Chatsworth under the spotlight in new project

Pictured at the film, light and fire show which took place at Chatsworth House last night (4 December 2012) are, stood, from left, Charlie Williams, Pam Mettam and Julie Mettam; front, Eli Williams, aged nine, and Mollie Ellis, aged four.
Pictured at the film, light and fire show which took place at Chatsworth House last night (4 December 2012) are, stood, from left, Charlie Williams, Pam Mettam and Julie Mettam; front, Eli Williams, aged nine, and Mollie Ellis, aged four.
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VISITORS will see the bold, historic grandeur of Chatsworth House in a whole new light thanks to a new tourism project.

The Peak District tourist attraction has been picked to take part in a series of free, large-scale outdoor shows designed to celebrate Derbyshire’s rich heritage.

Pyrotechnics, sound and film will be used to give the centuries-old stately home a new lease of life between February and March next year.

The project, dubbed Elemental Force, has enlisted Derbyshire’s Deda Producing to create shows inspired by the success of the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies.

The scheme, funded by Arts Council England to raise the profile of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, was launched at a special event at Chatsworth last night.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “Culture and arts play a key role in attracting visitors to the region; the East Midlands boasts a wide array of heritage sites, exhibitions and events for visitors to experience. Each year visitors return to Chatsworth to enjoy annual exhibitions such as Beyond Limits contemporary sculpture in the garden, alongside temporary exhibitions.

“Elemental Force will play an invaluable role in shining the spotlight on the region’s cultural heritage. I’m delighted Chatsworth was chosen as the preview for this series of special shows.”

Stephen Munn, executive producer of Elemental Force, said: “This year has given people a taste for the excitement of attending large-scale cultural events. This will be a chance for visitors and locals to experience something new and exciting.”

The events start at Nottingham Castle on February 8.