It’s a day thousands of people look forward to every year: the day Chatsworth House, in the heart of the Peak District National Park, reopens for the summer season. This year there is more than just the impressive Grade I listed stately home, expansive gardens and the 106-acre estate for people to enjoy.
For the first time in the UK, the Art of the Burning Man has made the long journey by boat from the deserts of Nevada in the United States of America to the fields of Derbyshire.
Officially opening on Saturday, April 9, many of the sculptures are already in place within the grounds of Chatsworth House for anybody to walk up to and have a look at for free.
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“It’s so exciting, it’s new and we love new things,” said the Duke of Devonshire. “Burning Man wanted to put some of their art at Chatsworth, in a park, in a different landscape that it isn’t used to and we were thrilled because we’ve always done new things.
“This landscape might be 200 years old but it was new once, and so everything has been new once, and this is another chapter and it’s very exciting.”
The sculptures are dotted throughout the estate and range from a giant head at the front of the main house, with books flying away from the top, to a collection of stepping stones, to a massive sculpture of a Second World War military jet that blossoms into a contemplative flower.
There is also a massive flying horse, stood in front of the stables, that has moveable wings and legs.
The reopening of Chatsworth House in 2022 marks the first time the estate has been fully open to the public since before the pandemic, with visitors able to wander around the house, gardens, grounds, farmyard and children’s play area.
“We’ve got such a remarkable event with the Art of the Burning Man to bring people to North East Derbyshire, a lot of people amazingly don’t know how beautiful the Peak District is, they’ll come here and then with any luck they’ll go to the wider area.
“Once you get them into Derbyshire they’ll stay and they’ll love it,” added the duke.
The Art of the Burning Man will conclude in October with one of the sculptures going up in flames as it’s set on fire.
The estate reopens on Saturday, March 26, and tickets for the house, garden and farmyard can be purchased from the Chatsworth House website. The exhibition itself is free to access but those arriving by car will need to book a parking space in advance.