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  • 1. History of Chesterfield

    The town of Chesterfield has always been an important market town in the county of Derbyshire and at the centre of the market area is a Victorian market hall. There were many coal mines in the town until the decline of the industry in the ‘80s and ‘90s. None of the collieries are still open but a cycle and walking track called the "Five Pits Trail" links some of the former ...Read moresites. The Shambles is a medieval area of the town, dating back to the 12th century. The quaint narrow streets include timber-framed buildings. Read less

  • 2. Now in Chesterfield

    The market is still an important part of town life and attracts hundreds of visitors every Monday, Friday and Saturday. Chesterfield is surrounded by stunning countryside and is a popular place for tourists as a starting point for visiting the Peak District. Many historic buildings have survived over the years in Chesterfield and it is a great place to visit for history lovers.

  • 3. Events in Chesterfield

    Chesterfield Festival is three days of celebrations and entertainment in October. Events take place all over the town and include concerts, comedy, a lantern parade and much more. The Stainsby Festival is a family-friendly event that takes place over three days in July and includes folk music, world music, stalls, entertainment, workshops and more. Chatsworth Country Fair runs ...Read morefor three days on the weekend following the August bank holiday, and attracts thousands of visitors. The event takes place in the grounds of Chatsworth Country House. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Chesterfield

    Bolsover Castle is a 17th century castle featuring carved fireplaces, richly-coloured murals and preserved and beautifully restored interiors. The site includes a discovery centre, picnic spots and great views over the Vale of Scarsdale. Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery tells the story of the town and its people - from Roman times to the present day. Attractions include a 20...Read moreft high medieval builder's windlass used in the construction of Chesterfield Parish Church. Chesterfield Parish Church is also known as the Church of the Crooked Spire. The 228ft crooked spire leans nearly 9ft from its original centre and moves a little further every year. Visitors can climb the 144 steps. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Chesterfield

    The Healthy Living Centre is a leisure facility including swimming, children's softplay, climbing, 150-station fitness suite, spa, crèche and café. The five-and-a-half-mile Five Pits Trail is suitable for cycling, walking or horseriding. It starts at the Grassmoor Country Park and ends at Tibshelf Ponds, passing some of the area's former collieries. Queen's Park, in the town ...Read morecentre, has a boating lake, cricket pitch, conservatory, café and toilets, play areas, nature area, storytelling area and conservatory. Read less

  • 6. Business in Chesterfield

    Chesterfield's famous open air market has more than 250 stalls selling everything from clothes to china and from fruit to carpets. The market is open on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays and a flea market takes place on Thursdays. On the second Thursday of every month, a farmers' market is also held on the site. The Pavements is the town's main shopping centre, housing many high s...Read moretreet names as well as smaller independent retailers, cafes and restaurants. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Chesterfield

    It takes just 10 minutes to drive into Chesterfield from junction 29 of the M1 motorway and there are many major A roads linking to the rest of the region. There are direct coach links from Chesterfield to London as well as to Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport and the Nottingham East Midlands Airport. Chesterfield train station has good services to London, Birmingham, Mancheste...Read morer, York, Newcastle and Bristol. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to the nearest airport - Nottingham East Midlands. Birmingham Airport is about an hour's drive and Manchester Airport is about one and a half hours away. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Chesterfield

    The Pomegranate Theatre is situated in a Grade II listed building in the town and offers a varied programme of live events including dance, music, theatre and pantomime. The Winding Wheel has a full programme of music, comedy, dance and illustrated talks. Venues for live music in the town include The Royal Oak pub, which hosts the Big Acoustic Live evenings, Sunday afternoon Ja...Read morezz, live bands on Saturday nights and more. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Chesterfield

    The crooked spire of the Chesterfield Parish Church is famous around the world. It was built around 1400 and was straight for hundreds of years before it began to twist. It is thought this is due to the type of timber used to construct it, although a legend claims it was cursed by the devil.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Chesterfield

    Lady Baden-Powell, famous for her work in the guiding and scouting movements, was born in Chesterfield as Olave St Clair Soames in 1889.


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