Sunday, 28 August 2016

Chatsworth country fair | All you need to know (2016).

Chatsworth House, Bakewell.
Chatsworth Country Fair - Elizabeth Anne
The annual Chatsworth Country Fair is the highlight of any countryman/woman's' calendar circling three extravagant days filled with spectacular grand ring performances to incredible showground entertainment and live demonstrations in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre with some of the country's finest chefs including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and explore hundreds of trade and craft stalls. You can read all about my visit to last years fair here including my interview  with BBC Countryfile's Adam Henson here. This blog post will provide all the essential details that you need to know weather a first timer or looking for tips when visiting the country fair at Chatsworth.


Grand Ring Entertainment

The Household Calvary
The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers
The Red Arrows
Imps Motorcycle Display Team
The Duck and Dog Show
Mounted Games Association of Great Britain
Jump4Heroes Parachute Display Team
Falconry demonstrations with Charlotte Hill
Global All Stars aerobatics team
Allcomers Dog Racing
Hound Parade
Massed Pipe Bands (Sunday only)
Parade of Vintage Cars (Saturday only)
Hot Air Balloons
Click here for a full timetable of the grand ring events.

Showground

The Horse Driving Show
Gun Dog Team Test
Military Vehicle Display
Dog Agility
Countryman's Walk
Highland Dancing
Historic Commercial Vehicles
Falconry Court & Countryman's Ring
British Stickmakers Guild
Sheepdog Trials (Sunday)
and so much more!

The AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre

Paul Hollywood (Friday)
Mary Berry (Saturday)
Valentine Warner (Sunday)
Martha Collinson (Sunday)
and many more wonderful chefs from Derbyshire and the surrounding counties. See timetable for cookery demonstrations here.

Fine Food Village

A showcase of local artisan producers and gives you the chance to purchase fresh seasonal foods. Here is a list of traders in the fine Food Village.

Trade Stands

View a list of the trades stands here.

Have-A-Go

Clay Pigeon Shooting
Lutcher Racing
Archery
Laser Clays
Family Fun Dog Show
Crossbow Range
Gun Dog Scurry
Ferrets
Salmon & Trout Association
Muzzle Loaders
and so much more!
Chatsworth Country Fair - Elizabeth Anne

The Essentials

Purchase tickets | Adult £25 (children under 14 years go free) for a single day ticket. Two and three day tickets are available. There is disabled access including wheelchair and scooter hire however, there are limited numbers.
Chatsworth Country Fair - Elizabeth Anne

What time do the gates open?
9 am (GMT) each day.
What time is the Opening Ceremony?
12 noon (GMT) on each day.
What time is the Closing Ceremony?
The Closing Ceremony will take place at 6 pm on Friday, 6.20 pm on Saturday and 6.55 pm on Sunday (GMT).
When can I see the Red Arrows?
The Red Arrows will be performing at 3.35 pm on Friday and 6 pm on the Sunday of the fair (GMT). There will be no performance on Saturday.

When can I see the Cookery Demonstrations?
Cookery demonstrations will be taking place in the AGA Rangemaster Cookery Theatre from 9.45 am - 5.15 pm on Friday, 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday and 9.45 am – 5.30 pm on Sunday (GMT).

Can I pay on the gate?
Single day tickets will be available each day of the fair on the gate for £25 adult. Two Day and Three Day tickets are available exclusively on the Chatsworth website.

Does my child need a ticket?
No, if your child/children are 14 years old and under, they gain free entry and do not require a ticket.

Are dogs allowed onsite?
Dogs are welcome into the fair as long as they are on a lead.

What disabled parking/access is available?
For disabled parking it is essential that you enter the park only via Heathy Lea, Golden Gates or The Bridge – please see the showground map.
Chatsworth Country Fair - Elizabeth Anne

Tips

The Country Fair is huge so wear comfortable clothing and shoes - you'll do lots of walking and no one wants blisters!
Keep hydrated  - there are places to buy a drink and something to eat.
If you're taking your dog, remember poop bags, treats and a water bowl. There are taps provided so your pooch can get a fresh drink.
Make a itinerary of the events you want to see by checking out the timetable. A little planning ahead will mean you won't miss your favourite events.
Take your showground map to help pinpoint areas you want to visit.
It can be a very long day so make sure you have regular breaks and sit down (especially for your dog too).
Ensure your phone and camera is fully charged so you won't end up with a flat battery on the day!
Check out the whether forecast so you can plan ahead and most of all... enjoy yourself!

I hope this post has answered most of your questions but if not, leave them in the comments below and I'll do my best to answer them ASAP. I shall be there all weekend so make sure you come say hello! But if not, make sure you follow me on my social media for live updates.

Read about my visit to the Chatsworth Country Fair (2015) visit here and my interview with BBC's Countryfile presenter Adam Henson here.


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