More than 95,000 people flocked to the Chatsworth Country Fair over the weekend (Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sept) for a taste of rural life at its best with TV cookery star Mary Berry, the Red Arrows display team and JCB's 'Dancing Diggers' proving to be popular highlights.

Dominic Reid OBE, who organised the show for the first time this year, said he was "absolutely delighted with the way it's gone. The entertainment has been first class with something for everybody. If there is one thing that will really stick in my mind though it is the wonderful atmosphere around the park - and it stayed sunny and dry all weekend, which always helps!"

The Cookery Theatre filled an hour before Mary Berry began a demonstration on Friday morning, the veteran cook drawing a large crowd for her hazelnut meringue roulade; salmon terrine; steak with brandy and mushroom sauce -
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Country Fair President Sebastian Coe took a look around one of JCB's Dancing Diggers before they began their heavy duty acrobatics in the Grand Ring while the Red Arrows provided a spectacular overhead finale on Sunday afternoon before the show was officially closed by firing the guns of the King's Troop.

Spread over more than 100 acres of parkland the three-day spectacle was open to all from 9am to 6.30pm every day with free-entry for under-14s.


Notes to editors:

1. Chatsworth Country Fair was established in 1981 by Andrew Cuthbert MBE, at the request of the eleventh Duke of Devonshire.  It is now the premier Country Fair in Britain and is organised by Dominic Reid OBE and his company Plunkett & Murrey Ltd on behalf of the Chatsworth House Trust.

2. The Chatsworth House Trust is an independent charity (no 511149) set up by the 11th Duke of Devonshire in 1981, to ensure the long-term survival of Chatsworth for the benefit of the public.  All admission and event income from visitors, together with a percentage of income from shops and restaurants, goes directly to this Trust, and can only be spent on the upkeep and improvement of the house, collections, garden, farmyard and park.

Chatsworth is 16 miles from the MI, 10 miles from Chesterfield and 8 miles north of Matlock in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park and is well served by transport links throughout the UK.

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