Chatsworth Country Fair
...a celebration of rural life
While many of the Peak District’s annual country shows have been running for upwards of a century, Chatsworth Country Fair turned a mere 30 years old in 2011 - but in that short time the event has become the Peak District’s premier event of its kind, and one of the biggest in the country
The fair, which serves as a thrilling showcase for rural life and attracts huge numbers of 90,000 plus, takes place every year over three days – always the weekend following the August Bank Holiday.
Held in the grounds of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s salubrious home, the Chatsworth Country Fair is a distinctly family-friendly event, with under-14s admitted free of charge and a truly vast array of attractions and activities on hand to keep everyone suitably entertained.
Usually on the agenda are aircraft spectaculars including aerobatics from the Red Arrows, hot air balloon and parachute displays, massed pipe and military bands, plus hundreds of craft and trade stands - many of which exhibit and sell delicious, fresh local produce.
The popular farm and adventure playground is closed for the weekend but with vintage car parades in the Grand Ring, terrier and ferret racing, fairground rides, dog agility trials, clay pigeon shooting, blacksmith's demonstrations, archery, wine tasting, sheep-dog trials and stacks more on offer, there is an abundance of things to see and do for punters of all ages.
House and Gardens
Throughout the course of the weekend, visitors are granted access to Chatsworth House itself, its celebrated collection of European art, and also to its stunning gardens.
The 2011 show was an emotional one as it saw the return to action of the Red Arrows, following the tragic death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging at a display in Bournemouth. Organisers, unsure whether the team would be able to fulfil their slot at Chatsworth, had lined up an alternative aerobatics team - but the Red Arrows returned to pay tribute to their mate, in an emotional performance met by rapturous applause and national coverage.
Gates open every day - Friday til Sunday - from 9am and close at approximately 6.30pm
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015