It has been announced this week that the Olympic Flame will travel to Chatsworth on Friday June 29 as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay tour of the region.
The torch will be carried into the garden onto the south lawn for a photo opportunity against the backdrop of the restored south façade of the house renewed with re-gilded paintwork and sparklingly clean stonework. Visitors will also be able to see the torch from the parkland being carried in front of the Bastion Wall in front of the West Front of the House.
The Duke of Devonshire said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Olympic Flame to Chatsworth. The relay is a fantastic way for us to share in the excitement of the Olympics and is a great opportunity to showcase some of the most beautiful landmarks across the country.”
David James, Chief Executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, added: “It’s great to see that, as well as taking in so much of our varied and beautiful area, the detailed torch relay route includes some of our premier tourist attractions, such as Chatsworth and the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath.
“Excitement is building as the torch relay draws ever closer, and we’re hoping that both local people and visitors will make the most of this unique chance to enjoy the pre-Olympic fun. We are encouraging local tourism businesses and attractions to capitalise by offering special deals and promotions to bring people into the area to join in the celebrations.”
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the official London 2012 education programme. The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school's preparations for the Relay.
Chatsworth house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground opened on March 11 2012. For more information and ticketing options including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworth.org