Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all artsbeat followers – thank you for your support during 2016 and I hope you will continue to enjoy my posts in 2017

The beautiful picture above was taken at Chatsworth House which this year has chosen The Nutcracker as its festive theme.

The house is closed for three days from today but if you have missed the exhibition so far all is not lost as it opens again on December 27 and the Nutcracker continues until January 3.

Visitors are transported to a world populated by soldiers; elegant ballerinas and dancing snowflakes. The beautifully dressed rooms tell the story of The Nutcracker with all the classic scenes from Clara’s dream; from the waltz of the snowflakes to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

All the important characters are represented as the story unfolds in a series of stunning tableaux throughout the house. As well as the room guides being dressed in costume, a ballet dancer will be present each day, adding a touch of magic to the stunning story.

In the picture above taken at the launch of the season are four young dancers from the Claire Dobinson School of Dancing at Darley Dale – Alice Rathbone, 23, from Oker, Daisy Edwards, 19, also from Oker, 15-year-old  Benjamin Jones, from Darley Dale, and Daisy Kerry, 17.

Chatsworth is closed from today December 24 -26 and on January 1. Go to for more details.