Chatsworth celebrates its links to Jane Austen novel

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Georgian Summer, Chatsworth

The Peak District stately home is holding a summer celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.

The stately home was used by the author as Mr Darcy’s home, Pemberley.

An exhibition in the New Gallery celebrates the links.

Live music, outdoor theatre events and Georgian themed entertainment will be taking place n the garden.

There is also a two for one offer for every visitor who arrives in Georgian dress during the event, which runs until August 29.

Down the road at St Peter’s Church in Edensor, a Derbyshire Delights flower festival this week features designs by Jonathan Moseley, who works on spectacular floral displays for Chatsworth.

Events include A Cavalcade of Fashion, which is a display from Notty Hornblower and her Ashbourne Hope House Costume Museum, showcasing costumes from the Victorian age through to the 1960s.

The event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7.30pm.

On Thursday evening, Chatsworth: A Personal View is th subject of a talk given by the house’s head housekeeper, Christine Robinson, and on Friday there is a concert by Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir.

On Saturday evening, steeplejack and TV personality Fred Dibnah’s widow, Sheila, presents a celebration of their life together. Entry to the church is £4 and evening events, starting at 7.30pm, cost £10.

Then on Sunday at 7pm, Jigsaw Sound Choir are giving a free concert finale to the festival.

Details: www.chatsworth.org