Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad

On Sunday we had a lovely visit to Christmas at Chatsworth. This year the display has been inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind in the Willows”.  As a family this is the beginning of the Christmas festivities for us and I cannot imagine not visiting, from the delightful Narnia to Alice in Wonderland we couldn’t wait to see what adventures Mr Toad and his friends had been on.

 

The story starts in the North Sub Corridor where Mole is putting the finishing touches to his decorations before joining Ratty to visit Toad at Toad Hall.  In the West Sub Corridor there are eerie noises and as you make you way through Wild Wood and enter the Chapel,  you happen to see the Mouse Choir singing on the church steps.  I think my favourite display is Badger’s Kitchen which is in the Oak Room, from his cosy fireside to the hand knitted stockings on the fireplace, Mr Badger is in his element sat by the roaring fire.


Toad’s Baronial Hall is in the Painted Hall and his new hobby is a  fabulous yellow caravan with a lovely picnic and candles set up out front.  Toad is unfortunately placed in jail and the cunning weasels takeover Toad Hall and The Great Dining Room is a sight to be seen, lots of weasels throwing a huge party and getting up to mischief.


Well I am not going to show you any more pictures and spoil it for you, you will just have to pay Mr Toad a visit, you won't be dissapointed.  Chatsworth really does look more magical at Christmas and there are lots of other activities such as the Farmyard and Adventure Playground, which we are intending to visit in the near future, hopefully to coincide with the Christmas Market.

Christmas opening is from the 7th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January).  The Chrismas Market is open from the 12th November to 29th November and well worth a visit.

22 comments:

  1. one of my friends has just been here the other day. She said the wind in the willows were brilliant

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    1. It really was fab Natasha, I loved it x

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  2. It looks really good I want to go and see it sounds like something all the family would enjoy whatever age

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    1. Yes definitely, Grotbags loved it and so did we, I also took my mum and she enjoyed it too x

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  3. Oh this looks wonderful - how magical, we would love to go but it is so far for us. Kaz x

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  4. Oh wow, I didn't know they did this, what a magical time to visit!

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  5. I never knew this existed! However this seems right up my alley and I would love to go there!

    thebroughblog.weebly.com

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  6. This looks like so much fun, definitely somewhere that I would like to go! xxx

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  7. Sounds like you had a fantastic day out! This post is getting me into the festive spirit!

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  8. Ooh I really need to check this out. I love the Wind in the Willows and this looks like a fun day out :)

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  9. This looks like such a magical day out, I used to love wind in the willows as a child.

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  10. This looks so magical and Wind in the Willows is a fantastic book have you read it?

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  11. Oh how amazing this looks, ive sent it to my sister in law for my niece because she would love this x

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  12. Oh wow this looks amazing! I do love Christmas and things like this are just so exciting, can't wait to take my daughter to things like this when she is a little older

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  13. I love Wind in the Willows and these decorations look so pretty! x

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  14. It looks magical - I love the whole magic of christmas!

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  15. Aw this looks great for kids, glad you had a good time

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  16. This looks so magical! I love the festive season for all its magic for children x

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  17. Wow..... This looks fab. I would love to go and see this. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Thats look lush! I would love to go and see it myself!

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  19. My daughter went to Chatsworth this time last year and she absolutely loved it :)

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

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  20. This looks like a fantastic day out. The wind in the willows takes me right back to childhood

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