Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas at Chatsworth: Part 2

To read part one of my Narnia adventure click here!

So to recap, we have just gone through the wardrobe and entered snow covered Narnia. It wouldn't be Narnia without one of these now would it?

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After a bit of a wander through the hallways, or woods, we entered the chapel where there were two huge trees, they were beautifully decorated.

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Before moving on to Tumnus Towers. This was by far my favourite bit of the whole trip.

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 The tree in this room was so cute! And there was a fire with kettle warming and a dresser on the wall and it really did look like a little Tumnus den, there was even snow falling outside the window (though it proved very difficult to photograph unfortunately)

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And there was the faun himself! On hand to serve you tea, it was all very cosy.

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After visiting Mr Tumnus it was time for a brief visit with the Beavers in their dam, Mrs Beaver was hard at work at the sewing machine while Mr Beaver scrubbed up for dinner.

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We couldn't stay long though, as obviously Edmund had gone a-snitching and Maugrim and his wolves were on their way!

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They had already got to Tumnus, we were next.

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Edmund was living it up with the Evil Queen in the Ice Palace

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They did have some lovely trees

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And of course lots of Turkish Delight

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So it was time for a battle

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And Aslan made the ultimate sacrifice. This was particularly heartbreaking to watch, as Aslan was animatronic and actually breathed while the mice moved over the ropes. Truly magical!
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This picture is awfully blurry, but I have to show you the Aslan tree, covered in the furry fella.

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Next it was time for a banquet fit for kings and queens! The trees here were lovely, really traditional and beautifully adorned.

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Each chair at the table was set for the characters and each had items particular to them by its side. Queen Susan was always my favourite, I'd love a bow and arrow myself!

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Onwards to the coronation. These trees were full of little flags that messages could be written on. Unfortunately there were none left for us to fill out but it was nice to read other peoples messages to loved ones.

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There was a maypole for dancing during the celebrations.

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And then came the crowning, I didn't dare go and don a crown myself (there was a bit of a queue) but it was a lovely touch!

Afterwards there was nothing to do but to explore the grounds, which are exactly as I imagine Narnia would be, full of hidden places and magical hidey holes.

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We got a little bit lost in the maze.

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And had to stop by the stepped fountain before leaving, as I always think it is stunning.

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We had such a wonderful time, and I would highly recommend a visit to anyone of any age, whether a fan of Narnia or not. I would happily go again as I am sure there are bits I missed, and I cannot wait to see what they come up with next year.

Christmas at Chatsworth runs until the 23rd of December, with other events occurring in the run up to Christmas, full details can be found on Chatsworth's events page

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