascade through Paxton's coal tunnel, a feature of the garden not normally open to visitors. It will run every 45 minutes from outside the Orangery shop and have four other stops around the garden, located near Blanche’s vase, the Grotto pond, the Kitchen garden entrance and the Willow Tree fountain. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children ages 4 and 12 inclusive; the ticket will allow visitors to hop on/off at any stop during the day.

With the school summer holidays upon us, Chatsworth is also preparing to welcome many families with summer garden games based at the maze.

Voted as the ‘Best Picnic Spot’ by the public in last year's Hudson’s Heritage Awards, Chatsworth is often praised for its relaxed and welcoming attitude with visitors positively encouraged to Keep On The Grass!

With lots of daily activities taking place such as free introductory talks, taster tours of the house, free garden tours and garden buggy tours, there's lots to look out for this summer.

The Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground will be offering trailer riders, farmyard talks, animal handling and milking demonstrations daily.

Check www.chatsworth.org for more information.

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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. 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.

For further information or images please contact:

Steve Houghton (steveh@redbrickcommunications.com)

Liz Bee (lizb@redbrickcommunications.com)

Redbrick Communications, 68 St James’s Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FJ

T: 0115 910 1500, www.redbrickcommunications.com

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