‘In a Land Far, Far Away’ opens 9th November 2019
Visitors are set to be transported on a journey around the globe with Chatsworth this Christmas.
Guests at the historic house over the holiday season will enjoy an immersive experience full of atmospheric lights, rich colours and the evocative sounds and scents of lands far, far away.
The grand rooms of Chatsworth House will be dressed in homage to a number of countries traversed by generations of the Cavendish family.
Visitors can follow in their footsteps, led by famous explorers from the realms of fiction and real life Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart.
They’ll share stories of adventure and derring do from all over the world, while a special children’s trail will add extra fun for families.
Wintry scenes abound with snow, frosty lights and a sleigh promise to deliver the essence of Christmas.
Meanwhile the chapel, inspired by a baroque Portuguese church, is set to house a classic Nativity scene complete with floating candles, mirrors and stained glass.
Blossom trees, Chinese lanterns and a 10-metre spiralling Chinese dragon will bring a flavour of Eastern Asia, while Russian dolls and rustic stars will dress the gigantic Nordic Fir tree taking pride of place in the Painted Hall.
Insights and anecdotes from historical Dukes and Duchesses of Devonshire are being woven throughout the showcase event this Christmas.
This will include letters between Victor (Ninth Duke of Devonshire) and his wife Evelyn, as she travelled in India with Queen Mary in 1911, and letters home from Canada while Victor was posted there as governor general, describing a family Christmas and new experiences in a faraway land.
The team has delved into the collection to find a treasure trove of memorabilia from around the world, including a Christmas card from America’s first family, the Kennedys, who have a number of connections to Chatsworth.
Morocco, India, Holland, Italy, China, Japan, Portugal and America all feature in what is one of the most ambitious Christmas seasons staged by Chatsworth – famous for its festive displays.
Venetian masks, pagodas, origami decorations, frosted ferns and Indian fabrics are just some of the props which will be used to stage a rich, eclectic experience offering a journey around the world.
Before they leave, visitors can also hop into the hot air balloon basket for a photo opportunity.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £25 per adult and £15 per child (aged between 3-16). Family tickets are also available.
For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org