Countryside and food festival comes to Ashridge
The Chilterns Conservation Board and National Trust will be bringing countryside fun to the magnificent Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted on Sunday, September 16.
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-4pm, admission is £3 for adults with accompanied children under 16 free. There will be a small charge for some activities.
This is the sixth year of the festival and it’s bigger and better than ever, with over 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.
More than 40 food stands will be selling local produce ranging from cheeses, cakes and chutneys to pies, pastries and poultry to take home.
Craft stalls will include turned wood and walking sticks from Totternhoe, ceramics from Dunstable and Aylesbury, repurposed clothing from Tring, plus 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 new attraction this year is the music stage, sponsored by Launchpad Live Music and Entertainment. Local acts to keep feet tapping throughout the day will include Julian Mann at 10.30am, Soul Keys at 11.30am, Sparkies Jazz at 12.30pm, Palmerston at 2pm and Kirsten Lutz at 3.15pm.
A feature of the event that always draws crowds is the forestry and woodcraft area where woodland contractors will be operating wood chippers and other machinery.
A chainsaw carver will be creating rustic works of art and the traditional crafts of hedge-laying, bodging and wood carving will be demonstrated.
There’s loads for kids to do with craft activities and story telling and attractions this year including ferret racing, pony rides and a demonstration of sheep shearing. You can even meet live owls and bats!
For more information ring the National Trust Ashridge Visitor Centre on 01442 851227 or Cathy Rose at the Conservation Board on 01844 355 506.
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