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Behind the scenes at the Winding Wheel Theatre

Residents and visitors to the town can book a free guided tour of the Winding Wheel Theatre this September, as part of the Heritage Open Days event taking place across the country.

Owned by Chesterfield Borough Council, the theatre is opening its doors to visitors who want to learn more about its history and who would like to find out more about how the venue operates hosting a range of performances and conferences throughout the year.

The Winding Wheel Theatre is a Grade II listed building and was originally built as a cinema in 1923. Attendees will have the chance to ask any questions they may have about its original use as well as seeing both the front of house and backstage areas.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said:

“This is the first time a tour of this kind for Heritage Open Days has been organised at the Winding Wheel Theatre, although a similar event was organised at the Pomegranate Theatre a few years ago.

“We hope that local people will enjoy the opportunity to look inside a venue that has been present in Chesterfield for more than 90 years.” 

The event is taking place on Saturday 21 September at 10am. Everyone is welcome to attend, although booking is essential as places are limited.

Booking is free online by visiting 

Heritage Open Days take place every September and see organisations and volunteers across the country organise events to celebrate the country’s history and culture.

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