Dates: Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017
I was fortunate enough to attend the Chatsworth Country Fair on Friday 1st September which meant I was able to see Paul Hollywood, the celebrity chef, demonstrating in the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre. Any of the other lucky visitors to the fair would have also been able to see Mary Berry on Saturday and also John Torode on Sunday (amongst others) over the weekend.
As many of my readers know, I am a huge foodie, so to be given the opportunity to see Paul Hollywood and sample the delights Derbyshire had to offer pleased me immensely!
I was also very excited about the other advertised events at the show, which included the hugely popular household cavalry and a parachute display from Jump4Heroes. Also appearing in the Grand Ring was the amazing Dzhigitovka – The Way of the Cossack Warrior and The White Helmets.
My family and I arrived at around 9.30am on Friday, although (like every year) we had big plans to show up earlier to see the hot air balloons in take off. And (like every year) we were running late waiting for my son to mobilise – and were worried that we may have missed them. Fortunately, due to the early morning mist – which was stunning to see over the Chatsworth Estate, the balloons were in flight later than scheduled.
We were running all around the grounds trying to get the best shots of my son’s favourite ones.
We had a lovely walk around the fairground, the old fashioned helter skelter was amazing and my son loved it. In fact, we were all brave enough to slide down it. My decent was speedier than expected and my landing wasn’t very graceful but it was lots of fun. My son was also delighted to meet a magician whilst walking around the fairground, he was fascinated by his tricks and games. We also had a go on hook-a-duck and my little guy won himself a lovely little yellow monkey.
We purchased a program on site to ensure we knew what time the shows and demonstrations were on, and also to scope where we could escape for a cheeky glass of bubbly and a spot of lunch. We definitely needed the program as the site is huge and, as always, I was worried I was going to miss out on something!
There were over 200 trade stands to peruse. The food village (my favourite area) was packed with delicious locally sourced produce, lots of yummy samples to try and a tipple or two of your favourite drinks; such as speciality ciders, slow gin, wines and champagnes. I was in heaven!
For lunch we opted for a stone baked pizza, together with a lovely chilled glass of champagne. We sampled everything from chilli cheese, to curried sausages and giant meringues. I literally wanted to eat/buy everything.
On the grounds, we were able to view new cars, antique cars, clothing, childrens toys, outdoor wear and luxury garden furniture – to name but a few. There was everything you could want and more in the craft tents too.
The Chef demonstrations were scheduled at set times throughout the day and the tent was very busy, with fans of Paul Hollywood (on the Friday) waiting to get some expert tips.
I was able to get a little picture (albeit a little blurred) and we also had the great surprise of randomly bumping into Alan Titchmarsh whilst wandering the grounds.
After I’d eaten myself stupid and spied on some celebrity chefs, we headed off to the Grand Ring.
We watched the most amazing performance from Dzhigitovka – The Way of the Cossack Warrior. Their display was exceptional, the jumps they completed were breathtaking, it really was an experience. My son told me he wanted to be like them when he grows up and was waving at all the warriors and horses as they galloped past us, completing some amazing routines and tricks.
Next up were the spectacular White Helmets who performed some very daring jumps and displays. They were so slick and professional, both the audience and my son looked on in amazement.
The Jump4Heroes team were unbelievable, the fact that none of them missed their spot to land was incredible. We were also fortunate enough to chat with the display team after their jump because my son was fascinated by their parachutes they were carrying back.
There was so much to do at the Chatsworth Country Fair , and even though we were there all day we still felt as though we hadn’t seen everything. We wanted to try zorbing and clay pigeon shooting and also watch some more of the displays, but some of this proved difficult with a tired 5 year old in tow. We did, however, get to chance to have a go at archery, it was fab and maybe a hobby we’d all like to take up.
Should you wish to attend the show next year (I most definitely will) then the dates have already been announced for:
31st August – 2nd September 2018
… so go ahead and mark it down in your diary!
Because we had such an amazing time at the Chatsworth Country Fair, we thought we’d check out what’s happening at the house over the coming months. Here’s my pick of the best events that I will be attending.
Beyond Limits – Sotherby’s Exhibition at Chatsworth House – 15 September 2017–12 November 2017
Chatsworth House – Bonfire and Fireworks – 4 November 2017–5 November 2017
Christmas at Chatsworth – 11 November 2017–7 January 2018
*Please note I was sent tickets for the fair for the purpose of this review, but all views are my own*