10 things to do in and around Chesterfield this summer

School is out… and so is the sun! But, how do you make the most of the good weather in Chesterfield and the Peak District? We’ve got the answers.

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite things to do in Chesterfield to make the most of this summer’s heatwave. From a drink in the best beer gardens, to a family trip to Queen’s Park, there’s something for everyone.

1. Have a drink in the sun – When the sun comes out, one of the nation’s favourite things to do is relax in a beer garden with a cold drink. There’s plenty of that on offer in Chesterfield with places like Einsteins and the Hunloke Arms playing host to great beer gardens where you can enjoy your drinks outdoors.

2. Visit Queen’s Park – The park lies at the edge of the town centre and is renowned for its cricket matches, including the annual Festival of Cricket. If cricket isn’t your thing, then simply enjoy a picnic, or an ice cream from the award-winning Frederick’s of Chesterfield.

3. Take your dog to the high peaks of Curbar Edge – If it’s not too hot for the family pooch, take a trip to one of the most popular dog-walking places in the Peak District – Curbar Edge, where, once on the top, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most magnificent views in the area.

4. Chatsworth Farmyard –  Based at the world-famous Chatsworth House, this is definitely one for the younger family members. All the family can enjoy meeting the farm animals, while the little ones will love the play area. Throughout the summer holidays, there is also live music and games in the Chatsworth Gardens for families to enjoy.

5. Visit the Market  Chesterfield’s Market is one of the largest open-air markets in England and has been trading since 1165. With weekly and monthly markets such as the Artisan Market and the Farmers’ Market, there’s always a unique offer at the Market Place with something for the whole family. During August you’ll find a number of special events in the Market Square, including Chesterfield Motor Fest on 19 August.

6. Get on your bike – Chesterfield is fortunate to have the Peak District right on its doorstep which means you can be on some of the finest cycling routes within minutes, including the 34km Chesterfield to Chatsworth round trip. However, there are many more cycling and bike routes in and around Chesterfield to suit all abilities and bikes – 31 mapped routes to be precise. Find the routes here.

7. Visit the canal – Recognised as one of the most beautiful and varied waterways in England, the Chesterfield Canal runs for 46 miles from the River Trent to the middle of Chesterfield and soon it will be fully restored and connected to the new canal basin constructed in Basin Square. If you enjoy walking, then September plays host to the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival.

8. Watch a film… outdoors? – Enjoy a true classic, Dirty Dancing, out in the beautiful surroundings of Hardwick Hall this summer. On Saturday 18 August, from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, the film will be showing at this year’s Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival.

9. Visit Matlock Bath – With attractive riverside gardens, arcades and some top-notch fish and chips, Matlock Bath always goes down a treat on a sunny Sunday. Chesterfield may be 70 miles from the coast, but Matlock Bath is like a seaside town without the seaside and full of the charm of a bygone era. It’s only a short drive from the town centre.

10. Barbeque some fresh local produce! -  Visit the many independent butchers, farm shops and food producers to get some top quality food and drink. Try Theresa Lambarelli’s, Northern Tea Merchants and Brampton Brewery on Chatsworth Road or Watson and Brown on Sheffield Road or, outside the town, try Highfield House Farm Shop and Marsh Green Farm Shop.

Make the most of the hot weather and get out in the sun. However, don’t forget to use sun cream, drink plenty of water and wear a hat to ensure you enjoy your time in and around Chesterfield this summer.

For more information on the full list of events on through the summer in Chesterfield, please visit here.