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Half term activities in Chesterfield

Half term activities in Chesterfield

There are lots of activities in Chesterfield for families to get excited about this half term.

 

With the reopening of indoor venues and groups allowed to meet outdoors, Chesterfield Museum, Chesterfield Theatres and the parks team have put together some great activities to keep everyone entertained.

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

“After what has been a very difficult year it is fantastic to see our venues and town centre open up again. Half-term is a great opportunity to get back out and explore, and Chesterfield is the perfect place to do this as there are some great events taking place for the whole family to get involved with.”

Chesterfield Museum reopened to the public on 20 May and is currently displaying two different exhibitions.

‘Put That Light Out’ explores what life was like in Chesterfield during World War Two, with a name inspired by Air Warden Hodges from Dad’s Army, the exhibition includes a look at rationing, holidays at home, the Women’s Voluntary Service and the Home Guard.

To help to keep children entertained there is a WW2 slogan trail around the exhibition, a fun audio game where they need to identify different sounds and a selection of interactive quizzes.

The Little Gallery will feature an exhibition that celebrates Chesterfield’s links with the rest of the world.  Chesterfield is currently twinned with Darmstadt in Germany, Troyes in France, Yangquan in China and Tsumeb in Namibia. This exhibition explores these links and provides information on these towns and cities.

Whilst it still isn’t possible to host in person events in the museum the team have worked hard to create online activities to take part in.

On 29 May the museum will share a video from local artist Lucie Maycock where she demonstrates how to create your own fabric square for a community textile artwork which will be created as part of the Chesterfield in Lockdown exhibition. A follow up video from Lucie will be shared on 31 May that shows some more techniques and inspiration for your own lockdown square. Find out more about the Chesterfield in Lockdown exhibition and the community textile artwork here: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/home/latest-news/residents-invited-to-share-stories-of-chesterfield-in-lockdown

There will also be an online craft activity to make a funky felt owl cotton bag. This is a great activity for all ages as it can be completed by either sewing or using glue.

History’s Maid have been creating fun videos that bring history to life over the last year and on Thursday 3 June the museum will be releasing another video that shows how a medieval knight would dress for battle. Learn about the many different parts that make up a full suit of armour, what they are used for and how armour could be identified in the heat of battle.

In early June the museum has arranged a special activity just for adults, local writer Leonie Martin will be running two workshops called ‘Writing for Wellbeing’. Participants will be encouraged to express their feelings and experiences of Lockdown through writing, which could then hopefully be used in the ‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’ exhibition.

No experience is required but places are limited on these workshops and must be booked. Find out more and book tickets here:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-for-wellbeing-with-chesterfield-museums-lockdown-exhibition-tickets-152998086395

Visitors to the museum will be required to wear a face covering unless exempt, maintain social distancing and provide details for 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.

Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre reopened on 17 May for both live performances and cinema screenings.

During half term the Pomegranate Theatre is showing the new family film ‘Peter Rabbit 2 - The Runaway’. Tickets must be pre-booked online on the Chesterfield Theatres website: www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

Snacks and drinks can also be pre-ordered when booking tickets online but can also be purchased at the theatre, however payment is by credit or debit card only.

Comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures are in place to ensure a safe environment for audiences and staff. This includes the use of face coverings, hand sanitiser and the test and trace system. Audience sizes are limited to accommodate social distancing.

Both Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre are open. Find out more about current activities and bookings at the leisure centres on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure

With the weather set to brighten, Chesterfield’s parks will host a selection of events and activities as part of Chesterfield’s Great Outdoors.

The Xplorer Challenge is a family friendly navigation challenge which is both educational and fun.

There are two sessions planned, with the first one taking place in King George V Park on Tuesday 1 June with registration between 2pm and 3.30pm at the pavilion.  The second session will take place on Wednesday 2 June in Queen’s Park with registration between 10am and 11.30am at the conservatory.

There is no need to book on these sessions, but social distancing will be required.

On Friday 4 June the parks team will be delivering a free workshop where children can make their very own colourful kite to take away. In the morning there will be sessions in Poolsbrook Country Park at 10am, 10.30am, 11am or 11.30am. In the afternoon there will be sessions in Holmebrook Valley Park at 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm or 3.30pm.

Places are limited and booking is required, to reserve a place email greenspaces@chesterfield.gov.uk or call Sarah on 01246 959415.

For further information on other activities linked to the Year of Outdoors, visit: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/year-of-outdoors


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