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Contemporary Art and Chatsworth In Wartime are to feature in the 2014 programme at Chatsworth.

The season starts on March 16 and includes one of the most important art installations since the 1800s in the house, a major exhibition of large-scale contemporary sculpture by Michael Craig-Martin in the garden and an exhibition uncovering life on the estate during wartime.

From April 18-21, there are the Chatsworth Easter Celebrations, featuring face painting, Shire Horse and Dray rides and special appearances from the Easter Bunny, handing out treats.

In the farmyard, the popular Easter Egg Hunts will take place several times a day; the Easter Eggspress will offer trailer rides; spring-themed crafts will take place in the Oak barn while the Easter Bunny will be popping up in the Farmyard too.

From May 9-13, it’s time for Florabundance.

The house will be transformed for the spring flower festival as renowned floral designer Jonathan Moseley and the Chatsworth Garden team showcase displays inspired by the Devonshire Collection.

The floral displays will follow the direct link between art and flowers, from the art of the Ancient Egyptians to contemporary artists of the 21st century.

From May 16-18, it’s the Dodson and Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials.

Thrilling cross-country action will take place on the specially-designed course around the parkland on both Saturday and Sunday, alongside dressage, show jumping, a packed arena programme of family entertainment and shopping.

From June 5-8, there will be more than 60 stalls at the Food and Drink Fair while the exhibitions include Chatsworth in Wartime, running from April 4-December 23.

This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Objects, archives, photographs and stories will reveal life on Chatsworth estate during both wars.

For more see www.chatsworth.org