Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Celebrate the Best of the Countryside at Chatsworth Country Fair

Tickets are selling fast for the 30th Chatsworth Country Fair with many families keen to take advantage of a great value day out at the spectacular three day event taking place from 2 to 4 September 2011 where children under 14 get in free. Held in the park of Chatsworth, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the outdoor event was set up three decades ago with the idea of giving families from nearby cities the opportunity to come out and enjoy the countryside.

Now 30 years on, the fair is still delivering on its initial promise by allowing children in free to enjoy an action packed day full of fun and entertainment from 9am to 6.60pm.

Fair organiser Christopher Lloyd Owen said: “The fair is a fantastic day out for all the family as well as excellent value too. There is loads for children to see, try and discover from the old-fashioned fairground to walking on water, pony rides and a fun family dog show. The spectacular entertainment can’t fail to draw gasps and includes a top army parachute team dropping down at speed into our main ring and the Household Cavalry performing The Musical Ride.”

This year, Michael Vaughan, the former England cricket captain and a regular visitor to the Derbyshire country estate, is fair President and will be out and about meeting the crowds on the opening day.

Michael Vaughan, who lives in Baslow, said: “I’ve been many times to the Chatsworth Country Fair with my family and always had a great time, so I was delighted to be asked to be involved. Having lived in Derbyshire for six years, I believe this event is a great showcase of rural life as well as the chance to see lots of fantastic entertainment and try out a few new activities as well.”

The fair also boasts one of the largest Horse Driving meets of the year, one of the biggest hot air balloon lifts, a major sporting clay pigeon shoot, the All England pipe band championship, a top-class sheep dog trial, one of the best gundog team tests in England, a busy fishing area and a large fine food village with a cookery theatre with demonstrations from top chefs.

The huge fair site on the banks of the river Derwent will also provide plenty of hands-on activities for visitors, from clay pigeon shooting, kite flying, catapults, archery and competitions for dogs and their owners including a fun family dog show.

Tickets for the Country Fair are priced £15 on Friday, £17 on both Saturday and Sunday with children under 14 admitted free. For more information and to buy advance tickets visit

Chatsworth house, garden, stables shops, restaurant and the farm shop in Pilsley will be open as normal. The Farmyard will be closed during Country Fair. For more information visit

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