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.
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