10 Reasons to visit Chatsworth this Autumn
We’re getting people excited about #AutumnAtChatsworth with a round-up of things to do around the estate this season.
Autumn at Chatsworth is a chance to explore something new, from the changing colours of the landscape with a new garden trail to seasonal walks, talks and workshops and an abundance of best seasonal produce from the estate.
There are many reasons to visit, stay, shop and eat at Chatsworth this autumn. Here are just 10 to choose from to create a perfect autumnal experience.
1. Explore the great outdoors and enjoy the changing views and colours of the 105-acre garden with a new autumn trail. Discover 16 places with great views and learn more about the plants, trees and Capability Brown designed landscape. Enjoy the remodelling of the five-acre Rockery, the first part of the largest transformation of Chatsworth’s world-famous 105-acre garden 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, make a bug hotel, watch a dry stone waller or get up close with creepy crawlies this autumn in the farmyard.
3. Harvest events for food lovers include cream tea at the Cavendish restaurant with scones, bramble hedge jam & cream, and the farm shop to table top dinner in the Carriage House café on 25 October. As well as the chance to pick up delicious seasonal produce at the autumn food and gift fair at the estate farm shop on September 20-21.
4. Try something new and explore the programme of autumn 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 this photography competition for a chance to win a top prize of a deluxe 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 primarily featuring the house and the best photo encapsulating autumn at Chatsworth primarily featuring the garden. www.chatsworth.org/legal/competition/
6. Shopping goes seasonal too with inspirational ideas to wrap up warm, all you need to get out dog walking, recipe books, 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 with commentary, the trailer riders are also fully accessible.
8. A dynamic collection of artists, makers and designers has been announced in the full line-up for the Chatsworth Arts Festival as it returns for its fifth edition with a weekend of culture, talks, thought and performance on September 20-22. Headline acts include musician, artist and broadcaster Jarvis Cocker, a figurehead for Britpop as frontman of Pulp and a revered cultural figure; celebrity gardener, broadcaster and writer Sarah Raven; plus catch talks from artists Rachel Feinstein and Ben Long, who both have pieces currently showing in the garden – life-size ceramic sculpture Britannia by Feinstein and Long’s Dog Scaffolding Sculpture.
9. It’s also the last chance to see The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth which closes on 6 October: displaying a myriad of paintings and objects from letters, snuff boxes, jewellery, sculpture and ceramics to tapestries, drawings and painted ceilings this new 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.
10. Too much for one day? Book an autumn stay at the Cavendish Hotel, Devonshire Arms at Baslow, Devonshire Arms at Pilsley or one of the characterful cottages on the Estate accommodating couples and families up to larger parties. Visit www.chatsworthstays.co.uk to find out more and to book online.
More information on Autumn at Chatsworth is available here https://www.chatsworth.org/events/autumn/