Chatsworth is pulling out all the stops to ensure the anticipated 100,000 visitors to its Wind in the Willows themed Christmas have the best experience possible, with more decorated rooms in the house to enjoy, special late night opening, timed ticketing and an extended season.

Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad takes visitors through a beautifully decorated house, rich with traditional festive decorations, as well as scenes recreating the adventures of those best of animal friends: Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad, and not forgetting those pesky weasels, as they get ready to celebrate Christmas.

For the second year, Chatsworth is extending its Christmas season across the festive holiday staying open until 3 January 2016 (closed 24, 25 and 26 Dec and 1 January). Visitors can also take advantage of late night house opening on Thursdays and Fridays from November 26 to December 18, with last entry to the house at 7pm.

Tickets for visits at Christmas now offer timed entry into the house to help visitors plan their day and minimise queuing time. Visitors planning to make a trip to the house this festive season can now book in advance to secure the time slot of their choice with free parking included with all online bookings.

Both the house and garden are opening an hour earlier at weekends too, with visitors able to gain entry at the earlier time at 10am.

Christmas has also arrived in the Farmyard with crafts in the Christmas marquee, storytelling sessions and the ever popular nativities starring the farm animals. Tickets for the daytime nativities can be booked on the day, and run on December 5,6,12,13,19 and 20 at 11.30am and 2.15pm. Children who wish to dress up and take part in the nativities can sign up on arrival, on a first come, first served basis. The Babbling Vagabonds theatre storytelling runs throughout the day on the same dates, while the Crafts in the Christmas marquee is running 2pm to 4pm weekdays and 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm at weekends.

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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:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

Redbrick Communications

0115 910 1500

lizb@redbrickcommunications.com

steveh@redbrickcommunications.com

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