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Food, fashion and the countryside will be combined on September 26 for the Country Life Silver Fox Challenge & Country Fair which is hosted by the Hambleden Estate.

Designed as a family day out which runs from 9am until 6pm, the event has grown each year and for the first time this year it will feature a cookery theatre which will be using local and British produce in delicious recipes.

A key element of the cookery production will be Chris Barber, who spent 11 years as personal chef to HRH The Prince of Wales. During that time he was involved in the development of the organic farm and kitchen garden at Highgrove and the setting up of the Duchy Originals brand of products.

Chris and his wife later went on to open the Goose at Britwell Salome which soon established a reputation for serving some of the best food in the UK. Two years ago the couple opened The White Hart Hotel in Nettlebed where they transformed a tired roadside inn into to a modern and stylish country house hotel which was then sold in January.

A regular contributor to Country Life magazine, Chris has written a wide range of features on country issues through the eyes of a rural chef. More recently he has been featured with a recipe column which highlights the best of local, wild and organic produce.

Lisa Hughes managing director of the Hambleden Estate said: “We are delighted to have Chris involved with the cookery theatre and I know he will attract a capacity audience throughout the day.”

There will be a very lighthearted country clothing fashion show which will pick out the style and colours for the perfect outfit for every occasion in the country. The children’s Play Zone with traditional play equipment as well as giant inflatables will ensure that children get to burn up lots of energy and there craft activities, circus workshops and a treasure hunt to keep them amused and entertained all day.

Nor is it just children who will have the opportunity to learn new skills as there will be “have a go” sessions of archery and a chance to try your hand at polo, as well as handle Charlotte Hill’s wonderful birds of prey. In addition there is a charity team clay shoot and a gun dog scurry – in other words virtually every country interest is catered for

The fast and the furious side of the horse world will also be on display with the excitement of the annual Silver Fox Challenge which is a thrilling mounted relay race for teams of four riders.

It is run as a knock-out competition with two teams racing over mirror image courses of sizeable fences and a water complex and they have to use their skills to juggle speed and agility at every stage.

“It is a very exciting race to compete in and it makes an equally good spectator event as it is so fast moving all the time with new teams competing every eight minutes throughout the day for a first prize of £3000. It attracts teams from all over the country and this year we have teams from Carmarthenshire, Cornwall and Ireland.”Lisa added

The Hambleden Estate has been owned by the Smith family for many generations and it is set in the heart of the Chilterns in an area of outstanding beauty. The estate and the photogenic Hambleden village are often used for TV and film productions including the recent filming of Miss Marple and Rosemary and Thyme.

For further information about the event which will take place on land adjacent to the A4155 Henley to Marlow road, please contact Lisa Hughes on 01491 571353. Tickets are £5 for adults and children under 16 are free.


For further information please contact:
Mary Rudd/Arabella Brodie
at Mary Rudd PR on 01362 821415


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