10 reasons to visit
Chatsworth, in Derbyshire, is beautiful at any time of year. But in autumn the gardens and grounds are particularly lovely. Here are ten ways to enjoy them
Autumn at Chatsworth is a chance to explore something new – from the changing colours of the landscape to seasonal walks, talks and workshops. It's also harvest season, with an abundance of delicious seasonal produce from the estate on offer at its farm shop and restaurants.
There are many reasons to visit, stay, shop and eat at Chatsworth this autumn. Here are ten ways to experience the season at this historic estate in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
1. Explore the great outdoors and enjoy the changing views and colours of the 105-acre garden, with its new autumn trail. Discover 16 places in the grounds that offer great views, and learn more about the plants, trees and Capability Brown-designed landscape. And enjoy the remodelling of the five-acre Rockery – the first part of the largest transformation of Chatsworth's world-famous gardens for 200 years.
2. Get busy with the family outdoors with lots of autumnal activities at the farmyard. Create a hay crown, learn about wool craft, or make a bug hotel.
3. Enjoy the harvest with events for food lovers. Indulge in a cream tea at the Cavendish restaurant, with scones, bramble hedge jam and cream. Or spend an evening celebrating Chatsworth Estate and local produce in the Carriage House, at the farm shop to tabletop dinner on 25 October.
4. Try something new and explore the programme of seasonal talks, walks and more. Find out what the foresters are busy with this autumn with a forestry walk through the woodlands; capture the changing colours with a watercolour workshop; find out more about the herbs, plants and flowers grown in the kitchen and cutting garden on a walking tour, or join a plant hunters walk and talk inspired by the expeditions the 6th Duke encouraged from Chatsworth during the 19th century.
5. Capture the essence of autumn at Chatsworth in a photography competition. There's a chance to win a deluxe prize package – including an overnight stay for two at The Cavendish, a one-year Gold Friends family membership, £250 vouchers for the estate farm shop, a 'Paxton' farm shop hamper, plus a brewery tour at Peak Ales. Post photos on Instagram, using the #AutumnAtChatsworth tag, for a chance to win first and second prizes for the best photo encapsulating autumn at Chatsworth.
6. Shop for seasonal accessories in Chatsworth's gift shops, which offer inspirational ideas for autumn. You'll find a huge range of gifts, books, homewares and accessories – including cosy hats, gloves and blankets, and delicious seasonal produce to take home.
7. Explore the changing landscape with an autumn trailer ride from the farmyard. Suitable for all ages, and fully accessible, the trailer rides include full commentary from Chatsworth experts about the history of the estate, the Hunting Tower, the aqueduct, Emperor Lake and more.
8. Appreciate man's best friend at The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth. Displaying a myriad of paintings and objects – from letters, snuff boxes, jewellery, sculpture and ceramics to tapestries, drawings and painted ceilings – this exhibition celebrates the Cavendish family's centuries-old relationship with dogs. Star works from Constable, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Landseer sit alongside contemporary pieces by Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons, Antony Gormley and Elisabeth Frink, to complete a wonderful celebration of dogs in art. Exhibition closes on 6 October.
9. See the season out in style, at a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display in the garden on 2 and 3 November. Wrap up warm and enjoy a range of live entertainment, as well as a selection of delicious food including hog roasts, jacket potatoes, sweet treats, and mulled wine or cider. This year the event will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, with two dazzling firework displays.
10. Too much for one day? Book an autumn stay at one of Chatsworth's charming hotels, inns, or cottages. Choose from the Cavendish Hotel (pictured above), Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Devonshire Arms at Pilsley, or one of the characterful cottages on the estate which accommodate couples, families or larger parties. Visit www.chatsworthstays.co.uk to find out more and to book online.
More information on Autumn at Chatsworth is available at www.chatsworth.org/events/autumn.
Green Adventures September 2019