Over Christmas and the New Year, a number of our favourite attractions are open for business and are well worth a festive visit.
Chatsworth House and Gardens
Chatsworth’s Christmas decorations are on display in the grand rooms on the two lower floors of the house from 5th November to 3rd January 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January). Each year, a different theme offers a unique experience.
This year Journey through scenes of the time –honoured classic tale ‘The Nutcracker’. Join Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince.
This year a timed ticket entry will be operating to reduce queuing times for the house. Please call 01246 565300 or visit www.chatsworth.org for booking information.
12th – 30th November – Christmas Market. Enjoy live seasonal music, sample delicious food, mulled cider & German beers whilst shopping for the perfect Christmas gifts. Over 100 stalls offer a range of crafts, gifts, decorations and seasonal produce.
Weekdays £5 per car, open 10am – 5.30 pm & Weekends £10 per car, open 10am – 6pm.
9th & 10th December – Floral Demonstration, Christmas at Chatsworth. Enjoy a festive demonstration with Jonathan Moseley who will share his tips and techniques. £30 per person, pre booking essential, 11.30am – 2.30pm.
7th December – Christmas willow workshop. Make your own angel, star or wreath. The workshop includes house and garden entry on the day and refreshments. £35 per person, pre booking essential, 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Opening Times: 11am-5.30 pm (4.30 pm last admission)
Christmas at Haddon Hall
At Christmas Lord Edward Manners opens the doors of his magical home to offer a truly unique experience. This year the decorations are inspired by the England’s most prominent eras in history such as changes in art, literature and music influenced the late 15th to early 17th centuries and will influence the theme around the hall. The ancient rooms at Haddon will be dressed with swags, firs and natural decorations in keeping with the halls medieval architecture. There are open fires, Tudor music, and traditional decorations including swags and fir and festive hospitality.
Opening Times: 1st – 18th December 2015 10.30 to 4 pm (last admission 3pm)
3rd & 10th December – Doncaster Waites. This early music group returns to talk about their instruments, and perform in our Long Gallery.
4th December – Gloriana. Founded in 1978 this group from Wolverhampton study early music and dance. They will be performing during the day, with opportunities for visitors to get involved.
7th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 13th December – Candlelight Tours. Held intervals from 6pm, £22 per person. Pre booking is essential, please see the website.
11th December – Burbage Handbell Bellringers.
14th December – Patrick Harding will be giving a talk at 12pm about Christmas, its origins and traditions both past and present.
17th December – Performances by Vocalium. A 20 member choir founded in 2011 by Dale Webb (Chairman of the Elizabeth Madrigal Singers Alumni). Vocalium will perform two 45 minute slots at 12pm and 2.30pm.
For further information please call 01629 812855 or visit the website
Purchase your tickets from reception to avoid the ques, priced at £10.50
(usually £12, does not include car parking)
Christmas at Hardwick Hall
Discover the traditions of Hardwick’s past as they display some of the gifts given to the estate over the last 400 years. Enjoy the festive decorations and lights throughout the house and gardens and you can buy your Christmas tree from Hardwick too!
Hall Opening Times: 26th November to 18th December Wednesday to Sunday 11 am – 3 pm (Last entry 2 pm). £11 per adult, £5.50 per child, £27.50 per family.
For more information please visit the website or call 01246 850430
Kedleston Hall & Parkland
Kedleston Hall Park is open daily through the winter, and is the perfect place to enjoy a bracing winter stroll.
See here for more information please call 01332 842191.
12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th November – Natural Christmas Ornaments. Learning to make a festive decoration from natural materials under the Loggia in the Pleasure Grounds. 10am – 5pm, booking not essential.
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th December – Winter Wonders Walker – Let the Ranges show you some of the winter wonders the park has to offer, followed by mulled wine and Christmas Cake. Adult – £8.50, Child – £5.50. 1.30pm -3pm. Booking is essential – see website.
3rd December – Breakfast with Father Christmas. Experience an extra special Christmas breakfast with Father Christmas in the old kitchen restaurant followed by craft activities. 9.15am-10.15am – Adult £10.50, child £12.50. Booking is essential – please see website.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th – Christmas at Kedleston. Each room takes on a different festive theme. While taking a tour of the hall enjoy listening to the choirs and instrumental groups as they perform. Open 10.30am – 4pm, normal admission prices apply.
19th December – Join Santa Paws for a festive stroll around the park at Kedleston. Your dogs can dress up in their finest festive costumes and will receive a treat. A rosette will be awarded the best dressed dog. 10.30am – 12pm
Renishaw Hall will be open their award winning gardens and hall for public tours on 1st to 4th and 8th to 11th December. There will be plenty to see with winter walks and guided tours of the hall and the new cafe will be serving a delicious festive menu. Open from 10:30-16:00 from 1st to 4th and from 8th to 11th December. Public tours of the hall will be available on Thursday to Sunday at 13:00 and 14:30 throughout this period, pre-booking essential. Visit www.renishaw-hall.co.uk