Chatsworth will continue to share some festive magic with its visitors this Christmas and light up its garden as it stays open as ‘Tier 3’ restrictions come in to effect across Derbyshire.

For the first time, a magical festive light installation has been installed this year, alongside a new Christmas trail. In keeping with Government guidelines, the wide-open spaces of its 105-garden and 1000 acres of parkland will remain open to visitors wanting to take a walk and get some fresh air.

Festive Lights Illuminate Chatsworth Garden. Credit Chatsworth House Trust

Although the house is currently unable to open due to the Tier 3 restrictions, Chatsworth’s car parks, takeaway picnic shops and estate farm shop also remain open, and the farmyard and gift shop is reopen.

The estate farm shop in the nearby village of Pilsley continues to operate under its usual opening hours and a collection service is also available – goods are loaded straight into the boot without customers having to leave their car.

Festive Lights Illuminate Chatsworth Garden. Credit Chatsworth House Trust

Chatsworth’s 105-acre garden is famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, its Victorian rock garden and maze while the spectacular 1,000-acre park on the banks of the River Derwent was chiefly designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in the 1760s.

Chatsworth is currently undergoing the biggest transformation of its 105-acre garden since Joseph Paxton’s work finished nearly 200 years ago. The 25-acre redevelopment area includes a remodelled Rock Garden, the Maze borders, the Ravine, the Trout Stream and the Jack Pond.

Festive Lights Illuminate Chatsworth Garden. Credit Chatsworth House Trust

The project involves the clearance of previously inaccessible areas, large-scale structure installations, new sculpture commissions, the movement and addition of hundreds of tonnes of rock, hundreds of thousands of new plants and hundreds of new trees, as well as new pathways taking visitors into underexplored areas of the garden.

The garden is the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation. Although some points of interest have been replaced to make way for new fashions, the garden retains many early features, including the Canal Pond, Cascade and Duke’s Greenhouse. The famous waterworks include the 300-year-old Cascade, the Willow Tree Fountain and the impressive, gravity-fed Emperor Fountain, which reaches heights up to 90m.

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