Saturday, 29 May 2010

Look at the beak on that!

I’m pretty sure that this is the first time that the garden has been visited by a Steller’s Sea Eagle. Its owner Chris O’Donnell (that’s the one on the left) will be flying the eagle and some of its friends, including a vulture, on the Salisbury lawn at 12:30pm and 2:30pm today, Sunday and Monday as part of our Tudor festival in the garden. When not flying, the birds will be on display on the lawn and Chris will be on hand to tell everyone about them. Right, nearly time for the first show…….


James Trevethick

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Changes in the Farmyard

An exciting new ride has been put in the Adventure playground called the Witch’s Hat, a rotating climbing frame in the shape of a hat. The Farmyard team had a quick go before it was open to visitors and seemed to enjoy themselves! The Witch’s hat is now open to visitors. The Farmyard has had another new addition, a new canopy above the milking area. We hope these new additions add to the fun visitors already have at the Farmyard and Adventure Playground.

Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant



Friday, 14 May 2010

Chatsworth Hosts International Horse Trials

Chatsworth is just putting the finishing touches ready to the host the International Horse Trials this Saturday and Sunday. I understand many of the world’s top riders will be competing in show jumping, dressage and cross country. I will also be watching out for Katy Cropper and her award-winning sheep dogs as they control sheep, geese and even children! Should be a great weekend.

Cat Reaney, Senior Marketing Executive


Monday, 10 May 2010

Chatsworth to join Facebook and Twitter

It seems Chatsworth is taking the giant leap into the world of social media, as we will shortly be launching our very own Facebook and Twitter Pages! The new pages will allow us to keep our visitors up to date with the latest comings and goings, events and special offers as well as letting them tell us what they think!


Some of the existing Facebook pages that are not run by us have already got people talking, with people commenting how much they have enjoyed house, garden and farmyard, and most notably the textile taster days and workshops!


So keep your mice poised to follow us on the imminent official Chatsworth Facebook and Twitter pages in the next couple of weeks.


Stephanie Cliffe

PR & Communication Co-ordinator



Wednesday, 5 May 2010

A Long sculpture takes its place

After many years in the Duke and Duchess's collection, the remarkable Cornwall Slate Line, by renowned sculptor Richard Long, has been placed in the garden for all to see. It stretches along a grass shelf overlooking the parallel Canal Pond. I love this shot of it, taken by the talented Matthew Bullen, a member of the garden team, late in the afternoon when the setting sun gives hints of gold and pink to the grey slate. In the rain, the slate darkens and shines, changing just as the ground it comes from changes with the seasons and the weather. Long is a great British sculptor, and his work is shown all over the world; I am so pleased to see this really imposing and dramatic work on display here, adding to the rich experience visitors can now have of contemporary British sculpture in the garden.

Simon Seligman