23 - 31 May 2015

A week-long Water Spectacular will see Chatsworth's water features played in all their original glory with the Emperor fountain reaching a staggering height of 200 feet - the equivalent of 14 double decker buses!

As well as the Emperor fountain - which was named after Tsar Nicholas I Emperor of Russia in anticipation of a visit that never took place - visitors will be able to enjoy the impressive site of water tumbling over the roof of the Cascade house before it flows over the stone slabs created to mimic the sound of music.

Another water feature to look out for this May Bank Holiday is the Willow Tree Fountain. Designed as a practical joke when it was first 'planted' in its own little dell back in the 17th century, the copper tree often catches out the unwary with its spurts of water.

Free waterworks tours will take place five times a day, starting from the Cascade house and culminating in a countdown as a member of the public is invited to turn up the Emperor fountain to its full 200 feet, more than double its usual playing height of 75 feet.

Chatsworth's Paul Hayes said: "These water features rarely get played to this level, the last time we had them all on was for the Queen's visit last year. It's an amazing opportunity to see them in their full glory as they were originally intended to be viewed.

 "To give an idea of how impressive the plume from the Emperor Fountain will be, it's likely spray can be felt in the car park if the wind blows in the right direction!"

Also on offer over the weekend is drop in bee themed activities in the Stickyard, a new educational space in the garden, where a series of hands on fun activities looking at native bees will be taking place, and packs of bee friendly plant seeds will be handed out for visitors to plant at home.

For those interested in finding out more about why photosynthesis is vitally important for life and human existence, join the team from Sheffield University with its human-sized RoboPlant in the 1st Duke's Greenhouse. By showing the key steps of photosynthesis on a human scale, it will demonstrate and explain how the process works and why it matters to our lives.

Water tours, face painting, shire horse and dray rides and musical entertainment take place throughout the holiday to add up to a great day at Chatsworth this May half term.

And don't forget to check out the Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground where younger visitors can meet animals and let off some steam.

For more information and ticketing options, visit www.chatsworth.org

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Notes to editors:

The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the long-term 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:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

Redbrick Communications

0115 910 1500

lizb@redbrickcommunications.com

steveh@redbrickcommunications.com

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