The Easter holidays are well under way and Chatsworth House are holding fabulous events both inside the house and in the gardens. Chatsworth House is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who regularly hold exhibitions of art and floral work.
Inside the house, you will find five centuries of fashion from the Devonshire collection featuring couture dresses, tiaras, headdresses, christening robes, wedding gowns and coronation robes.
Walking round it was fascinating to view all the historical items of the Cavendish family and those in particular of Bess of Hardwick. Gee has recently written a project on Bess of Hardwick and learnt what a remarkable young woman she was. Towards the end of the exhibition you get the opportunity to try on various hats and pose for photographs in a frame, Gee thought this was highly amusing.
Our favourite display was the wedding gowns and christening robes, some were pure and simple whilst others, rather more flamboyant. But they were all beautifully preserved and displayed, even the mannequins were gorgeous.
Outside in the gardens you can wander around the Easter trail searching for willow animals on your way. You can also enjoy a trailer ride around the park with the farmyard team or ride on a horse and dray in the gardens, ideal if you have limited mobility. The gardens are truly beautiful with a sensory garden, cottage garden, rock garden, ponds and fountains and the one not to be missed is the glorious Cascade which takes pride of place in the centre of the surrounding areas.
Gee had a wonderful afternoon exploring the gardens and finding all the hidden animals and it was so nice to see the gardens beginning to rouse from their winter sleep. We cannot wait to go back and explore some more. Chatsworth is such a beautiful place to explore any time of year and there is always something new to see. Refreshments are readily available in the café as you exit the house (the pizza twists are delicious).
We were sent free entry tickets for the purpose of this post but the opinion is our own.