Classic planes to fly again at North Derbyshire country fair

Fun for all the family at a previous Chatsworth Country Fair.
Fun for all the family at a previous Chatsworth Country Fair.

Rolls-Royce Merlin engines will roar through the skies later this summer as Spitfire and Hurricane fighters take part in a thrilling display at the annual Chatsworth Country Fair.

The two planes, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II at the event which opens on Friday, August 29.

The planes will be appearing on the Saturday and Sunday of the popular three-day event.

The fair is one of the biggest in the country and attracts thousands to Chatsworth’s Peak District parkland every year, combining traditional country pursuits with a variety of other entertainment.

Highlights this year will include cookery demonstrations from Michelin chef Tom Kerridge, baking queen Mary Berry CBE and This Morning regular Lesley Waters.

The Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals, the White Helmets, will put their 750cc Triumph engines through a daredevil display, while the Knights of Arkley will spur their horses into a spectacular demonstration of medieval jousting and swordplay.

The Grand Ring will also feature the band and bugles of the Rifles, CJ’s Birds of Prey, the Steve Carver aerobatic display and the Silver Stars freefall parachute display team.

Elsewhere in the grounds there will be pony rides, highland dancing, hot air balloons, vintage cars, dog agility tests, lurchers, gun dogs and more countryside and animal entertainment.

Visitors can have a go themselves at clay-pigeon shooting, archery, salmon and trout fishing, air rifles, a climbing wall, dog shows, catapults and the many fairground rides.

As always the Fine Food Village will have dozens of producers representing the very best in regional and specialist foods – in addition to the 300-plus trade stands selling everything from country clothing to vintage cheddar.

Gates open at 9am each day with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm, but the farmyard and adventure playground are closed during the three-day event.

The house itself and garden are however open as normal. Advance tickets are available from £18 at the box office while children under 14 get in free.