North Derbyshire in the running to recieve several new rail stations

A proposal to reopen existing rail lines to passengers bringing the potential to build up to four new stations in North Derbyshire are steaming ahead with project leaders working with Network Rail to get the plans moving.

Derbyshire County Council has confirmed it is working with South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Network Rail to develop the business case to reopen the current, freight-only Barrow Hill line between Chesterfield and Sheffield to passengers.

If the outline project gets the green light at the next stage, it will signal the start of work to reintroduce passenger trains on the line and build up to 4 new stations in Derbyshire at Whittington, Staveley Barrow Hill, Eckington / Renishaw, and Killamarsh.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment, Councillor Carolyn Renwick, said: “This is all part of the Levelling Up agenda and we’re pleased that Government has recognised the need to reintroduce passenger services along these two routes.

“Significant new employment and housing development is already planned along the Barrow Hill Line route with long-overdue investment in this part of Derbyshire kick-started by the Staveley Town Deal.

“Re-opening both lines would build on this momentum, making it easier for people to travel to work, education, and healthcare, cutting congestion, improving air quality, and promoting greener travel as part of our commitment to cut carbon emissions to help tackle climate change.”

It is anticipated that the next stage of work by Network Rail should take approximately 4 months to complete.

The £25 million Staveley Town Deal offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the quality of life for residents, create new employment opportunities with higher level skills, ensure it is a place where everyone can be proud to live and guarantee that the town and its residents have a bright future ahead – supporting Staveley as a place to start, stay and grow.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield Borough Council’s plans for development around Chesterfield station are well advanced, as set out in the recently approved Station Masterplan. The ambitious plans are set to transform the area between the town centre and Chesterfield Train Station – creating a vibrant gateway to North Derbyshire and setting out potential sites to create around 850 new jobs. Find out more here.


Chesterfield Railway Station at Night

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New bar and coffee shop open in Chesterfield town centre

Chesterfield is welcoming yet another new addition to the historic town centre, with The Empire Bar & Coffee Shop opening up on St Mary’s Gate.

The new business offers a range of draught and bottled beer and cider, wine, fresh cocktails, fresh bean barista coffee and various hot and cold drinks.

It officially opened it’s doors at the beginning of June and is situated over two floors with an additional outside seating area.

All hot drinks can be made with plant based products including almond, soya, oat and coconut milk. The Hot Chocolate is also vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Offers throughout the week, paired with the ever-friendly welcome from owners Simon Chidlow and Carlton Francis make Empire a unique experience. Not only is Empire child and dog friendly until 6pm daily, but the accommodating hosts want everyone to feel welcomed and accepted, offering BSL (British Sign Language) for a number of its already growing customers.

The owners stated: “Whether you’re looking for entertainment for all ages, affordable drinks or a space to host a small gathering or your next corporate event in our comfy upstairs area, you can rest assured that Empire will always try to accommodate.”

Since opening, the pair have welcomed back customers on numerous occasions, which demonstrates the warm and friendly appeal that drew them in on their first visit. With owner Simon growing up in Chesterfield, he says: “After COVID, everyone is eager to get back to normality, and we are excited to provide a space where people feel comfortable to do so!

“Local businesses bring with them a support for developing the local area and ultimately in supporting them, our customers are continuing to drive development in Chesterfield.

“Our aim is to support and work together with local independent businesses to help us all make a success and thrive.

“We have teamed up with Totally Cheesecakes and Bakes based in Clay Cross to offer locally made individual cheesecakes and this is the beginning of the food options available to come in the near future.”

Information on the offers and entertainment available can be found on Google, or Facebook and Instagram under @barempirechesterfield.

There are so many great restaurants, coffee shops and tea rooms, pubs and bars – you’ll be spoilt for choice when eating out in Chesterfield. Find out more about the town’s unique food and drink offer here.

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50 independent retailers in Chesterfield

There are so many great independent retailers in Chesterfield town centre and across the borough.  We have selected 50 businesses and shared either their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you decide which of the them to try.

This blog only mentions a few of the many independent retailers in Chesterfield and if you want to find more check out our friends at Unhampered.  Their site includes a great showcase of independent retailers in Chesterfield.

What we are asking you to do, is use this list and support local businesses when you need to make a purchase.   Also if you don’t already, please like and follow them on social media.  A like, a share or a comment for these, or any retailers can help spread the word and support their businesses and showcase the vibrancy of the independent retailers in Chesterfield.

Made a great purchase or received some excellent customer service make sure you leave a review or share a post on your own social media and include #lovechesterfield

We are sure you will find some unique items from our friendly independent retailers!

Food an Drink Heaven in Chesterfield

1. Cheese Factor

Market Hall, Chesterfield Town Centre

A family business that has been trading for 50 years, stocking 150 different cheeses from around the world in their town centre shop.

Don’t miss their range of Cheese Wedding Cakes for a celebration cake with a difference. Made to your specification which can be delivered anywhere in the UK.

On their Facebook page you can find out more about the 150 cheeses they stock and more.


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2. Derbyshire Distillery

Markham Vale, Chesterfield

Derbyshire Distillery is an estate of spirit brands handcrafted in small batches in Chesterfield.  Discover their latest flavours, events and offers on their Instagram feed.

3. Brampton Brewery

Chatsworth Road

Brampton is an award-winning brewery with a number of local pubs. Keep up-to-date on the latest ales available in the shop via their Facebook page.

4. Northern Tea Merchants

Chatsworth Road

A tea and coffee lover’s dream, their social media pages highlight the best blends, gifts and behind the scenes activity.

5. Love Brewing

Chatsworth Road

Love Brewing have been helping people make excellent home brews for many years. They stock a diverse range of wine, beer, and spirit making ingredients, equipment and accessories. Their social media showcases products and updates on their latest events.


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6.  Chocolatellie

Packers Row, Chesterfield Town Centre

Unique chocolate gifts and treats from the retailer based in Packers Row, Chesterfield.  Their social media channels keep you up to date on the events they deliver.

7. Teresa Lambarelli’s Italian Cafè and Pasta Bar

Chatsworth Road

Not just a cafe and pasta bar, they also produce their own hand-crafted sauces, salad dressings, pastes and biscotti. Give them a follow on instagram to see all of their tasty dishes and homemade sauces.

Marvelous Markets in Chesterfield

8. Chesterfield Markets

Market Square, Chesterfield Town Centre

The Chesterfield Markets Facebook page will keep you up-to-date about the great traders and their products on the outdoor and indoor markets. You will be surprised what you can buy!

They also keep you updated on specialist markets and events happening in the town.


9. Steph’s Sustainable Stuff

Market Square, Chesterfield Town Centre
Chesterfields first zero-waste shop based on our historic outdoor market.  Meeting all your low and zero-waste needs.

Another happy customer 😁
We have a great selection of herbs and spices at competitive prices. Buy as much or as little as you need ~ and yes, someone did buy a single bay leaf 😊

Posted by Steph’s Sustainable Stuff on Tuesday, 30 March 2021

10. The Market Co

Market Square, Chesterfield Town Centre

Organiser of the Chesterfield Artisan Market and champion of artisan sellers. Chesterfield Artisan Market takes place on the last Sunday of the Month.



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11. Charles Hedley

Chesterfield Market Hall, Chesterfield Town Centre

Award-winning retailer of pre-owned luxury fashion and watches located in Chesterfield Market Hall.

12.  Ginspired

Chesterfield Market Hall, Chesterfield Town Centre

Ginspired’s Instagram page highlights the amazing and unique range of gin, spirits and beer that they stock in their market hall store.


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13. Flower Girl Plants at Chesterfield Market

Chesterfield Market, Chesterfield Town Centre

Lots of seasonal plants and flowers are showcased on Flower Girl Plants social media. Give them a follow on Instagram to keep up to date with the lovely plants available to purchase.


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Finding the latest fashions in Chesterfield

14. Dotique

Chatsworth Road

Dotique’s Facebook page will keep you up-to-date with the latest fashions they have available in their Chatsworth Road store.

We are very excited to have opened our diary for Mother of the Bride and Groom appointments… Appointments are…

Posted by Dotique on Sunday, 28 February 2021

15. Blanc

Chatsworth Road

We love the social media posts about their window changes – what fashions will they be showing off next? Blanc is located on Chatsworth Road.


It’s Good Friday and it’s window change day at Blanc. Sand and Blue. Occasional wear by ‘Diva’, Prom dress by ‘Ellie…

Posted by Blanc & Blanc Occasions on Friday, 2 April 2021

16. M’s Gallery

The Yards, Chesterfield Town Centre

Clothing boutique located in The Yards in Chesterfield.  Quirky posts talking about how their products link to what’s going on in the world.


Mad March weather!!!
It’s one extreme to the other.
Yesterday I showed you lovely summery top. Think today might be…

Posted by M’s accessories on Sunday, 28 March 2021

17. Little White Dress

Chatsworth Road

Stunning Instagram feed of dresses for the special day. Little White Dress is a wedding boutique located on Chatsworth Road.

18.  Dava

Chatsworth Road

Clothing boutique located on Chatsworth Road. Their Instagram feed keeps you up-to-date with the latest fashions they have on offer.


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19. Love Too True


North Derbyshire-based online clothes retailer. Check out their Instagram feed.


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Clothing for Him

20. Zebra

Holywell Street, Chesterfield Town Centre

Well established men’s retailer located near the Winding Wheel Theatre.  Their Instagram feed keeps you up-to-date with the latest fashions they have in store.


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21. Rebel Menswear

High Street, Chesterfield

Men’s clothing retailer located in the heart of Chesterfield.  Their social media feed keeps you up to the latest styles and special editions they have available in the store.



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22. Ingmans

Burlington Street, Chesterfield

Clothing retailer and cobbler based in Chesterfield Town Centre.  Head behind the scenes of the business on their Instagram page. Clothing retailer and cobbler based in Chesterfield Town Centre.


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23. Master Debonair

Chatsworth Road

Effortlessly stylish menswear from Master Debonair. Award winning Independent retailer of men’s clothing and accessories.  Check out the latest styles they have in stock and more on their Facebook page.


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Find that perfect gift in Chesterfield

24. Shop Indie

Vicar lane, Chesterfield Town Centre

Quirky, unique and independent gifts from the Vicar Lane based store.  Check out their Instagram to get inspiration for that something special.


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25. Fairplay Gift Emporium

Market Hall, Chesterfield Town Centre

The Emporium gives young people with learning disabilities the opportunity to learn valuable employment skills in a safe, supportive environment.  They also have some great unique gifts which you can check out on their Instagram.

26. Libby’s Gift Shop

Chatsworth Road

Libby’s is all about simple pleasures – enjoyable shopping with lots of unusual treasures in their gift shop. Located on Chatsworth Road, their Instagram showcases the ever changing range of gifts they have on offer.

All the creativity happening today 🤍

We’ve decided spring is definitely here… it’s window change day, so all things…

Posted by Libby’s Gift Shop on Thursday, 18 March 2021

27. Bee Orchid

Packers Row, Chesterfield

Quirky and country-style home accessories and gift shop located in Chesterfield Town Centre.

28.  Huckleberry Willow

St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield Town Centre

An emporium of design-led products, unusual gifts & home accessories. Huckleberry Willow was winner of the Home and Gift category in the Chesterfield High Street Awards 2020.

29. West Studios

Sheffield Road

West Studios is located on Sheffield Road and their shop has a range of unique gifts and cards from independent creative businesses.  Their Instagram feed also keeps you up-to-date on the exhibitions, workshops and courses that they run.


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Something sparkly for yourself or that someone special

30. Adorn Jewellers

The Shambles, Chesterfield Town Centre

Located in the Shambles, Adorn provides a range of unique jewellery and unusual wedding rings. There is a range of great content across all their social media channels, including ‘Friday night live’ where they will talk you through the latest trends and products.

31. John Stevenson Jewellers

Glumangate, Chesterfield Town Centre

John Stevenson Jewellers of Chesterfield was established over 45 years ago, and is still one of the most prestigious family jewellery businesses in Derbyshire.

The limited edition T-Race in store now £625

Posted by John Stevenson Jewellers on Wednesday, 29 July 2020

32. C. W. Sellors

Low Pavement, Chesterfield

Located on Low Pavement in Chesterfield, C.W. Sellors is one of the UK’s leading independent fine jewellery and luxury watch retailers.

Explore our stunning range of diamond gift-sets today, lovingly hand-crafted by our in-house designers and specialists….

Posted by C W Sellors Jewellers on Saturday, 19 December 2020

33. Stuart Bradley

Burlington Street, Chesterfield  Town Centre

Family owned and run jewellers and gift shop situated right next to the Crooked Spire in the heart of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. We love how they support and promote the town through their social media activity.

High street names supporting local

34.Vicar Lane Shopping Centre

Vicar Lane Shopping Centre

Lots of independent retail and food and drink businesses at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.  They organise some great events as well including Outdoor Cinema on their big screen. Follow them on Instagram for the latest from their stores, competitions and polls to help shape the future of the centre.

35. Waterstones Chesterfield

The national book chain has its own Twitter account for the Chesterfield shop.  This includes updates on new products and local books and signing events.


Time to relax – Music, bikes, games and more!

36. The Little Ark

Chesterfield Market Hall, Chesterfield Town Centre

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly toys and gifts for your little ones.

37. Geeks Headquarters

Sorseby Street, Chesterfield Town Centre

The perfect place to play Trading card games, Board games, Roleplaying games and miniature games! They sell Magic the Gathering, Yu-gi Oh!, Pokemon and much much more! Keep up-to-date on their latest products, gaming competitions and more.

Digimon TCG back in stock.
We have both Ver 1.0 and Ver 1.5 booster back in stock now.
£4 a booster, 3 for £11, whole…

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38. Lumberjack Games


Lumberjack Games Ltd is a family run, independent business based in Chesterfield.  Lots of games, jigsaws and family fun to choose from.

The puzzles are back in stock! Both our Haytor and Crooked Spire puzzles sold out over Christmas. Now available from our…

Posted by Lumberjack Games on Friday, 5 February 2021

39. Tall Bird Records

Soresby Street, Chesterfield Town Centre

Chesterfield’s longest established record shop.  They sell new and old vinyl, second-hand CDs, record players, merchandise, artwork, books & other stuff! Check out the latest releases on their facebook page.

40. Vanishing Point Records

The Yards, Chesterfield Town Centre

Independent vinyl store located in the Yards in Chesterfield. Follow them on Facebook page for details of the latest stock and their regular radio show which they host on Radio Free Matlock.

41.  J.E. James Chesterfield

Whittington Moor

Located just off the Whittington Moor roundabout J.E. James has been supporting people in Chesterfield to find the perfect bike for over 20 years.  Their social media not only includes the latest products, but brings the cycling community together with details of the rides that they organise.

Thursday Evening Road rides are back. Led by Neil Offler.1st April for the first of the year. 6.15pm from the Chesterfield store. Lights and waterproof needed.

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Children’s Clothes and Shoes

42. Nanna B Baby and Childrens Wear

Vicar Lane, Chesterfield Town Centre

Baby and Childrens wear retailer located on Steeplegate at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

43. The Baby Linen House

Packers Row, Chesterfield Town Centre

Located on Packers Row in the heart of Chesterfield, this family run store specialises in baby and children’s wear. Check out the latest styles on their Facebook page.

Perfect for spring days like today ☀️
Available on our website
#timberlandboysclothing #kidswear #smallbusiness #familybusiness

Posted by The Baby Linen House on Sunday, 4 April 2021

Home and Furnishings

44. H&F

New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield Town Centre

Family run furniture and kitchen business based in Chesterfield, creating beautiful hand crafted products and bespoke items. Check out their Instagram feed for inspiration.


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45. Etienne Blinds

Sorseby Street, Chesterfield Town Centre

Located close to Chesterfield Market Hall, Etienne provides a vast range of made to measure blinds, curtains and accessories to suit every need. Get some inspiration from their facebook page.

Its more important than ever to enjoy fresh air, so make the most of your patio by adding a stylish Luxaflex® Awning to…

Posted by Etienne Curtains & Blinds on Sunday, 28 March 2021

46. Floor Depot

Eastside Road

Get inspiration from Chesterfield’s leading suppliers of carpet, laminate, Karndean, vinyl, real wood flooring and roll ends.

47. Clarissa’s Interiors

Vicar Lane, Chesterfield Town Centre

Find those finishing touches for your home at Clarissa’s Interiors, located on Vicar Lane.


The best of the rest

48. Fred’s Haberdashery

Fred’s Haberdashery stocks a wide range of haberdashery and craft items such Trimmings, Ribbons, Felts etc.  Plenty of humor in their social media and a keen ambassador for Chesterfield.

49. Hoods Florists

Florist based on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield. You can find stunning imagery of their products on their Facebook page.

50. Twelfth Craft

Irongate, Chesterfield Town Centre

Once upon a time, in the heart of Chesterfield, there exists a magical shop called Twelfth Craft selling dolls houses, scaled furniture, cards and gifts.

Destination Chesterfield will keep you up to date with all the news from the independent retailers in Chesterfield also keep an eye our for our gift guides throughout the year with some unique items to purchase for Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and more.

You will also find out the latest news, events and ideas for things to do in Chesterfield at:


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Explore the great outdoors in Chesterfield

Summer is for relaxation, socialising and fun. But who has time to hunt for ways to make the most of the great outdoors in Chesterfield?

If you enjoy getting active, there are many picturesque parks and dog-friendly walks. Or maybe you’re looking for outdoor entertainment and shopping? Either way, you’re spoilt for choice locally.

We’ve brought together a snapshot of the great outdoors in Chesterfield – as recommended by local businesses. That means you can spend less time glued to your phone and more time enjoying yourself! Just grab your shades and sun cream and you’re good to go.

Do you work in Chesterfield? Share your favourite place or activity by getting in touch with Tara (contact details at the bottom).


Linacre Waters

Dog friendly walks for all the family

For those of you with four-legged friends, Linacre Waters is a popular choice. Dogs love to explore and play in the woodland. It’s a 5-mile route covering all three of the shimmering reservoirs and surrounding streams, and there are plenty of side tracks to discover too.

“At the weekend, I enjoy walks around Linacre with my dog, Rocky and popping to the Peacock at Barlow for a drink after. I love that the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales are on our doorstep.” Sophie Coburn, The Children’s Hospital Charity

Also a favourite for families, the main trails at Linacre are wide enough for prams and there are benches, tree stumps and grassy areas to stop for a picnic. Although remember to visit the toilet near the car park before setting off!

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Monsal Trail, Chesterfield

Dogs and families also love walks along the Monsal Trail. From Hassop station, the route to the right has the wow factor. Leading you through an old railway tunnel, the path opens onto an old railway bridge overlooking the lush Peak District greenery. It’s a there and back route – so you can walk as far as 6 miles if you have the time or shorten the walk for little legs. And there are toilets and cafes along the way.

“I have a wife, young family of two girls and a dog and we love to visit the local countryside for walks. One of our favourites is the Hassop Trail. It is great to have such picturesque settings on our doorstep and escape the office at the weekends.” Paul Berresford, BRM Solicitors

See Peak Venues’ Dog walk number 7 for more information.



Off-road running

It can be easy to forget how much greenery there is in Chesterfield. You can go a good distance and barely need to set foot near to traffic.

Ashover Rock just outside Clay Cross is just one space recommended by locals for both running and walking.

“Stunning.  That’s how I would describe Ashover Rock.  I don’t need to say much…the views in this video say it all.”  (Video shows Luke Beresford, a local fell runner and organiser of the Ashover Fell Run, a charity event that usually takes place in the summer.) Matt Jones, Matt Jones Commercial Photography

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Chesterfield Canal

Run along the peaceful towpath of the Chesterfield Canal known as The Cuckoo Way.

As well as featuring some of the oldest staircase locks ever built, significant restoration has been carried out since 1989 including 2 new marinas.

And the future is exciting, with funding confirmed recently to extend the canal by half a mile from Hartington Harbour onto the Staveley Puddlebank, and two miles of multi-use towpath all the way to Renishaw.

Look out for the first construction work at the new Trans-Pennine Trail bridge (just east of the existing Eckington Road bridge) in early 2023.

“Chesterfield Canal is one of the most beautiful and varied waterways in England, spanning from the River Trent to Chesterfield – some 46 miles. Undergoing restoration since 1989 it is great for either walk or a bike ride, where scarcely a house can be seen!” Hannah Finney, Great 2

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Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k

If you need some motivation to lace up your trainers and get outdoors in Chesterfield, why not train for the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k in October? If you haven’t taken part before, there is a fun atmosphere at the start and finish at Queen’s Park. The route passes major landmarks including the Crooked Spire. And there are plenty of cheer stations along the way.

“The Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k is a great event that raises much needed funds for various local charities whilst encouraging aging bodies like mine to put on the trainers and keep training for the event!” Paul Bamford, Cheetham Jackson

Find out more



Cycling adventures

Cycling at Queen’s Park Chesterfield

Fancy a gentle ride? Chesterfield has several peaceful parks with smooth paths that are perfect for taking it easy. You could try Poolsbrook Country Park, Chesterfield Canal or The Avenue Country Park to name just a few.

If you’re looking for more of a challenge, there are longer routes to put your mountain bike to the test and get the blood pumping while enjoying the views along the way. Take on the Five Pits Trail, Archaeological Way or the Trans Pennine Trail or make a day of it by covering all of these and more.

I think when we live here a while, we can risk forgetting how beautiful our town is…” Ros Fomin – MSE Hiller

Find out more about bike rides and cycling routes



Tee time

Stanedge Golf Club, Chesterfield

Whether you’re new to golf or improving your shot, the team at Stanedge Golf Club will give you a warm welcome. There are ‘learn to play’ day for adults and families and a junior group for youngsters to try out their swing.

The course is set on beautiful parkland and moorland with idyllic views of four surrounding counties. And these views can be enjoyed from the clubhouse while dining at the modern Tyzack’s Bar & Restaurant.

“Stanedge Golf Club is an outstanding example of how much turnaround can be achieved when someone couples a clear vision with hard work, investment and commitment.  The absolute transformation of the club in the last 2 -3 years despite the immense challenges posed by the pandemic is incredible.  It’s a welcoming and unique course, which could have easily disappeared completely were it not for the efforts of Fame and the team over recent years.  Bravo to everyone involved!” John Smith, Accountancy Recruitment Group

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Football mad

Chesterfield Football Club

Less than two miles outside of the town centre, the stadium at Chesterfield Football Club is modern and spacious, with seating for over 10,000 fans. Soak up the atmosphere with friends and enjoy a tasty local pitch side snack. Or inspire the kids with a behind the scenes tour including heading onto the pitch.

Lots of our employees are Spireites fans so they often go to watch the local games at the Technique Stadium.” Jamie Bowmer, Palm Spas

There are accessible ground floor and top-level viewing areas available, as well as changing places facilities, and an indoor play centre to tire out the little ones before the start of the match.

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Family outdoor events

BRM Solicitors Festival of Cricket at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield

In summer there is a plethora of events to get you outdoors in Chesterfield.

Take in the beauty of Queen’s Park with a spot of cricket, regarded by many as one of the most picturesque grounds. The BRM Chesterfield Festival of Cricket attracts large crowds each year.

Dress up in pink and enjoy evening entertainment at the Ashgate Hospice’s Sparkle Night Walk.

Chesterfield Pride is at Stand Road Park with well-known, chart selling acts set on the Main Stage. The Cabaret Stage features the best of local performers, Drag Artistes and DJs.

Look out for pop up cinema and sporting events on the big screen at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, alongside treats such as Pizza and Prosecco from Salute.

And out of town there are fun family events to enjoy at Matlock Farm Park.

Find more Chesterfield events this summer



 Outdoor shopping

Chesterfield Market

You can’t beat shopping outdoors in Chesterfield in the sunshine. That means you might end up spending more than planned. But who can resist a tasty treat from Chesterfield Market? As well as weekly stalls, be sure to look out for the Medieval Fun Day, the Artisan Market, and other speciality events.

“I have really enjoyed being in the town centre market. It’s great to see lots of local people buying local produce, there is a real atmosphere to it.” Isobel Wells, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice

Find out more about Chesterfield Market


The Shambles, Chesterfield town centre

The town centre is steeped in culture and history with architecture and artwork to admire. So do plan in time to wander and look around while shopping outdoors in Chesterfield.

Take a look at the town centre art trail and you may find a few things you’ve missed. And be sure to lose yourself in the narrow shopping streets of the Yards and the Shambles, known for their hidden gems.

“I love walking through the narrow streets of the Shambles, where you will find some amazing independent shops – whether it be searching for a rare record to add to your collection, or a unique gift for a friend or loved one.”  Steve Philips, East Midlands Chamber

Find out more about shopping in Chesterfield


Town centre views

Chesterfield town centre

And of course, the Church of St Mary & All Saints, known as the ‘Crooked Spire’ is a key outdoor attraction. Taking in the views from the top of the ‘Crooked Spire’ tower is equally impressive. tours take place regularly and attract visitors from around the world – booking is recommended.

“I honestly don’t think you can come to Chesterfield without seeing the iconic Church of St Mary and All Saints…I am always mesmerised by the structural brilliance and artistic flair of the tower.” Laura Donington, Robinsons PLC

Find out about tours up the ‘Crooked Spire’ tower




Birchen Edge, Chesterfield

When you’ve finished shopping and exploring in the town centre, there are many secluded spots to enjoy a picnic outdoors in Chesterfield and Derbyshire. Queen’s Park is perfect if you’re staying in the town centre. Further afield, Birchen Edge is a quiet spot.

“The area around Birchen Edge is one of Derbyshire’s best (and infinitely quieter than its Curbar neighbour).  Up high, you get a real sense of perspective and scale, plus a chance to listen to the bird life.” Rebecca Erskine, Yellow Bird Marketing

See our ideas for filling up your picnic basket with local food and drink

Find out more about Birchen Edge


Outdoor dining around the town centre

One of two outdoor spaces at Casa Hotel

Why not sit on a town centre high street and watch the shoppers go by? Qoozies at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre offers healthy smoothies and salads as well as naughty treats. And around the corner there is outdoor seating at Pizza Pi underneath the shopping centre’s big screen.

Take a stroll from the town centre along Chatsworth Road for more restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating – from Nonnas restaurant to Junction Bar.

Fancy a 30 minute walk from the town centre along the Chesterfield Canal? Reward yourself with a stop at Barca Bar or Cocina at Casa Hotel. The outdoor seating at Barca is undercover and next to tranquil water features. And look out for Casa’s music events with guests invited to relax outside on sunny evenings.

Find more ideas for dining in Chesterfield


Outdoor dining with a view

Tickled Trout, Barlow, Chesterfield

The Tickled Trout is a relaxing outdoor spot, serving food and drink sourced locally. Explore the village of Barlow while you’re there.

Peak Edge Hotel has undergone multiple refurbishments with outdoor seating overlooking stunning countryside. The venue is one to watch with planning permission granted recently for a luxury spa with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Head to the top of Pudding Pie Hill in Wigley for fine dining or a relaxed bite to eat at the Fox and Goose Inn.

At the end of Derby Road, The Hunloke Arms is a favourite with locals. “The Hunloke is a friendly pub with a great atmosphere. I love the food there too!” Andy Stone, Contracts Manager at Custom Solar

Find more ideas for dining in Chesterfield

Check out the finalists of this year’s Love Chesterfield Awards from mid July


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Superior Wellness listed as one of Britain’s Fastest-Growing Businesses

Superior Wellness ranks 18th on the Growth 100: an annual list that reveals Britain’s fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the country where the founder or founders are still involved.

Superior Wellness leads the market as the world’s fastest growing hot tub manufacturer, creating premium, high quality products focused on improving your health and well-being.

On 22 June 2022, the FEBE Annual Growth 100 list was released highlighting the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the country.

Superior Wellness has been in a fortunate position to experience a monumental level of growth during the pandemic. The company noticed an incline in demand for hot tubs and other wellness related products during the pandemic which spearheaded the growth.

In 2021 Superior Wellness moved into its brand-new headquarters in Chesterfield and has also recently opened a 10,000 sq. ft showroom with training facilities. The team headcount has also doubled to almost 70.

It now works with a global partner network of over 200 hot tub retailers across 16 countries. In 2021 alone, 72 partners were onboarded to the Superior Wellness network and 32 of these were international accounts.

Superior Wellness is now focusing on its growth across the United States of America having recruited two dedicated sales managers based in America.

FEBE reports that: “There are 4.2m private companies in the UK. Just 1% or 45,000 of these are considered ‘high growth’ and Superior Wellness is now included in the Growth 100 list.”

Rob Carlin, Managing Director, said: “We were so proud when we heard the news that Superior Wellness had made it onto Growth 100 list. We ranked 18th in Britain for the fastest-growing companies privately owned businesses.

“This is such an incredible achievement for us as a company and a real accolade to the team and their hard work.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all the Superior Wellness team and our partner network for making this possible.”

Superior Wellness supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Visitors and families to enjoy medieval fun day in Chesterfield town centre

Visitors to Chesterfield town centre will be able to have fun family day out themed around the Middle Ages, as the Medieval Fun Day returns.

The popular town centre event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council will return on Tuesday 26 July from 10am to 5pm. There will be lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy including a fun fair, stalls in the market and medieval re-enactors.

Ian Waller, Chesterfield Borough Council’s service director – leisure, culture and community wellbeing, said: “Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day is a really popular event and always draws large crowds to the town centre. It’s fantastic that we can finally bring this event back this year, it’s a fun day out for the whole family and a great opportunity to learn about our town’s medieval past.”

The popular Thomas Stanley Retinue reenactors group will be setting up their encampment in the grounds of the Crooked Spire. You’ll be able to find out more about life as a knight in the medieval period and they will be arming the knight, re-enacting skirmishes and marching through the town to the Market Place in full costume.

The dragon that battled with a Knight in the town centre in 2019 will be making a comeback and entertaining audiences in the Market Place.

A Medieval Surgeon will be on Burlington Street to give you all the details about grisly medieval medicine including common diseases, surgical procedures such as trepanning and amputation – he’ll even be bringing along his own leeches.

The Medieval Maniax will bring their hilarious show to Chesterfield, filled with mind-boggling tricks contortions and laugh-out-loud jokes.

For a charge Tower Tours will be available at the Crooked Spire. There will also be a Hunt the Sprite trail where families can search the Church for Sprites, which are a supernatural creature from Medieval folklore.

Members of the council’s museum team will be on Burlington Street and you will be able to learn more about Medieval life, dress up in medieval costume and create some medieval crafts.

The day also features appearances from walkabout characters including the Damsels in Distress, Goblins and other Medieval characters.

There will also be prizes available for the best dressed trader. Stalls can be booked by traders, charities and community groups on the council’s website:

The Medieval Fun Day was last held in July 2019, it was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Full details of the event, including timings, will be available on the Visit Chesterfield website:

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ProAktive Insurance launches fundraising appeal for Ashgate Hospice

A local insurance company is raising funds and awareness for Ashgate Hospice, to help the local charity to continue providing vital palliative care to people in our area.

Senior Account Handler at ProAktive Insurance, Claire Thompson has launched the campaign to show her gratitude to the staff currently providing care for her father at the hospice.

To help with her fundraising efforts, Claire and the rest of the ProAktive team will be taking on the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge’ on Sunday, 21st August 2022. The team is aiming to complete the 25-mile trek in under 12 hours.

The company is looking to raise at least £1,000 for the charity, with more than half of that total raised already on their JustGiving page.

Claire commented: “I have chosen to support Ashgate Hospice as this charity is very close to my heart, I have promised my Dad, Steve Waddoups that I will raise money for them to say thank you for the amazing palliative care that they are providing for him, and for the support they are providing for my family and families like ours throughout Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

“I will be forever grateful for the care and support of every single one of the nurses, doctors and volunteers allowing my Dad to live out his final weeks in a safe, comfortable caring environment, helping him to keep his dignity and for nothing ever being too much trouble.

“As a business I feel it is vital to support the community and local people here in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, without the support charities like Ashgate Hospice may not exist.”

To find out more about the fundraising challenge and to donate, go to:

ProAktive Insurance supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Claire Thompson, of ProAktive Insurance with family

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Chesterfield car boot sale set to return to Technique Stadium

A regular car boot sale will be returning to Chesterfield once again, located at Chesterfield FC’s Technique Stadium.

After a long pause in operation at the Rose Hill car park site, a transfer back to the football club for the popular weekly car boot sale can now be announced.

Due to the lack of permanent toilet facilities at Rose Hill, a relocation was sought once again.  The football club previously successfully hosted the car boot prior to it being held at Rose Hill.

Both Chesterfield Borough Council and Chesterfield Football Club are delighted that the popular weekly car boot can recommence from Sunday, July 10, 2022.

The club will be operating the car boot under licence from the council and in conjunction with the area’s largest car boot operator, Treasure Trove Fairs.

Chesterfield FC’s marketing manager, Bridget Ball, said: “We are delighted to be working with Chesterfield Borough Council and Treasure Trove Fairs to bring the Car Boot back to the Technique Stadium.

“We have the facilities and space to accommodate many car booters and I’m sure this news will be well received by those who enjoy selling at car boot sales and attending them.”

Treasure Trove Fairs owner, Mike Snow, said, “It’s so exciting to see the rebirth of this incredibly popular car boot sale.

“There will be many introductory offers for car booters, including Tesco gift cards, free matchday vouchers, and many other goodies.

“We’re pleased to have teamed up with Tesco to offer free car parking and we can’t thank the store enough for their kind co-operation.

“We’re thrilled to work with Chesterfield Football Club, who have been kind enough to offer the use of toilets in Chester’s Den and give us this amazing opportunity.”

Full details of set up times, trading times, parking and pitch fees can be found on the Treasure Trove Fairs Facebook Group or by ringing Mike on 07966 445452 Opening times: 7am – 1pm. £10 per pitch. Public admission is free.

Chesterfield Football Club supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Vicar Lane encourages Chesterfield shoppers to donate to Ukraine appeal

Vicar Lane is making a fresh request for public support as it launches its second push to donate essential items to Ukraine.

Shoppers exceeded expectations earlier this spring when they were first asked to make donations in response to the war in Ukraine. The centre was overwhelmed by the generosity of Chesterfield public to the call for help.

Brandon Howard, Centre Administrator at Vicar Lane said, “We were overwhelmed by the quick response and generosity of our local community. The centre management office became a drop-off point for the items, and was completely full by the end of week one!”

Vicar Lane tenants participated in the effort too, with shoe retailer Deichmann providing shoe boxes which were made up into packs containing essential items for the war-torn country. New Look, The Works and Clarissa’s Interiors also made generous donations.

With the help of local members of the community and the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church in Chesterfield all the items made their way to Ukraine via a lengthy lorry-journey though Poland.

“We know that shoppers were keen to play their part earlier this year so we are sure that our second  campaign will be just as successful. A big thanks to everyone who donated previously and to those that will donate this time around,” said Brandon Howard.

People are being asked to make particular types of donations so that the most useful items are donated. Tinned foods and non-perishables, cosmetics and hygiene products will make the biggest difference.

Items can be dropped off at the management suite (opposite Iceland) up until 29th June.

Based in the heart of Chesterfield, Vicar Lane Shopping Centre is  home to a range of popular high-street retailers and a mix of unique independent stores. Find out more here.

Vicar Lane supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Successful Dronfield Arts Festival to return in 2023

The popular Dronfield Arts Festival has once again been hailed a success, with people across the community enjoying a weekend of music, poetry, theatre, art, dance and much more.

Organised by Dronfield Heriatage Trust and Dronfield Hall Barn, the festival took place between 29th April and 1st May 2022, and included more than 60 events offering a fantastic mix of some of the best regional and national arts.

Now, the organisers of the festival have already confirmed the dates for it’s return next year, taking place from 6th-9th July 2023.

Sam Reavey, Creative Manager at Dronfield Heritage Trust commented: “What a wonderful Arts Festival we had this May. After a two year break, it was great to finally be back. It has been a tough couple of years for everybody and what a wonderful sight it was to see so many people attend our festival over the 3 days.

“There was something for everyone, music, dancing, art, comedy, vintage cars, fire and chainsaws. The Festival will be back next year, so please keep checking social media for confirmed dates and acts throughout the year. We’ll see you next year.

“The Festival is the highlight of the Barn’s year. It is our biggest event which not only happens at the Barn, but around Dronfield in local pubs like the Green Dragon and other venues such as the Peel and Civic Centres. All the entertainments are only made possible by our communities continued support of the event and the Arts Festival team cannot thank them enough.

This September the Dronfield Hall Barn will be hosting a Victorian themed weekend. There will be a mix of traditional fairground favourites, entertainers and stalls. Dress up is encouraged. It has been confirmed visitors will benefit from free entry to the event.

Find out more about the Dronfield Arts Festival and the wider activity at Dronfield Hall barn via the following links: and

Dronfield Arts Festival and Dronfield Heritage Trust support the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Pomegranate Theatre set to close for multi-million-pound refurbishment of Stephenson Memorial Hall

The Pomegranate Theatre is set to temporarily close its doors later this month in preparation for a multi-million-pound renovation project that will create an enhanced and improved customer experience.

The theatre will close on Sunday 26 June before planned refurbishment works start on Stephenson Memorial Hall.

A series of community led events have been arranged ahead of the temporary closure.  These performances include, An Afternoon of Song and Dance organised by the Chesterfield Theatre Friends on 19 June and local ladies choir, the Honey Belles, on Saturday 25 June. The Heights Ballet & Theatre School will present Peter Pan on Sunday 26 June before the curtains close ahead of the renovation project.

Ian Waller, Chesterfield Borough Council’s service director – leisure, culture and community wellbeing, said: “Stephenson Memorial Hall is a landmark in our town and our ambitious plans are set to make it even more memorable and enjoyable – creating a modern visitor experience in the heart of our town.

“Colleagues have been working to carefully move all of the treasured items from the Museum into secure storage. Now this is nearing completion, we are now in a position to close the Pomegranate Theatre and move many of our shows into the Winding Wheel while the transformation of the building is carried out.”

Residents and visitors to the borough will still be able to enjoy a trip to the theatre as lots of popular shows will be moving across to the Winding Wheel during the refurbishment, including the annual pantomime which you can purchase tickets for on the Chesterfield Theatres website:

Under the plans the refurbished Stephenson Memorial Hall will bring together an extended Pomegranate Theatre, a reconfigured and modern museum, alongside new gallery space, a café bar, education and community facilities.

The work will also protect the Grade 2 listed building and ensure that it remains part of the borough’s heritage for many more generations to come.

Creating a more accessible experience is another key aim of the proposals. The plans include three new lifts which will enable visitors, staff and artists with mobility difficulties to access all parts of the building including the circle seating area and upper museum floors.

Also included in the plans are improvements to lighting, heating, and ventilation.

The project is projected to cost around £17.5 million with £11 million of funding being secured via the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

The project received a further funding boost with £695,000 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme which will be used to install a ventilation system in the Pomegranate Theatre auditorium and create a new Changing Places toilet.

Chesterfield Borough Council has received almost £20 million through the Governments Levelling Up fund, the other £8 million will be used to support and enhance the Revitalising the Heart of Chesterfield Project.

Together this funding will help maintain Chesterfield as a vibrant market town by improving connections across the town centre and enhancing the visitor economy.

Find out more about the proposals for the Stephenson Memorial Hall on the Chesterfield Borough Council website:

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