Chatsworth Country Fair
Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 August 2014
www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

The famous roar of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine will herald the arrival of the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes in a thrilling display over the heads of thousands of visitors to the Chatsworth Country Fair this summer.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, the two planes are part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and will be making an appearance on Saturday and Sunday at the three day event which opens on Friday 29 August.

Chatsworth hosts one of England's biggest Country Fairs, held in the beautiful parkland surrounding the house in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. This year, Chatsworth County Fair promises even better entertainment, bigger performances and more activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Celebrating the best in traditional country pursuits alongside some spectacular showground entertainments, highlights this year include cookery demonstrations from Michelin chef Tom Kerridge, baking queen Mary Berry CBE and 'This Morning' regular Lesley Waters. The Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals, the White Helmets, will gun their 750cc Triumph engines through a daredevil display while the Knights of Arkley will spur their horses into a spectacular demonstration of medieval jousting and swordplay in an action packed schedule of entertainment in the fair's Grand Ring.

The Grand Ring: The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Knights of Arkley, the White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team, the Band and Bugles of the Rifles, CJ's Birds of Prey, the Steve Carver aerobatic display and the Silver Stars freefall parachute display team feature in the three day programme.

Showground Events: Lots to see including cookery demonstrations, pony rides, Highland dancing, hot air balloons, vintage cars, dog agility, lurchers, gun dogs and plenty more countryside and animal entertainment.

Have A Go: With clay-pigeon shooting, archery, salmon and trout 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. The box office is now open for advance tickets. Advance tickets are available from £18 while children under 14 get in free. For more information and ticketing options, including a 10 percent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

The Chatsworth Country Fair can also be found at 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

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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 Sarah Green, Tim Acheson and the Red Sock stewards 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.

For further information or images please contact:
Liz Bee (lizb@redbrickcommunications.com)
Steve Houghton (steveh@redbrickcommunications.com)
Redbrick Communications, 68 St James's Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FJ
T: 0115 910 1500 www.redbrickcommunications.com

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