Take a step back in time at Chesterfield’s Market Festival

Fun from a previous Chesterfield Market Festival.
Fun from a previous Chesterfield Market Festival.

If you’re running out of ways to keep the kids entertained this half term then the Chesterfield Market Festival is for you. Starting on Thursday and running through to Saturday, the festival is packed full of activities for all the family.

On Thursday, the market will have a 1940s theme. Traders will be in fancy dress at the flea market and visitors can see a range of period cars, watch a George Formby tribute act and a home guard bomb squad.

Also on the day, James Lewis and David Harper from BBC’s Bargain Hunt will take two teams around the flea market and in traditional Bargain Hunt style will have £100 each to locate the best value buys.

Their purchases will be auctioned outside the Market Pub in New Square at 1.30pm and all money raised will be donated to the Mayor’s Appeal.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, of Chesterfield Borough Council, praised the annual festival.

She 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.”

Over the weekend at Chesterfield Museum, visitors can take a step back in history and discover how the Anglo Saxons lived.

Guests can take a look at jewellery, clothes and weapons from the time.

To get ready for Halloween, the museum will also stay open until late with a spooky story telling event featuring unusual tales of the town.

The event is suitable for children up to 12-years-old.

Kids have the chance to raise money by selling their books, toys and clothes at the children’s market on the Friday.

They can also get creative at the craft session at Chesterfield Museum.

For the adults, the Market Hall beer festival takes place on Friday and Saturday and will feature more than 35 real ales and six ciders.

If you dare, head along to one of the ghost tours available Thursday and Friday evening and listen to local historians Ian Morgan and John Fletcher Taylor tell spooky stories and supernatural events.

On Saturday, there’s also a monumental battle of the sandwiches where visitors have the chance to be the judge and test a sample in the Market Square where the winner will be crowned.

Tickets for a variety of events are on sale from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, starting from only £1

For more information on the events or to book tickets to the tours visit www.visitchesterfield.info/marketfestival