New in 2021

Explore the house

Visit must include the house

Explore the house with our learning facilitators who will link your visit to the curriculum in an interactive 90-minute experience. Themes include ancient history, myths and legends, British history, the world around us, geology and the natural world.

After your visit, you will receive a learning resource to extend and support your visit to Chatsworth when you return to the classroom. 

Curriculum Links: history, science, art & design, PSHE


We have created school only timeslots in January and February 2021, for you and your pupils or students to enjoy a curriculum-linked and interactive experience in the house. These are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19 January to 25 February beginning at 10am.

Contact us for more information.

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

Plan your visit


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