Two landmark new exhibitions showcasing Burning Man art in the park and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s favorite works of art, including work by Lucian Freud on his centenary in the house, as well as the return of all the iconic events, the culmination of the garden’s major transformation and the reopening of the historic glasshouses mark an exciting and full season ahead for Chatsworth.
Living with the Art We Love: March 26 to October 9
A labor of love, this new exhibition brings the art the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire live and love with into the public spaces of the home to share with first-time visitors. A special section is dedicated to Lucian Freud in his centenary year. On display will be the artist’s paintings, drawings and prints from the Devonshire collections, as well as two paintings on loan and returning to Chatsworth. Freud was one of the first guests of the 11th Duke of Devonshire to stay at Chatsworth when he visited in the autumn of 1959. Sixty years later his box of paints was discovered in a cupboard with “Mr. Freud: please do not remove from here’.
Alexandra Hodby, Senior Curator, Chatsworth, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring together this group of works, which represent the span of Freud’s life, and to celebrate his relationship with the Cavendish family for many years.
Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man: April 9 to October 1
Located across the park and as a backdrop to the house, Radical Horizons is open-access for all to enjoy and features eight existing sculptures and four works built on site, including three new participatory sculptures that will be created in the park with the artists. working with local school children, mirroring the building process of Burning Man which sees teams of volunteers gather in the desert to create new works of art.
In the House
Over the winter, the house underwent vital deep-cleaning and conservation work on objects in the collections as well as upholstery, chandeliers, rugs and other items too difficult to access when the house is open.
As a result, visitors will now have the chance to see the charming Alcove Chamber. The room has been re-presented and will return to the tour for the first time in five years.
In the garden
Work on the ambitious garden development project, which includes the new Arcadia Garden led by renowned landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith, continues apace, with the current focus on completing work on Paxton’s Rock Garden. New rock piles have been positioned to create a better transition between the formal Baroque areas and the High Victorian Rock Garden, with planting due to be completed in April.
This year will also see the historic rose garden replanted after clearing, soil improvement and temporary plantings over the past few years.
Chatsworth is also delighted to once again open a number of its famous glasshouses to visitors. The exhibition greenhouse has been partially replanted and Paxton’s greenhouse will be open to show trained peaches as well as a new take on ‘History Makers’, to share insight into the work of the 6th Duke, Joseph and Sarah Paxton in creating of the famous Chatsworth Garden.
A new digital guide has been launched to help visitors make the most of their stay in Chatsworth from March 26. The easy-to-use guide can be accessed via www.chatsworth.org and will help visitors get the most out of their trip, with information. on the domain and useful navigation tools. All of the popular signature events are back, along with seasonal activities for the whole family on Easter, Summer, Halloween and Bonfire Night. A host of lectures, tours and activities take place throughout the year to suit all interests and ages, from nature-led drawing, wildlife and gardening activities to art , cultivation and conservation.
Chatsworth International Horse Shows: May 13-15
World-class competition, from thrilling show jumping to thrilling cross-country and stylish dressage combined with family entertainment, come to Chatsworth for three exciting days of equestrian action in beautiful surroundings.
Chatsworth Fair: September 2-4
Making its long-awaited return after a two-year absence, Chatsworth Country Fair is one of England’s finest annual outdoor events.
With a packed program of entertainment on the grand ring, a food village and a culinary theatre, the spectacular celebration of the countryside attracts thousands of visitors each year. There’s plenty to do for the whole family, including animal lovers.
Christmas in Chatsworth: 5 November – 8 January 2023
Festive decorations, stunning Nordman trees and twinkling lights transform Chatsworth at Christmas. The theme for this year’s celebrations will be announced in the fall.
Christmas market: from November 5 to 23
The popular Christmas Market promises plenty of festive spirit with entertainment and the chance to browse over 100 stalls set up on Lodge Hill, with the house dressed up for Christmas as a backdrop. Offering a range of gifts and decorations, as well as a range of food and drink, Chatsworth offers one of the best Christmas market experiences in the country.