More than 95,000 people flocked to the Chatsworth Country Fair over the weekend (Fri 30 Aug – Sun 1 Sept) for a taste of rural life at its best with TV cookery star Mary Berry, the Red Arrows display team and JCB’s ‘Dancing Diggers’ proving to be popular highlights.
Dominic Reid OBE, who organised the show for the first time this year, said he was “absolutely delighted with the way it’s gone. The entertainment has been first class with something for everybody. If there is one thing that will really stick in my mind though it is the wonderful atmosphere around the park – and it stayed sunny and dry all weekend, which always helps!”
The Cookery Theatre filled an hour before Mary Berry began a demonstration on Friday morning, the veteran cook drawing a large crowd for her hazelnut meringue roulade; salmon terrine; steak with brandy and mushroom sauce.
Country Fair President Sebastian Coe took a look around one of JCB’s Dancing Diggers before they began their heavy duty acrobatics in the Grand Ring while the Red Arrows provided a spectacular overhead finale on Sunday afternoon before the show was officially closed by firing the guns of the King’s Troop.
Spread over more than 100 acres of parkland the three-day spectacle was open to all from 9am to 6.30pm every day with free-entry for under-14s.