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Roll up, roll up for market festival

Chesterfield's market festival takes place from Thursday 29 October to Saturday 31 October offering a host of fun for all the family.

The annual event, run by Chesterfield Borough Council, sees a range of activities in and around Chesterfield town centre.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: "The market festival attracts thousands of residents and visitors to the town each year.

"There is something for every age group to enjoy and plenty of activities that can be enjoyed by all the family."

The 1940s market takes place on Thursday 29 October with traders dressed in fancy dress at the popular flea market and entertainment including period cars, a George Formby tribute act and Home Guard bomb squad.

During the day, the Bargain Hunt event takes place. James Lewis and David Harper from the BBC's Bargain Hunt will take two teams around the flea market in search of the best bargains. Each team has £100 to spend and two hours to find the best deals.

Their purchases will be auctioned off at 1.30pm, outside the Market Pub in New Square. Money raised will be donated to the mayor's appeal.

Also on Thursday 29 October, Chesterfield Museum hosts a meet the Anglo Saxons event. Visitors can become detectives and investigate their jewellery, clothes and weapons and foil a surprise attack. The event runs from 10am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm. Admission is free.

The museum will stay open late on the evening of 29 October with a spooky storytelling event beginning at 5.30pm. The event features unusual tales of Chesterfield and surrounding area and is suitable for children up to 12 years.

The children’s market takes place on Friday 30 October. Children have the opportunity to raise money by selling their unwanted toys, books and clothes.

There is also a craft session on Friday 30 October for children from at 11am and 2pm at Chesterfield Museum. Admission is free.

The Market Hall beer festival takes place on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October featuring over 35 real ales and six ciders.

Tickets are on sale from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre:

  • Lunchtime sessions 11am to 4.30pm - £1
  • Evening Sessions 6.30pm to 11pm - £3

On Saturday 31 October, the town centre comes alive with the sound of brass as bands including Holymoorside Brass Band and Ashover Brass Band play across the town centre.

Also on Saturday 31 October, the battle of the sandwiches takes place. Visitors can come along and test a sample of each sandwich in the Market Square between 11am and 1pm, pick their favourite and vote to crown the winner.

Visitors can also climb the Crooked Spire, with tours available on all three days of the festival. Tickets are available from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre: 

  • Adults - £4 
  • Children under 16 - £2

There are also ghost tours in the evening on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October with stories of strange sounds, shocking shades and supernatural slaughter.

Walks will start from outside Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre and last approximately one and a half hours.

Bookings is essential. Tickets are available from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre: 

  • Adults - £4
  • Children under 16 - £2

For more information on the events, visit: or call 01246 345 778.

First published on 22 October 2015 Last updated on 31 October 2016