This weekend we ventured to the stunning stately home that is Chatsworth House for their annual Luminaire light show. Situated in the heart of the Peak District Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish Family since 1549. The house has over 30 rooms to explore including a stunning hall, state rooms, galleries and bedrooms. Chatsworth is also known for its famous art collections which grows through each generation of the Cavendish Family, including contemporary ceramics, Ancient Egypt artefacts and modern sculptures. In 2012 Chatsworth opened ‘The Old Master Drawings Cabinet’ which showcases over 3000 drawings of historic scenes and mythological battles from the likes of Raphael, Van Dyck & Mantegna.
The 11th Duke of Devonshire passed away in 2004 leaving his son Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire as his successor. Deborah Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire passed away in September of this year, responsible for bringing many new additions to Chatsworth in particular the gardens including a maze and the cottage gardens she was an active role in bringing the public to Chatsworth and allowing the house to be celebrated by all.
Chatsworth holds a number of events every year including the annual Florabundance festival, exhibitions in the New Gallery and the stunning Christmas at Chatsworth event when the whole lower level of the house is decorated ready for the festive season.
Luminaire at Chatsworth House
Luminaire is a newer event running from the 4th to 7th October this year, the house is lit with subtle lighting and candles guiding you through each room, whilst the gardens feature projections, more lighting and music as well as an illuminated trail taking you through the gardens and finishing at the Stables Courtyard. There’s only a few nights left so be sure to head down if you get the chance…
The story of the Masque of Oberon, The Fairy Prince features in the gardens of Chatsworth during the Luminaire event. The story of Silenus’ prophecy of when The Fairy Prince meets with a group of dancing satyrs in Oberon’s hidden palace and begin to dance and sing until morning is told through a glittering illuminated prism that reflects dancing light across the beautiful gardens.