We’re just in the middle of our preparations for the summer holidays, and are starting to get excited.

As 2013 is the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, and Chatsworth was the original inspiration for Pemberley, there is no surprise that our main theme for this year is a Georgian summer. We have lots of Georgian and Regency themed entertainments, including bands playing in the rose garden, and a string quartet playing in period costume in Flora’s temple. We also have a fantastic exhibition coming up in the New Gallery which will contain amongst other things a first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice and the statue of the veiled lady which appeared in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice.

The picture shows one of our Guides being fitted for his ‘Georgian Head Gardener’ uniform. Our Guides' Georgian outfits have all been made in house by our amazing Textiles team here at Chatsworth. Our Georgian Head Gardeners will be leading free walking tours of the garden every day throughout the summer holidays and we’re hoping that visitors will join us by dressing up in Georgian or Regency costume for their visits.

If the picture gets you in the mood we are also offering 2 for 1 entry to the house and garden for every visitor in period costume each Saturday during Georgian Summer. We’d love to see pictures of people dressed up, and if you tag them with #pemberley and #chatsworthhouse they’ll appear on our Instagram feed on the Georgian summer page.

Georgian Summer runs from 27 July to 29 August

Paul Hayes
Visitor Services Manager

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