Bonfire night is a bit like marmite. You either love it or you hate it and everyone knows that one person who pretends it doesn’t exist. Unlike marmite I’m a big fan of the 5th of November. I love the whole idea of getting together with your nearest and dearest. The warm glow from the bonfire as you scoff hot dogs, overhead fireworks light up the cold November night. It’s an excuse for children to stay up late and for adults to drink mulled wine before December!
Last year Rory was still quite young so we chose to stay home for a low key celebration. The whole family came together and we had a really good night but this year we wanted to try something different. Living in Sheffield we’re really fortunate as we have the Peak District right on our doorstep. Drive twenty minutes out of the city centre you’ll find yourself surrounded by rolling hills and an abundance of sheep! Another thing which were not short of is stately homes.
Yorkshire may be well known of for it’s world famous stately homes but my favourite is without a doubt Chatsworth House. Along with a magnificent interior, Chatsworth is nestled in 105-acres of beautiful gardens, which just happen to be the perfect location for a spectacular Bonfire event!
Each year Chatsworth hosts a dazzling evening which come highly recommended, so I wasted no time in securing us all tickets. This year the fireworks took place over two nights, either Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th November. We opted for Saturday night so Rory could stay up late plus there was the additional novelty of leaving the house after 5pm on a Saturday evening.
As you would expect it was pretty busy when we arrived. The event was sold out so it wasn’t anything which I didn’t expect but it was great to see plenty of staff on hand to help. Following the crowds we headed into the gardens and made our way to the main arena.
Rory likes to toddle but he also likes to be carried. Considering he’s nearly two years old and weighs roughly the same as baby elephant the pushchair is still a necessity. Initially I was a little shocked to see the main area was located down a flight of stairs but my concerns were quickly put at ease. Had we been unable to carrying the pushchair ourselves, lots of staff were on hand to assist and alternative access had been arranged for those with disabilities.
The main arena was located in front of the house. Food and beverage stalls lined the square offering a delicious array of choice. Obviously my attention was immediately drawn to the Presseco bar but what can I say, it was a Saturday night! Everyone was hungry so we headed straight over to the hog roast. Nothing quite hits the spot on a crisp November evening like a hot roast pork sandwich with all the trimmings. The queue may have been enormous (clearly everyone had the same idea) but it didn’t take too long before we were all chowing down.
We finished our Sandwiches just in time for the lighting of the bonfire. It was starting to get pretty cold so everyone was thankful for the additional heat. I gave into temptation and decided to keep myself warm with a glass of mulled wine – it would be rude not to! Just after the children’s fireworks started, much to Ryan’s delight with a super hero theme.
The display was synchronised with music and although it was aimed at the younger members of the audience it was still enjoyable. There was short break before the main event which gave everyone time to refuel and listen to some fantastic live music from the New York Brass Band. Ryan and I ventured out to grab a hot chocolate and made it back just in time for the final firework display.
Again synchronised to music it has to be one of the best displays I’ve ever seen. A beautiful mix of patterns and colours, orchestrated to a really high standard minus the ridiculously loud bangers. I think for me the thing which set the event apart from any other was the location and the atmosphere. An evening of excitement was made extra special by the attention to detail and picturesque surroundings.
If you fancy wrapping up warm and spending your Bonfire night in the grounds of a stately home, I can’t recommend Chatsworth enough. Bring your wellies (it can get pretty muddy if the weather’s bad) and get ready for a firework extravaganza like no other. It’s guaranteed to be a night to remember!
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