Please note car parking charges for this year, 2018, have increased to £10 weekday and £20 weekend.
Last year was our first time at Chatsworth Christmas Markets and we had such a wonderful time. It’s a truly festive experience and where better than to do it all than at Chatsworth House and Estate, one of the most beautiful places in the country? Best of all, the markets are free to visit which is really the cherry on the top. If you can make it to one Christmas market this year, Chatsworth is one to consider. Here’s some quick useful information and top tips how to make the most out of your visit to Chatsworth Christmas Markets.
how to make the most out of your visit to Chatsworth Christmas Markets
- Chatsworth Christmas markets start from
- The markets are free to visit and do not require any Chatsworth ticket; this is because the markets are in the car park.
- The cost of parking is increased throughout the time of the markets, at £5 per car weekdays and £10 on weekends.
- Due to the markets being in one of the main car parks, the buses that usually stop there from Sheffield and Bakewell (the 218 service from Sheffield) can’t alight passengers at this bus stop.
- Instead, you will need to walk from the gate near the farmers shop.
- There is no cash point at Chatsworth and many of the stalls do not take card payments, so do make sure you take cash with you.
- Stalls at Chatsworth Christmas markets have a variety of wonderful delights from food and drinks, including cakes, classic festive drinks like mulled wine and baileys, nuts, bratwurst, pancakes and waffles, pork sandwiches, buns, homemade goodies, festive liquor. Gifts can be purchased and you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the handmade items, clothes, homeware, jewellery and more than there is to buy for a loved one.
- There is festive live music throughout the time of the Chatsworth Christmas markets; last year we were lucky enough to see a live band. It was glorious! 🙂
I highly recommend taking a walk around Chatsworth estate to make the most of your visit.
One of my favourite walks to do at Chatsworth is one through stand wood up to the hunting tower. The entrance for this walk is next to the farmyard; there is a separate gate with a sign to the right hand side. Follow this. This walk takes place on just a small part of the estate. There is so much to see along the way of the walk and at the top, where the hunting tower is, there are amazing views over Chatsworth and Derbyshire.
From here you’ll be able to see all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas markets, and it really is a festive walk. Make sure to wrap up as it can get quite cold and take a good camera.
The walk does not require any ticket so you can combine it with the markets for a totally free day out at Chatsworth. The walk is flat and pushchair friendly.
There are great facilities at Chatsworth so you can be reassured of a good day, whatever age. Baby change, cafe and restaurant, kiosk, outdoor seating, gift shops, heated marquee’s to warm up in, plus there’s the option of exploring the wonderful gardens of Chatsworth, letting off steam in the adventure playgrounds or seeing the animals in the farmyard. Don’t miss a visit to the House at Christmas time, if you can; this year’s theme is “Oh Dickens! It’s christmas!”. I went inside the house last year and it was really magical, the decorations are just outstanding. It is worth noting that no pushchairs are allowed in the house, there are lots of delicate items not suitable for young children to touch and slings can only be worn on the front not a back carry.
Are you looking forward to Chatsworth this Christmas? What Christmas markets are on your bucket list this year? Leave me a comment down below with the best ones I should check out! I’m in such a festive mood lately!
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Ho ho ho! 😉