Art and soul of family festival

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Top entertainment promises four days of fun for residents and visitors to a north Derbyshire town.

Top entertainment promises four days of fun for residents and visitors to a north Derbyshire town.

Highlights of the annual Chesterfield Arts and Market Festival - which opeed yesterday (Thursday) include comedian Jeremy Hardy, best known for his work on Radio 4’s News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment who are bringing their Mozart concert to town.

Jeremy, who performs at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, tonight said: “I like smaller spaces because you can see the audience, and you are more aware of them. When you’re at the back of the circle in bigger venues, you can’t see anything, and you’re basically watching TV. I can’t see the point of that.

One thing Jeremy promises he will not be doing is pestering you. “I don’t hassle the audience. If you’ve got no ideas, don’t bother the front row with questions about what they do for a living. That’s just to distract them from your own lack of material.”

There’s lots for children to do at the ninth annual festival including a trip up the tower of the ‘Crooked Spire’, a ghost walk and, top of the bill, ‘Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play’.

Find out about the American Wild West at Chesterfield Museum or have a go at being a market trader for a day at the Children’s Market and sell your old toys.

The market takes centre stage for the festival with a visit from David Harper and James Lewis who will be doing a Chesterfield version of ‘Bargain Hunt’ today. The flea market goes back to the 40s and a continental market comes to town. Set your tastebuds tingling with the Sausage Competition, the ‘Just a Taste’ market and a Mini Beer Festival at the Market pub.

Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr John Burrows said: “Another great festival keeps Chesterfield in the limelight again this year, from children’s entertainment to a mini beer festival, if you haven’t been to any of the events before why not come along and see what’s on offer?”

Pick up a programme and book tickets at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre tel: 01246 345777/8 or eEmail: tourism@chesterfield.gov.uk , website : www.chesterfieldfestival.co.uk