As part of our Celebrating the Cascade campaign, we're staging a programme of events themed around wellness, creativity and water-play for individuals and families.


The wellness events will encourage a deeper connection with the gardens and woods by creating opportunities for gentle movement and a focus on nature. Spending calm time away from daily routines among the waterscapes can be awe-inspiring and our Bud, Flower and Berry wellness days and also Tai chi, Go with the Flow and We Dance Free sessions aim to achieve this. Feel at one with your surroundings or simply try something new, on your own or with your friends and family, in the beauty of nature.


Other events tap into the playfulness of the Cascade with a range of water play and creative arts sessions inspired by the water-based landscape. Water play can be a real thrill, and we would love for you to enjoy the sounds, smells and feelings that you can experience when playing with water.

Sharing stories

We'll also share stories of the Cascade and Chatsworth's water artery, which we hope will spark your curiosity and encourage you to explore places you otherwise may not have ventured on your visit.

Guided walks and talks will showcase the different history, science and environmental stories of the remarkable gravity-fed waterworks in the garden.

Find out more about our current range of Cascade events below. 

What is the Celebrating the Cascade campaign?

Celebrating the Cascade is part of a major new fundraising campaign for the urgent restoration of the Grade I listed Cascade.

We need to raise £2.5m to unlock a grant of almost £5m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Find out more below and, if you can, please make an online donation. 


Cascade events

Our current programme of Cascade events includes:

Spring Bud Wellness Day - 11 May
Green Connections - 21 May
Riverside Tai Chi for Families - 30 May
Movement & Mindfulness - 25 June
Go with the Flow - 28 June
Dance Free by the River - 29 June
Summer Flower Wellness Day - 3 July
Riverside Tai Chi - 20 July
Growing Minds - 23 July
Sound Minds - 28 June
Mindful Crafts - 17 September
Autumn Berry Wellness Day - 3 October
MindSpace - 22 October

Green Connections, Movement and Mindfulness, Growing Minds, Sound Minds, Mindful Crafts and MindSpace are being brought to you in partnership with Derbyshire Mind.

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About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. Using money raised by National Lottery players we support projects that connect people and communities to heritage. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future.

From historic buildings, our industrial legacy and the natural environment, to collections, traditions, stories and more. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past.

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