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Child entry for the House & garden ticket and Garden ticket is age 4–16 inclusive, and children aged 3 and under are free of charge. Child entry for the Christmas ticket, House, garden & farmyard ticket, Garden & farmyard ticket and Farmyard ticket is age 3–16 inclusive, and children aged 2 and under are free of charge.

Children aged 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all attractions and organised events; during a school visit the teacher is in loco parentis. Accompanying adults are responsible for supervising the children in their care at all times.

All groups of 15 visitors or more (20 visitors or more at Christmas) must book in advance with the group booking office.

Please note that we do not allow prams, pushchairs or rucksack style baby carriers in the house. We do offer a limited supply of alternative baby-carrying equipment. Please ask staff on arrival at the house.

Please also note that we only allow small bags in the house. Storage is available in the left luggage room near the house entrance.

Free parking applies to all tickets purchased online in advance, and admits one vehicle per five tickets booked. This does not include coaches or mini buses.

We are able to offer full access to the main visitor route in the house for visitors with limited mobility. Find out more about accessibility at Chatsworth.

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Gift Aid – making donations go further

If you can Gift Aid today, the government will give us an extra 25% on top of your kind donation, in lieu of tax you have already paid. You must be a UK taxpayer.

It is a rare opportunity to decide how your tax is spent, and all of this money goes directly to the work of the Chatsworth House Trust.*

  • You pay 10% above entry price.**
  • You receive a gift voucher worth 15% of the entry price to spend on the day of your visit.
  • You can spend the gift voucher in a shop, café or a restaurant in a single transaction.***
  • We receive an extra 25% from the government to maintain Chatsworth.

* The Chatsworth House Trust is a registered charity, Charity No. 511149.
** Admission prices including Gift Aid are rounded up to the nearest 5 pence.
*** No change is given where the amount spent is less than the value of the voucher.

All ticket income goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, which is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long-term benefit of the public.

All about Gift Aid. Please be aware Gift Aid is not available on vouchers or event tickets.

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50% off adult house & garden ticket @ Chatsworth House (Sheffield Students)

University of Sheffield student discount 2019
Terms & Conditions:
1. Discount available: 50% off adult house & garden ticket
2. Discount redeemable against tickets purchased on site only. Not available for online
or advance purchases
3. Voucher valid for visits between 23 Mar – 30 Jun & 2 Sep – 8 Nov 2019 inclusive
4. This voucher must be presented at point of purchase (either printed or on a
smartphone) in order to obtain discount
5. A valid student card for the University of Sheffield must be presented with this
voucher in order to obtain discount
6. Not valid for car parking
7. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion
PLEASE NOTE:
 Large bags and backpacks are not permitted inside Chatsworth House. There is a
secure locker facility on site where bags may be stored, subject to availability.
 Group bookings and coaches must be booked in advance by calling 01246 565430.
Please mention this offer. Discount cannot be applied retrospectively to existing
bookings

Chatsworth Experience Package

Two nights’ from only £310.00 per person*

Our Chatsworth Experience package includes unlimited access throughout your stay to Chatsworth House, Garden, Farmyard and Adventure Playground – with complimentary car parking.

This year Chatsworth is celebrating the fascinating lives of the people associated with Chatsworth over the years, through the placement of selected portraits and objects. The exhibition, available to view within the house throughout the year (until 4th October), will share the stories of family members, servants, friends, and artists, as visitors are invited to learn about portraits, people, and the objects that they lived with, and which accompany us all into the present. Entry to the exhibition is complimentary with your house ticket!

The two night Chatsworth Experience package is available to book from 21st March until 6th November 2020 and includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodation in your chosen room or suite category
  • Full cooked Derbyshire breakfast
  • Dinner both nights (one night in the Gallery restaurant and one night in our Garden Room)
  • Two multiple entrance tickets to Chatsworth House & Gardens with free parking.

Terms and Conditions: *Package prices are based on two people sharing a Standard Room and are subject to change based on occupancy levels. A 25% non-refundable and non-transferable deposit is required to secure your reservation. Please contact the hotel directly to reserve your table for dinner. Please note that a 5% service levy will be added to all accounts on checkout, with 100% being distributed to staff.

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RHS CHATSWORTH FLOWER SHOW

Article by David Marks
The Chatsworth RHS Flower Show is held in the grounds of Chatsworth House which has been chosen as the UK’s favourite country house on several occasions. It was the home of the Duke of Devonshire who is currently the 12th Duke of Dveonshire, Peregrine Cavendish.

In 2018 a major £32 million refurbishment of the house and grounds was completed.

This totally independent guide from GardenFocused is intended to provide you with information about the show to help you enjoy it more.

For 2019, the show will be held at Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP from Wednesday 5th June (RHS members only) to Sunday 9th June. Wednesday to Saturday opening hours are 10.00am to 6.30pm, on the Sunday they close at 5pm.

Tickets can be pre-booked or bought at the entrance. Each adult is entitled to bring two under-16s free of charge.

The remainder of this review is about the 2018 show to give you a taster of what to expect in 2019. We will update this review as more details become available.

Tip Number One entry to Chatsworth House and the surrounding gardens is half price for those attending the RHS show.

Tip Number Two the area becomes congested with traffic on show days, do expect traffic jams and your stress levels will be reduced. You are strongly advised that when you get near to the show to follow the adequate signs and forget about using your sat nav. Car parking is free and there are ample spaces for all. Allow about 30 to 45 minutes for the traffic near the show.

There may also well be a long walk from where you park your car to the entrance.

When you do get the entrance you will also probably be faced with a significant queue to enter even if you have a pre-booked ticket.

Top Tip Number Three is to wear wellingtons or similar weather proof footwear. On the day we visited the weather was dry and normal shoes were fine. If the weather was wet, walking off the paths could cause significant walking problems.

In 2017 the weather was wet and this caused problems with mud and soft ground. For 2018, the organisers have laid reasonably wide paths in the most trafficked areas which is a great improvement.

SHOW GARDENS AT RHS CHATSWORTH FLOWER SHOW

Show gardens should inspire amateur gardeners to develop ideas which can be used when they develop their own gardens. The majority (all I think) are across the river (there are two bridges) from the main show area.

There are too many show gardens to show them all here but they range from large to small, from rather obscure to just very attractive. All are worth a look. The one below is called “Picture This” and is one of the smallest but it does stimulate the imagination and the kids will love going behind the frame to be part of the picture.

“Picture This” display
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

On a more practical level is the garden below, “The Great Outdoors”. Oak is used for the unusual shaped pergola. The planting is mainly cottage style with a small water feature in the centre. It’s a peaceful garden which would be sure to inspire contemplation.

“Great Outdoors” display garden
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Nearer the entrance to the show there are several large container gardens which are well worth viewing. The one which particularly caught our attention was “Rhythm of Colour”. The colour combinations combined the different colours and textures are a delight.

This is a real possibility for a small garden in the UK and it would be easy to maintain. Yes, the wood used for the container would be hugely expensive but with some imagination and reclaimed wood and other materials the cost could be made reasonable.

Rhythm of Colour container garden
Designed by Samantha Harvey

FLORAL MARQUEES RHS FLOWER SHOW CHATSWORTH

There are two very large floral marquees at RHS Chatsworth in 2018 plus a smaller marquee devoted to orchids The range of plants and gardening accessories is expansive and all can be bought on site, often at a discount.

Fuchsia Display
RHS Flower Show Chatsworth

It does become very crowded in the floral marquees throughout most of the day but this is normal at these large shows. Because the show is held at the beginning of June the temperature inside the marquees is very pleasant.

The quality of the displays inside the two floral marquees was top notch in 2018. One example of many, by Harts Nursery who won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018, is shown below. An astonishing display of lilies.

Lily display by Harts Nursery
RHS Floral Show Chatsworth

FOOD AT THE RHS FLOWER SHOW CHATSWORTH

There is more than enough food outlets on site to ensure that everyone gets adequately fed. The range of food is wide, everything from a sandwich to a Mexican wrap and 100 shades of cuisine in between.

If you prefer a sit down meal then the River View cafe may be more to your liking. The picture below shows the menu and the prices. The prices for all the food at the Chatsworth show is above what you might expect. If you prefer to bring your own food, there is no problem.

Whatever food you choose to eat, judging by the 2018 show, seating may well be a problem. The weather forecast for the 2018 show is excellent so the prospect of water sodden ground is very unlikely. However you may want to bring a mat or two so that you can sit on the grass in relative comfort.

EVENTS AT THE RHS FLOWER SHOW CHATSWORTH

There are several areas in the show where guest speakers and performers will be entertaining and / or educating their audiences with often amusing, always informative talks and music.

One not to miss is the Piano Stage with performances throughout the day (see the timetable below). There is seating around the bandstand and often this is good place to eat any takeaway food and listen to some excellent live music at the same time.

The Piano Stage timetable

It’s worthwhile searching out the Garden Theatre which has talks from guest speakers every 45 minutes starting from 11.00am. Guest speakers include Martin Fish, Jon Wheatley, Helen Bainbridge and several others. The Duke of Devonshire also gets a slot on Thursday and Friday.

STAYING OVERNIGHT

We attended the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2018 and having travelled some distance to get there we stayed at a B and B overnight. It was the Grosvenor House in Buxton which is about 16 miles from Chatsworth House. Spacious and well furnished bedrooms, a huge and delicious breakfast, lovely position just opposite a park. We thoroughly recommend this B and B.

How to get to the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and back from Burton for just £3

Gardening fans heading to the RHS Flower Show in Derbyshire are being urged to leave their cars at home and hop on the bus to the major horticultural event at Chatsworth House instead.

Coach firm Midland Classic has released details of its direct bus service that will take avid gardeners straight from Burton town centre to the Chatsworth Estate near Bakewell so they can take in the 2019 show.

At this year’s show, visitors will be able to discover unusual plants in the floral marquee, be inspired with new ideas for their own garden and indulge in a spot of afternoon tea with loved ones, said a spokesman for the show.

It will be the third year the event has come to the Chatsworth Estate, and this year there will be 6,000 of the world finest dahlias on show to wow floral fans, he said.

There will also be a chance to meet some of the country’s finest growing and plant experts who will give advice on everything from ways to care for flowers at home to taking a look at the more unusual species gardeners might like to plant.

The RHS Flower Show is returning to Chatsworth (Image: Redbrick Communications)

And the direct service from Midland Classic means that visitors will not even have to worry about their cars or driving home after a long day, said a spokesman for the bus firm.

Route X6 will run on Wednesday, June 5, until Sunday, June 9, and will go from Burton High Street, Pirelli Stadium and Clay Mills before heading into Derby and on to the Chatsworth estaste.

The bus will leave High Street (stand 10) at 8.40am and 9.55am, the football stadium at 8.46am and 10.01am and Clay Mills at 8.48am and 10.03am.

The buses will arrive at Chatsworth at 10.15am and 11.30am, respectively.

Things to do near Burton

Buses will leave Chatsworth at midday, 2.30pm and 4pm with the later two travelling back to Burton.

Operations manager, Michael Cartwright, said: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the RHS Flower Show team at Chatsworth to deliver our usual high quality service on route X6.

“It will make Chatsworth more accessible to a greater number of visitors both along the route and also from further afield as easy connections will be available with other bus routes in Burton and Derby and rail services at Derby Railway Station.

“This is a great time for us to be moving up a gear, get on-board.”

Tickets cost just £3 for a day return from Burton and tickets for the NHS Flower Show have to be purchased seperately.

I can scarcely believe it’s been a week since my visit to the second ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The time has flown! This marked my second Chatsworth flower show, as well as my second ever RHS spectacle. RHS Hampton Court is due to follow for me soon, so remain posted for that…

Back to Chatsworth. As with all large-scale events, it had its ups and downs, but for me was a great all-round day out with plants, personalities and entertainment.

Lessons learned

It was pleasing to see that the RHS had learnt from its inaugural performance in the Peaks last year. Traffic management flowed nicely and car parking was ample, although we reinforced this by turning up earlier. Needless to point out, living just 20 minutes or so away helped. Shuttle buses were in place. Additionally, chauffered carts for those with disabilities were also provided. Discussion with a volunteer highlighted that last year Chatsworth had offered to manage traffic itself, being experienced in the local difficulties, but apparently the RHS opted to retain control. Here is one way they’ve reacted positively – seasoned Chatsworth staff was in charge this time round.

An extra relief was the availability of spacious, spotless toilet blocks around the whole show site. They were separated into male and female. These beat the unisex cramped portaloos which the RHS called in last year; I’m more accustomed to these on garden projects. These portaloos had been in short supply too so 2017 queues were unbearably long. Yet no queuing encountered in 2018! Another round of applause to the RHS this time.

With plenty of toilets, there was even less excuse not to drink and eat! (Driving home aside) So the RHS once again responded to inaugural feedback with the inclusion of many more eateries and much more seating, large areas of it sheltered from potential rain. Matt and I headed to a Greek food van, but there were fish and chips, healthy vegan food counters and the White Peak Restaurant, among others.

Live performers entertained crowds from two separate stands on either side of the river. Deck chairs added to the aestival atmosphere – although the sun rarely made an appearance for us on Members’ Day, sadly. We enjoyed relaxing at mid-afternoon, buoyed up again by the crystalline and harmonious vocals of The Daisy Belles, singing some 1940s favourites. I have to assume that the dual Spitfire flyover was an arranged treat, well-timed, and not an exciting coincidence!

Smelling of roses?

Unfortunately it didn’t all come up smelling of roses for me this year…

The extravagant orchid display in the Great Conservatory did nothing for me. I think it a case of Marmite – you love it or hate it – but I’m rarely a fan of massed plants of one species or, in this case, family. The pinks and whites struck me as a tad too sickly I’m afraid…

My big bugbear was the lack of show gardens. Last year boasted nine and an array of non-judged installations. Both seemed in shorter supply this time, with just five show gardens on display. As Matt rightly said to me, the massive number of shops and tradestands, including in the floral marquees, felt more redundant without the inspiration to accompany them.

Worth going outdoors for

Nevertheless, I have to confess this year’s show gardens, though limited, pleased me more than some show gardens you see.

It was a thrill to find out Phil Hirst‘s “The Great Outdoors” garden won a Gold plus the Best Show Garden accolade. I loved every element except the vibrant purple cushions. The dark dip pool complemented the surrounding scorched wood decking and boundaries, while contrasting wonderfully with the pure timber arbour and oak blocks. The more vivacious colour scheme for flowers contributed extra contrast and vigour: Geum ‘Mai Tai’, Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ and Primula beesiana to name just three. Towards the back, acting as a dimming buffer before the seared boards, unfurled the devilishly purple Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’. It was even more amazing to have Phil tell me the design sprang from his admiration of the countryside surrounding his home village – coincidentally, the village down the hill from where I grew up. Perhaps those evoked elements had an influence on my preference too…

Borne in mind

The long border installations, also judged, showcased some wonderful planting which was replicable by even those with a smaller garden. I felt the standards ebbed away as one moved further along, although of course it’s all a matter of taste and expectations. My favourites by far were the first and second designs.

“Mind the Gap” by Louisa van den Berg melded soothing purples, whites and magentas, with pops of yellow from Anthemis tincortia ‘E.C. Buxton’ and Achillea ‘Moonshine’. The planting also introduced me to a deeply hued enchantress: Geraniumpratense ‘Black Beauty’. This draws you in with its lilac flowers set against sultry red-black foliage and stems. The design carried an important message too however: help pollinators fight their June “hungry gap” by providing one or more of these early summer flowerers.

Searing and murderous

Also captivating was the “Rhythm of Colour” long border designed by the head gardener of Derby College’s Broomfield Hall gardens, Samantha Harvey.

Based on their own long border, there was no pretention here. It was a matter-of-fact, quite rightly shameless display of elegant flowing colours. A range of heights kept it interesting, and the journey from one end of the colour spectrum to the other was a delight. I especially loved seeing the searing red-orange blooms of Geum ‘Mrs J. Bradshaw’ up against the murderously bloody stems and flower spikes of Astilbe ‘Red Baron’. Hurrah for more vivid tones this year!

A squirrel’s tale

One point of interest: the bestselling plant species seemed to be Hordeum jubatum (Squirrel Tail Grass). I spotted it on a great number of stalls early in the day, but by the end I saw more bobbing past in visitors’ bags and trolleys! I’m not surprised however – it’s flared “squirrel tail” plumes caught the sunlight beautifully and swayed in a mesmerising manner.

Behind the scenes

Bestall & Co did contribute to RHS Chatsworth 2018, though not with a show garden. Instead, Lee and my colleague Jamie assisted designer Sarah Eberle in installing the “Picture This” piece: a large frame looking out onto the river and landscape beyond, but with a difference. This version contained more exotic planting plus some safari surprises in the form of sculpted crocodile, giraffe and elephant!

Mark and I had the honour of dismantling the installation on Monday after the show’s end, and I have to say it was an experience to watch behind the scenes. I’m sure creation is more of a buzz and rush than disposal, yet it intrigued me to see how hard everyone was working. It was also a surprise to witness the calm and orderliness of it all. I’m told Chelsea is much less subdued!

Unique qualities

I can’t foresee giving RHS Chatsworth up any time soon. Apparently visitor numbers on Members’ Day were down by 50% on last year’s. Nonetheless, certain unique qualities keep me enchanted: its proximity, the unbeatable setting, and the knowledge I’ve enjoyed it since its inception. It’s a great chance to spot Gardeners’ World presenters doing their thing. Last but not least, it’s the show that marked the start of my move into horticulture as a profession – priceless.

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