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Chesterfield 1940s Market

Chesterfield 1940's Market

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Enjoy some classic entertainment as the Chesterfield 1940s Market returns, this time moving to spring!

Come along and shop in style. Local people and visitors to Chesterfield can enjoy themselves during the Easter holidays, with 40s music, entertainment, exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress.

The weekly flea market will take place with traders in 1940s costume. There will be a competition for the best dressed stall.

There will be lots to see for all the family. Why not get in the spirit of the occasion? Visitors are encouraged to dress up in traditional 40s outfits.

Entertainment at the Chesterfield 1940s Market

1940s market Kalamazoo Dance Band

Highlights of the event will include the return of the popular Kalamazoo dance band and The Daisy Belles singers! Don’t forget to pop and see them. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun! There will also be street performers in the town centre including a variety of 1940s singers all around the town centre as well as an escapologist.

1940s market Johnny Victory

There will also be a display of classic cars, a vintage fire engine and, star of the show, a full-size replica spitfire.

1940s market Spitfire

Chesterfield Museum staff will also be joined by staff from Up An At Em History, who will be able to talk about life on the home front and food rationing. There will be the opportunity to explore the era with handling objects and even some crafting!

Chesterfield 1940s Market

You can also find whole host of activities at Vicar Lane between 10am-2pm. Enjoy performances by a singing duo and reminisce whilst playing vintage playground games.

Plus, at various intervals throughout the day children can get a temporary tattoo and learn what life was like without digital communication by writing a postcard to a friend or family member.

1940s Vicar Lane

Full programme of entertainment:

New Square (opposite the Portland Hotel)

  • Kalamazoo Dance Band: 11am to 11.45am , 1pm to 1.45pm and 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Outside Etienne Curtains and Blinds

  • The Daisy Belles (singers): 10.15am to 10:45am, 12.15pm to 12.45pm and 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Market Place

  • Display of classic cars, vintage fire engine and military vehicles:     10am to 4pm
  • Land Army and 1940s Mining display: 10am to 4pm
  • Escape artist / glass walker: 10.45am to 11.10am, 1pm –to 1.25pm and 3pm to 3.25pm

Market Square (outside Santander)

  • Natasha Harper (singer): 10.30am to 11am, 12.10pm to 12.40pm and 1.30pm to 2.00pm
  • Kyle Evans (singer): 11.20am to 11.50am, 1pm to 1.30pm and 2.10pm to 2.40pm
  • Shire Horses: 11am to 1pm

Pavements Shopping Centre (outside old Massarella’s Unit)

Between 10am and 4pm the team from Chesterfield Museum will be joined by Up An At Em History.

  • Find out about life on the Home Front, what was on the ration and how we kept Britain fed from the gardens and kitchens of Britain
  • From the Land Girls and cooks feeding the nation, find out about rationing and have a go at making some basic “mock” foods
  • Plant a seed to take away
  • Try your hand at milking and learn the way the Land Girls did
  • Explore World War II handling objects
  • Take part in crafting sessions and view exhibition panels

Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre)

  • Full size replica Spitfire: available to see between 10am and 4pm
  • Jayne Darling (singer): 10am to 10.40am, 11.30am – 12.10pm and 2pm to 2.40pm
  • Johnny Victory (singer): 10.45am to 11.15am, 1.10pm to 1.40pm and 3pm to 3.30pm

St. Mary and All Saints Church (Crooked Spire)

Tower Tours: 10.30am to 11.30pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Tickets prices at £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s or a family ticket (two adults and two under 16s) for £20

Jayne Darling 1940s market

Public Transport and Parking

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport to attend the event. However, there is also lots of parking available in Chesterfield. You plan ahead and find more details on car parks in the town centre.

Free coach parking spaces are available for groups or organisations visiting the event, but these must be pre-booked by contacting Chesterfield Visitor Information Service.

The Chesterfield 1940s Market is a free event that aims to bring more visitors and shoppers to the town centre to support local businesses and market traders.

Chesterfield Visitor Information Service
Tel: 01246 345777


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  • Town Centre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1PB



  • FREE to attend

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