Leisure services

Leisure services updates:

30 March

Parks and open spaces

Our parks and country parks will remain open for residents to get exercise and fresh air but please do not drive to these areas, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Government guidance is very clear that you should only drive for essential journeys, travelling to a park for exercise and fresh air is not an essential journey.

Please stay local and use open spaces near to your home.

When using our parks and country parks you must follow social distancing guidelines.

This means:
• Not meeting up with friends or family for games and parties
• Keeping at least two metres from anyone not in your household
• Not using play equipment or other facilities that are closed
• Sneezing or coughing into your arm or a tissue

24 March

Parks and open spaces

In line with the Government’s guidance, residents and visitors must not use the play equipment or outdoor gyms that are situated in our parks. All toilet facilities in parks are also closed.

Our parks remain open, but you must ensure that you are following social distancing guidelines when exercising in our parks:

  •  Washing your hands before and after visiting
  • Keep a safe distance from people outside your household (at least 2m)
  • Do not gather in groups of more than two people, excluding people you live with
  • Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue
  • Avoid touching your face or eyes
  • Do not use play equipment or outdoor gyms

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.

20 March

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 car 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.

19 March

Leisure Centres:

Queen’s Park Sports Centre and the Staveley Healthy Living Centre will be closed to the public until further notice, from 10pm Friday 20 March.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We have made the important decision to close these facilities to the public in line with Government guidance and with the aim of reducing the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“At this difficult time, it is vital that we all take our own health and wellbeing seriously, I would like to remind residents that our parks remain open in order to allow you to walk and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.”

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) qpscenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk  / (for the Healthy Living Centre) hlcenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk

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.

We have kept payment stations open at the Customer Service Centre in Chesterfield town centre. Please only use this facility if you are unable to pay online or over the phone. You can continue to make payments at PayPoint outlets and through the Post Office but please only do this if it is safe for you to do so.

If you are suffering from coronavirus symptoms and / or are required to self-isolate, please call us and we can discuss your situation to find a solution.

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.

17 March

Sports and Leisure:

Group activities have now been cancelled at both of our leisure centres.


Leisure services key contacts:

Healthy Living Centre

Phone: 01246 345666

General email enquiries: hlcenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk

Cancellations email: hlccancellations@chesterfield.gov.uk *


Queens Park Sports Centre

Phone: 01246 345555

General email enquiries: qpscenquiries@chesterfield.gov.uk

Cancellations email: qpsccancellations@chesterfield.gov.uk *


* Cancellations

For cancellations information please see our cancellations policy

Last updated on 30 March 2020