Chesterfield Borough Council - Half-term activities in Chesterfield

Half-term activities in Chesterfield

With half-term fast approaching there are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy in Chesterfield.

Activities include a Traditional Games Day hosted by Chesterfield Museum, nest box making in local parks, special screenings and performances at the Winding Wheel Theatre and the return of the Holiday Club to Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We’ve got lots planned for this half term in Chesterfield, including some great free or low-cost options. Whether it’s experiencing history, making nest boxes or visiting the theatre, there is something for everyone this half term.”

Find out more about the different activities taking place at council venues across Chesterfield.


Chesterfield Museum

Whilst the Museum is closed for renovation the Chesterfield Museum team will be hosting a Traditional Games Day from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday 23 February in the Pavements Centre (the vacant unit opposite Poundland).

The free drop-in session will include games from the Medieval, Tudor, and Victorian periods including Quoits, Shove ha’penny, Skittles, Nine Men’s Morris and more.

There will also be a selection of craft activities including creating a Snakes and Ladders game, a Bird and Cage Thaumotrope (an optical illusion from the Victorian era) and a pop-up teddy (a Victorian-style puppet toy).

Children must be accompanied by an adult. As it is a free session, with limited space, visitors may need to wait to participate in an activity. Find out more about the event on the council’s website:


Chesterfield Parks

The parks team will be holding nest box-building sessions in parks across Chesterfield throughout the week.

The free sessions will take place on:

  • Monday 20 February, 1 pm-3 pm – Monkey Park (Chester Street)
  • Tuesday 21 February, 11 am-2 pm – King George V Playing Field (Staveley)
  • Friday 24 February, 11 am-2 pm – Eastwood Park (Hasland)


To avoid disappointment please book your place by emailing or calling 01246 959 415.

This is an outdoor activity, please wear appropriate clothing. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors can also take part in the Xplorer challenge, a family-friendly navigation activity. Simply find the markers in parks to take part.


Queen’s Park Sports Centre and The Healthy Living Centre

Queen’s Park Sports Centre Holiday Club will return from Monday 20 until Friday 24 February.

The week includes a wide range of activities including trampolining, team games and a mini-Olympics.

Suitable for children aged 6 to 14, parents can book either a whole day for £16 or a half day for £9, with flexible pick up and drop off times available. Find out more about the available sessions and how to book places on the council’s website:

At the Healthy Living Centre on Saturday 18 and 25 February, the inflatable Spike Island will be available from 2.20 pm for children aged between 8 and 15. This activity must be booked in advance.

Children’s climbing clubs and taster sessions will also be happening throughout the week, more details are available on the council’s website:


Winding Wheel Theatre

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February, the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour.

This family show is an adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem when an unexpected visitor arrives, with oodles of magic, sing-along songs, and clumsy chaos.

Performances are at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm - tickets are £15.50 and can be booked on the Chesterfield Theatres website:

A special half-term cinema screening of Jurassic World: Dominion will be at 2 pm on Tuesday 21 February. Tickets can be booked on the Chesterfield Theatres website:


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