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Spend your summer in Chesterfield

Spend your summer in Chesterfield

Families are being encouraged to find out what’s on offer to entertain the little ones this summer holidays, with a bumper package of activities running in Chesterfield.


Chesterfield Borough Council will be working with local partners to deliver events and activities across the town centre, local parks, Chesterfield Museum and leisure centres.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “We’ve got lots planned that will make a family staycation really exciting and we’ve tried to make sure everyone can create great memories together this summer without breaking the bank.

“I encourage everyone to take a look at what’s going on across the borough, as there’s something for everyone to enjoy right here on our doorstep.”

Love Chesterfield

Together with Destination Chesterfield, we’re running a new-look events programme as part of our Love Chesterfield campaign, which means the town centre will be a hive of activity.

In July our leisure team will be in the town centre to celebrate the Olympics with have-a-go activities including cycling with an exercise bike on 29 July, a Gymnastics demo on 30 July and a climbing wall on 31 July.

Throughout August we’ll be running a pirate-themed town centre Treasure Hunt. This is completely free to take part in and there are some great prizes including a three-month family leisure membership. Simply pick up a sheet from the Visitor Information Centre or download it from our website, solve the clues and collect the answers from around the town.

Other dates for your diary include:

  • The Plastic Free Festival, which is being organised by Plastic Free Chesterfield will be held in New Square – running on Sunday 8 August.
  • Circus skills workshops in the town centre – running on Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7, Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August
  • Interactive art mosaic activities to celebrate Chesterfield – running in the town centre on Tuesday 10 and Saturday 14 August This activity will also be running online throughout the month.
  • Love Chesterfield Community Market – Tuesday 10 August. This is a free event being held to celebrate and support the community and voluntary sector. There will also be a selection of street food, walkabout entertainment and small funfair rides.
  • Chesterfield Record Fair on the Market Square – Sunday 22 August
  • Artisan Market and Young Person’s Market – Sunday 29 August.

There will also be some street entertainers throughout the month. You can find more details about the town centre events here:

Year of Outdoors

We launched our Year of Outdoors project in April and since then we’ve held lots of activities and events in our parks and green spaces.

August is the month of play and we’ve extended it slightly to include the last two weeks of July. We’ve got events for both adults and children lined up because play is for everyone.

Highlights include:

TagTap Join the Hunt is an interactive game that will be running across the summer throughout the borough. The virtual game is a scavenger hunt where you tap into tags located across the borough and then solve clues to find the next one. It’s a fantastic game that encourages everyone to explore the borough.

There are more than thirty different Year of Outdoors events throughout August available to book for free, including:

Multisport activity sessions with Samba Sports, Chesterfield Football Club Community Trust and Derby County Community Trust in parks across the borough throughout August.

Community Growth will be running Tribal games with bushcraft-based activities and they will be hosting a Giant Land Art Day where you can help create a giant piece of art from materials in the park.

Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club will holding a series of ‘have a go’ sessions in our parks for different age groups from five years old to adults. And there are also ‘have a go’ Pickleball sessions.

Chesterfield BMX Racing Club are holding weekly taster sessions in Ringwood Park. There are free canoeing sessions in Poolsbrook Country Park.

There will be weekly Street Dance sessions with Jack Bruce who performed on Britain’s Got Talent in Monkey Park and Loundsley Green Park. If that’s not for you there is also a ‘have a go’ Garland Dancing session in Holmebrook Valley Country Park.

For full details of these events and find out how to book your place visit:

Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre Staveley

There will be a selection of classes and activities for children at both of our sports centres this summer.

Starting from Monday 26 July, one to one swimming lessons will be running Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm at Queen’s Park Sports Centre and from 1.45pm to 3.45pm at the Healthy Living Centre Staveley. These must be booked for a whole week and cost £96 for members and £110 for non-members. Email to book your child’s place.

At Queen’s Park Sports Centre there will also be Tennis sessions run by Tennis Chesterfield, Badminton sessions, Gymnastics and Trampoline sessions, Dodgeball and Academy Training sessions for gymnasts. These are all paid for sessions that start from £8 for members and £9 for non-members. For full details on the times of sessions and to book places please visit:

Chesterfield Museum

Throughout August the Museum team will be holding their new Museum on the Move sessions in Rykneld Square.

The sessions will take place every Wednesday between 11am and 2pm. It’s a chance to meet our staff, learn about who we are and what we do. Each week will cover a different period in history and include handling objects from our Education Boxes. This starts with the Roman period on 4 August and then the Viking, Medieval and Victorian periods the following weeks.

As well as these events the Museum team have also put together a series of digital events that you can join in from your own home with highlights including:

Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) will be delivering free interactive experiment workshops on Zoom.

Local artist Lucie Maycock will lead a session showing you how to make some funky flowers from used plastic cups in a virtual workshop.

Find out more about these events and book your place for the CHaOS workshops on the Museum website:

Also keep an eye on the Museum’s Facebook page for some great videos including Discover Chesterfield Potteries, Antarctic Exploration, The Gin Craze and a unique vegetable re-enactment of the Battle of Chesterfield. Follow Chesterfield Museum on Facebook here:

Chesterfield Theatres will be hosting family friendly cinema screenings at the Pomegranate Theatre, to find out more and book tickets visit:

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