In cel­e­bra­tion of the out­stand­ing Chilterns

The Chilterns Coun­try­side and Food Fes­ti­val prom­ises to bring the very best from our beau­ti­ful coun­try­side to­gether for one spec­tac­u­lar event.

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THE Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board and Na­tional Trust will be bring­ing coun­try­side fun to the mag­nif­i­cent Ashridge Es­tate, near Berkham­sted on Sun­day Septem­ber 13.

Mouth-wa­ter­ing lo­cal pro­duce stalls, fas­ci­nat­ing craft dis­plays, forestry demon­stra­tions and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties are just some of the things to dis­cover.

The Chilterns Coun­try­side and Food Fes­ti­val is open from 10am un­til 4pm, ad­mis­sion is £4 for adults and £1 for chil­dren ( who­must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult). Ad­mis­sion prices ap­ply to Na­tional Trust mem­bers and there will be a small ad­di­tional charge for some ac­tiv­i­ties.

This is the ninth year of the Fes­ti­val which has 120 stands de­mon­strat­ing the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, crafts, in­dus­tries and wildlife as­so­ci­ated with the Chilterns coun­try­side and show­ing how they work to­gether to help to pro­mote and pre­serve our lo­cal coun­try­side.

Cathy Rose from the Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board said: “The Chilterns coun­ties of Buck­ing­hamshire, Ox­ford­shire, Hert­ford­shire and Bed­ford­shire are home to a huge va­ri­ety of food pro­duc­ers, artists, crafts­peo­ple and en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and this event is ded­i­cated to them.

“Un­like other craft and food events, where ex­hibitors could have come from any­where in the coun­try, over 95% of the ex­hibitors at the Chilterns Coun­try­side Fes­ti­val come from within 25 miles of the Chilterns Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty, so visi­tors to the show re­ally are buy­ing lo­cal.”

More than 55 food stands will be selling lo­cal pro­duce rang­ing from cheeses, cakes and chut­neys to pies, pas­tries and poul­try.

You can tuck into a wide range of lo­cal hot food in­clud­ing lo­cally pro­duced sausages, ba­con and burgers, a hog roast, piz­zas, jacket pota­toes and crepes in­clud­ing a range of veg­e­tar­ian op­tions.

There will be 37 craft stalls selling a wide va­ri­ety of wares in­clud­ing turned and carved wood, cloth­ing, home­wares, jew­ellery, cards, pho­to­graphs and ac­ces­sories.

Many of the stall hold­ers will be de­mon­strat­ing their skills, and in some cases, you can even have a go.

A high­light of the event is the mu­sic stage, spon­sored by PRS for Mu­sic and Launch­pad Live Mu­sic and En­ter­tain­ment.

Lo­cal acts in­clud­ing Jimmy Brewer, Rag ‘n’ Roll Mu­sic, The Buz­zsta­bles and Ju­lian Mann will keep feet tap­ping through­out the day.

The forestry and wood­craft area al­ways draws crowds.

Wood­land con­trac­tors will be de­mon­strat­ing a mo­bile sawmill and fire­wood pro­ces­sor, a chain­saw carver will be cre­at­ing rus­tic works of art and the tra­di­tional craft of bodg­ing will be demon­strated.

The Na­tional Trust’s foresters will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions and there will be an op­por­tu­nity to buy items made from wood grown on the Ashridge Es­tate.

Around 20 lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions will have stands on the day, so there will be plenty of chances to find out about the fan­tas­tic range of work go­ing on lo­cally to con­serve and pro­mote the coun­try­side and wildlife of the Chiltern hills.

There’s loads for kids to do with craft ac­tiv­i­ties and story telling and at­trac­tions this year in­clud­ing Punch and Judy, a chance to try some bushcraft skills and archery.

You can even meet some sheep, a live red kite and a mag­nif­i­cent heavy horse! For more in­for­ma­tion ring the Na­tional Trust Ashridge Visi­tor Cen­tre on 01442 851227 or Cathy Rose at the Con­ser­va­tion Board on 01844 355506.

A wide va­ri­ety of crafts peo­ple will be ex­hibit­ing and there will be tempt­ing treats to try and plenty to ex­plore

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