• pond at Hoe Grange Farm
    hoe grange blog posts

Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for days out in the Peak District.

Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth

April 30, 2022
April 30, 2022 - Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth
-Most Recent

Over the years Chatsworth House has become famous for its contemporary sculptures dotted around the gardens, but 2022 sees an exciting new exhibition “Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth” set in the parkland.

When staying here at Hoe Grange you definitely need to add this to your holiday itinerary! And best of all the sculptures are in the park so there's no admission fee.

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire are well known for their love of art. Not just the more traditional art you might expect, but contemporary and diverse art including sculptures on a grand scale.

Why is it called The Art of Burning Man?

This year the Chatsworth team have collaborated with the Burning Man artists to bring its distinctive culture of possibility and creativity to the Derbyshire landscape. Burning Man, is a unique annual exhibition of sculptures that is usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA.

Chatsworth with its lush, green parkland poses a colourful contrast to the usual stark desert backdrop for the Burning Man sculptures.

The Flybrary sculpture by Sporrong

Thanks to Dean Jackson for the photographs in this blog

This free exhibition features 12 colossal sculptures, 8 of which have been brought over from America and carefully reassembled. Four new sculptures have been created by British artists with the help of local community groups, mirroring the build process in America where teams of volunteers gather in the desert to create new art works.

From steel wings 28ft tall that invite you to stretch out inside them; cuddly bears made from US pennies; to a trio of metal moths named Jayne, Luna and Gonzo. Perhaps most eye-catching of all, is the huge mechanical winged horse that gallops and breaths fire right outside Chatsworth House.

Sotheby’s Contemporary specialist Marina Ruiz Colomer, comments,“It may seem alien, works set within a quintessential English landscape rather than the arid desert conditions, but Chatsworth has a distinguished tradition of placing sculptures in its gardens to powerful effect.”

The Sculptures

There is no set trail through the installation, but each sculpture is carefully positioned so that you can see one work from another. You are encouraged to wander at will, get up close, touch the sculptures and use all your senses and explore the exhibits to the full.

Your eye is naturally drawn by the rise and fall of the landscape and the metal glinting in the sunshine adds another dimension.

sculptures at Chatsworth

See the sculpture map here. You can easily spend 2 or 3 hours discovering new views of each sculpture as you go.

Downhill from “Le Attrata” by Margaret Long and Orion Fredericks, you can see “Randy Polumbo: Lodestar”. Polumbo crafted the sculpture from a World War II military jet, creating a beautiful flower, with a gathering place for guest “pollinators”

Lodestar sculpture by Randy Polumbo

Taos-based Christina Sporrong’s “The Flybrary”  a 20-foot steel head with book-like birds flying out, is perhaps the most dramatic piece. Placed on the banks of the River Derwent artist Sporrong deliberately turned the head away from the Chatsworth House so you have to venture across the bridge to get the best view.

The favourite of mine is of course “Wings of Glory” by Adrian Landon, a huge mechanical winged horse, with a 35 ft wing span, that majestically takes flight against Chatsworth’s Baroque façade.

Wings of Glory by Adrian Landon

Closer to home is Rebekah Waites piece "Relevé," inspired by the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, a bronze age archaeological site near Birchover. According to local legend, this circle was created when nine women were caught dancing on the Sabbath and were turned to stone as punishment.

Waites’s tribute to it will be made from some sweet chestnut trees which were felled because they were diseased. Relevé will be set ablaze on the celebratory final night of the installations, in true Burning Man style: another bold move for Chatsworth.

The Burning Man exhibition runs from April until 1st October, so there’s plenty of time to visit.

bear sculpture

The sculptures featuring in the exhibition are: The Flybrary by Christina Sporrong, Lodestar by Randy Polumbo, Spread Eagle Wings of Wind by Bryan Tedrick, Le Attrata by Margaret Long and Orion Fredericks, Mum by Mr & Mrs Ferguson, Murder, Inc. by Charles Gadeken, Transmutation by Arturo Gonzales and Maru Izaguirre, and Wings of Glory by Adrian Landon. There will also be four works built on site by Benjamin Langholz with engineering by Amihay Gonen, Dana Albany, Shrine and Rebekah Waites.

Spread Eagle Wings of Wind by Bryan Tedrick

Parking

Whilst the exhibition is free to access, if visiting by car, and you wish to park at Chatsworth, you need to book in advance. However if you book a ticket for the house, garden or farmyard, parking is included.

Note: during the Chatsworth International Horse Trials (13–15 May) and the Chatsworth Country Fair (2–4 September), sculptures will only be accessible with an event ticket.

Accessibility information

Nine sculptures are set into the grass parkland, across an area just over one mile long and approximately half a mile wide. There is no fixed route or path from one sculpture to another. Seven sculptures are near to a tarmac road or gravel path. Many of the sculptures are large or tall and so can be seen from a distance.

horse sculpture at Chatsworth

Burning Man experiences

Visit the Radical Horizons welcome hub to talk with volunteers and young ambassadors about the exhibition or book a guided tour, or pick up an activity sheet and get creative.

Chatsworth offers a number of additional experiences around the Burning Man sculptures that are well worth considering, including walking tours, mindful walking workshops, family art in the park and sunset or sunrise painting.

Living with art we love exhibition

The Duke’s love of art is just as evident inside Chatsworth House. Alongside Radical Horizons is an exhibition called Living With Art We Love, displaying the Duke and Duchess’s private collection of modern art: some more in keeping with the style of the house (a corridor of Lucian Freud’s portraits) than others (a series of retina-shredding Michael Craig-Martin prints).

Book your stay with us at Hoe Grange in one of log cabins or gorgeous glamping pods and pop over to Chatsworth to see the Burning Man sculptures for yourself - we definitely recommend!!

Felicity 

Burning Manc at Chatsworth


in the press

our farm

our environment

View our accommodation...

Contact us or book direct online to avoid disappointment

Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

    ElizabethA717
    9/21/2019

      We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

    plopster1
    6/07/2019

      We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

    Tiggywinkle15
    11/05/2019
  •   Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more

    Thesamps
    10/04/2019

      For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more

    EJYork2013
    6/25/2019

      Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more

    548julie
    9/14/2019
  •   Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more

    Peachey167
    7/16/2019

      We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more

    KBarry
    9/15/2019

      Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
    8/03/2019
  •   Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
    8/07/2019

      Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
    7/04/2019

      lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
    7/28/2019
  •   We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more

    Jdrichie12
    7/11/2019

      We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
    6/04/2019

      We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H
    10/25/2019
  •   Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

    krimpenijssel
    10/25/2019

      Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

    mickvfr
    7/28/2019

      We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    dghiggs61
    10/25/2019
  •   We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more

    HelenLCarter
    2/06/2020

      What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more

    L9943KBlesleym
    4/03/2020

      A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

    sophiee249
    1/02/2020
  •   We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more

    Ajtravels14
    2/03/2020

      We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more

    Catboy86
    8/17/2019

      Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more

    Adventurer_12121
    1/30/2020
  •   What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

    rachelthomas2015
    6/18/2019

      We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

    Big_Al_0000
    7/16/2019

      What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

    Wheelieuser
    6/13/2019
  •   We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J
    9/17/2019

      On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

    karenmD4738KD
    6/25/2019

Join our mailing list