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Celebrate country life at Chatsworth Country Fair

By Amanda Stevenson

Event diary

26 June 2008 11:24

Chatsworth Country Fair celebrates its 27th year in 2008 with gardening favourite Alan Titchmarsh presiding over this colourful celebration of country life.

Held in the 1,000-acre park on the banks of the river Derwent, the three-day event in August is packed full of things to watch, do and try, and gives visitors a real flavour of the life in the countryside.

The Grand Ring provides the focus with an exciting and varied programme of entertainment from pipe bands and Terrier racing to thrilling parachute displays and demonstrations of top level horsemanship set to music. Young troopers in The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry will display amazing skills on horseback each day in the Grand Ring. 

The series of cavalry drill movements set to music was first performed in 1882 and remains as popular a spectacle as ever after 125 years. Horses lie down on command to recall days of battle when a soldier would have sheltered from gunfire behind his horse. Troopers often join the Ride even though they may only have ridden for a matter of months, if ever. 

The Grand Ring programme runs from 10.30am to 6.30pm on all three days. With over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts and lots of events around the show ground from highland dancing to horse driving, this is an event that really will deliver a great day out for all the family.