Friday, 30 April 2010

Tulips in the air at Chatsworth!

There’s a real buzz of excitement today in the house with hundreds of flowers being arranged and installed for this weekends ‘Florabundance’ festival. Jonathan Moseley and his team have been working day and night in the potting shed in preparation, and their dedication has really paid off, the house looks and smells divine!


The garden looks just as beautiful, with a display of thousands of de Jager tulips as well as an installation of 500 ceramic tulips by Paul Cummins. Visitors to the house and garden this weekend really are in for a treat!


Stephanie Cliffe

PR & Communication Co-Ordinator

Filming at Chatsworth

It’s been an amazing day at Chatsworth today, all sorts going on, with our Florabundance festival nearly in full swing, our special offer for entry into the house and we were joined by a film crew from an exciting new BBC series on historic properties. The crew were joined by an Architectural historian who was full of fascinating information on the architecture of Chatsworth, so you’ll have to watch out for the programme when it’s shown next year on BBC2!


Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Chatsworth - award winner!

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the UK Coach awards held in Manchester, where Chatsworth won the award for the ‘UK’s Most Coach-Friendly Historic Attraction’. Carol Kirkwood from BBC Weather was the host and there were many prestigious coach companies and attractions represented from all over the UK, which made for a great event.

Cat Reaney, Senior Marketing Executive

Friday, 16 April 2010

A warm welcome at Chatsworth

So, my first week at Chatsworth has come and gone in a flash, and I’m very pleased to report that all went smoothly and I’m very much looking forward to the weeks ahead. Finding my way around the warrens of staircases and corridors behind the scenes was a bit tricky at first, and I will admit I have been lost a few times, but there was always a friendly face to point me in the right direction! Having spent the week going on tours of the house, the estate and the stables, I finally feel like I am starting to get my bearings and take it all in (although I do have to pinch myself occasionally to remind myself that it’s real!). Everyone at Chatsworth has been wonderful, extremely helpful and friendly, so a big thank you for making me feel so welcome!

Stephanie Cliffe

PR & Communication Co-ordinator

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Fabulous glazed ceramic tulips being made for our flower festival

Really excited to see work progressing on the hundreds of ceramic tulips Paul Cummins is making for display outside in the garden, to co-incide with our Florabundance flower festival. Paul is a Derbyshire-based artist, and the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth House Trust have invited him to install a dazzling display of specially made tulips in a pair of borders that all visitors will see as they leave the house, from late April until mid-May. Paul's work can be seen at www.paulcumminsceramics.com and we hope he will be giving talks about his work while the installation, titled 'Floralia', is in place. 
Florabundance itself lasts from 1-6 May, with every room decorated with spring flowers and floral installations, led by Jonathan Moseley and our garden team. Outside, visitors will also see more than 15,000 tulips in bloom, kindly donated by de Jager bulbs. It is set to be a very colourful and artistic spring.
Cat Reaney, senior marketing executive


Special deal for entry to Chatsworth - only £2.10 per person!

Our ever-more dynamic tourist board, Visit Peak District, have initiated a great campaign, starting next week, to encourage local people to visit local attractions. Chatsworth is offering entry to the house and garden for £2.10, per person, on 20th April and 30th April only, but only on production of one of the special vouchers they have produced. Full details of all the 'On Your Doorstep' special offers are listed on the tourist board's website at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/dday. Vouchers and Golden Tickets can be downloaded from there, and also from Derbyshire County Council's website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/goldenticket, or cut out of a special four-page supplement in any of the Derbyshire Times Group's weekly newspapers published this week. The supplement is also available in libraries across Derbyshire, and Golden Tickets can be found on the back of the current issue of Derbyshire County Council's newspaper, Derbyshire First.

Robyn Earl, marketing assistant


Putting the bling back onto a baroque palace

The scaffold is coming down! Cleaning and restoration work on the north front has finished, and as I write, the team is dismantling the main part of the scaffold. One tower, with the builders' lift and stairs, will remain, in preparation for the next phase of cleaning work, but in the meantime, everyone can begin to see the transformation in the house's colour. During early research, evidence was found of gold leaf on the stone flames and balls that sit on top of most of the stone urns on the roof, proof that the 1st Duke gilded them, as well as his window frames, his family motto, and so much else that reflected his wealth and status. As the urns are cleaned over the next 18 months, this gold is being replaced. As the present Duke says, Donald Trump, eat your heart out!
Simon Seligman, Communications


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Spring has at last Sprung

Despite the cold temperature today within the garden things are at last definitely moving towards Spring.  All around you can see signs of buds swelling and leaves and blooms peering out!  Many blooms are already out from the expected Camellias, Rhododendrons, Primroses and Daffodils to Chinodoxa and Dog Tooth Violets within the Rockery and Daphne’s alongside benches for scent.  Other Spring colour is provided by Cornus mas with it’s subtle but effective blooms along the Arboretum Walk and in the Ravine, Azalea praecox punctuates the Grotto Pond with its bright pink flowers.

Most exciting is the appearance of thousands of Tulips planted in November which we hope will produce a mass display to coincide with Florabundance, a festival of Spring Flowers in the House during the first week of May. 

Steve Porter
Assistant Head of Gardens and Domain, Chatsworth