Born and raised in Chesterfield, I’m really excited to be part of the team acting as Destination Chesterfield Coordinator and promoting my hometown. Whilst living away at university, I missed the local pubs and restaurants at the weekend and the lovely shops. I love Chesterfield and what it has to offer; it may only be a town but it definitely has everything possibly needed.
Where in the town do you spend your leisure time?
I enjoy getting out on my bike or going on long walks in the outdoors spaces that are available in and around Chesterfield. One of my favourite places to walk is Linacre, but we are spoilt for choice having the Peak District right on our doorstep. Chesterfield has some of the best cycle routes, which makes it easy getting to different places by bike; I often use the canal because of its pretty scenery and easy access to many locations.
Where is your favourite place to visit locally and why?
I love going out for food and drink, socialising with friends and family. My boyfriend and me spend lots of time visiting The Hunloke Arms all year round as they offer a cosy atmosphere inside the restaurant during the winter but have a fantastic beer garden for the summer. I struggle selecting just one restaurant or bar as my favourite because there is so many places that offer the tastiest food and the best drinks!
What is your vision for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire in 2030? What do you think the town needs to achieve this?
I vision Chesterfield town centre to be filled with lots of independent shops and bars, attracting visitors to see our beautiful town. The new Waterside project should help make this happen and I can’t wait to see how established the town becomes in 2030.
What three words best sum up Chesterfield?
Captivating, Cheerful and Community-driven.
What is your favourite memory of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire over the past 10 years?
The events arranged in Chesterfield always stand out for me. Being a big foodie, I always look forward to the Chesterfield Food & Drink Festival. But another favourite event of mine is the Rail Ale Festival, it always has a fun atmosphere.
How are you, your business or your team supporting local people?
I am focusing on shopping locally, where possible I will try to buy from some of our selection of independent stores on our highstreets. Supporting local is important to help our economy.
What is the best thing about working or running a business in Chesterfield or North Derbyshire?
Working in Chesterfield is great, everyone is so friendly, and the network links makes it easy to get from different locations, including traveling further afield.