The Country Fair
Friday, September 3rd, 2010
What better place to hold an annual county fair than in the grounds of one of England’s most-loved stately homes?
Chatsworth House, with its magnificent exterior and dramatic water features, epitomises the grand homes depicted in romantic English literature. So it comes as no surprise to find this Derbyshire estate mentioned in Jane Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and featured in the 2005 film adaptation - as the residence of the gorgeous ‘Mr Darcy.’
Today and throughout the weekend, the house and its heritage gardens will play host to the Chatsworth County Fair. Imagine - local food, a parade of vintage cars, archery, catapults, hot air balloon rides and the Red Arrows performing displays overhead.
The estate's owner, Deborah Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, is an intriguing character.The youngest of the infamous Mitford sisters, she is credited with saving her three hundred year old home by opening its doors to the public to raise funds for restoration. Jasper is enchanted by her story and is looking forward to attending the launch of her memoir ‘Wait for Me’ next week.
Find out more about the Chatsworth County Fair