Spotlight shines on Chatsworth event

The cascade is just one of the features which will be lit up as part of Luminaire, which kicks off at Chatsworth on Saturday (Oct 26)
The cascade is just one of the features which will be lit up as part of Luminaire, which kicks off at Chatsworth on Saturday (Oct 26)
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Let there be light!

Hundreds of visitors are expected to flock to Chatsworth as the historic estate comes alive with illumination for the first time.

Final preparations are underway for Luminaire, which will take guests on a magical moonlit journey.

Candle power will be used to transport the house back in time to an age without electricity, while visitors will see the outdoor sculpture and cascade in a whole new light.

Lanterns and festoon lighting in the grounds will add to the magic, which will kick off this Friday.

Spokeswoman Sally Hogg said: “It will be truly magical to see the key features in the garden illuminated, especially the Cascade ebbing and flowing in ripples of light.

“We’re incredibly excited about this event as both the indoor and outdoor lighting displays will be wonderful.

“We hope that Luminaire will recapture the flavour of architect Joseph Paxton’s great Victorian extravaganza.”

The event was inspired by one of Chatsworth’s most famous former residents - the Duchess Georgiana.

A portrait of the wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire as Diana, Goddess of the Moon, which hangs in the South Sketch Gallery in the house, planted the seeds with organisers of the five-day spectacular.

They then enlisted the help of two Derbyshire-based companies to bring the concept to life.

Déda Producing created the outdoor event in partnership with Illuminos who have designed the projection and lighting effects.

Chatsworth’s housekeeping team worked on the house - using antique and modern candles, subtle effects and LED lights.

Luminaire will take place from Friday to Wednesday. House and garden tickets are available in advance.