Chatsworth’s summer season promises something for everyone this year: the highlights include the Pride & Prejudice Regency Ball; the Peak District Triathlon; Proms Spectacular; Party in the Garden; and in late August there is a performance of Romeo & Juliet in the Garden before the Chatsworth Country Fair and the Beyond Limits monumental sculpture show close the summer and take Chatsworth into the autumn.
12 July: Pride and Prejudice Regency Ball
Following the enormous success of last year’s event, Chatsworth returns with its Pride and Prejudice themed ball. As the probable inspiration behind Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s home in the Jane Austen novel, visitors will be able to experience Georgian life against the backdrop of one of England’s greatest country estates. The dinner and dance will begin with a drinks reception and canapés in the Painted Hall, followed by a regency themed 5 course dinner served in the elegant surroundings of the Carriage House restaurant with live entertainment.
13 July: The Peak District Triathlon is a new and exciting event taking place on the grounds of Chatsworth and is already tipped to become a firm favourite on the UK triathlon calendar. Starting at the beautiful 18th century bridge, contestants will be expected to take a swim in the River Derwent, followed by a cycle route in the picturesque Peak District and a scenic run around the Chatsworth Estate. For those not taking part, there will also be a range of family friendly activities on offer including a children’s adventure playground, farmyard, the house, shops and restaurants.
1 August: Proms Spectacular is an evening of classics, playing everything from movie themes to the favourite, Nessun Dorma. Performed by the UK Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Jae Alexander, guests can also listen to a special tribute as the Proms Spectacular commemorates the centenary of the First World War and the heroes who fought for our freedom. The evening of music will be rounded off with fireworks and guests can also purchase pre-made picnic baskets at the event.
2 August: Party in the Garden. Chatsworth puts on its dancing shoes for a night of disco, soul and pop in this fun live music concert. In the garden, a 10-piece band comprising of London’s top session musicians will be keeping the party atmosphere alive, the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bee Gee’s and Wham will have everyone on their feet while guests can also enjoy a bite to eat with Chatsworth’s pre-made picnics.
20 August: Romeo & Juliet. Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer for the world’s greatest love story. With action from the outset, jealousy, comedy, murder, banishment and the most famous balcony in the history of theatre! Bring a picnic, settle back and be swept up in the romance, the drama and the passion of Romeo and Juliet.
29-31 August: Chatsworth Country Fair. The famous roar of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine will herald the arrival of the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes in a thrilling display over the heads of thousands of visitors. Chatsworth hosts one of England's biggest Country Fairs, held in the beautiful parkland surrounding the house in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. This year, Chatsworth Country Fair promises even better entertainment, bigger performances and more activities for the whole family to enjoy.
8 September-26 October: Beyond Limits will display the best in monumental, contemporary sculpture from around the world with artists including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés and Thomas Heatherwick (designer of London’s Olympic Cauldron), having exhibited in recent years. Spread out across Chatsworth’s 105-acre garden, the diversity of these international artists' works represents some of the most original monumental sculpture being made today.
All tickets and further information on the events can be found at www.chatsworth.org.