CBeebies TV star Katy Ashworth, presenter of 'I Can Cook', the channel's flagship series which encourages children under six to get cooking, will be bringing her fun interactive show to Chatsworth Country Fair this year.

Joining the tasty line up of live shows at the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre, Katy will be playing fun and silly games and getting everyone up on their feet and joining in with the fun. After each of her three performances on Friday 4 September - at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm - Katy will be out and about meeting children, answering their questions, signing autographs and taking photos.

A very well-known face to thousands of children and their families, Katy is just one of the ingredients that will make for a great family day out at Chatsworth Country Fair, which once again is delivering great value with children under 14 getting in free.

Young animal lovers are in for a treat as a big feature of the fair is the chance to see lots of animals, and get up close with plenty of handling sessions throughout the day. Brand new this year, Animal Encounters will be bringing all sorts of furry friends along as well as some more exotic breeds too. Look out for chance to meet the meerkats Hari and Minnie; the foxes Jax and Remus; the pair of owls Vesper and Binky; Stompy the Skunk as well as snakes and spiders for the brave too.

Bringing the family dog along? Children can show off their best friend and put pooch through its paces in the 'Scruffs' Family Fun Dog Show, with special categories for Best Child Handler (under 12); Dog with the Waggiest Tail and Best Rescue Dog. Competitions are held from 2pm onwards on Saturday and Sunday.

For animals in action, check out the Pony Club Mounted Games opening up the entertainment in the Grand Ring plus a thrilling performance from the Essex Dog Display Team. Out in the showground, look out for ferret racing and the chance to see magnificent birds of prey up close.

Active children can test their skills on the Low Ropes course, with its series of activity challenges to suit all ages and abilities. There are lots of chances for families to have fun together and learn a new skill too with expert tuition, from fishing on the river Derwent to laser clay pigeon shooting and archery, or try their aim on the crossbow and air rifle ranges.

A popular favourite with all ages is the old time fairground, with its classic rides from the helter skelter; chair-o-plane, gallopers and big wheel. Around the showground, look out for lots more entertainment from target golf; pony rides; bungee trampolines and climbing walls.

With a closing ceremony featuring a parachute display from Jump4Heroes and the Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team, Chatsworth Country Fair 2015 will live long in the memory, whatever their age.

For more information and ticketing options, visit www.chatsworth.org

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Notes to editors:

The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the art collection, garden, woodlands and park for the long term benefit of the public. 

The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation. 

Chatsworth 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 only 16 miles from the M1, 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.

For further information or images please contact:

Liz Bee or Steve Houghton

Redbrick Communications

0115 910 1500

lizb@redbrickcommunications.com

steveh@redbrickcommunications.com

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