Opened in 1973, Chatsworth Farmyard
welcomed its 3 millionth visitor in 2003. Popular with children
and adults alike it provides a contrasting attraction to the
house and gardens. It is designed to offer an entertaining
but non-sentimental way of explaining the life-cycles and
ultimate uses of the ordinary commercial farm stock on the
the season there are activities, animal handling sessions and a daily
milking demonstration in the afternoon. A hand goat-milking
demonstration takes place from late May to October. There are cows,
pigs, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and fish, and usually young animals
to see as well. All of which offers young people an entertaining and
educational insight into food and farming on the estate.
Child with chickens. © Bridget Flemming and the Chatsworth House
The spectacular woodland adventure playground is one of the largest in
the country and provides enjoyment for all ages and has been built to
conform to the highest international safety standards. As well as the
usual slides, chutes and swings the playground, has two water play areas which draw
their water from the stream.
Young children explore the sand and water play areas, while
older children can test their skill on the towers,
ropewalks, spiral slide and commando wire. A more gentle
pursuit, but just as enjoyable is to take a trailer ride
through Stand Wood above the house and round the lakes.
Refreshments are available in the farmyard café and there
are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. There is also a Party
Hut, where you can book for private children's parties.
Pig and Piglets. © Graham Preston and the Chatsworth
school groups can choose from a variety of National Curriculum linked
options. These can be centred in the farmyard itself or it can be used
as the base from which to explore the surrounding woods and park.
Options will be led by farmyard staff and are tailored to meet
team offer a number of special weeks throughout the season, focusing on
particular moments in the farming calendar and the changing seasons.
There may be special talks and demonstrations and other relevant
seasonal displays and activities. These include new life weeks, rural
skills week, harvest week and Christmas Nativity weeks from mid
The playground. © Bridget Flemming and the Chatsworth House Trust
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Open for visitors daily until 23rd December
11.00am – 5.30pm, last admission
11.00am – 6.00pm, last admission 5.00pm.
Farmyard and Adventure Playground
10.30am – 5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm.
NOTE: The farmyard &
adventure playground is normally closed during the Country Fair. The adventure playground will
close in bad weather.
10.30am to 5.30pm. Orangery shop 11am to 5.30pm.
Carriage House Restaurant and
Stables Grill and Drinks
10.15am to 5.00pm. Hot food served at lunchtime.
The Cavendish Rooms
10am to 4.30pm. Hot food served at lunchtime.
Farm shop in Pilsley (1½ miles)
Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 5.30pm.
Sunday, 11.00am to 5.00pm.
Park Open all year. No charge
House car park shut during closed season.
2010 - EVENTS IN CHATSWORTH PARK
Chatsworth International Horse
Trials with HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing -
Take place on the 15 & 16 May 2010.
Contact telephone number 01298
Chatsworth Three Day Country Fair
- Takes place
from 3 to 5 September 2010. For more information:
information on the above events and to find out what else is available
ring - 01246 565300 or visit the Chatsworth Website at:
THE ESTATE VILLAGES
The estate villages of Beeley, Edensor and Pilsley, are
without doubt three of the most attractive villages in the
Peak National Park. To learn more about the villages and to
discover some superb walks through Chatsworth Park, click
the links below.
WALKING IN THE PARK
For walking throughout the year, there is a
car park at Calton Lees, off the B6012.
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