Chesterfield Market Festival 2013
30th September 2013
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Come and celebrate all that the markets have to offer during this three day festival where there really is something for everyone!

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Thursday 31 October

Festival Bargain Hunt and Auction with Anita Manning & James Lewis sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors.

Anita Manning and James Lewis (experts on the BBC’s ‘Bargain Hunt’) will each lead a team. James will lead the Mayor’s team and Anita will lead a team from Banner Jones Solicitors to track down the best bargains. Purchases will then be auctioned off in the afternoon and all the money raised will be donated to the Mayor’s Appeal.

Time: Bargain Hunt 10 am - 12 noon. Auction outside the Market Pub in New Square at 1.30 pm

Flea Market with 1940s theme

Rummage through the stalls at one of the biggest flea markets in the country. Who knows, you might even find a hidden treasure or a priceless antique. Enjoy 40s music, entertainment and exhibits, and meet the stall holders in fancy dress. Why not dress up as well, the more the merrier!

Time: 9 am - 4 pm

Wartime Refreshments

Why not visit Java on Stephenson Place for a traditional wartime afternoon tea served in their upstairs room which will be decorated in a 1940s wartime theme.

Time: 8.30 am – 5 pm


Friday 1 November

Chesterfield & District CAMRA Market Beer Festival sponsored by GF Tomlinson

Featuring over 35 beers from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, including one called Tomlinson's Tipple specially brewed for the Beer Festival sponsor. Cider and country wines also available. The ‘Battle of the Beers’ challenge returns with our best local breweries going head to head in an exclusive competition to find the best new brew! This is the first event to be held in the newly refurbished Market Hall Assembly Rooms.

Ploughman’s lunches and sandwiches available at all sessions, provided by Davidson’s Cheese Factor.

Entertainment on Saturday night by Whiskey Bob Shaker.

Time: 2 sessions per day, 11am - 4pm and 6.30pm - 11pm

Tickets: £1 lunchtime and £3 evening (glasses available to hire or buy)
Tickets available in advance from Chesterfield Visitor Information Tel: 01246 345777 or on the door subject to availability.

Children’s Market

Calling all budding traders between the ages of 3 and 14 (must be accompanied by an adult over 18).

Come along kids and be a market trader for a day! Boost your pocket money and sell your unwanted toys and books, and clothes that no longer fit.

Stalls are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis and need to be pre-booked by calling the Markets Department on 01246 345999.

If you prefer buying to selling, come and browse the stalls for new toys, books or clothes. You’re sure to find a bargain. See us on the central walkway in Market Place

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Children’s Entertainment

Enjoy a variety of entertainment that will keep the children amused. Walkabout characters will roam the Market Place, plus other entertainment including balloon animals, circus skills, bubbles etc.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Children’s Art Competition

Draw and colour at the Chesterfield Action for Arts Forum market stall (materials provided), and enter your finished masterpiece in the competition. There are three categories: under 7s, 8 to 11s and 12 to 16s and there are prizes for each category. Find the stall next to the Pump in Market Place.

Time: 10 am - 1.30 pm, judging at 2 pm

Cupcake Decorating

When you’ve finished your masterpiece, visit the stall next door and try your hand at decorating a cupcake courtesy of the Chesterfield Food Co-operative.

Time: 10 am - 3 pmã


Saturday 2 November

Chesterfield & District CAMRA Market Beer Festival
See Friday’s details.


Just a Taste Market

Are you aware of the wide variety of food available in Chesterfield? Take a walk down the central aisle of Market Place and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Italian on offer at Calabria and Lambarellis, traditional British at Aubergine and The Galleon Steakhouse, Spanish at the Casa Hotel’s 2 AA rosette award winning Cocina Restaurant and lots more! Try just a taste of what they have on offer.

Time: 10 am - 4 pm


Chesterfield Ghost Walk

Take a 1½ hour trip into Chesterfield’s Twilight Zone, if you dare!

Time: 6.30pm from Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre).

Tickets: Adults £4.00, Children £2.00 (no concession for over 60s), booking essential.
Tickets are available from the Visitor Information Centre (Tel: 01246 345777/8)

Chesterfield Cake Baking Competition sponsored by Jacksons the Bakers Ltd.

Chelsea has its buns, Bakewell has its Pudding, Chesterfield has its ???

Your chance to create a Chesterfield Cake and bring it along to the Chesterfield Market Hall on the day. They will be judged by a panel including the Mayor of Chesterfield and Trevor Jackson representing the sponsors, Jacksons the Bakers Ltd, and then be sold off to raise money for the Mayor’s appeal.

Please note you do need to register your entry in advance for this event either online at or by visiting the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre.

There are two categories: under 16s and 16 and over and the winner of each will receive a hamper provided by Jacksons.

Time: Judging 10am – 11am
Cake Sale 11am – 2pm

Market Trader of the Year Competition

Vote for your favourite market trader (both the outdoor market and Market Hall) and be in with the chance of winning one of five £50 vouchers to spend on Chesterfield’s outdoor market or in the Market Hall.

The award aims to find traders who deliver outstanding customer service, are a master at friendly banter and go the extra mile for their customers.

Entry forms are available at the Visitor Information Centre, Rykneld Square or online at

The closing date is Saturday 26 October. The winner will be announced by the Mayor on Saturday 2 November at 2pm outside the Market Hall.

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