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Chesterfield 1940s Market


Town Centre
S40 1PB
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Full size replica Spitfire at Chesterfield 1940s Market with 'Crooked Spire' Church in the background


Chesterfield 1940s Market is moving to Spring in 2024 and hoping for better weather in April!

Come along and shop in style at the Chesterfield 1940s Market!

Local people and visitors to Chesterfield can enjoy themselves during the Easter holidays at the annual 1940s market on its new date in April.

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 a variety of 1940s singers all around the town centre as well as an escapologist. There will also be a display of classic cars, a vintage fire engine and, star of the show, a full-size replica spitfire.

Chesterfield Museum and Up An At Em History will also be attending in 1940s costume and exploring life on the Home Front, Food Rationing and how the Land Girls kept Britain fed. Hands on activities for children include making "mock" foods, have-a-go milking, seed planting, handling objects and crafts.

There will be lots to see and do for all the family.

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 when pre-booked, please contact tourism@chesterfield.gov.uk to reserve your space.


The full programme of entertainment can be found below or you can download it as a PDF at the bottom of this page:

New Square (opposite the Portland Hotel)

Kalamazoo Dance Band: 11am to 11.45am , 1pm to 1.45pm and 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Outside Etienne Curtains and Blinds

The Daisy Belles (singers): 10.15am to 10:45am, 12.15pm to 12.45pm and 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Market Place

Display of classic cars, vintage fire engine and military vehicles: 10am to 4pm

Escape artist / glass walker: 10.45am to 11.10am, 1pm –to 1.25pm and 3pm to 3.25pm

Market Square (outside Santander)

Natasha Harper (singer): 10.30am to 11am, 12.10pm to 12.40pm and 1.30pm to 2.00pm

Kyle Evans (singer): 11.20am to 11.50am, 1pm to 1.30pm and 2.10pm to 2.40pm

Shire Horses: 11am to 1pm

Pavements Shopping Centre (outside old Massarella’s Unit)

Between 10am and 4pm the team from Chesterfield Museum will be joined by Up An At Em History.

Find out about life on the Home Front, what was on the ration and how we kept Britain fed from the gardens and kitchens of Britain

From the Land Girls and cooks feeding the nation, find out about rationing and have a go at making some basic "mock" foods

Plant a seed to take away

Try your hand at milking and learn the way the Land Girls did

Explore World War II handling objects

Take part in crafting sessions and view exhibition panels

Rykneld Square (outside the Visitor Information Centre)

Full size replica Spitfire: available to see between 10am and 4pm

Jayne Darling (singer): 10am to 10.40am, 11.30am – 12.10pm and 2pm to 2.40pm

Johnny Victory (singer): 10.45am to 11.15am, 1.10pm to 1.40pm and 3pm to 3.30pm

St. Mary and All Saints Church (Crooked Spire)

Tower Tours: 10.30am to 11.30pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Tickets prices at £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s or a family ticket (two adults and two under 16s) for £20

Vicar Lane

10am to 2pm

Enjoy performances by a singing duo.

Play vntage playground games.

Learn what life was like without digital communication by writing a postcard to a friend or family member.

Guide Prices

Free entry



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for groups


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Target Markets

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

Opening Times

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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 (Matalan) 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 Matalan 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

Nearest train Station Chesterfield, 10 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre.

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