16 March - 23 December
The new season at Chatsworth starts on 16 March 2014 is set to be another remarkable year at Chatsworth with one of the most important art installations since the 1800s in the house, a major exhibition of large-scale contemporary sculpture by Michael Craig-Martin in the garden and an exhibition uncovering life on the estate during Wartime to coincide with the First World War centenary. The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground will be open every day from 16 March - 23 December 2014. www.chatsworth.org
Events April to June 2014
Chatsworth Easter Celebrations
Face painting, shire horse and dray rides and special appearances from the Easter Bunny handing out Easter treats will take place in the garden over the four day Easter weekend. In the Farmyard, the popular Easter Egg Hunts will take place several times a day; the Easter Eggspress will offer trailer rides; spring themed crafts will take place in the Oak barn while the Easter Bunny will be popping up in the farmyard too.Throughout the whole Easter school holiday period (12-27 April), visitors will also be able to enjoy hunting for eggs via special trails created for the house and garden.
The house will be transformed for the spring flower festival as renowned floral designer Jonathan Moseley and the Chatsworth Garden team showcase displays inspired by the Devonshire Collection. The floral displays will follow the direct link between art and flowers, from the art of the Ancient Egyptians to contemporary artists of the 21st century.
Dodson and Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Thrilling cross-country action will take place on the specially designed course around the parkland on both Saturday and Sunday, alongside dressage, show jumping, a packed arena programme of family entertainment and shopping.
5 - 8 June
Food and Drink Fair
More than 60 stalls on the hill below the Stables will feature gourmet delights, seasonal specialities and dining accessories, and there will be food to enjoy on the day as well as to take home.
16 March - 29 June
Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth
Michael Craig-Martin will be the featured artist at Chatsworth in a rare exhibition devoted entirely to his recent work as a sculptor. 12 large-scale sculptures of commonplace objects - an umbrella, a high heel shoe, a wheelbarrow - will be placed in the historic gardens and landscape at Chatsworth. Each work is an immense line drawing in space fabricated in steel and painted in a vibrant hue.
To complement the exhibition, inside the house Michael Craig-Martin has re-presented classical sculpture from the Devonshire Collection, and curated an exhibition of portraits from the renowned collection of Old Master drawings.
16 March onwards
Jacob van der Beugel
In a groundbreaking fusion of art and architecture, portrayals of the DNA of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and their heirs are to become part of the fabric of the building at their ancestral family home, Chatsworth. This permanent contemporary ceramic installation in the North Sketch gallery will be the most important art installation at Chatsworth since the creation of the 6th Duke of Devonshire's Sculpture Gallery in 1832.
4 April - 23 December
Chatsworth in Wartime
This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Objects, archives, photographs and stories will reveal life on Chatsworth estate during both wars. Estate workers and Cavendish family and relations fought on the front line from the Somme to Gallipoli. Life on the home front during the First World War; the impact of the war effort on the estate and the contribution made by women will be shown. A timeline of major international events is contrasted with personal stories from Chatsworth between 1914 and 1950.
During the Second World War, Chatsworth housed a girl's boarding school, Penrhos College. The State Drawing room will be returned to its appearance as a dormitory, complete with beds and the original wardrobe, stored at Chatsworth since the girls moved out in March 1946.
1 July - 7 November
Old Master Drawings Cabinet - Conflict in Art
A selection of Old Master Drawings from the Devonshire Collection to complement 'Chatsworth in Wartime', this exhibition includes scenes of historic and mythological battles with works by Raphael, Van Dyck and Mantegna's famous engraving 'Battle of the Sea-gods'.
For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org
Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public. All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body. Chatsworth underwent a rigorous independent assessment before being chosen by a board of tourism industry experts including previous Small Visitor Attraction winner Victoria Emmanuel of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and experienced travel journalists Alison Rice and Sally Shalam.
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
0115 910 1500