Friday, 30 July 2010

Last chance to buy tickets for Big Band concert on 7 August

You only have until this Sunday to buy online tickets for our Big Band concert on Saturday 7 August.


Join us for a summer evening in the Chatsworth garden with the Phil Dando Big Band and Singers and enjoy the swinging sounds.


Go to www.chatsworth.org/bigband to find out more.


Cat Reaney


Something New

Clive our retail manager and his team have been working hard all week to build a small jewellery shop in the stables shops. Work is progressing nicely and we will have it open for the weekend. Paul, our Head Buyer and his team have been scouring the country to find a range of lines to suit all tastes and price points. We hope to see you there soon.


Alan Caldwell, Head of Trading



Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Win 2 tickets to our Family Garden Discovery Day, Wednesday 18 August

We have our first Family Garden Discovery Day in a few weeks which I am really looking forward to. Our adult ‘hands-on’ gardener days are always great fun, but it will be interesting to see children getting to grips with many of our daily garden duties. I have lots planned for the families, including composting, seed sowing, harvesting and nurturing the plants in our sensory garden and glasshouses. More details can be found at www.chatsworth.org/family-garden-discovery-day


As this event is the first of its kind, we are giving away one adult and one child ticket. To enter email your name and email address to info@chatsworth.org. The winners will be announced on Monday 2 August.


Employees (and relatives) of Chatsworth and associated companies are not eligible to enter.


Steve Porter

Acting Head of Gardens and Domain

Friday, 23 July 2010

The first Chatsworth cycle ride

On Thursday 15th July, as part of the Environmental Committee’s initiative to encourage staff onto their bikes, the Duchess led off the first Chatsworth Cycle Ride on a 16 mile route around the estate and surrounding area. All in all, 22 riders from a variety of departments took part in the cycle ride, and after a photo call in front of the house, set off down to the Golden Gates and onto the roads. After torrential rain showers throughout the week, it was a relief to see the sun shining and not a drop of rain insight during the ride. With everyone making it safely back to the Estate Office a good dinner at the Cavendish Club was enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a great success and hopefully we’ve inspired a few more people to hop on their bike to work and to get out on the roads around the Estate.


Sam Porteous

Environment, Health & Safety Officer


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Guides and Scouts camp at Chatsworth

From Saturday 24 – 31 July, Chatsworth is playing host to an international Scout and Guide camp, Peak 2010. 6,000 campers will head to the north Park this weekend. Campers are coming from all over the UK and the world, though many local Scouts and Guides are also taking part to make the most of meeting new people and try a great range of different activities.  


James Trevethick



Thursday, 8 July 2010

Antiques Roadshow descends on Chatsworth

Fortunately the sun is shining as the Antiques Roadshow has set up camp at Chatsworth for the day! People have been arriving in droves, expectant of the news that they are harbouring valuable relics from the past. Fiona Bruce has been wandering around and chatting to everyone - the atmosphere on the South Lawn is really relaxed and it is intriguing to watch the show from the ‘other side of the lens’.


Cat Reaney, Marketing




Friday, 2 July 2010

Work Experience at Chatsworth

I have come to the end of my weeks work experience at Chatsworth and am a little tired (mainly due the numerous stairways, long corridors and acres of gardens) but full of new insight into how the estate is run. I spent my first two days in the estate office with the Land agents; seeing how Chatsworth still has such a key role in the local community and the protection of Derbyshire’s beautiful landscape.


I then spent a day with the building department and discovered the sheer scale of maintenance required; from restoring brick work to painting gates which is constant and unrelenting task.


I have spent the last two days at the Chatsworth itself, visiting the attractions including the house, garden and farmyard. In have met lots of lovely people and realized how each individual’s role and hard work are imperative to keeping Chatsworth running smoothly, which as a visitor I never would have realized. No two days seem to be the same here with a huge variety of projects underway as Chatsworth continues to move forward and improve for future generations.


Thank you to everyone for making me so welcome and giving me the privilege of seeing behind the scenes.


Emma Houghton

Stamford High School


Thursday, 1 July 2010

Farmyard piglet stars in Chatsworth photoshoot

One of the piglets from the farmyard starred in its own photo shoot this morning as part of the forthcoming Chatsworth summer promotional campaign. Our Farmyard manager Margaret Norris did a marvellous job keeping the piglet happy on the South Lawn while the photographer worked his photographic magic! Keep your eyes peeled for pictures of the piglet throughout July and August.


Cat Reaney, Marketing