Chatsworth is launching its first ever Get Drawing campaign this May half term to offer visitors of all ages a new and creative way to explore the historic 105-acre garden.
In the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District estate, Chatsworth is inviting visitors to find inspiration and enjoy the proven benefits of creativity and the outdoors to improve general wellbeing.
Sketchpads and pencils can be picked up from the Old Potting Shed, the learning centre in the garden, for the Get Drawing sessions running daily between 11am and 1.30pm from May 27-30. Visitors can head off for walks around the grounds, pick up art advice and watch live drawing demonstrations. All Get Drawing activities are free upon admission to the garden.
Gill Hart, Head of the Devonshire Educational Trust, said: “Art has been found to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress whilst increasing resilience and wellbeing, and there’s a growing body of evidence to support this. Drawing outdoors is a great way to slow down and take notice of the world around you, so we hope to encourage people to come along and take some time for themselves to discover the historic landscape through drawing.”
Throughout the summer holidays, Get Drawing will run on selected weekdays leading up to this year’s Big Draw which takes place in October. Focusing on this year’s theme 'Drawn to Life', The Old Potting Shed will be the hub for a range of creative activities for all ages and abilities.
The Big Draw is an arts charity initiative that demonstrates the social, economic and health benefits that drawing can bring and provides opportunities for everyone to access them.
For more information on May half term activities and Get Drawing, visit www.chatsworth.org/events/spring-half-term
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Will Gompertz has chosen Chatsworth as one of the ten places that tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture for the Historic England campaign Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places.The campaign aims to find the 100 places that bring to life England’s rich and extraordinary history.
He said: “Chatsworth is perhaps the finest example of the English stately home. There is a lot of history in its beautiful stone walls, some of which have been standing for nearly five hundred years. But it is still a living home with an energetic owner who makes sure that this historic building is still very much alive in the 21st century, sitting wonderfully – as it does – in the rolling hills of Derbyshire.”
Chatsworth has won the Best Historic Attraction in the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018.
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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