Stay local, have fun!
Words: Jennie Sim
Images: Jennie Sim
With peak district walks a plenty on our doorstop and independent food stops along the way there should never be a moment we are thinking there is nothing to do in and around Chesterfield.
The soggy weather, however, may have seen you exhaust your normal 'rainy day' excursion back catalogue, so read on for inspiration on what more there is on offer in our local area.
Rain or shine Chesterfield borough council have a brilliant line up of events taking place over the summer months in the marketplace.
Medieval Fun day will take place on the 30 July, the town centre will be packed full of medieval themed entertainment. The Market Place stalls will include fun and games for children plus the popular Proctor's Fun Fair. The Crooked Spire Church will be transformed into a Medieval encampment where you can watch knights in battle and gives you the chance to admire the spire if you haven't before!
The young person’s market on the 28th July - a great way to get the children into living a more sustainable lifestyle selling on their wares! Motorfest, 18 August, for all you car enthusiasts and is sure to be fast, but hopefully not furious! To keep yourself going why not pop into Jacksons the bakers for one of their tasty baked goods or sip on a smoothie from Qozies.
Until recently I had no idea there was so many activities taking place at Chesterfield museum and art gallery! Not to be missed for all your budding mini scientists, there's the Chaos roadshow on August 8th. Cambridge Hands-on Science (CHaOS) makes science relevant and fun with exciting hands-on experiments for kids and adults too! With this being a free activity why not treat yourself to lunch at Einstein’s only a stone’s throw away they have a huge varied menu catering for all dietary requirements.
Just 15 minutes out of Chesterfield with a huge calendar of entertainment is Matlock Farm Park, in addition to the animals, bouncy castle, outdoor play area, large outdoor chess set, pony rides and picnic area they have an additional program of activities over the summer to keep you entertained.
An event not to be missed is the Peak District Highland Games on Sunday 25 August where super strong men compete in varied events throughout the day including the 8-tonne tractor pull! There will also be children's entertainment so you really can make an entire day of it! What’s great food wise is you can picnic outside with your own food or dine in the cafe or indoor play area restaurant where they have a fantastic menu catering for every palette. I am obviously Vegan Bias but the Vegan Burger would be my go to choice! S41 Local readers get a free bag of animal food on production of the voucher below!
The children have been entertained so it’s time to squeeze in date night .... under no circumstances does putting a pair of heels on and dancing the night away enter my head - sad or sensible, whatever, I can take it.
Why not head to The Pomegranate Theatre and watch a film or a satellite broadcast of a concert, ballet performance or Opera then pop to Ciuri Ciuri afterwards for some top-notch Italian food.
If you want to embrace the outdoors, then pack up your picnic basket - don't forget the Prossecco and either head to Bolsover Castle for a summer nights outdoor screening of Bohemian Rhapsody or Mamma Mia or Haddon Hall for the Rocky Horror picture show.
Summer is on its way and whether we have another scorcher or a standard British summer (rain, rain and more rain), by attending our local events you are not only supporting our economy but having fun as well!