Friday, 25 June 2010

Summer Food Fair at the Farm Shop

All the final preparations are underway for the Summer Food Fair at the Farm Shop which starts this Saturday (26 June) and runs until 2 July. The marquees currently lie empty, but from 9am tomorrow, the courtyard at the Farm Shop will be transformed as many of our suppliers come to showcase their produce. Do pop down and see us, the fair will run from 9am-5.30pm every day, except Sunday 27 June when it will be open from 11am-5pm.


Andre Birkett

Farm Shop Manager




A packed weekend ahead

Amidst World Cup fever, we have some exciting activities happening at Chatsworth over the weekend. On Saturday the Band of the Coldstream Guards will march and play in the garden at 12 noon for around 20 minutes. And on Sunday, the Porsche Club GB will descend on Chatsworth, as around 80 Porsches will be on display in front of the house. As England is playing in the World Cup on Sunday afternoon, we are also offering ‘buy one get one free’ on all admission tickets in honour of the occasion. To take advantage of this special offer simply print off this blog post or quote ‘Vuvuzela’ at the till on the day.

James Trevethick


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Farewell to Chatsworth

After 19 very happy years, I leave Chatsworth today, to embark on a freelance career. I take so many happy memories of this special place, somewhere I have loved since the age of 10, when I saw a photograph of the South Front like this one, and to which I owe so much. I have loved working with the Duke and Duchess, and the previous Duke and current Dowager, and have made many friends among my colleagues. There is a unique spirit to Chatsworth, something about its love of the new, its restless energy, fabulous beauty and the warmth of its welcome, which is deep in the DNA of this entire place, from top to bottom. Many people, from all over the world, rightly feel that to see Chatsworth once in a lifetime is something not to be missed, and I have been lucky enough to be immersed in it for 19 rich, challenging and fulfilling years. I feel very blessed. Thank you Chatsworth, and good luck to my successor, Sally Hogg, and my wonderful colleagues Cat, Steph and Claire.
Simon Seligman, outgoing Head of Communications


Thursday, 17 June 2010

World Cup Special Offer

In honour of the World Cup 2010, Chatsworth is offering ‘buy one get one free’ on all admission tickets on days when the England team are playing. The next England match days are Friday 18th June and Wednesday 23rd June, so to take advantage of this special offer simply print off this blog post or quote ‘Vuvuzela’ at the till on the day. Best of luck England!


Stephanie Cliffe

PR & Communication Co-ordinator


Monday, 14 June 2010

Summer music treats at Chatsworth

There is a special treat in store for visitors this summer. Every Sunday throughout June, July and August we will be welcoming local musicians who will be playing for visitors in the garden, completely free of charge!


Cat Reaney


Senior Marketing Execitive

Father's Day at Chatsworth

Come and join us at Chatsworth this Sunday for a Father's day to remember. In the farmyard barn, dads will be treated to free newspapers, magazines, tea and coffee, whilst there are materials available for the kids to make a special Father's day card. It looks set to be a great day for everyone, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

It's not just the chicks in the farmyard tweeting at Chatsworth!

This week, we have finally taken the plunge into the world of social media by launching the official Chatsworth Twitter page! After only 2 days, we already have 269 followers, with new people following us every few minutes. People have already started to ‘tweet’ about us, commenting on the Rally Show and forthcoming textile workshops as well as suggesting names for the newest additions to the Chatsworth farmyard.


So for daily updates on news, events, special offers and general day to day comings and goings at Chatsworth, why not follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChatsworthHouse.

Stephanie Cliffe

PR & Communication Co-ordinator


Monday, 7 June 2010

A new baby foal at the Chatsworth Farmyard

Naomi the Shire horse has completed the set of new arrivals at the Chatsworth farmyard by having a baby foal on Saturday. They are having a competition to name the new foal at the farmyard so if you are up there over the next few days, don’t forget to make your suggestion!


Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant

Big Band Concert at Chatsworth

On 7 August Chatsworth is welcoming the Phil Dando Big Band and Singers for an evening of music featuring well known artists such as Duke Ellington and The Rat Pack. Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy this incredible concert in the Chatsworth garden. Tickets are £15 per person, for an additional cost you can order a picnic, so that you can enjoy a wonderful gastronomic treat whilst you listen to the swinging sounds of the band. You can book tickets online at https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?chatsworth&BigBandGardenParty or for more information visit http://www.chatsworth.org/bigband

I really hope you can join us for what looks set to be a spectacular night!


Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant



Friday, 4 June 2010

Textile inspiration

Our recent Textile Taster Days made some unusual table decorations in the form of shoes! All were made on the day and can be used at dinner parties where you hang them on chair backs as place settings. We had some great feedback from these workshops, and next week we have more workshops on accessories for your and your home, cushions and outdoor living. There are still a few places available, take a look at our website for more details.



Cat Reaney, Senior Marketing Executive

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Step back in time

It’s been a glorious day at Chatsworth today, and I enjoyed sneaking out into the Rose Garden at lunchtime to eat my sandwich. So many families were enjoying playing on the Salisbury lawn, and although I’d really rather have stayed out there all afternoon than return to my desk, I certainly came back feeling quite refreshed. No matter how busy the area just outside the Orangery Shop, the Cascade and the lawns, it’s amazing how, on even the busiest of days, you can still find a quiet corner in the Gardens to enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Anyone coming on our behind the scenes day next Wednesday will also be able to get away from it all in a real step back in time down in the Old Park where they’ll be able to marvel at the ancient woodland, with the prospect, if they’re lucky, of seeing some of the Chatsworth fallow deer who seek refuge down there…I think it has to be my favourite place on the whole Estate.


Christine Robinson

Head housekeeper and visitor welcome manager

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Another new arrival in the Chatsworth Farmyard!

In addition to the litter of 9 healthy piglets last week, Opal the Jersey cow gave birth to a heifer (female) calf, Olivia, on Saturday 29 May at about. 5.00 am. We are still awaiting a new arrival from Naomi the Shire horse who is also due in June. So there are plenty of new arrivals to visit at the Farmyard. Visitors can see Opal being milked, along with the other Cows at 3.30pm everyday.

Robyn Earl
Marketing Assistant






Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Behind the scenes tour

We still have a few places left for our Behind the scenes tour on Wednesday 9 June. This is a chance to see the house through the eyes of a member of the Chatsworth house team, exploring parts of the house not publicly on show. The day will also include a tour of the (private) Old Park with the domain team, who have a uniquely intimate knowledge of the landscape. This is then followed by a lecture on Duchess Georgiana, who married the 5th Duke of Devonshire. Famously charming, she bewitched and scandalised Georgian society, this lecture tells her fascinating story. For more information and to book your place visit www.chatsworth.org/whats-on or call 01246 565 300. There are only a few places left so make sure you get your ticket in time!

Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant

The band of the Coldstream Guards

On Saturday 26 June, the Band of the Coldstream Guards will be playing and marching at Chatsworth. At 12pm the band will march in the garden, along broad walk then up towards the cascade. From 1.30pm-4.30pm the band will play intermittently on the South Lawn. The Band of the Coldstream Guards has been in existence for over 200 years, making it one of the oldest military bands in the world. It will be a real treat for everyone at Chatsworth.


Robyn Earl

Marketing Assistant