Chatsworth winter opening - Chatsworth House and its parkland in snow

Chatsworth Announces First Ever Winter Opening Following Enforced Closures in 2020

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For the first time ever, Chatsworth will be opening its doors during the winter season. See our full Chatsworth winter opening press release below.

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Chatsworth House with its river and parkland covered in snow

Credit Matthew Bullen

21 December 2020. Chatsworth is set to open its house, garden and farmyard throughout the winter season when it would normally be closed for essential conservation work. In line with most historic properties, the ‘closed season’ is traditionally taken to refresh, renew and repair before opening for the new season in March.

It comes after a difficult year which has seen visitor numbers decimated through enforced closures; the loss of the hugely popular Christmas season and reduced capacity when open to enable social distancing. Between March and November, the Derbyshire estate has welcomed fewer than half its usual number of visitors.

The house will open on 16 January with a slightly shorter visitor route as the North Wing with the Great Dining Room and Sculpture Gallery will be closed for conservation. The garden will open on 1 January and the popular festive illuminations will remain until 31 January.

The farmyard and adventure playground will open every weekend from 23 January as well as the February half term when it will open every day from 13 to 21 February.

Ticket prices for the house and garden will be discounted throughout the new winter season to enable the local communities to continue to visit in light of the travel restrictions in force for those living further afield in Tier 3 areas until March.

Chatsworth also wants to give its loyal members (Friends of Chatsworth) the opportunity to get the most out of the upcoming season, describing their loyalty and support as ‘incredible’.

Jonathan Fish, Chatsworth marketing manager explains: “We have historically closed from early January to late March for essential conservation and development works, however the enforced closures during 2020 mean that much of this work has been carried out ahead of schedule, allowing the estate to open during the late winter and early spring months.

“Having been closed for large parts of 2020, and having to restrict numbers when we have been open, we want to be able to welcome those people who have not had the chance to visit this year.

“The loyalty and support from our Friends has been incredible, and in addition to extending memberships by six months free of charge, we want to give our Friends the opportunity to get the most out of the membership next year.”

Finally, the charity that maintains Chatsworth, the Chatsworth House Trust, relies on ticket sales for its income. This has of course been severely impacted in 2020, so it is hoped this new winter season will also help support the trust.

Restaurants and shops in the Stables, house, garden and farmyard will also be open through the winter season subject to government restrictions and with safety measures in place.

Anyone planning to visit is advised to check the Chatsworth website before travelling for all the latest opening news and hours, with online booking essential.

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