Arts engagement

Art workshops last two hours unless otherwise stated and include an interactive talk and practical art-making activities; sessions are designed to enhance visual literacy and develop technical and creative skills. 

Art in nature

Visit must include the garden

Using the diverse collection of plants in the Chatsworth Garden, this session connects with nature and explores shape and texture in natural and organic form. Pupils will be introduced to a range of looking and drawing techniques through creative exploration and development of 2D image-making skills.

The life cycle of the plant will also be introduced and learners will explore shape, texture, colour and detail, recording these observations through a range of mark making exercises.

Curriculum links: science, English, PSHE, art & design

Portraits and identity

To celebrate the 2020 Life Stories exhibition at Chatsworth, learners will develop historical and observational skills adopting specialist vocabulary as a tool for looking at portraiture and exploring the notion of identity. The session will focus on the context of portraiture in art and explore creative and abstract opportunities with drawing materials to compose individual responses to the exhibition in the form of group drawings and mask making. 

Curriculum links: English, PSHE, art & design


Visit can include the house, garden and/or farmyard

Pupils will discover new ways of observing and drawing artworks, focusing on line, shape and space to make compositional drawings.  Individual drawings will then be used to experiment with printmaking, using monoprint techniques in the learning centre.

Curriculum links: English, PSHE, art & design

Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning sessions take place in the farmyard, Stickyard, garden and Stand wood. They include a range of multisensory and hands-on activities to develop environmental literacy. Farmyard sessions last between 30 minutes and one hour. All other outdoor learning sessions last 1.5 hours.

Products and materials

Visit must include the farmyard; 1 hour tour

An interactive tour of the farmyard looking at a variety of products and materials, which we get from cows, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens. The focus will be on the link between the farm, the food we eat and natural resources such as wool.

Curriculum links: science, design & technology

Seasonal changes: Springing to life

Visit must include the farmyard; 1 hour tour

A tour around the farmyard focusing on the farm animals and their requirements for health, nutrition and growth. We look at horses, pigs, sheep, hens and chicks and discuss their life cycle and reproduction. The group will have the opportunity to handle/touch animals during the tour.

Curriculum link: science, English, PSHE

Seasonal changes: Preparing for winter

Visit must include the farmyard; 1 hour tour

Students will take a tour of the farmyard and find out how we prepare it and our animals for winter. They will discover more about the life cycles of cows, chickens and sheep and how the farmyard team adapt the animals' habitats and nutritional requirements to cope with the changing seasons.

Curriculum link: science, English, PSHE

Tractor trailer tour 

Visit must include the farmyard; 30 minute tour

An immersive tour through the Chatsworth Park with seasonal variations. In spring and summer pupils will look at sheep with their lambs and possibly other animals such as cows and deer and learn about new life on the estate and how we care for the animals, their young and the habitat in which they live. In autumn learners will see a variety of natural and manmade features in the park and learn more about livestock, farming and seasonal changes.

The trailer has lap belts, a ramp and wheelchair clamping facility.

Curriculum links: science, design & technology

Tailored tours

House tour

Visit must include the house

Our expert guides will take your learners on a journey full of stories about the people and the objects that have shaped Chatsworth's 500-year history. Pupils will learn about key elements of the house, from ancient artefacts to modern art, and compare and contrast what they see to their own modern lives. Tours are 1.5 hours and can be tailored to incorporate your chosen topic – just let us know on your booking form.

Curriculum links: English, history, art & design

Garden tour

Visit must include the garden

Pupils will explore the landscape with an intrepid garden guide and uncover some of its hidden stories and secrets. Specialist tours, focusing on areas such as the glasshouses, garden history and water features can also be arranged on request.

Curriculum links: science, English, history

Plan your visit


For more information about our learning sessions and to discuss curriculum links, email us at or call us on 01246 565341.