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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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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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01 September 2012 - 30 September 2012
There is plenty of toe-tapping fun for everyone during Chesterfield’s annual Day of Dance. The town centre streets come alive with different dancing styles during the event in September. The programme of dance lasts all day and includes performances of all styles, i ...more
01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
The Peak District Historic Border Country Walking Festival takes place over nine days in June across the countryside and market towns of North East Derbyshire. More than 40 guided walks are organised for the festival as well as cycle rides and illustrated talks. Audio ...more
01 September 2012 - 31 October 2012
The All Barnsley Diversity Festival is a big event in the town’s annual calendar and is organised to celebrate the variety of different communities and cultures in the town. The event first took place in 2003 and runs throughout September and October. The programme of ...more
01 April 2013 - 30 April 2013
Amateur artists are given an opportunity to display their work with the annual Rotherham Open Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs for two months from April in the Rotherham Art Gallery, the Central Library and the Arts Centre. Hundreds of people visit the exhibition a ...more
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A living green wall and a sculpture of a puppy are among the new works of art being installed at a shopping centre. The art is being put in place at The Yards shopping centre in Chesterfield as part of the Chesterfield Cultural...
An ancient cookery book bought by the county council has changed history for the Bakewell Pudding. The local pudding was always widely believed to have been invented in the 1860s, but archivists at Derbyshire County Council’s Record Office in...
Shopping vouchers and memory sticks are being handed out to teenagers to encourage them to log on to an advice website. The OK website, run by Derbyshire County Council, is running competitions to win £20 worth of shopping...
Green-fingered residents are being invited to get busy in their gardens for this year’s Chesterfield in Bloom competition. The gardening contest is always very popular in the town and attracts entries from residents, schools and businesses. A total...
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