With two atmospheric theatres staging everything from stand-up comedy to West End shows, some lively music venues and a football club with a history dating back to the 1860s, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Chesterfield.
Entertainment in Chesterfield
Chesterfield is lucky enough to have not one but two historic theatres both located in the town centre, the quaintly-named Pomegranate Theatre and The Winding Wheel.
The stunning Victorian Pomegranate Theatre on Corporation Street is a Grade II listed building which stages a varied programme of professional touring drama music and dance productions as well as amateur shows and an ever-popular pantomime. A proscenium arch theatre with a seating capacity of 546, it is also the venue for Pomegranate Screenings, a programme of films and broadcasts using latest cinema equipment.
Another town centre Grade II listed theatre, The Winding Wheel on Holywell Street was first built as a cinema in the 1920s. It features three different performance spaces - the Auditorium, Ballroom and Function Room - which host a wide range of events from West End shows and comedy to concerts and community events.
Live music in Chestefield
Nicknamed The Spireites after the famous crooked tower of the local parish church, Chesterfield F.C.’s historic ground was Saltergate, which saw a record crowd of 30,561 for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup in February 1938. In 2010 the club moved to their new £13 million all-seater ground currently named the Proact Stadium. Built on the site of the former Dema Glassworks, it's only 10 minutes' walk from our Chesterfield North hotel.
Chesterfield's main rivals are Mansfield Town while games against nearby South Yorkshire clubs Rotherham United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday are also considered derbies.
Fans of Chesterfield haven’t had too much to cheer in the club’s long history. However, there have been some highlights - they've been champions five times, winning the Third Division North once and the Fourth Division/League Two four times, most recently in 2010–11 and again in 2013–14.
They've also been to Wembley twice in recent years, lifting the Football League Trophy by beating Swindon in the final in 2012 but then losing in the final to Peterborough two years later.
Chesterfield can also proudly boast that they were the last winners of the now defunct Anglo-Scottish Cup in 1981.
But their most famous exploits were perhaps in 1996-97 when they knocked out Premier League side Nottingham Forest on their way to the last four of the FA Cup. Their historic semi-final against Middlesbrough saw the two clubs fight out an epic 3-3 draw at Old Trafford, with Boro winning the replay 3-0.
For top quality live music look no further than The Avenue, reputedly the largest independent music venue in the UK. With a capacity of 1,800, The Avenue has street-themed decor to reflect its name - including brick-style walls and a telephone box.
Easy to access by road, The Avenue aims to attract gig-goers from far and wide, with retro sounds from the likes of Secret Affair and Neville Staple proving popular. The Avenue also hosts regular Northern Soul nights.
Real Time Live puts on regular tribute acts, bringing the sounds of everyone from The Beautiful South and Kings of Leon to Def Leppard and Foo Fighters to Chesterfield. Located above the Real Time Music store and with a capacity of 250, the venue has also played host to the Derbyshire Times Band of the Year competition.
Rounding off our selection of music venues in Chesterfield is the County Music Bar, which also hosts plenty of tributes acts playing music by bands such as AC/DC and Iron maiden.