Chatsworth Country Fair this weekend

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Preparations are in full swing this week to get the famous Chatsworth Country Fair ready to welcome thousands of visitors this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The ‘best of British’ line-up offers a show-stopping array of activities, demonstrations, and fun for the whole family that promises to be another highlight of an already fantastic British summer of celebration.

The three day event in the Chatsworth parkland takes up more than 300 acres, with more than 50 stewards and 100 staff on gates and parking, and 500 people working at the event in total. In effect, a small town is created for the weekend with over a mile of pipework, five miles of cabling and a mile of trackway put in place. Organiser Christopher Lloyd Owen plans out the site with no less than 600 pegs and estimates walking fifteen miles in the process.

Spread across several acres of beautiful parkland on the banks of the River Derwent, England’s most spectacular annual outdoor event - which has been a year in the making - will feature over 400 trade stands and craft exhibitions, as well as displays from the Red Arrows, a freefall parachute display team and even the chance to see more than 40 hot air balloons take to the sky.

The weekend delivers a glimpse of country life with have-a-go classic pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, cross bows, catapults and target golf. Those after something a little less strenuous can admire the display of over 125 vintage cars. Meanwhile, animal lovers are spoilt for choice with pony rides, dog agility demonstrations, mounted games, birds of prey, Gun Dog tests, sheep dog trials – and there are even some ferrets to meet.

Gates open at 9am each day with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm. Gate prices are £20 for adults; children under 14 get in free.

Chatsworth house and garden are open throughout (normal admission applies). The farmyard & adventure playground are closed during the Fair. www.chatsworth.org

For more information visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk. The Chatsworth Country Fair can also be found at http:// www.facebook.com/ChatsworthCountryFair.