Chatsworth is celebrating Easter with the ever popular Easter egg hunts, Eggspress Trailer rides and hands-on craft activities, as well as launching a new Easter explorer map.

Spread throughout the house, garden and farmyard, there’s something for visitors of all ages to enjoy throughout the Easter holidays (8-23 April). Along with the hugely popular Easter egg hunts taking place in the farmyard throughout Easter weekend (14-17 April) and a new garden trail of life-sized willow and wicker animal sculptures to find, visitors can enjoy discovering never seen before items in the exhibition House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth’, with its new ‘Style Guide’ family trail.

House

Inside the house, families are invited to explore ‘House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth’ and collect stamps along the way with the brand new ‘Style Guide’. Featuring couture designer dresses, tiaras and headdresses, christening and wedding gowns, coronation robes and 19th century fancy dress, livery and uniforms along with a wealth of historical items, the trail ends with the opportunity to pose in a selection of hats and post a photo tagged #Hatsworth. Chatsworth ‘Style Guide’ is available at the entrance and included with admission.

Garden

A menagerie of animals will be popping up in the garden this Easter. The life sized willow and wicker animal sculptures have been created by local artists and include a 1.5 metre tall deer, badgers, chickens, rabbits and lambs. Families are invited to find the spring-themed animals hidden around the 105-acre garden with the new Explorer Map. Taking place daily, the trail is available at the entrance points and included with admission.

There will also be the chance to find out how people lived in prehistoric times through fun hands-on activities at the Stickyard, the outdoor education resource located in the garden. Led by Buxton Museum, the drop-in sessions offer the chance to have a go at wattle and daub; handle prehistoric items and create some charcoal drawings. Taking place during Easter weekend (14-17 April, 11am - 4pm), the price is included in garden admission.

Other activities taking place within the garden include free face painting for children at weekends and shire horse and dray rides (adults £2; children £1).

Farmyard and playground

Hundreds of Easter eggs will be uncovered throughout Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14-17 April), with the hugely popular Easter egg hunts taking place several times a day in fields adjoining the farmyard. Tickets are included in admission and are limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors can also take a ride on the Easter Eggspress trailer ride heading off from outside the farmyard throughout the Easter weekend. (£3 per person).

There will also be entertainment from the nostalgic sound of Patrick Cook's barrel organ, Easter crafts in the top yard (daily and included in admission), as well as trailer rides running through the park to the Golden gates and back (£2.50 per person) on all other days.

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Notes to editors:

Chatsworth

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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For further information please contact:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

Redbrick Communications

0115 910 1500

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