Christmas in chesterfield

Everything you need to know about the Christmas lights switch-on in Chesterfield this weekend

Chesterfield’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On is taking place on Sunday 21 November and everyone is invited to come along.

Residents and visitors will be able to see a variety of entertainment throughout the day, as well as having the opportunity to enjoy a market to do some Christmas shopping.

The event begins at 12 noon and will run on into the early evening, with the switch on happening at 4.45pm.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “The Christmas Lights event is one of the most popular events that we organise locally for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“This year there is lots going on throughout the day, as well as stage entertainment to get everyone in the festive spirt.

“There is something for the whole family to enjoy at the event so everyone is welcome to join us for what will be a great afternoon of entertainment.”

What can you see at the event?

  • Visit the Market Hall to see The Rose Choir from 2pm to 2.25pm
  • Watch performances on Central Pavement from the Sheffield Brass Band at 12.50pm to 1.10pm and 2.10pm to 2.30pm and see the Gospel Choir from 3pm to 3.20pm
  • Visit Burlington Street to see the Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra from 12pm to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 2pm and 3.30pm to 4pm

There will also be a range of walkabout entertainment around Chesterfield’s market from 12pm including Band Baja, the Glow Jugglers, a Christmas Tree Stilt Walker, Dancing Robots, a Winged Angel and LED Drummers.

Visitors can also go along to the Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints (Crooked Spire) to see the festival of Christmas trees from 12pm to 5.30pm. The church will be filled with Christmas trees decorated by local people, groups and shops.

Families will also be able to meet the Minions, Bob and Kevin at Rykneld Square at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  No booking is needed, but please be mindful that there may be a short wait to see the characters if it is busy.

Stage entertainment

The stage entertainment will begin from 3pm hosted by Becky and Laura from Peak Radio.

The Rose Choir, Band Baja, the Glow Jugglers and The Gospel Choir will all be performing on the stage, as well as visitors being able to see some of this year’s pantomime cast from Beauty and the Beast that is on at the Pomegranate Theatre.

There will also be a chance to see Santa Claus.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.45pm.

Markets

A festive market will take place on the day of the Christmas lights switch on. All available stalls have been snapped up for this event, providing visitors with the perfect chance to start their Christmas shopping and get their hands on some unique gifts. Vinyl lovers are in for a treat with the Chesterfield Record Fair taking place on the same day.

Makers, craftsmen, and independent retailers have been invited to book a stall on Chesterfield Market on other days in the build up to Christmas. Casual traders and local creatives are now invited to trade on these days. More information on dates and how to secure a space can be found at: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/markettrading

Please help us to keep everyone as safe as possible during the event by not attending if you are feeling unwell, have COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for the virus.

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Revolution House reopens for a traditional Christmas celebration

Chesterfield’s seventeenth century landmark, Revolution House, will reopen for a traditional Christmas celebration.

Revolution House will be decorated for a traditional seventeenth century Christmas with displays of greenery, a kissing bough and colourful flower arrangements which have been created by local volunteers.

It will be open from Thursday 9 December to Friday 24 December between 11am and 3pm.

On Thursday 9 December, Holymoorside Brass Band will be performing for a carol concert in the garden from 6.30pm, where guests are invited to sing-along. The house will not be open during this event and bad weather will lead to its cancellation.

It is advised that visitors bring a torch with them to the carol service as it will be dark when the performance takes place.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Revolution House is a great piece of our town’s history and it’s fantastic that we can reopen this year to allow visitors to experience a traditional Christmas celebration. Thank you to all the volunteers who have made this possible. I hope lots of people will come along to see how we used to celebrate Christmas.”

Revolution House is a seventeenth century cottage that used to be the Cock and Pynot alehouse, here three local noblemen met to begin their planning to overthrow King James II.

It is now a museum featuring seventeenth century furniture and information on the revolution of 1688. It is open seasonally and has traditionally held events over the Christmas period.

Entry to the house and garden is free, however donations are welcome, this is used to fund more events and help maintain the property.

Find out more about the Brass Band event and Revolution House on the Chesterfield Museum website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/explore-chesterfield/revolution-house/whats-on

The Christmas in Chesterfield campaign includes a number of great festive events, activities and local shopping guides for you to get the most out of our town this Christmas. Find out more here. 

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Vicar Lane to bring the Magic of Christmas with Santa’s Grotto and Post Office

Vicar Lane Shopping Centre in Chesterfield Town Centre is once again doing its bit to ensure local people can get into the festive spirit this Christmas.

Customers are being invited to experience the magic of Christmas, with a visit to Santa’s Grotto and Post Office.

Families can enjoy a free, interactive experience at Santa’s Post Office, where little ones can meet the elves, before writing their letter to Santa, posting it in the magical post box and watching as it is sent to the North Pole.

Shaun Brown, Operations Manager at Vicar Lane said: ‘’We really wanted to help our shoppers experience the magic of Christmas this year (especially after last year!), and what better way to do it than to bring back Santa’s Grotto and Post Office.”

Autism friendly sessions are available to book via Centre Management on enquiries@vicarlane.com or 01246 234630.

Santa’s Post Office is open 11am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays from 20th Nov to 19th Dec, then every day from 20th to 23rd Dec.

Families wishing to visit the Grotto can then make their way through the magical winter wonderland, where they’ll find Santa surrounded by all the toys for the good girls and boys. Every child will receive a gift, an ‘official good list’ certificate and reindeer food.

The Grotto is £8.50 per child (this includes a gift, official ‘Nice List’ certificate and reindeer food). Photographs are £3.50, or £10 for three.

Santa’s Grotto and Post Office are located on Steeplegate, opposite F. Hinds.

Santa will be in his Grotto on the following dates and times:

November

  • Sat 20th, 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 21st, 11am – 4pm
  • Sat 27th, 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 28th, 11am – 4pm

December

  • Fri 3rd, 12pm – 5pm
  • Sat 4th, 10am – 5pm
  • Sun 5th, 11am – 4pm
  • Thurs 9th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Fri 10th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Sat 11th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Sun 12th, 11am – 4pm
  • Thurs 16th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Fri 17th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Sat 18th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Sun 19th, 11am – 4pm
  • Mon 20th, 12pm – 5pm
  • Tues 21st, 12pm – 5pm
  • Wed 22nd, 12pm – 5pm
  • Thurs 23rd, 12pm – 5pm
  • Fri 24th, 10am – 2pm

Vicar Lane supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Bridge Help launches Christmas fundraising appeal for Chesterfield Foodbank

With an ambitious new target, Bridge Help has launched its annual Christmas fundraising appeal for Chesterfield Foodbank, and is calling on Chesterfield Champions to help.

Last year, the bridging loan company donated £1500 worth of food and toiletries to Chesterfield Foodbank.  This year the company wants to do even better and is hoping to donate at least £2021 of goods to the local food bank.

Bridge Help is now appealing to the local business community to donate money or drop off donations of tinned goods, toiletries, nappies and luxuries, including biscuits, chocolates, crisps, and Christmas cakes and puddings at its offices on Old Brick Works Lane off Sheffield Road.

Bridge Help will match all donations before delivering to the Chesterfield Foodbank warehouse in Sheepbridge ahead of Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the company’s office until Wednesday 15 December. All monetary donations will be used to purchase goods before the drop off at the Foodbank.

The annual charity fundraising campaign is organised by Phoebe Sellars, a Business Development Manager at Bridge Help and also a trustee of Chesterfield Citizens Advice.

Phoebe explained: “Being a trustee of Chesterfield Citizens Advice I am aware of the financial hardship many people experience. Working for Bridge Help I am in a position to do something practical that will help people in need over the Christmas period.

“Last year Chesterfield’s business community was incredibly generous, enabling us to donate a total of £1500 of food and toiletries to Chesterfield Foodbank. We want to do even better this year and ensure that more people can enjoy Christmas.”

Roisin O’Gorman, Deputy Project Coordinator at Chesterfield Foodbank, explained the importance of supporting the Foodbank, saying: “Since the start of the pandemic the Foodbank has provided food to over 9000 people, with a third of those sadly being children. With the end of the universal credit uplift, increased heating costs and the government furlough scheme ending, we anticipate that even more people will have to turn to foodbanks. We need donations now more than ever, so please consider donating to the foodbank. Your kind donations will enable us to keep supporting local people in crisis who cannot afford the basic essentials. No one should have to go hungry.”

Phoebe added: “The team and I will be working around tins, cartons of long-life milk, toothpaste and boxes of biscuits in the office for a few weeks, but it’s something we are all happy to do knowing what a difference the donation will make to so many people in the area this Christmas. I love this project, and we are incredibly proud as a team to do this for our local community.”

Chesterfield Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks. Last December Chesterfield Foodbank fed 488 people in crisis.

To make a donation to the Bridge Help Chesterfield Foodbank Christmas appeal, contact Phoebe Sellars on 033 3303 4681 or email phoebe@bridgehelp.co.uk.

Bridge Help supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Amazing Magical Chesterfield Santa House returns to Chesterfield

The Amazing Magical Chesterfield Santa House will reopen in a new location this year.

The popular attraction was introduced last year and will reopen in the Assembly Rooms above the Market Hall on every Saturday and Sunday, from Saturday 4 December plus Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December 2021

Visits are free but must be pre-booked, booking opens at 9am on Monday 15 November.

As well as the chat with Santa via the video link to the North Pole, visitors will pose for a special Augmented Reality experience in which Santa will magically appear. A photo of the Augmented Reality experience will be sent by email to visitors after they leave the Santa House.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “The Santa House proved to be incredibly popular last year and after receiving such great feedback we decided to bring it back as part of our Christmas entertainment this year. It’s a truly unique experience to make Christmas in Chesterfield fun and magical as it always is.

“Last year bookings for the Santa House exceeded our expectations, so I recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.”

There will be relaxed sessions, designed to accommodate children with learning disabilities and other sensory disorders between 10am and 11am on both Sunday 12 December and Sunday 19 December.

The Amazing Magical Chesterfield Santa House is just one of a series of town centre activities aiming to encourage residents and visitors to shop in Chesterfield Town Centre.

The Christmas Lights Switch On will take place on Sunday 21 November, the Christmas Tree Festival will take place at St Mary’s and All Saints Church (Crooked Spire) between 18-28 November, The Elf Trail will run across December, The Pomegranate Theatre will host the Beauty and the Beast pantomime and a series of walkabout entertainers including stilt walkers and tap-dancing turkeys will be wowing crowds during market days. Find more details about all these events on the Chesterfield Borough Council website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/christmas

The Christmas In Chesterfield campaign is delivered by Chesterfield Borough Council in partnership with Destination Chesterfield.

Visits to the Amazing Magical Chesterfield Santa House must be pre-booked with bookings opening on Monday 15 November on  https://chesterfieldchristmas.co.uk

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Christmas Day and Boxing Day dining in Chesterfield

Imagine a Christmas Day without the hassle of cooking turkey and all the trimmings… Well the good news is you don’t need to imagine, as there are several brilliant pubs and restaurants ready and waiting to take your booking!

So whether you want Christmas away from the kitchen, or you’re looking to head out with family and friends on Boxing Day for a big festive meal, Chesterfield has everything you need for a festive feast this Christmas.

Check out our guide below to the best places to book for Christmas Day and Boxing Day meals. But be quick, as they tend to get booked up faster than Santa can say Ho-ho-ho!

For those who are looking to prepare their own Christmas Dinner, find fabulous food and drink or buy your loved ones the best gifts from local independent retailers, our Christmas in Chesterfield page has plenty of information, shopping guides and activities to ensure you have a magical Christmas.


Casa Hotel

Chesterfield’s award-winning Casa Hotel is offering you the chance to enjoy a luxury Christmas Day and Boxing Day feast in the Cocina Restaurant and Barcelona Suite.

Christmas Day

£100 per person or £50 for under 12s. Under 3s with compliments. Barcelona Suite available between 12pm – 3pm / Cocina from 12pm – 3:30pm.

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Boxing Day

£50 per person or £25 Under 12s. Under 3s with compliments. Boxing Day lunch in Cocina Restaurant is the ideal place for family and friends to continue the festivities after a busy Christmas Day.

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Ringwood Hall

Christmas Day

Ringwood Hall will be serving up a classic Christmas Day lunch from 12:00pm-2:30pm. Adults £85.00 – Children aged 3-12 years £32.50 – under 3’s £10.00.

There will be Bucks Fizz and Santa’s special fruit cocktail for the children to greet you on arrival. Santa’s grotto awaits children under 12 whilst the resident pianist plays in the Ringwood suite and the sound of light piped music plays in the Coach House.

  • The Ringwood suite is generally a lively atmospheric room for families with younger children celebrating Christmas Day
  • The Coach House is a quieter dining room reserved for adults only

For that extra special treat why not book one of Ringwood’s private family dining Rooms, Cavendish suite for up to 12 guests and the Hollingwood suite for up to 18 guests, enquire for more details.

Contact the team on: 01246 280077 or Email: Sales@ringwoodhallhotel.com

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Boxing Day

Ringwood Hall’s resident pianist plays melodies throughout lunch, which includes a fabulous Boxing Day menu. Activity packs that will keep the children entertained are also included!

£50 per person or £25 Under 12s. Under 3s with compliments. Served 12pm – 3:30pm.

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DoubleTree by Hilton

Christmas Day

Celebrate the big day itself at DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park! Enjoy a mouth-watering 3 course festive carvery lunch which the whole family will love and take in the wonderful seasonal atmosphere around you. Santa will even be making a special appearance to bring a gift for every child.

Lunch will be served in the Devonshire Suite, where you will be dazzled by the magician and table entertainer who will be circulating around the room.

The prices are £60 per adult and £30 per child, aged between 4 and 12, with under 4’s eating for free.

Lunch is served in both suites between 12.30pm and 3pm.

To make a booking or for more information please get in touch on 0114 282 9988 or sales@doubletreesheffield.com

Boxing Day

Continue the celebrations with Boxing Day Lunch at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Sheffield, which is located within DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park.

To make a booking contact 0114 2828231 or info@mpwsteakhousesheffield.com.

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Fox and Goose

Christmas Day

Enjoy Christmas Day at one of the best local pubs with great views on the outskirts of Chesterfield, set against the backdrop of the glorious Derbyshire countryside.

A delicious 4 course meal is available for both Adults (£85) and Children (40).

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Van Dyk

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Christmas Day

Experience all your traditional festive favourites at Van Dyk by Wildes this Christmas! Choose from three fabulous dining rooms including the Sherwood Suite, Garden Ballroom or The Chapel.

Adults £89 and Under 14’s £49 per person

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Boxing Day 

Relax in style on Boxing Day with a banquet 4-Course meal in Van Dyk’s new Garden Ballroom.

For a less formal Boxing Day, choose to unwind after Christmas in the Orangery with delicious grill favourites alongside the restaurant’s signature Beef Bourguignon.

Boxing Day Banquet 4 Course Meal – £45 per person

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Peak Edge Hotel

Spice Girls Tribute Peak Edge Hotel

Christmas Day

With a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, enjoy Christmas time together as a family and let the Peak Edge Hotel do all the hard work.

Drinks available upon arrival and canapés served to your table; sit back, relax and indulge in the three-course festive menu followed by tea, coffee and of course, mince pies.

£100 per person or £50 Under 12s. Under 3s with compliments. Served 12pm – 3:15pm

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Boxing Day

Let the festivities continue on Boxing Day. Gather with friends and family after a busy Christmas Day and have a well-earned break from the kitchen before normality kicks in again.

£50 per person or £25 Under 12s. Under 3s with compliments. Served 12pm – 3:30pm

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Chesterfield Football Club

Christmas Day

The sumptuous cuisine and impressive surroundings of The Technique Stadium create a unique and unforgettable dining experience.

A traditional family Christmas lunch, prepared by head chef, Paul Tattersall, is on offer in the SBK Computers Spires Restaurant and National Windscreens Vice-Presidents Suite.

Package includes a glass of prosecco served on arrival from Midday, Traditional Christmas Day lunch, Christmas table decorations, Gifts for all under 12s. Dress code: Smart Casual

£75 per adult, £35 per child (under 12s)

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Families to be treated to a magical Christmas in Chesterfield this year

Christmas in Chesterfield is set to be a magical experience for all – with new Christmas themed experiences and festive favourites returning.

Chesterfield Borough Council, in partnership with Destination Chesterfield, has launched its signature Christmas in Chesterfield campaign with lots of events and activities planned to encourage visitors to support local retailers this Christmas.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “Last year our Christmas celebrations looked a bit different because of the pandemic but this year we’ve taken the most popular experiences from last year and brought back some of the festive favourites to create a magical Christmas experience for all visitors.

“Christmas is a fantastic time of year that everyone can enjoy and we not only want to create experiences that will create memories we also want to encourage visitors to shop local and support our town centre retailers and market traders.”

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield said: “I am delighted that in person events can resume this year. It is a great boost to the town’s businesses based in and around the town centre. The Christmas festivities and events are a key part of town centre life and why so many people choose to visit at this time of year. With the great events programme and the town’s wealth of independent retailers and food and drink businesses, there are even more reason for all the family to Love Chesterfield this Christmas.”

After being cancelled last year the Christmas Lights Switch on event will return on Sunday 21 November. There will also be a market on this day from 12pm.

The Amazing Magical Santa House, which proved to be very popular last year, will be open for families to visit for free in the Assembly Rooms above the Market Hall on every Saturday and Sunday, from Saturday 4 December plus Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December 2021. Booking opens at 9am on Monday 15 November at: https://chesterfieldchristmas.co.uk/

Families will be able to follow the Christmas Elf Trail from Monday 22 November until Tuesday 4 January. This experience will guide visitors around the town centre whilst they hunt for the magical elves.

The Christmas Tree Festival will take place at St Mary’s and All Saints Church (Crooked Spire) between 18 – 28 November. It features a variety of Christmas trees decorated by community groups and individuals.

Following on from successful walkabout entertainment over the summer, a series of entertainers including stilt walkers and tap-dancing turkeys will be wowing crowds during market days.

Chesterfield Canal Trust will be hosting trips with Santa along the canal across December, find out more about this event on the trust’s website: www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/santa-specials

Revolution House in Old Whittington will be open for a traditional Christmas celebration from Thursday 9 December to Friday 24 December between 11am and 3pm. Holymoorside Brass Band will be hosting a carol concert in the garden from 6.30pm on Thursday 9 December.

The Pomegranate Theatre will be hosting its popular pantomime again. This year visitors will be able to see Beauty and the Beast between 3 December and 2 January. Stars include west end star Suzanne Shaw, Britain’s Got Talent winner Thomas Redgrave, Andrew Fleming also of Britain’s Got Talent and Derbyshire’s own Rosanne Priest. Tickets are available on the Chesterfield Theatres website: www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

There will also be a selection of market events including the Record Fair and Artisan Market on Sunday 19 December.

Councillor Kate Sarvent added: “Our Christmas programme is packed and we’ve tried to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. I hope lots of visitors will come along to celebrate Christmas in Chesterfield with us.”

Full details on everything happening this Christmas, including gift guides and shopping offers for our many unique and independent shops can be found at www.chesterfield.co.uk/Christmas with further details on council services at Christmas at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/Christmas.

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Traders invited to book their stalls for the festive shopping rush

Makers, crafters, and independent retailers are being invited to book a stall on Chesterfield Market in the build up to Christmas.

Market stalls are available on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays between 22 November and 24 December. Casual traders and local creatives are being invited to sign up now to reserve their place.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We’ve got lots planned for Christmas in Chesterfield that will help bring more shoppers into the town centre, it’s really important that traders get in early and book their stalls. We’re really trying to spread that shop local message and encourage people to come and support our local businesses and traders.”

There will be lots of activities and events in Chesterfield this Christmas to encourage visitors into the town centre.

The Amazing Magical Santa House and Elf Trail will be making a return after being positively received last year.

The Crooked Spire Church will be hosting its Festival of Christmas Trees. There will be a Lantern Parade in the town centre.

There will be regular walkabout entertainment throughout the festive period, including stilt walkers, carol singers and tap-dancing turkeys.

A Christmas Lights Switch On event and Market will be held on Sunday 21 November to mark the start of Christmas in Chesterfield.

More details on all these events will be released over the next month.

A market stall is £20 in December but traders can benefit by booking all three market days in a week for £50.

Market stalls comprise of either an 8-foot or 12-foot stall, with four boards, enabling trading on either side.

Prospective traders can find out more about trading on Chesterfield Market and book a stall by visiting: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/markettrading

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Chatsworth House to celebrate 20 years of iconic festive exhibitions

Chatsworth is set to celebrate The Magic of Christmas with a look back over the 20 years since the house first opened for the festive season in 2001, to help revive Derbyshire’s tourism industry which was badly affected by foot and mouth disease that year.

Visitors will see nods to a variety of themes that have featured in the house over the past two decades, as they enjoy decorations designed to capture the magic of the festive season.

With the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in February 2001, the countryside was effectively closed to visitors until the summer, which had a huge impact on the whole visitor economy. At that time, Chatsworth normally closed from October to Easter but in 2001, the 11th Duke of Devonshire decided to keep the house open in the hope that it would encourage visitors to come into the area and help the local economy.

What was originally intended as a one-off Christmas season proved an instant hit, attracting thousands of visitors, and has become the biggest event in the calendar for the Derbyshire estate.

The return of the festive season this year following the restrictions on businesses due to the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 brings the story full circle, as hopes are high for a Christmas full of reflection, reminiscence and positivity, as the country continues on a path to recovery.

Since 2001, Christmas at Chatsworth has grown in size and scale, with displays becoming more elaborate each season making it a much anticipated and popular activity for thousands of people who return year after year keen to see what’s in store. With a different theme each year, Christmas at Chatsworth has become increasingly grand and more ambitious, involving dozens of specially grown Christmas trees, yards of great garlands, and copious amounts of fairy lights.

This year’s standout feature looks set to be the snow installation in the Inner Court. A newly installed lamppost will bring to mind the snowy scenes from Narnia, while other rooms on the Christmas route will evoke seasons past from the traditions of the Victorian era and the world of Charles Dickens to the imaginary worlds of Mr Toad and Alice in Wonderland.

Following its successful introduction last year, there will once again be a festive light installation in the garden to make a Christmas visit last even longer. Visitors can enjoy an illuminated walk round the garden, with atmospheric lighting bringing a festive sparkle on a route past the Emperor Fountain, Rock Garden and the Cascade surrounded by hundreds of glowing lights.

Tickets are on sale now with the timed slots still in place to help manage the flow of visitors at all times. This year will also see the return of the famous Chatsworth Christmas market, with over 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations taking place on Lodge Hill next to the house from 6-24 November 2021.

Over in the farmyard, there will be a variety of festive activities, with more details to follow. Early booking is recommended.

For information and advance booking, visit www.chatsworth.org

Chatsworth supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 190 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Festive fun! Chesterfield venues begin taking bookings for Christmas parties

Now the Summer period has drawn to a close, Chesterfield’s top venues and hospitality businesses are turning their attention towards the busy Christmas period; And with many businesses, organisations and community groups missing out on a big festive get-together last year due to Covid-19, demand is expected to be higher than ever for 2021.

With that in mind, many of our local businesses have already begun taking bookings for those big celebrations throughout December. To help you decide which of Chesterfield’s fabulous venues to book for your group, we’ve put together a guide featuring some of our favourites…

So what are you waiting for? Make sure it’s the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and plan your Christmas party in Chesterfield today!


Brampton Manor

The popular Winter Igloo Village is set to return at Brampton Manor for 2021.

Having been thwarted by lockdowns last year, this year’s festive Season innovations include a snow machine, Santa’s Grotto and ‘Silent Night Christmas Discos’ – silent disco party nights in the pods to enjoy with family and friends!

Brampton will also be hosting its usual Christmas Disco Party Nights in the Manor House.

Bookings for Christmas will be taken from the end of September.

Find out more at: bramptonmanor.co.uk/

Alternatively you can call: 01246 237555 or email: info@bramptonmanor.co.uk


Casa Hotel

Enjoy a glamorous party or luxury lunch at Casa Hotel this year!

All of Casa’s party nights include a three-course meal, novelties and crackers for the tables, dance floor and a resident DJ until 1am. Those that wish to carry on the celebrations are more than welcome in the main hotel bar ‘Barça bar’.

The Barcelona Suite is bookable from £49 per person on selected dates. (Contact the hotel for more details).

Enjoy a festive 3 course menu, DJ, dancing, and the extra special Casa photo booth to capture those celebratory moments.

The Valencia Suite can be booked for £45 per person on selected dates. Perfect for an intimate occasion of up to 80 guests. Includes a festive 3 course menu, DJ and dance.

More information: (Attach PDF) Call: 01246 245 999 or email: reception@casahotels.co.uk


Chesterfield Escape Rooms

For a Christmas party with a difference, why not book a game at Chesterfield Escape Rooms?

You could have fun with friends, family or work colleagues by attempting to ‘Rob the Bank,’ take on ‘The Governor’ or escape ‘The Crazy Cat Lady!’

Prices range from £50 per game for two players up to £100 per game for six players. Find out more at: www.chesterfieldescaperooms.co.uk/


Chesterfield Football Club

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You could be having a blue and white Christmas in the splendid settings of the Technique Stadium this December!

For some of the finest food cooked by head chef Paul Tattersall, along with fine wine, great service, first-class entertainment, and stylish, contemporary surroundings, look no further than Chesterfield FC.

The club is offering packages to suit everyone, with Christmas Party Nights packed with live entertainment and disco.

The club’s events team will be happy to assist with bookings, providing advice and ideas. Choose from Christmas Gala Cabaret Evenings and Christmas Party nights on selected dates, both priced at £49 per person.

To find out more, go: tickets.chesterfield-fc.co.uk


Fox & Goose

The Fox and Goose Inn

The Fox and Goose Inn boasts a range of packages available for small or large parties; The Priory For up to 12 people or The Abbey Suite for full private hire available for parties of 50 or more.

Choose from the Festive Fayre menu or a Festive Buffet. Disco charge of £200 applies.

The Orangery is also available to book for Festive Lunch or Dinner for up to 40 people.

More details and menus available by visiting: www.thefoxandgooseinn.com/festive

Bookings Tel: 01246 566335  info@thefoxandgooseinn.com


Peak Edge Hotel

Spice Girls Tribute Peak Edge Hotel

Experience a fabulous Christmas party with family, friends and colleagues at the stunning Peak Edge hotel.

The Oak Room is available from £55 per person on selected dates. Enjoy a festive three-course menu, DJ and dancing, all in the stunning setting of the Oak Room.

Or you could spend an evening in The Ashover suite, perfect for an intimate occasion of up to 60 guests. Enjoy a festive three-course menu, DJ and dancing for £49 per person.

Find out more here: www.peakedgehotel.co.uk/

Book by calling: 01246 566142 or via email: sleep@peakedgehotel.co.uk


Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa

One of Chesterfield’s most beautiful and historic venues, Ringwood Hall is available to book for private Christmas parties throughout December.

Choose from various party options, starting at just £24.50 per person, including Bucks fizz on arrival , Private bar facility, Disco, and festive table dressings.

Maybe you want to indulge in a festive hog roast buffet, or wine and dine with a three course sit-down meal? Ringwood Hall is perfect for groups of all sizes! Private parties are available on selected dates.

More information can be found at: ringwoodhallhotel.com/christmas/

Contact the team on: 01246 280077 Or Email: Sales@ringwoodhallhotel.com


Salute

Maybe you’re hosting an office party or booking a private venue? Or you’re looking to celebrate in a covid-safe way outdoors?

Salute’s mobile bar will be available for hire throughout the festive period for Christmas Parties.

The Pop-Up Pallet Bar can fit into most places as it is assembled in each location, or the converted Horsebox has its feature Prosecco Tap to add some sparkle to your party!

Get in touch with the team for party packages starting at £15 per head, including Prosecco and Festive Cocktails at salute.prosecco@gmail.com.

For more information, visit: www.salute-prosecco.com


Van Dyk

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For 2021 Van Dyk by Wildes is pulling out all the stops with their festive celebrations.

From festive private parties, disco party nights, the UK’s leading tribute shows, to large corporate parties, you really are spoilt for choice!

Festive Showtime Events from only £32 per person. Let your hair down and enjoy a night of laughter, dancing and sing-alongs, along with a sumptuous meal.

Enjoy a perfect night out with friends, family or colleagues and get your festive celebrations underway!

Find out more at: www.vandykbywildes.co.uk/ or call 01246 387 386.

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All-star panto cast announced for Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre

Families can look forward to the return of traditional Christmas fun this year, as an all-star cast is announced for the 2021 pantomime at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre.

The story of Beauty and the Beast will take centre stage at Chesterfield Borough Council’s historic theatre – a welcome return of traditional festive entertainment after last year’s show was unfortunately postponed due to Covid-19.

Actress, singer and TV personality Suzanne Shaw will star as Belle, with Thomas Redgrave from Britain’s Got Talent Winners Collabro as Gaston and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Andrew Fleming in the comedy role of Philippe Philoppe. Tickets are now on sale for the show, which will run from Friday 3 December 2021 to Sunday 2 January 2022.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We know the pantomime is the highlight of the year for many of our residents and visitors, and it is an annual tradition for many families in and around Chesterfield, so we’re pleased to announce its return this year.

“Like arts venues up and down the country, our theatres have had a really difficult 18 months as we’ve weathered the ongoing impact of Covid-19. We’ve done all we could within the Government restrictions, and now that life is hopefully feeling a little more normal for everyone, we’re delighted to be able to bring our flagship annual pantomime back for our audiences.

“It promises to be a fantastic show and we hope many people will take the chance to get back out and enjoy this family favourite. We will of course operate in line with any Covid-19 advice in place at the time, so people can feel reassured that public safety will be a priority.”

Chesterfield Theatres will be joining forces once again with award-winning pantomime producers Paul Holman Associates to present this year’s much-anticipated production.

Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “After a very challenging time, I think we’re all ready for some good old-fashioned fun, laughter and panto magic.

“We’re pulling out all the stops to make this Chesterfield’s most spectacular pantomime yet. As well as a fantastically talented cast, there will be breath-taking special effects, glittering scenery and costumes and plenty of traditional audience participation to keep the whole family entertained.”
Tickets are on sale now via the Chesterfield Theatres website at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01246 345222.

The Theatre’s Spring Play Season and pantomime are among a great range of events and entertainment on offer across the borough and – as part of the council’s Love Chesterfield campaign – people are being encouraged to rediscover everything the town has to offer, including great live entertainment.

About the cast

Suzanne Shaw shot to fame in 2001 when she auditioned for ITV’s reality talent show Popstars as they searched for the UK’s next big pop group, Hear’Say. The band enjoyed great success with two albums, four top ten hits, a sell-out UK arena tour and their own primetime Saturday night TV show, Hear’Say, It’s Saturday. Their first single, ‘Pure and Simple’, was the fastest selling non-charitable record in UK chart history, selling 1.3 million copies and going straight to No. 1.

After the break-up of the band in 2002, Suzanne returned to her acting routes. Her numerous theatre credits include Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago (for which she was nominated for Best Takeover in a Role in the What’s on Stage Theatregoer’s Choice Awards), Bobby in the remake of Summer Holiday, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show and Judy in White Christmas.

On TV, Suzanne has been a panellist on Loose Women, presented Bingo Lotto alongside Joe Pasquale, guest starred in The Bill and played series regular Eve Jenson in ITV’s Emmerdale from 2009-2011.

In 2008 Suzanne won the third series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice with her skating partner Matt Evers, subsequently performing on three national arena tours of the show and returning to compete in All-Stars: Dancing on Ice in 2014.

A seasoned pantomime performer, Suzanne has played the title roles in Snow White and Cinderella, Genie in Aladdin, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and Alice in Dick Whittington but this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast marks her debut in the central role of Belle.

Suzanne is joined by Thomas Redgrave from Britain’s Got Talent Winners Collabro in the role of Gaston.

The world’s most successful Musical Theatre group, the Collabro boys met for their first rehearsal only one month before going on to wow the Britain’s Got Talent judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, at their first round audition at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Their rousing rendition of ‘Stars’; their first public performance as a group; brought both the audience and all four judges to their feet and their overwhelming popularity secured them a coveted spot in the live finals. Collabro went on to win the Eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent with one of the highest majorities in the show’s history.

Millions of captivated viewers watched as Collabro claimed their prize, performing in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

Seven years on, and with a legion of loyal fans; known fondly as the Collaborators; Collabro have gone on to enjoy phenomenal success with six studio albums under their belt and a string of worldwide sell-out tours across the UK, America and Asia as well as supporting both Sir Cliff Richard and Barry Manilow on their recent arena tours.

Also joining the line-up is vocal impressionist Andrew Fleming. A gifted comedian, mimic and vocalist with a warm stage presence and rapier-sharp wit, Andrew reached the season 9 semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent impressing all four judges with what David Walliams called
“a real signature act”. An experienced pantomime comic, Andrew’s dynamic and high energy physical performances have made him a memorable favourite with audiences all over the UK.

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