Gardeners plant seeds of fun at Chatsworth

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Inspirational gardeners from the 19th century have returned to Chatsworth, as part of the action-packed summer programme of entertainment on offer at the Derbyshire estate.

Spread throughout the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground, there’s something for visitors of all ages to enjoy throughout the summer holidays. Garden enthusiasts are in for a treat as historic Chatsworth gardeners Joseph Paxton and James White return to the garden. Dressed in custom-made, period costume, they will chat with visitors and reveal archive material of their ground-breaking work from the 1800s. Chatsworth’s mighty maze will host a team in vintage costumes playing traditional games such as croquet and skittles with children and adults alike. Popular activities such as face painting, guided walking tours and live performances from the brass band will also be available for visitors.

Inside the house, families can explore ‘House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth’ and collect stamps along the way with the family ‘Style Guide’ trail. This exhibition stars a stellar roll call of iconic men and women connected with Chatsworth throughout the centuries, and features treasures such as christening and wedding gowns, coronation robes and 19th century fancy dress along with a wealth of ephemera. Visitors can also join talks and tours led by knowledgeable guides and discover some truly fascinating facts.

The hugely popular animal handling activities return to the farmyard, with families invited to pet bunnies, guinea pigs and other small animals in the animal handling pen. Daily milking demonstrations will also be available for families to discover how cows and goats are milked.