Friday 30, Saturday 31 August, Sunday 1 September 2013
Celebrating the best in traditional, British country pursuits and some spectacular showground entertainments, more than 90,000 people are expected over three days at the Chatsworth Country Fair in the heart of the Peak District.
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Highlights this year include Mary Berry from the Great British Bake-Off in the cookery theatre; JCB's team of Dancing Diggers, the musical drive of the Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and mounted games in the Grand Ring; more than 300 trade stands; a fine food village; a traditional fairground and plenty of 'have-a-go' entertainment such as archery and fly-fishing on the River Derwent; and, the spectacular Red Arrows display team performing over the heads of the watching crowd on Sunday afternoon.
Spread over more than 100 acres of parkland the three-day spectacle is open to all from 9am to 6.30pm every day with free-entry for under-14s.
The Grand Ring: This year featuring The Dancing Diggers, The King's Troop Royal Artillery, Mounted Games, Scurry Racing, and freefall parachutists every day with the Red Arrows giving a spectacular display above the heads of the watching crowd on Sunday.
Showgrounds: Lots to see including Cookery demonstrations, Highland dancing, hot air balloons, vintage cars, dog agility, lurchers, gun dogs and plenty more countryside and animal entertainment.
Join in: With clay-pigeon shooting, archery, fly fishing, children's fairground, air rifles, a climbing wall, dog shows, catapults and much more there's plenty to do as well as to watch.
Taste, try and shop: The Fine Food Village has dozens of producers representing the very best in regional and artisanal food - all of this in addition to the 300 plus trade stands selling everything from country clothing to vintage cheddar.
Gates open at 9am each day with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm.
For more information and ticketing options including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk - gate prices are £20 for adults; children under 14 get in free. The Chatsworth Country Fair can also be found athttp://www.facebook.com/ChatsworthCountryFair
Chatsworth house and garden are open throughout (normal admission applies). The farmyard & adventure playground are closed during the Fair.www.chatsworth.org
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 won Gold in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011 'Large Visitor Attraction' category organised by Visit England, the national tourism body and is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.www.treasurehouses.co.uk
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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