Family days out at Chatsworth
Chatsworth offers a varied range of children's events and family fun days out designed to inspire and educate, as well as create long-lasting memories.
Choose from hands-on craft workshops where children, and adults, can learn new skills and leave proudly holding a new 'creation', to practical nature, wildlife, or gardening classes that encourage kids to develop a connection with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.
As well as one-off themed events, we also offer regular fortnightly and monthly children's craft and gardening clubs, including on Saturdays and after-school, creating opportunities for both children and their adults to develop new friendships.
All this is in addition to Chatsworth House, its 105-acre garden, farmyard, adventure playground, and more than 1000 acres of free-to-access parkland and woodland. It's a fantastic place to spend time together.
In between visits, perhaps try one of our at-home activities themed around craft and nature, such as drawing, den building, bird spotting or making a wildflower seed bomb.
Special children's events and themed clubs
Mini makers art club (ages 3-5)
Children will be inspired by the natural environment and art collection at Chatsworth as they get creative at our art club.
Little Pips gardening club (ages 3-5)
A fortnightly gardening club for pre-school aged children. Explore the garden, make friends and learn new skills while making, growing and having fun.
Seedlings gardening club (ages 4-7)
An after-school gardening club where children will learn how to grow different flowers, fruits and vegetables, and discover the abundance of wildlife at Chatsworth.
Squirrels nature club (SEN)
A nature club for children with additional needs to explore and learn about the wildlife at Chatsworth.
22 May–1 July
A special opportunity to bottle feed and cuddle our goat kids, and help the farmyard team with our goat milking demonstration.
Bird and butterfly decoration workshop
Learn how to make a colourful set of paper birds or butterflies to hang as decorations.
Selected dates in July & August
Spend a summer's afternoon helping the farmyard team with their daily jobs, from collecting eggs to grooming the animals.
Prehistoric plants children's walk
1, 4, 15, 23, 29 August
Explore Chatsworth and discover some of the plants and trees that existed when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Bugs and botany children's walk
2, 16, 22, 25, 30 August
Explore the Kitchen and Cutting Garden and learn more about the abundance of plants and insects you'll discover there.
Paper making workshop
Learn the handmade process of making paper by recycling waste, before collecting and adding form from natural debris, flower petals, seeds and leaves.
Bats and beasties
8, 9, 11 August
A nocturnal walk for children where they'll learn more about the creatures that visit Chatsworth at night.
The big tree climb
Enjoy Stand Wood from a new perspective by taking part in our big tree climb this summer; it's a great adventure for all the family.
Make a magical woodland in a jar
Create a mini magical world in a jar using natural materials you'll forage from the woodland.
Spend the day at Chatsworth
Have fun in the farmyard
Our farmyard is full of friendly animals all waiting to offer a warm welcome, including some rare breeds. Depending on when you visit, you might even be able to join in lamb feeding, goat cuddling or cow milking sessions.
Let off steam in the adventure playground
Climb, swing, zip, or even build a sandcastle. The adventure playground is the perfect place for kids to let off steam.
Explore the garden
At 105 acres, the garden is the perfect place to play hide and seek, count butterflies, or go on an epic bear hunt!
Uncover 500 years of history in the house
Chatsworth has been home to the same family for nearly 500 years. Discover their stories, imagine how they lived, and pick out their portraits from the hundreds of different artworks on display in the house.
Roam (for) free in the parkland
Incorporating acres of grassland, woodland, and the river Derwent, the park around Chatsworth House offers a variety of walks as well as space to run, jump and expel pent-up energy. It's free to access and you may even spot our herd of deer.
Become a woodland explorer
Listen to birdsong, go on a bug hunt, build the best den ever, or just enjoy being beneath nature's green canopy, Stand Wood is free to access all year round and accessed via the gate next to the farmyard.
Search for pre-historic plants
Some of nature’s most amazing designs have existed for millions of years. Use your senses to go on a prehistoric plant-hunting adventure in the garden (ticket required) or free-to-access Stand Wood.
Free things to do at Chatsworth
With thousands of acres of parkland and woodland free to access all year round, you can visit Chatsworth as often as you choose. Here are some ideas for fun free things to do while you're here.
The Wild Escape
We're taking part in The Wild Escape and you can too. Young people from across the country are making and sharing artwork inspired by the wildlife they've seen close to home, or at places like Chatsworth, to create 'The Wild World'. Find out more on the website.
Make a stay of it
With so much to see, do, and explore in the Peak District, it's a shame to only come for the day, so why not stay a little longer? Our country cottages, shepherd's huts, hotels, and inns are the perfect base for exploring all that Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and the Peak District has to offer. Find out more.