Christmas at Chatsworth – The Nutcracker
5 November 2016 – 3 January 2017
Last week, my family and I were kindly invited to attend Christmas at Chatsworth – The Nutcracker.
It was a cold, crisp morning, the grounds were stunning and we were able to see all the animals freely roaming the fields on our approach to the house. We arrived around 10.00am which meant we were able to avoid queues in the grounds and in the car park. This also gave us to chance to explore the Chatsworth estate, gift shop and grab a coffee – before heading off to the house to see The Nutcracker.
My son was very excited as we told him to keep his eyes peeled for the Nutcrackers around the house. The staff were also dressed accordingly for the Nutcracker theme, including some beautiful Ballerinas. We were advised by the Chatsworth staff to keep an eye out for the toy mice which were hiding around the house (we had to count the number of them hidden in each room, which my son loved).
As soon as we entered the house, we were in awe of the amazing decorations. There were SO many Christmas trees around the route of the Nutcracker tour, simply breathtaking.
Whilst on the look out for the toy mice, we came across this stunning room which was gingerbread themed. There was a sweet train that went all around the gingerbread house and there were stunning Christmas trees that were decorated with gingerbread men and candy canes.
The tour took us around the house, up the stairs and to a dressing-up room, and then onto ‘the Ballerina bath’. I can’t tell you just how incredible the house is, it absolutely took our breath away. From the stunning artwork on the ceilings to the amazing windows and statues around the house.
Once we had counted the mice, we arrived at the end of the tour where children could write a wish on a tag and place it on the wishing tree, which was really quite sweet. This is where you could see the ballerinas projected onto the walls and, my son’s favourite part, where he got to hold hands with one of the actual ballerinas.
On your way out of the tour you enter the Orangery where the gift shop is. The gift shop gives you the opportunity to buy some Nutcracker goodies (which we did, we bought the book and of course a toy mouse ) along with Chatsworth Farm merchandise and some lovely jewellery, books etc. Some great gifts for all ages.
It was still a little cold outside so we had a short wander around the gardens and then headed for some lunch in the restaurant. After lunch we had a short walk up to the farmyard and play area. This place is amazing, there is lots of fun to be had for all ages. The farm was brilliant as it gave us all an opportunity to stroke a sheep, see the piglets feeding from their mother and we play on the small tractor track, which my son thoroughly enjoyed – along with excitedly pointing out all the chickens on the park.
In summary, we had an amazing day out, in particular the tour of the house and the Nutcracker experience. The farmyard and playground are SO much fun too. Everyone needs to experience the house tour at Christmas, when it is at its most magical.
For ticket information please visit – Christmas at Chatsworth
For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org
*Please note my family and I were sent tickets to visit the house for the purpose of this review, but all views are my own*