Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Chatsworth Throws a Giant Street Party To Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

Chatsworth will be hosting a 1950s style giant street party in the garden to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee weekend (2-5 June).  Visitors will be encouraged to come along in vintage dress and take part in celebrations that echo those that would have taken place for the Queen’s Coronation 60 years ago.

Visitors can get into the swing and enjoy their picnic at the 100m table in the garden dressed with union jacks, bunting, flags and balloons and take part in traditional village fete games.

A large screen on Salisbury Lawn will show the Jubilee procession on June 5 and special walking tours of the garden will highlight the royal links with Chatsworth, including the visit of 13-year-old Princess Victoria in 1832, the only other Monarch in British history to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

In the house, the robes worn by four generations of the Cavendish family at the Queen’s Coronation and the Devonshire state chariot used by the 11th Duke of Devonshire and the Dowager Duchess to attend the Coronation will be on show. The celebrations continue in the Farmyard, decked out in bunting and flags, with jubilee themed crafts and fancy dress.

Rolls Royce will be displaying a vehicle on Lodge Hill from every year of the Queen’s 60-year reign on Sunday June 3. On the approach to the house, visitors will also see three giant crocheted lions created by artist Shauna Richardson for the Arts Council’s Lionheart project embarking on a tour before arriving in London in time for the Olympic Games.

House, garden, farmyard and adventure playground open on March 11 2012. For more information and ticketing options including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit

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