Friday 2, Saturday 3, Sunday 4 September 2016

The opportunity to see The Great British Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood create their favourite dishes in a series of live cookery demonstrations is just one of the fantastic treats in store for visitors to Chatsworth Country Fair this September 2, 3 and 4.

Hugely popular TV presenter and baker Paul Hollywood will be appearing for the first time at the fair. Paul is widely known for being a judge on the BAFTA award winning The Great British Bake Off alongside Mary Berry and specialises in artisan baking. He will be cooking up some treats for the Derbyshire crowd on Friday 2 September.

Queen of baking and favourite of the fair, Mary Berry OBE returns for a fourth year and will be performing cookery demonstrations on Saturday 3 September using recipes from her upcoming book.

Food writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner will also be making an appearance at the fair, rounding off the three day event by cooking up some delicious dishes on Sunday 4 September. Valentine’s deep love of cooking, nature and travel has seen him make nine television series and write four cookery books, and is sure to be a hit with food fans. 

Demonstrations will take place in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre located in a dedicated marquee with TV screens, PA and seating at the heart of the Fine Food Village.

Another Great British Bake Off alumni who is also making her first appearance at the fair this year is Martha Collison, the programme’s youngest ever contestant, who wowed judges and viewers alike with her showstopping baking skills in the 2014 series of the hit show. Martha, a self-taught baker who started cooking at the age of eight, is now involved with a number of baking projects, including her weekly column with Waitrose and her recently acquired role as afternoon tea consultant at The Gatsby Club in Wimbledon, which she balances with her A-Level studies. Her first cookbook, Twist, is due to be published this July.

With the hottest chefs from across the region packing out a full timetable each day, the Cookery Theatre is sure to be a highlight for visitors. Also cooking up some treats in the tent will be Matt Gabbitas of Masa, Derby’s Restaurant of the Year 2015; Jon Hardy, winner of Derbyshire Life Chef of the Year 2015-2016; and Tom Lawson, co-owner of Rafters restaurant in Sheffield which is featured in the Michelin Guide.

For those who are inspired by the demonstrations at the Cookery Theatre, there’s an opportunity to sit down for afternoon tea in Daisy’s Vintage Tea Room or buy some delicious ingredients to take home. The Fine Food Village showcases more than 70 local and small artisan producers providing the chance to buy fresh seasonal food and gourmet delights.

Around the showground, there are plenty more wonderful shopping opportunities, with some great boutique clothing stands, traders selling tools, pet supplies, shooting, hunting and fishing equipment, fine wines, arts and crafts, and gardening equipment.

With children under 14 admitted free, the Chatsworth Country Fair is great value for a family day out. A popular favourite with all ages is the Olde Tyme Fairground, with its classic rides: the Helter Skelter; Chair-O-Plane, Gallopers and the magnificent Big Wheel. Around the showground, look out for lots more entertainment with target golf; pony rides; bungee trampolines and climbing walls.

The Grand Ring is offering an action-packed schedule on all three days, with show-stopping entertainment coming from The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, the hugely popular Household Cavalry Musical Ride; and a parachute display from Jump4Heroes.

Also not to be missed are CJ’s Birds of Prey, a vintage car parade, and a breathtaking display from the hugely popular Red Arrows who will be taking to the skies on the Friday and Sunday of the Fair. 

Tickets for Chatsworth Country Fair are £25 for adults per day and free for children under 14 years old. Fantastic discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance online.

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Notes to editors:
The Chatsworth House Trust is dedicated to the 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.
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.

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