Chatsworth House is a stately home set in beautiful countryside in Derbyshire, and the perfect rural location for a Christmas market!
The market was held in front of the converted stable block, which is in itself a beautiful historical building now converted into a visitor attraction.
With this in mind, we had expected to see rows of traditional wooden chalets lining the driveway up to the stable block where the market was situated, but unfortunately, pop up gazebos were used instead. There was just one row of cute little wooden cabins towards the bottom of the market area, in front of the main house.
However, this was the only aspect of Chatsworth Christmas market that we could find fault with, everything else definitely lived up to expectations!
The wide range of stalls were largely local or handmade products, and all were offering products that were unusual, well made and certainly not what you’d find on the high street. We found knitwear, herbs and spices, preserves, crystals, gourmet marshmallows, vintage homewares, and even wizard’s accessories on sale!
Chatsworth is famous for its locally made foods, their Farm Shop is vast and well worth a visit too, so we were pleased to see that this tradition had been upheld at the Christmas market. Local produce was on offer all around the market, even the traditional German sausage stall had been given a local twist, serving a choice of sausages from the Farm Shop!
We particularly loved the fact that, if you wanted to eat your food purchases in the warmth, a covered marquee was provided with chairs and tables for this very reason! This was a huge bonus for us as we also had our (then) 4 month old baby with us who could have his bottle in a cosy environment rather than out in the cold December air!
Despite the focus on locally sourced food, the traditional Germanic Christmas drinks were also flowing freely! Glühwein, hot chocolate and German beers were all on offer!
Despite the fact that it was a cold December morning, a lovely festive atmosphere surrounded the Chatsworth grounds. Garlands and Christmas trees decorated the stable yard, lights were strung between each stall, and a traditional organ grinder provided a background of festive tunes!
Because this is a relatively small, artisanal Christmas market, there wasn’t a great deal by way of activities for the family to take part in, unlike the larger markets we’ve visited, so this is worth considering if you’re considering taking younger members of your group along!
Overall, Chatworth Christmas market is a very enjoyable day out with plenty of local, seasonal food and handmade and alternative gift ideas. However it’s probably not our Christmas market of choice if we’ve also got children to entertain for the day!
Find out more about Chatsworth Christmas market here.