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The new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is brand new for 2017.  For garden and flower experts around the country it is going to be something very special.

With the stunning location of Chatsworth House and the 'Capability' Brown designed landscapes added to some bold new garden designs this is going to be an event not to miss.

There will be gardens, displays and features from hotly-tipped designers, as well as displays themed around habitats such as woodland and Mediterranean.  In addition there will be a range of show gardens with categories such as FreeForm to encourage creativity.

There will be talks, demos and expert advice and some great shopping too.  The show will bring together a slection of nurseries and independent retailers.  

The opening times are Wed 7 to Sat 10 June, 10 am to 6.30 pm and Sun 11 June, 10 am to 5 pm with a sell-off of plant displays at 4 pm.  RHS members day is 7 June.  Prices vary for RHS Members and the public and savings may be enjoyed by booking in advance.  

For further information visit rhs.org.uk/chatsworth

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With spring and Easter just around the corner, there's plenty of things to do in the Peak District in March.

Haddon Hall gardens re-open on 25 March and these really are well-worth a visit (any time of year).  There's also a special Easter celebration and family events too.  

Chatsworth House re-opens on 19 March and there's plenty of Easter fun too! 

If you love food then the Leek Food and Drink Festival is for you.  Held on 19 March, there will be plenty to sample! 

On the foodie theme why not visit one of the many farmer's markets in the Peak District?  We love the Bakewell farmer's market held on the last Saturday in the month.  

A great family day out over Easter is the Heights of Abraham.  Take a cable car ride and enjoy lots of family activities including; Easter egg hunt, make your own daffodil, Easter animals and see the 60,000 daffodils that will burst into flower.   

And for the younger family members, Matlock Farm Park at Easter is ideal.  There's a special meet the Meerkat day, or maybe you'd like to see Mambu the gorilla, or be a pirate for the day on Easter Monday?   

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Did you know that lots of great films and TV series are set in the Peak District?


Death comes to Pemberley, PD James' murder mystery was filmed at Chatsworth House and it is believed that Jane Austin based Mr Darcy's house on Chatsworth House.  Death Comes to Pemberley, a three part TV adaptation takes the story of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett beyond Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice.  It stars Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin and Trevor Eve. 


The film of Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet is partly filmed in Chatsworth House, Sudbury HallLyme Park and Stanage Edge.   


Jane Eyre the 2011 British romantic drama film starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender is partly filmed in Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, White Edge Lodge Longshaw, Dovedale and Ilam Hall.


The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) stars Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn and Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn. It is filmed in a variety of places, such as Haddon Hall, Dovedale and Ilam Hall.


At our Peak District holiday cottages there are plenty of films to watch on Sky movies but we also supply plenty of DVDs suitable for all the family. 


If you have any recommendations for good family films I'd love to hear them.  Or some suggestions for some good action films or thrillers once the children are tucked up would also be good.  

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If you want incredible wedding pictures, what better backdrop than the Peak District?

Whether you want a small gathering, a large wedding, a country house affair or a stylish hotel do, there's something for everyone.

The Peak District Tourist board has compiled a list of amazing wedding venues from the stunning Chatsworth House to the National Brewery Centre.

Although Riverside House doesn't cater to stag or hen parties, we do offer an ideal solution for out of town guests attending the wedding.  With room for 9 guests, plus an additional 3 on pullout beds, there's room to get ready and relax after the festivities.

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