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Statue of pig balancing a ball stolen from stately home

The pig statue Credit: Derbyshire Police

A statue of a pig balancing a ball on its stout has been stolen from the Chatsworth House estate in Derbyshire.

The piece was on display at the stately home's farm shop in Pilsley when it was taken.

Police say a man walked into the shop at 12.35pm on Saturday, put the 18-inch ceramic statue in a bag and then walked out without paying.

Officers want to speak to a white man who is around 5ft 8ins, of stocky build, with dark hair and tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a short sleeve body warmer type jacket, and red trainers.

Chatsworth hosts campaign to promote rural tourism

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire Credit: PA

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is hosting the launch of a new campaign to promote the country's rural tourism overseas.

The 'Countryside is GREAT' campaign is a new three-year initiative developed by VisitBritain.

New analysis from VisitBritain reveals that more international tourists are travelling across the country than ever before, with spending hitting new record levels for the first 9 months of 2014.

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The world of Alice in Wonderland comes to Chatsworth

Visitors to Chatsworth House this Christmas will be taken on a journey through the magical world of Alice in Wonderland.

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been transformed Credit: Chatsworth House

People visiting the Derbyshire estate should prepare to head down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass as this year's Christmas theme takes inspiration from the vivid and fantastical world created by author Lewis Carroll.

Alice in Wonderland is this year's Christmas theme Credit: Chatsworth House

The attraction opens on 8 November and runs until 4 January.

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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

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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