Coronavirus (COVID-19) - how it is affecting our services

Leisure services updates

Leisure services information

Leisure centres

With the continued closure of both Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Healthy Living Centre until further notice, the leisure team have been putting together a selection of digital sessions that include dance classes, gymnastics, high-intensity interval training and Pilates.

You can get involved in these classes by visiting  either the Queen’s Park Sports Centre Facebook page or the Healthy Living Centre Facebook page.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I want to thank all of our customers for their understanding and support at this difficult time. Our leisure team are working hard to put together digital classes and activities for the whole family that will encourage people to lead a healthy lifestyle and exercise at home.”

The team have also put together a selection of downloadable resources that can be used to support your child’s education around health and fitness. These cover a range of topics from swimming to gymnastics and can be downloaded from the council’s website.

Pool activity sheets - Stage 4 plus PDF (PDF 1.12 MB)
Trampolining activity sheets PDF (PDF 412 KB)
Dance activity sheets PDF (PDF 352 KB)
Gymnastics activity sheets PDF (PDF 649 KB)
Higher level swimming activity sheets PDF (PDF 803 KB)
Beginners Pool Activity Sheets PDF (PDF 1.2 MB)

With regards to the reopening of the leisure centres the council will continue to evaluate the situation and update the public in line with the latest Government guidance. If you are currently a member of the leisure centres, your direct debit has been stopped and the council will not resume taking payments until after the centres have reopened.

The midwifery team based at Queen’s Park Sports Centre are still taking appointments, please contact the midwifery team directly to discuss arrangements for visiting the Centre.

Anyone who is a member of our leisure centres will have their membership suspended. Direct debit payments will not be collected until our centres return to being fully operational.

For further information or advice on membership suspension please email your enquiry to (for Queen’s Park Sports Centre)  / (for the Healthy Living Centre)

Our staff have been working extremely hard to respond to our customer enquiries. If you do contact one of our centres, please bear with the team as they are responding to a significant number of enquiries at this time.

If you regularly pay Council Tax, rent or make any other payments at the Healthy Living Centre, these should now be made online or by calling 01246 345345.

A guide to staying active at home during the coronavirus outbreak

Active At Home PDF (PDF 3.57 MB)

Also see:

Chair exercises

Parks and open spaces

With the easing of Government restrictions, it means our residents can spend longer in the borough’s parks and exploring our green spaces, but social distancing guidelines will still apply.

You must always be two metres away from anyone not in your household, this includes other family members who do not live with you. 

The council’s multi-use games areas and basketball courts, including those in Brearley Park, Stand Road and Wain Avenue, will be re-opened from this weekend. These areas can only be used by individuals with members of their own household or with one other person from another household while staying 2 metres apart. The borough’s skateparks and the Petanque area at Holmebrook Valley Country Park will also be available for use from this weekend. 

Please note the council will not be re-opening the 3G pitches in Queen’s Park from this weekend.

The council is also currently working with several local sports clubs with regards the opening of other outdoor sports facilities including tennis courts, fishing lakes and bowling greens. These conversations are continuing, and further updates will be provided next week.

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms in parks will remain closed; the council has placed appropriate signage at these facilities to highlight this. Play equipment cannot be easily or regularly cleaned and its use therefore presents a risk of further spreading the virus.

More information on the Government’s guidelines is available on the FAQs on the Government website.

Chesterfield Theatres

In line with the recent Government announcements, the Pomegranate Theatre and Winding Wheel Theatre will remain closed until at least Saturday 4 July. All events up to and including this date have now been cancelled or postponed.

The Box Office team are currently contacting all customers who have booked tickets for cancelled or re-arranged performances.

Please bear in mind that a large number of customers are affected by these changes, so it may take longer than expected for the Box Office to contact you.

Full details of all the changes to performances can be found on the Chesterfield Theatres website.

Tickets for events later in the year, including the pantomime, can still be booked by visiting the Chesterfield Theatres website. 

Online library services

Derbyshire County Council offers borrowers access to eBooks, audio books, eMagazines and eNewspapers online, 24/7.

Existing library members can use their library borrower number and pin number to access the resources online. To find out more about the service, visit their website.

New users wishing to join can apply online

Beat the Street

Together with our partners we have had to end our Beat the Street game.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We have seen lots of people get more active thanks to Beat the Street, so we’re very sad to see this end, however, we must assist the government in ensuring people follow the latest guidance to stay at home to stop the coronavirus spreading.

“Even though Beat the Street is ending early, our partners and game operator, Intelligent Health would still love to know what you thought of the game. Please complete our Beat the Street survey and you could be in with a chance of winning prizes.”

Beat Boxes will no longer function, and the leader board has been frozen. Winners will be announced on social media and prizes will be sent out via email and post.

Car boot sale

The car boot sale that takes place at Rose Hill Car Park in Chesterfield is being cancelled until further notice. The decision has been made to cancel the cmar boot sale because it is not a priority service and the council needs to focus its efforts on maintaining essential services. The car boot sale takes place every Sunday at Rose Hill Car Park in Chesterfield (behind the Town Hall) from 7am to noon.

You can find all of the latest updates relating to changes to council services due to coronavirus on our website or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

Walking festival

Together with our partners, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Chesterfield Area Walking Festival, which was scheduled to take place in mid-May. 

This decision was taken in order to ensure that proper social distancing measures, as recommended by the Government, can be maintained and we can ensure the health and wellbeing of the volunteers who support the festival.

Our Visitor Information Centre team are working hard to ensure that anyone who has booked tickets for the festival is informed of the changes. We will refund any customers who have paid for tickets. Please be patient with the team and wait for them to contact you, they are receiving a high number of enquires and it is taking slightly longer than usual to reply to everyone.


Chesterfield museum

Chesterfield Museum will remain closed until further notice and all museum events are cancelled until early October.

This is due to the popularity of museum events and the limited space within the museum that makes social distancing during these events exceptionally difficult.

Revolution House will not be opening for the summer season and all events are cancelled.

The council still hopes to be able to open Revolution House for its usual Christmas opening period.

The Museums team are currently appealing for members of the public to share stories, memories, images and items from lockdown, in order to add to the collection and help remember this unprecedented crisis and the impact it has had on Chesterfield borough.

To find out more and share your stories please contact the team via the Chesterfield Museum Facebook page or email:

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

Chesterfield Borough Council had planned a wide range of events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, however due to the coronavirus outbreak these have had to be cancelled. But the council is still working hard to commemorate this important occasion and highlight ways that local residents can get involved.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy and our Armed Forces Champion, said: “The VE Day celebrations planned for Chesterfield would have been truly special, underpinned by our fantastic events programme. Given the ongoing crisis we are encouraging residents to find that blitz spirit and come up with unique ways to commemorate and remember this day at home. For a lot of veterans this is a chance to reflect on their service, and for us to remember and thank them for the sacrifices they and our communities made.”

In the build up to VE Day the council will be holding a countdown across its social media pages to support everyone to get involved and to share some of the great ways that Chesterfield’s residents will be helping the town and borough to commemorate VE Day.

The Council’s Museum event was originally planned by a group called History’s Maid, who were going to be putting on live performances at the Museum; however, they have now produced a series of videos that cover the final months of the war from the perspective of a British soldier. These performances will help people connect with the past and provide important historical insight. They will be released every day at 11am on the Museum’s Facebook page.

The Museum has also created a special resource centre that includes activities for the whole family. This includes World War Two themed baking, quizzes and craft activities. You can access these on the museum website.

Please send the council images of your bunting, baking and anything else you’re doing to help commemorate VE Day via our Facebook page, we’d love to share these with everyone to help make it a special event.

There are also lots of great educational resources that we will be sharing to help parents teach their children about World War Two.

The council will also be promoting activities planned by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, the Royal British Legion and SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity amongst others on its social media channels.

Keep an eye on the both the Museum’s and the Council’s main Facebook pages for more information.

Visitor information centre

Due to Covid-19 the Visitor Information Centre and Chesterfield Museum are closed until further notice.  We will continue to provide a telephone service for customers.


Throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council has been responding to new requirements and updating the services provided in line with the latest Government guidance.

All of the latest service-related updates can be found in the dedicated Coronavirus information hub.

Chesterfield pride

Chesterfield pride has been postponed from 19 July 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers are working on date to reschedule the event and will release the new date on their social media accounts. Anyone who has purchased tickets for the July date, these tickets will transfer to the new event date.

Leisure services key contacts:

Healthy Living Centre

General email enquiries:

Cancellations email: *

Social media:  Healthy Living Centre Facebook page


Queens Park Sports Centre

General email enquiries:

Cancellations email: *

Social media: Queen’s Park Sports Centre Facebook page


* Sports centre cancellations

For cancellations information please see our cancellations policy.

Museums and theatres

Customer Services: 01246 345345

Online contact form: enquiry form

Visitor information centre


Website: Visit Chesterfield 

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Last updated on 26 May 2020