Visitors to Chatsworth are likely to see a number of famous faces at the weekend (Fri 29 – Sun 31 August) as the Country Fair returns in the picturesque Peak District with a special Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Spitfire and a Hurricane.
Four times Olympic Gold Medalist Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE will be taking the helm as this year’s Country Fair President having spent several years in his teens as a ‘Red Sock’ volunteer steward. He will be one of many thousands of people sure to be watching as the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes engage in a thrilling flypast - the memorial flight will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII with appearances on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Joining the Olympic rower will be double Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, the queen of baking herself, Mary Berry CBE and popular TV cook Lesley Waters in the fair’s biggest and best foodie offering to date. As well as playing host to some of the UK’s most prestigious chefs, the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre situated in the heart of the Fine Food Village will also have a tasty selection of live demonstrations with top tips and delicious recipes for visitors to try at home.
Celebrating the best in traditional country pursuits alongside some spectacular showground entertainments, highlights this year include The Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals, the White Helmets, who will gun their 750cc Triumph engines through a daredevil display while the Knights of Arkley spur their horses into a spectacular demonstration of medieval jousting and swordplay. Chatsworth hosts one of England's biggest Country Fairs, held in the beautiful parkland surrounding the house.
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 Jump4Heroes, The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight 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.
Situated in the heart of the Fine Food Village, the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre features down-to-earth chef Tom Kerridge serving up three demonstrations on Friday 29 August at 11am; 2.20pm and 3.45pm. In a real coup for the fair, it will also be the very first place to get hold of a signed copy of his brand new book 'Best Ever Dishes', featuring more than 100 of his favourite recipes. Published by Bloomsbury on August 28, the book is being released ahead of his next BBC2 series of the same name airing in the autumn.
Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry is back for a return visit with two demonstrations on Saturday at 11am and 3.30pm. The doyenne of family cooking is a familiar face on our TV screens and will also be signing copies of her latest book which is sure to be a big draw for guests.
Finishing the show on Sunday, Lesley Waters will be sharing her cookery skills at 11am and 3.30pm. Well known for her regular television appearances on Ready, Steady Cook, Great Food Live and This Morning, Lesley also runs a successful cookery school in Dorset and has written nearly 20 cookery books.
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