Festive fun at Chatsworth with Mr Toad and friends

Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad.''Photo by Anne Shelley
Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad.''Photo by Anne Shelley

Chatsworth has once again taken inspiration from a children’s classic for its much anticipated festive season.

Christmas at Chatsworth with Mr Toad takes visitors through the adventures of those best of animal friends; Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad as they get ready to celebrate Christmas.

Tickets for visits at Christmas now offer timed entry into the house and are available to be booked online. Visitors planning to make a trip to the house this festive season are advised to book in advance to secure the time slot of their choice. Free parking is included with all online bookings.

The new system will ensure visitors are able to make the most of their day and minimise queuing times to enter the house.

With the lower floors of the house transformed into scenes loosely based on Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic Wind in the Willows, the Painted Hall serves beautifully as the Baronial Toad Hall dressed with sumptuous garlands and a magnificent Christmas tree while the house itself is generously decorated with festive flowers and giant Christmas trees throughout.

Visitors will discover Mole helping to dress Ratty’s Christmas tree before loading up his little boat with gifts to take to Toad Hall.

With many charming scenes unfolding on the journey through the house, this year’s festive celebration is sure to enchant all that come under its magical spell.

This year, Chatsworth is also transforming the Great Chamber and the Guest Bedrooms into the scenes from the evergreen story to extend the festive route throughout more of the house.

Children will enjoy discover the hiding places of the little mice all along the route; placing their wish on the Wishes Trees and dressing up in the costumes made especially for Christmas with Mr Toad by the in house textiles team.

The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground, restaurants and gift shops are open until January 3, 2016 (closed December 24-26 and January 1).

Tickets for the Christmas season are available to book now. See www.chatsworth.org