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Thousands flock to Chatsworth county fair

It's the second day of Chatsworth Country fair and thousands more visitors are expected to flock to the stately home in North Derbyshire as it opens its doors for the biggest country fair in the UK.

The three day event, which brings together the best food, displays and crafts on offer, continues tomorrow. And yesterday there was some gold medal talent getting it all under way as Martin fisher reports.

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Chatsworth Country Fair expecting thousands of visitors

Over 100,000 people are expected at Chatsworth House over the next three days as the stately home hosts its annual country fair.

Over 100,000 people are expected at Chatsworth House
Over 100,000 people are expected at Chatsworth House

Tomorrow the fair will host a flypast by planes from Lincolnshire's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Olympic Gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent opened the event with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. And he revealed he worked as a volunteer at Chatsworth before starting his sporting career.

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Chatsworth can be a 'beacon of renewable energy'

Chatsworth House can become a 'beacon of renewable energy', according to a Peak District National Park boss.

Jim DIxon believes the estate is a leading light in tackling climate change.

It is hugely encouraging that one of the national park's most important historic sites is at the forefront of tackling the modern challenge of climate change.

We hope that large organisations such as Chatsworth and ourselves can act as beacons of renewable energy in the national park, and inspire others to follow.

– Jim Dixon, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority

Attic sale funds Renewable Energy Centre at Chatsworth

The Chatsworth Renewable Energy Centre will be officially opened today.

Its low carbon heat and power system will feed 97% of electricity and 72% of heating to the 300-room house, garden, shops and restaurants.

A general view of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: Lucy Bogustawski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The centre has been funded by an attic sale of items in 2010. It has cost more than £2.5 million to build.

The Duke of Devonshire, said: “By using funds raised from the attic sale the past is playing its part in providing Chatsworth with a sustainable future by helping reduce our carbon footprint and supporting the on-going maintenance of our woodlands and ecosystem.”

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Exhibition marks Pride and Prejudice anniversary

Keira Knightley starred in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that was filmed at Chatsworth House.
Keira Knightley starred in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that was filmed at Chatsworth House. Credit: PA Wire

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire will open a special exhibition on Saturday 27th July to mark the bicentenary of Jane Austin's classic Pride and Prejudice.

The stately home is widely regarded as Austen's inspiration for Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy. Chatsworth was also used as a setting for the movie starring Keira Knightley.

Chatsworth House gets a deep clean

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is starting its anual deep clean today after the festive period.

Every year a team take down the last of their Christmas decorations and begin their cleaning process.

 Philip Bowmer, helping take down the last of the festive decorations.
Philip Bowmer, helping take down the last of the festive decorations Credit: ITV Central

This is the last of the 30 trees to be taken down, which have been up since the beginning of November.

30,000 books have to be dusted in the library and the crystals on their huge chandeliers have to be cleaned.

The house has 300 rooms, hundreds of windows, miles of carpet and dozens of curtains.

Chatsworth House brings Christmas to Derbyshire

Lucy Kite visited Chatsworth House today as they gear up for Christmas by decorating the house Credit: ITV Central

Panto season is around the corner, as is Christmas, but it seems celebrations have already begun for both in one part of the Midlands.

Cinderella, wearing a ballgown made by the in-house textile team Credit: ITV Central

At Chatsworth House, the stately home in Derbyshire, the classic stage stars are sharing rather a lot of space with baubles, tinsel, snow-flakes, fairies and anything else festive you can think of.

The dining room being prepared for Christmas visitors Credit: ITV Central

The theme this year is pantomime with 13 of the rooms themed differently, with planning taking the staff a year.

A grand Christmas tree reaching up to the beautifully painted ceiling Credit: ITV Central

There are over 20 trees at Chatsworth House this year with over 21,000 baubles and 7,000 lights.

For more information on visiting Chatsworth House see their website here.

Hansel and Gretel's gingerbread house Credit: ITV Central
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