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Explore Chatsworth In 2024 - A Blog About Events At The Stately Home.

Explore Chatsworth in 2024

A trip to the Peak District should always include a day out at Chatsworth – so what’s on offer to explore in 2024?

Chatsworth House is a Derbyshire jewel. Throughout 2024, this historic estate offers a reason to visit every season, with a special focus on celebrating childhood.

Picturing childhood: a new lens on Chatsworth

Opening on March 16th, Chatsworth unveils its exciting new exhibition, ‘Picturing Childhood’. This immersive experience is designed for visitors of all ages to explore the estate and its rich history through the eyes of a child. Expect rarely-seen artwork, captivating new commissions, and interactive installations. You can even experience a unique scent experience curated by a food historian.

A year of events at Chatsworth

Beyond the exhibition, Chatsworth boasts a packed calendar throughout the year. Here are a few highlights:

  • May 17th-19th: Witness equestrian excellence at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials.
  • May 25th-27th: Join the fun at the Chatsworth Family Festival, a celebration perfect for young and old.
  • June 7th-9th: Immerse yourself in the world of plants and gardens at the Chatsworth Garden & Plant Fair.
  • July 13th: Dance the night away under the stars at Classic Ibiza.
  • August 30th-September 1st: Don’t miss the ever-popular Chatsworth Country Fair, packed with displays, demonstrations, and entertainment.
  • November 1st-2nd: Light up your night with the Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza.
  • November 9th-January 5th, 2025: Step into a winter wonderland at the enchanting Christmas at Chatsworth.

The history of Chatsworth

Chatsworth House, boasts a rich history spanning over 450 years.  This grand estate, home to the Cavendish family for generations, has transformed alongside them, reflecting their passions and the ever-changing times.

From humble beginnings to grand designs

The story starts in the mid-16th century with Bess of Hardwick, a formidable woman who built the first house on the Chatsworth site.  While remnants of this original structure remain, the grand Chatsworth House we know today is largely the work of the 1st Duke of Devonshire who began a major reconstruction project in the late 17th century.

Gardens evolving with each generation

The surrounding gardens boast a history as dynamic as the house itself.  Originally enclosed in the 15th century, the landscape has been continuously developed.  From the Baroque gardens of the 1st Duke to the naturalistic style favoured by the 4th Duke, each generation has left its mark on this sprawling green space.

A legacy of art and culture

Today, Chatsworth is more than just a stately home; it’s a treasure trove of art and culture. The Devonshire family has amassed an impressive collection spanning centuries, from Old Master paintings to contemporary sculptures.  Visitors can explore these collections alongside the ever-changing exhibitions that bring Chatsworth’s history to life.

A place for all seasons

Chatsworth isn’t just a place steeped in history; it’s a vibrant hub year-round. From the festive magic of Christmas at Chatsworth to the thrilling equestrian displays at the International Horse Trials, there’s always something to experience.

Whether you’re an art aficionado, a history buff, or simply seeking a beautiful escape, Chatsworth promises a unique and unforgettable experience.

Visit Chatsworth during your stay at Wheeldon Trees Cottages

Wheeldon Trees Cottages offers the perfect base for your Peak District holiday or Derbyshire cottage holiday. Located just a 30-minute drive from Chatsworth, our luxury cottages provide a peaceful sanctuary for families and a relaxing retreat to soothe tired limbs after a day exploring the stunning Peak District National Park.

Wheeldon Trees is your ideal escape for an unforgettable cottage holiday in 2024. Nestled amidst 12 acres of the Peak District, we offer 10 stunning cottages. Each is designed to provide maximum comfort and relaxation. We also cater to your convenience with EV charging, an honesty shop, and a fantastic games room featuring pool, air hockey, and ping pong. Explore the local area at your own pace with our complimentary electric bikes (including two new hybrid options) or simply unwind and take in the breathtaking views from Sheldon Cottage, our accessible property with the best views in the house.

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Wheeldon Trees is consistently recognised for its exceptional hospitality. TripAdvisor recently named Wheeldon Trees in the top 10% of places to stay in the world. Thanks to our visitors’ amazing reviews, we recently received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2023 for the second year running.

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