9 November to 23 December 2013
Chatsworth will transport visitors to the magical land of Narnia this Christmas as the house undergoes a spectacular transformation to bring C.S. Lewis's classic tale of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' to life from 9 November to 23 December.
The lower floors will be decorated with trees, snow and sleighs to recreate the wintry wonderland discovered by Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they burst through the wardrobe for the first time.
Visitors will be taken on a magical journey as they experience London in wartime in the North Entrance Hall before walking through wardrobe doors surrounded by furs to enter the Narnian forest under the icy grip of the White Witch.
The Oak Room is the perfect setting for Mr Tumnus's cosy house inside a tree while the grandeur of the Painted Hall lends itself to becoming the icy palace of the White Witch with many more surprises to discover in this once in a lifetime experience.
Children will love finding hidden clues on the way, while costumed guides will help bring the story to life. Other favourite characters from the tale including Aslan himself will make this year's festive visit to Chatsworth a very special event for all the family.
Other festive dates include the popular Christmas markets now taking place over 10 days (November 14 to 24); the famous farmyard nativity plays featuring real animals; twilight evenings in the house as well as floral demonstrations and wreath making. Christmas also arrives at the farm shop with a range of Christmas foods, gifts and treats in stock from 18 October. The farm shop will be open until midday 24 December.
Chatsworth closes on 23 December, and re-opens its restaurants and shops from January 6 2014. Please check the website for dates, times and prices as applicable. www.chatsworth.org
Notes to editors:
1. A selection of Christmas images available for download https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hrh9lpmad7s4b6e/5hqEZGKOGE
2. 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 is 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.
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