Art in the gardens and Chatsworth Fair – last of the summer wine

artnf'Jan baxter & Flora Owen in one of the pavilions during Art in the gardens
artnf'Jan baxter & Flora Owen in one of the pavilions during Art in the gardens

TWO major events in the Sheffield region mark the end of summer this weekend.

Art in the Park returns to the Botanical Gardens on Saturday, while Chatsworth Country Fair starts tomorrow (Friday) and runs until Sunday.

More than 300 artists and craft workers will be exhibiting around 4,000 pieces in the Botanical Gardens.

Over the years, the event has grown in popularity by combining displays of art, photography, ceramics, textiles, print-making, wood-turning, glasswork, jewellery and sculptures against the backdrop of the gardens.

Artists exhibiting this year include Brian Smith, John Connolly, Stephen Todd, Dave Howarth, Lianne Mellor, Anna Mercedes Wear, Brian Holland, Alessandro Bassi, Gareth Watling and Emma Bennett.

This year’s Celebrity Portrait Competition will feature the Earl and Countess of Scarbrough, while an added attraction is the private family collection of the late local artist – and former King Edward VII School teacher – Peter Owen Jones, who had an international reputation for capturing the atmosphere of the railway.

There is also a children’s area, a stage for musical performances and a market on the main lawns.

Art in the Gardens will be open from 10.30am until 5.30pm on both days, with admission at £6 for adults and accompanied children under 16 admitted free. A free bus service runs every 20 minutes from the Tesco Abbeydale Road park and ride car park on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm.

Meanwhile Chatsworth Country Fair reaches its 30th anniversary, continuing the tradition of giving families a taste of the countryside the countryside at the home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Although the Red Arrows have been cleared to fly again after the fatal crash at the Bournemouth Air Festival, organisers were unsure whether the team would make Chatsworth. An alternative aerobatics team is lined up.

This year’s fair has one of the largest horse driving meets of the year, one of the biggest hot air balloon lifts, a major sporting clay pigeon shoot, the All England pipe band championship, a top-class sheep dog trial, one of the best gundog team tests in England, a fishing area and a large fine food village.

Fair president this year is former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who lives in Baslow.

He said: “I’ve been many times to the Chatsworth Country Fair with my family and always had a great time, so I was delighted to be asked to be involved. Having lived in Derbyshire for six years, I believe this event is a great showcase of rural life as well as the chance to see lots of fantastic entertainment and try out a few new activities as well.”

Tickets for the Country Fair are priced £15 on Friday, £17 on both Saturday and Sunday, with children under 14 admitted free. Gates open at 9am and the closing ceremony is at about 6.30pm.