Welcome to the Travel Guide & Tourist Information for Chesterfield.
Looking for things to do in Chesterfield today, this week or during the holidays? Great news, you are in the right place as we have all of the best attractions and events to keep you and your family entertained.
The guide is broken down into easy to use sections which provide useful information and links to pages with more details or direct to attractions and event websites for easy booking.
So sit back, grab your favourite drink and lets find something new for you to enjoy with or without the kids!
Things to do in Chesterfield
Situated north of Derby near the rivers Rother and Hipper, Chesterfield is a historic and beautiful market town. Traveling to Chesterfield whether by road or rail is fairly straight forward. Chesterfield is Derbyshire’s largest town and is located just off the A617 which is Junction 29 of the M1. There are main land train services to London, Sheffield, Newcastle, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Nottingham and Norwich.
Chesterfield is best known for its “Crooked Spire” at the Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. The leaning characteristic is believed to be the result of the absence of skilled craftsmen, possibly due to the Black Death as this happened only 12 years previous. There have been other reasons given however. One is that the spire was so shocked to learn of the marriage of a virgin in the church that it bent down to get a closer look. It is said that if this were to happen again, the spire will straighten and return to its true position. Another saying is that a Blacksmith from Bolsover mis-shod the Devil, who in pain jumped over the spire, creating the crooked spire.
Chesterfield received its market charter in 1204 from King John and now has one of the largest open air markets in Britain and the stalls are either side of the Market Hall, which in its own right, is a historical building. In the middle of town there is a collection of old and narrow streets that make up “The Shambles”, which houses one of Britain’s oldest pubs.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Chesterfield. Vicar Lane was redeveloped in 2000 and was made into a pedestrianised, open-air shopping area. This resulted in most of the existing buildings being demolished. In the process two new streets were created in their place and there are now plenty of major brands, such as Woolworths, Marks and Spencers, Co-Op and Argos to choose from.
What to do in Chesterfield
Other developments include a large area, between the Low Pavements and New Beetwell Street being completely flattened in the 1980’s to build “The Pavements” shopping centre, better known by local residents as “The Precinct”. This is where you will find the larger shops including Somerfield, Boots and WH Smiths. It has entrances opposite Chesterfield Market and also escalators lead down to New Beetwell Street.
There is also a multi-storey car park which was built at the same time. Chesterfield Library’s main entrance is also located just outside the Pavements and at another exit you will find the local McDonald’s. Despite all this development, Chesterfield has retained its character and much of its town centre from the pre-war era.
Chesterfield has lots to offer in the Leisure and Entertainment Industry. The Queens Park is located within the town centre and on the outskirts of the park is the Queens Park Leisure Center which has a good size swimming pool and gym. There are also several indoor courts (for a variety of sports) and outdoor tennis courts too. There are plenty of Gymnasium Clubs for those wishing to keep fit. All of this plus Bowling, Golf and even Ice Skating, in Sheffield, which is only about 20 minute’s drive from Chesterfield.
Travel time to Sherwood Forest is only 30 minutes by car. There are several night clubs located around the town, predominantly towards “Holywell Cross Car Park” and there are many bars scattered around the town including the infamous “Brampton Mile” which has 13 pubs on a one mile section of Chatsworth Road. It is traditional that anyone “doing the mile” has at least one drink in each pub.
The Winding Wheel
The Winding Wheel is a real jack of all trades, hosting family parties, meetings, banquets, conferences, concerts, dances, exhibitions, dinners, wedding receptions, lectures and product launches. Famous acts to appear recently include The Manfreds, Patrick McGuiness and even The Sooty Show
“The Pomegranate” theatre is a listed Victorian building, with a small auditorium, seating around 500 people. A variety of shows are performed throughout the year.
Both venues are owned and operated by the Borough Council of Chesterfield, and the box office for both is located in the entrance area of the theatre.
The Chesterfield Museum and Revolution House are also both run by the local Authority and both hold regular free events throughout the year.
What’s on in Chesterfield
If you’re feeling hungry there’s plenty to choose from. This includes Chinese, Indian and Thai restaurants and plenty of takeaways not forgetting of course good old Fish and Chips.
With all of these different events, the wide range of market stalls and shops as well as the activities at the local Football ground Chesterfield has lots going for it and is a perfect destination point for tourists.
For tourists arriving for the first time, there is a lot to see and do. In this travel guide (tourist information part 1) I have provided some basic information and a brief guide to Chesterfield. My travel guide part 2 will look at the tourist attractions in a lot more detail.