Famous faces heading for Chatsworth fair

Chatsworth Country Fair 2013 - Mary Berry
Chatsworth Country Fair 2013 - Mary Berry

Visitors to Chatsworth are likely to see a number of famous faces at the weekend (August 29-31) as the Country Fair returns with a special Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including a Spitfire and a Hurricane.

Four times Olympic Gold Medalist Sir Matthew Pinsent will be taking the helm as this year’s Country Fair president having spent several years in his teens as a ‘Red Sock’ volunteer steward.

He will be one of many thousands of people watching as the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes engage in a thrilling flypast. The memorial flight will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two with appearances on both the Saturday and Sunday.

Joining the Olympic rower will be double Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, the queen of baking herself, Mary Berry, and popular TV cook Lesley Waters in the fair’s biggest and best foodie offering to date.

Celebrating the best in traditional country pursuits alongside some spectacular showground entertainments, highlights this year include The Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals, the White Helmets, who will gun their 750cc Triumph engines through a daredevil display while the Knights of Arkley spur their horses into a spectacular demonstration of medieval jousting and swordplay.

Gates open at 9am each day with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm. Advance tickets are available from £18 while children under 14 get in free. For more information and ticketing options, including a ten per cent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk