Chatworth Country Fair takes place on Friday 1, Saturday 2, Sunday 3 September 2017
Whirlwinds on horseback set to thrill at
Chatsworth Country Fair
Death-defying and jaw-dropping feats of skill and courage performed on horses at full gallop by legendary Cossack Warriors will be seen for the first time at this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair.
The three-day celebration of the countryside set in the beautiful Chatsworth parkland is offering a feast of family entertainment, from the whirlwind that is Dzhigitovka! – The Way of the Cossack Warrior, to what is set to be one of the very last displays by the army’s world famous motorcycle display team, The White Helmets, before they are disbanded at the end of the summer.
Today, the equestrian art of Dzhigitovka, which sees the rider leaping from his horse at full gallop or sliding under its belly, is practised as a sport by the distant descendants of the Cossack Warriors. But, three centuries ago, it was a military technique that allowed the riders to dodge bullets and arrows and attack the enemy where least expected. In traditional costume, the Cossacks will be a highlight of the Grand Ring programme, which runs from 10.45am to approximately 6.30pm each day.
Founded in 1927, The British Army’s White Helmets, made up of volunteers from the Royal Signals, owe their heritage to the daring dispatch riders of the First World War who, with skills honed on the battlefront, began to perform tricks by pitching their motorcycles against horses at their base in Yorkshire.
Now, after 90 years, the display team is being disbanded to make way for a more modern presentation of the Royal Signals in a digital age. With Chatsworth set to be one of the very last chances to see these highly skilled riders perform their crowd-pleasing routine of tricks, it should be an occasion to remember.
The iconic Second World War planes of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast will return to the skies of Derbyshire, whilst Jump4Heroes, the British Legion’s Extreme Human Flight Team, will be dropping into the arena trailing smoke and flying flags.
Weather permitting, visitors will also get to see the majestic sight of one of the country’s largest hot air balloon lifts setting off each day in the early morning and at dusk across the river Derwent and parkland.
In this celebration of the countryside, animals naturally take a starring role, whether it’s the adorable ponies taking part in the high-speed Mounted Games, the terrier race and hounds parade, CJ with her birds of prey or the popular Dog and Duck Show.
There is loads on offer for children too, whether it’s joining the Band of The Royal Logistics Corps for the traditional Children’s March Past; taking part in ‘Scufts’, the family fun dog show, or all manner of active fun – from zorbing and climbing to bouncing and balancing.
Banana Brain Fun Shows • Pony Rides • Bouncy Castle • Vintage Fairground • Wow Water – Zorb Balls • Exotic Animal Encounters • Bumper Boats • Highline Adventure – Climbing Wall and Spider Mountain • Low Ropes • Target Golf
It’s not just kids that can get stuck in though. There’s loads for visitors of all ages to try from laser and clay pigeon shooting and archery to fly fishing tuition.
• Clay Pigeons • .22 Rifles • Air Field Target • Air Rifles • Archery • Catapults • Crossbows • Family Fun Dog Show • Ferrets • Fly Casting • Gundog Scurry • Laser Sporting Shoot • Lurcher Events • Muzzle Loaders • RAFAT Simulator • Regency Rifles • The ‘A’ Squadron “Battle Range” • Target Golf •
Always a crowd favourite is the chance to experience first-hand some of the nation’s favourite chefs whipping up delicious culinary delights. This year, there is a mouth watering line-up of talent led by Paul Hollywood (Friday), Mary Berry CBE (Saturday) and John Torode and Lisa Faulkner (Sunday), along with some fantastic local chefs showcasing their talents all set in the foodie haven of the Fine Food Village.
Gates open at 9am each day, with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm.
For more information on the event and to book a ticket, please visit www.chatsworth.org/events
Win Tickets to Chatsworth Country Fair
Mind-blowing sword skills from legendary Cossack warriors and delicious live cookery demonstrations from popular TV chefs Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, John Torode and Lisa Faulkner are just some of the fantastic acts topping the bill at this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair, taking place from 1-3 September 2017.
Other attractions include The White Helmets motorcycle display team, the iconic RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Fly Past, as well as exciting animal demonstrations and acres of trade stands.
On the gate prices for adults are £25 per day, with children aged 14 and under getting in free. Some fantastic offers are available for advance booking including an Early Bird discount of 15 percent available until midnight 31 July. Free parking for online booking and members’ packages are also available.
CLICK HERE for your chance to win two adult tickets for entry to the fair on either Friday 1st September, Saturday 2nd September or Sunday 3rd September 2017. Free entry for children under 14.
Closing date for the giveaway is Monday 7th August 2017.
For more information visit: www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk