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Chesterfield 1940s Market


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Kalamazoo Dance Band at Chesterfield 1940s Market 2017


Shop in style at the Chesterfield 1940s Market

Residents and visitors to Chesterfield can enjoy themselves during half term as the annual 1940s market returns for 2022.

Taking place on Thursday 27 October between 10am and 4pm, visitors can enjoy 40s music, entertainment, exhibits and meet the stall holders in period dress.

Kalamazoo dance band will once again be back by popular demand performing throughout the day in New Square. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun!

The weekly flea market will take place in the market place with traders in 1940s costume. There will be a competition for the best dressed stall and visitors are encouraged to get into the 40s spirit by dressing in period costumes.

Entertainment includes an escape artist and a variety of 1940s singers located around the town centre. There will also be a display of classic cars, a vintage fire engine and displays about the Land Army and 1940s mining. 

Chesterfield Museum staff will also be attending in 1940s costume with handling objects from their WW2 education box and explanations on how rationing operated. They can be found in the Pavements Shopping Centre (in the old Shoe Zone unit) alongside Wessex Archaeology with their design and print a 1940s style tile activity and a re-enactor talking about bomb disposal and delivering a 'bomb' defusing activity.

Another new attraction this year is the 1940s Home Guard encampment which can be found in the Crooked Spire churchyard. They will run activities throughout the day including drill lessons for children, a first aid station and a signal station.

There will be lots to see and a the full programme of entertainment for the day is listed below.

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport to attend the event but there is also lots of parking available in Chesterfield. Full details of both council owned and private car parks can be found here

Free coach parking spaces are available for groups or organisations visiting the event, but these must be pre-booked here.

Chesterfield 1940s Market Entertainment Programme – Thursday 27 October 2022

New Square (opposite the Portland Hotel) 
Kalamazoo Dance Band, 11am – 11.45am, 1pm – 1.45pm and 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Outside Etienne Curtains and Blinds
The Daisy Belles – singers, 10.15am – 10.45am, 12.15pm - 12.45pm and 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Market Place 
Display of classic cars, vintage fire engine and military vehicles, 10am – 4pm 
Land Army and 1940s Mining displays, 10am – 4pm
Escape artist / glass walker (weather permitting), 10.45 – 11.10am, 1pm – 1.25pm and 3pm – 3.25pm

Market Square (outside Santander) 
Natasha Harper, singer, 10.30am – 11am, 12.10pm – 12.40pm and 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Kyle Evans – singer, 11.20am – 11.50am, 1pm – 1.30pm and 2.10pm – 2.40pm
Post Office’s through the years, 10am – 4pm 

Pavements Shopping Centre (old Shoe Zone unit)
Chesterfield Museum – rationing activity and handling objects, 10am – 4pm
Up an’ at ‘em History – Bomb Disposal activity, 10am –4pm
Wessex Archaeology – design and print 1940s inspired tiles, 10am – 4pm

Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre) 
Jayne Darling – singer, 10am – 10.40am, 11.30am – 12.10pm and 2.00pm – 2.40pm
Johnny Victory – singer, 10.45am – 11.15am, 1.10pm – 1.40pm and 3.00pm – 3.30pm 

Crooked Spire Church and Churchyard 
Home Guard Encampment – 10am – 4pm
Children’s Drill – 11am – 11.20am and 2pm – 2.20pm
Tower Tours – Adults £8, Under 16’s £5, 10.30am and 2.30pm 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Free entry



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for groups


  • Parking with charge - Free parking for coaches if booked in advance

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted - Free parking for coaches if booked in advance

Opening Times

Season (27 Oct 2022)
Thursday10:00 - 16:00


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Chesterfield Market has no car park of its own, but is signposted from all town centre car parks. The directions below are to the nearest car parks.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Vicar Lane multi storey car park on right and Chesterfield Coach Station on left), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park. For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane, Markham Road). At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. At roundabout (Matalan, traffic light controlled) keep in right lane and take 4th exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and at traffic lights at top of hill turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road (surface car parks). Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right. For multi-storey car park - at Lidl roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit going straight on. At traffic lights go straight on. Follow road over raised toucan crossing, turn right after garage (Park Road). Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

Public Transport Directions

Short walk from Chesterfield Train Station, Chesterfield Coach Station and local car parks. Follow the pedestrian signposts.

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