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Reopening services in Chesterfield in line with step three of COVID-19 roadmap

Reopening services in Chesterfield in line with step three of COVID-19 roadmap

Following the Government’s announcement to move to step three of the Covid-19 roadmap, Chesterfield Borough Council is mobilising its resources to safely reopen more council services from Monday 17 May, as well as supporting other businesses and organisations across the borough to do the same.


Councillor Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said:

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming people back to enjoy our much-loved venues and facilities, which we have all missed during lockdown.

“Live performances and film screenings will return to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Museum will re-open its doors with some fascinating exhibitions and people will once again be able to participate in a range of indoor fitness activities at our sports centres.

“Chesterfield town centre and the borough’s other high streets have already burst back into life, with the re-opening of non-essential retail last month and it’s great to see so many people returning and supporting our local businesses.

“We will soon be able to enjoy even more quality time with family and friends, as customers are welcomed back inside our eateries and bars. We’re encouraging people to rediscover all the great hospitality venues our borough has to offer – or try something new – as part of our new Love Chesterfield campaign.”

The key service changes that will be implemented from 17 May are summarised below – but for the very latest information visit the council’s website or follow the council’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Queen’s Park Sports Centre and Staveley Healthy Living Centre

Indoor fitness classes and activities will return to both Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre in Staveley from Monday 17 May.

From 17 May, organised indoor adult sports activities for people from no more than two households can re-start. This includes:

  • Fitness classes
  • Squash
  • Adult gymnastics
  • Adult trampolining
  • Adult climbing courses
  • Adult swimming lessons

Other activities include:

  • Outdoor 3G pitch contract bookings
  • Fitness gyms
  • Swimming pools (lane swimming and general swimming)
  • Casual climbing, adult, and child
  • Children’s swimming lessons
  • Children’s trampolining courses
  • Children’s gymnastics courses
  • Children’s climbing courses

People will also shortly be able to play badminton. Bookings will resume some time shortly after 17 May to enable the re-programming of the sports hall programme.

All activities must be pre-booked online or by calling the relevant centre.

Please note that the soft play area and sauna / steam rooms at the Healthy Living Centre at Staveley will remain closed.

The café at Queen’s Park will also remain closed to allow space for managing queues and maintaining social distancing.

For further guidance on attending our sports centres from 17 May please visit

Pomegranate Theatre

Customers can once again book tickets to enjoy their favourite films and live performances in the ornate surroundings of the country’s oldest civic theatre.

Full programme listings can be found at Highlights include:

  • Film screenings to suit all ages – the first screening will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 17 May (showing Oscar award-winning film Nomadland (12A) starring Frances McDormand). The theatre will be open to the public from 6.30pm
  • Live events will return from Saturday 22 May with ‘Judy and Liza - The Musical’, featuring West End stars. John Godber’s classic ‘April in Paris’ starring Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw will follow on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 May.
  • Looking further ahead to June and July, the theatre will be presenting the comedy ‘Live Bed Show’ by Arthur Smith, and welcoming back John Lyons, star of TV’s ‘A Touch of Frost’ in ‘Father Brown – Murderer in the Mirror’.

Comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures are in place to ensure a safe environment for audiences and staff.

The Theatre will be deep cleaned before the re-opening date and the auditorium will be cleaned after each film or live performance. 

People will be required to wear a face covering, unless exempt and provide their contact details for the purposes of the Government’s test and trace system.

Whilst social distancing measures remain in place, screenings and live performances will have a reduced number of seats on sale for each film, with unoccupied seats being used to separate groups.

Tickets for the screenings must be pre-booked online at As well as avoiding disappointment by guaranteeing your seat, the pre-booking of tickets will also help to reduce contact and queues at the box office.

Snacks and drinks can also be pre-ordered when pre-booking your tickets online. You can also buy snacks and drinks when you arrive at the Theatre, but payment is by credit or debit card only.

Please note that Corporation Street has been temporarily closed to traffic at the junction with St Mary’s Gate. For customers with mobility difficulties, the closest drop off and pick up point is located immediately outside the theatre door on Corporation Street, which is only accessible via Spa Lane and Station Road.

Chesterfield Museum

Chesterfield Museum will re-open to the public from Thursday 20 May 2021 with an exhibition focused on World War Two called ‘Put That Light Out’.

The exhibition was originally scheduled to take place in Summer 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and aims to bring to life what conditions were like on the home front for people in Chesterfield.

Visitors will be required to wear a face covering unless exempt, maintain social distancing, and provide their contact details for the purposes of the Government’s test and trace system. Due to the size of Chesterfield Museum the number of visitors allowed in at any one time will be limited.

The museum will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

For further information on visiting Chesterfield Museum, please visit:

Chesterfield Crematorium

Whilst national guidance states that there will be no official limit on the number of people who can attend a funeral from 17 May, the exact number will depend on the size of the crematorium chapel.

To allow for social distancing, Chesterfield Crematorium will be allowing up to 38 people to be present inside the chapel for cremation services, with a further 30 people permitted to be present outdoors.

Indoor hospitality

The borough’s hospitality venues will also be able to welcome customers back indoors from 17 May. Residents are being encouraged to rediscover all the great bars, restaurants, and eateries that the borough has to offer as part of the council’s new Love Chesterfield campaign.

Launched this week in partnership with Destination Chesterfield, you can find out more about how to get involved at

Please note that The Winding Wheel Theatre will remain closed until late Summer to support its continued use as the borough’s main vaccination centre. The Market Hall café will also remain closed to allow space for managing queues and maintaining social distancing.

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