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Get out and about in Chesterfield’s Great Outdoors!

People are being encouraged to take more opportunities to get out and about in Chesterfield – and boost their physical and mental wellbeing – as part of a new council-led project being launched this spring.

The ‘Chesterfield Great Outdoors’ initiative aims to build on the success of the former Beat the Street project, which saw more than 13,000 people take part in physical challenges around the borough – later moving to online activity under COVID-19 restrictions.

Launching in April, it is encouraging local people to explore the fantastic green spaces across Chesterfield, appreciate the ‘hidden’ wildlife on their doorstep and take part in active ways to help keep the borough clean and green.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “After the last year where we’ve had to spend more time indoors, I hope lots of people will get out and rediscover our beautiful borough.

“We will have a packed programme of fun and imaginative activities that will inspire you to make the most of some of the wonderful places on our doorstep – great to enjoy on your own, but also with friends and families when restrictions ease.”

Over the next year each month has been given a different theme, with regular activities and competitions. It will be hosted on the council’s social media pages and website.

Whether you’re a bit of history buff, a nature lover or just want to exercise, there will be something for everyone to enjoy whilst also exploring our amazing local spaces.

In April the focus will be on connecting with nature and the month will be brimming with great activities to get involved with. Some of the highlights include building a bird’s nest, minibeast hunting, bumblebee spotting and creating a time-lapse of a local tree. 

‘Mindful May’ will be all about taking a moment to enjoy those tranquil spaces across the borough. 

The themes over the next few months are:

  • June – Go Wild
  • July – Best Foot Forward
  • August – Month of Play
  • September – Clean and Green 

Keep up to date with the latest challenges on the council’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

First published on 25 March 2021 Last updated on 06 April 2021