Delightful Chatsworth Country Fair wows crowds

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The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire welcomed tens of thousands of fun-seekers to Chatsworth House for a weekend of joy.

Once again Chatsworth Country Fair – one of England’s most spectacular outdoor events – wowed crowds with a whole host of delightful attractions.

NDET 31-8-12 TW 5 The Duke & Duchess with 1 of the mounted Gunners from the King's troop

NDET 31-8-12 TW 5 The Duke & Duchess with 1 of the mounted Gunners from the King's troop

From Red Arrows displays to hot air balloons, sheep dog trials, classic cars, military bands and tasty treats, the jam-packed extravaganza – which has been a year in the making – boasted something for everyone.

Speaking on the opening day of the fair on Friday, the Duke of Devonshire said: “It’s a tremendous event and it’s such a pleasure to welcome all these people.

“It’s been a wonderful year for Chatsworth House and this much-loved show really is the icing on the cake.”

The Duke added he was looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping in the craft centre.

NDET 31-8-12 TW 11 The Connelley family visiting Chatsworth Country Fair

NDET 31-8-12 TW 11 The Connelley family visiting Chatsworth Country Fair

Organiser Christopher Lloyd Owen – who plans out the site and solely puts 700 tent pegs into the ground – said he was already busy planning next year’s fair.

For a slideshow of pictures – by Terry Walden, Juliet Thompson, Rachel Short, Simon Falconer, Robert Scriven, Elaine Whitby and Matthew Taylorof Peak Features – click the link in the right-hand panel.