There’ll be plenty of swashbuckling fun for children this February half-term as Chatsworth raises the Jolly Roger and welcomes a motley crew of pirates, buccaneers and seadogs into its farmyard and adventure playground.

It’ll be all hands on deck as the trailer ride* takes to the high seas of Stand Wood to water-blast pirate targets while landlubbers can let off steam in the adventure playground by climbing Jacob’s ladder up to the Crow’s Nest on the lookout for Treasure Island.

Would-be pirates can copy Long John Silver by making their own pirate hat or a squawking parrot in the crafts area while alongside all the pirate-fun there’ll be plenty for animal lovers too. There are small animal handling sessions and even spiders and snakes for the bravest while all children can explore the farmyard to meet ponies, lambs, piglets and many more.

And if all that mischief-making makes a young pirate hungry then it’s time to head back to the Mess, sit down with the crew and order rations from the galley kitchen in the on-site cafe; or take advantage of the dedicated picnic room.

The farmyard and adventure playground are open 17-25 February from 11am - 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm). Tickets are priced at £6 per person; £22 per family (two adults and up to three children).

Chatsworth House, Garden and Farmyard open for the new season on 24 March 2017. For more information and ticketing options, visit


 Notes to editors:

*Subject to weather conditions, the trailer ride will operate between 11am and 3pm every day.

 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.

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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