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Chatsworth Country Fair returns to the Peak District

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For the first time since the pandemic hit in early 2020, thousands of people have descended on, arguably, the most famous corner of the Peak District National Park. Chatsworth House’s Country Fair has returned after a three-year stoppage due to Covid and so have the attractions, stalls, entertainment and, more importantly, the crowds.

“There was quite a queue at half past six this morning and that is wonderful, that’s what we love.” the Duke of Devonshire told Derbyshire Live as he and his wife, the Duchess of Devonshire, viewed the huge scene in front of them. Day one of the fair began with hot air balloons launching off into the Peak District sky but that was just a drop in the ocean of things for people to see and do at the fair.

This year’s return of the fair has attracted upwards of 70,000 ticket sales, showing that the appetite remains for the three-day event and there should be a little bit of something for everyone once they get inside. The Duke of Devonshire admitted a sense of relief at the number of people expected to attend the event this year.

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“Although it’s been going for about 40 years you’re never actually sure because people might not turn up, they all make a decision to come and if lots of people say we’re going to do something else then it’s bad news but luckily every year we’re ok.”

Of course, as you expect, you have to get past the traffic on the roads heading into the Chatsworth estate but once you park up a walk around the whole site could take you quite a while.

It ranges from aqua dogs swimming in their own purpose-built pool to a chance to ride a Formula One simulator, a number of fairground rides, countless vintage cars, clay pigeon shooting, archery at Chatsworth’s cricket ground and countless stalls selling everything and anything you could possibly need. But that only scratches the surface, then you get into the Grand Ring at the heart of the showground to see some extraordinary performances.

“The horses, the Atkinson Action Horses” admitting the Duchess of Devonshire are top of her list to watch in the Grand Ring. “It’s absolutely incredible what someone can have horses without a saddle or a bridle and the animals get so close and he’s able to do what he wants with them.”

Along with the action horses thousands of people, many of whom spent the entire day sitting in their seats next to the ring, also saw a fantastic display of parachute diving from The Parachute Team of the Royal British Legion, six teams competing on horseback in the mounted games, Marshkeeper Gundog Training Display and a flyover by a Spitfire to name just a few of the events on offer.

As for the people attending the event, they were equally as delighted to see it return at the Chatsworth Estate would have been. Helen and Rose told Derbyshire Live: “Oh it’s marvellous, we come here every year and this year it hasn’t disappointed, there’s so much to do. The horses in the main arena have just been stunning.”

Alan made the short trip from Chesterfield down with his family: “It’s really good, there is so much to do and I’ve never seen so many dogs in one place! It’s a bit expensive here and there, especially when it comes to the food, but you expect that at places like this, so it’s all good fun.”

It also wouldn’t be Chatsworth Country Fair without attracting the odd celebrity face, the likes of James Martin are on hand over the weekend to give their hints, tips and advice in the cookery tent while the show’s honourary president is TV property expert Phil Spencer. He told Derbyshire Live he’s looking forward to enjoying the whole fair: “I had a very happy time here a few years ago filming a stately home programme and I’m delighted to be here. It’s my first time here and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in everything, there’s lots to see and lots to do and I definitely want to get involved.

The Duke of Devonshire let slip an extra celebrity name as well, adding that Mary Berry and TV’s most famous gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, will be joining them for dinner in the famous house.

The Chatsworth Country Fair runs from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4 and tickets can be bought either online, by clicking here on the Chatsworth website, or by paying on the day.

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