Chatsworth is celebrating its 40th country fair with three action-packed days of entertainment from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September.
The much-loved annual celebration of the countryside attracts nationwide visitors to the Peak District to experience three days of thrilling grand ring entertainment, inspirational cookery demonstrations, interactive rural crafts and traditional country pursuits, and a showcase of some of Derbyshire's finest makers and producers.
Renowned gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh MBE will return to Chatsworth as this year’s Country Fair President. Alan’s longstanding relationship with Chatsworth makes him the ideal candidate to take up the role for this 40th-anniversary event. He’ll be welcoming visitors to the fair each day, and signing copies of his new book Chatsworth, The Gardens and the People Who Made Them, which launches at the show.
Entertaining visitors in the grand ring will be hot air balloon flights, mounted games, stunt teams and daring aerobatics. The ever-popular JCB Dancing Diggers return with their unusual mechanical choreography, while the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery Four Gun Musical Drive will demonstrate astonishing high-speed manoeuvres.
Renowned chefs Dame Mary Berry and Matt Tebbutt will host live cookery demonstrations alongside local talent including Adam Harper, executive chef at Chatsworth’s Cavendish Hotel, Baslow. The live cookery shows will be complemented by a selection of local food and drink from some of the region’s best producers.
This year, traditional fairground rides will sit alongside a climbing wall, bungee trampolines, zorb balls, and exotic animal sessions, offering the chance to meet and learn about mammals, reptiles and birds.
Event organiser, Sarah Green, said: “We feel privileged to have the opportunity to put on an event that brings together friends and family of all ages for a wonderful blend of excitement, entertainment and culinary inspiration while celebrating local producers, makers and all that the countryside has to offer. So many people return year after year, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to help us celebrate our 40th-anniversary event. Come rain or shine, we’re working hard to make sure this is a country fair to remember.”