Chesterfield has been acknowledged for their appreciation of the role of coaches in the local economy and the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has recognised this and have awarded their prestigious ‘Coach Friendly Town’ status to the picturesque Derbyshire town. The award identifies the commitment the town has made in order to understand the requirements of coaches, welcoming their drivers and passengers.
The award was recommended by CPT’s coach operator members in the East Midlands. CPT East Midlands Regional Manager Keith McNally says “Our coach friendly award, launched in 2003, has been designed to acknowledge and reward the efforts of UK towns and cities, along with tourist attractions and local authorities, who go that extra mile to encourage and accommodate coach tourism. Chesterfield clearly appreciates the vital role that coaches and their passengers play in helping to boost the local economy. We look forward to working closely with Chesterfield as they reap the benefits that this prestigious award will bring to them and the local economy.”
Chesterfield Borough Council’s Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Amanda Serjeant states “Chesterfield with its crooked spire, markets, theatres and tourist attractions has always attracted visitors and I am delighted that CPT has recognised the work that has gone into making the town centre a popular tourist attraction. We have introduced measures including reserved parking for coaches, town centre guides and tours for passengers as well as proper rest facilities for drivers. We received more that 500 coach parties to the town in 2012 and we look forward to receiving many more this year.”
The award will be officially presented to Chesterfield Borough Council at the Best of Britain and Ireland event at the NEC Birmingham on the 14th March.
Top 10 things to do in Chesterfield:
Chesterfield Crooked Spire Church – The church dates back to the 13th Century. The spire stands 228 feet from the ground, leans 9 feet 5 inches from its centre and the spire became twisted during its construction by 32 tons of lead tiles placed on top of unseasoned wood, meaning the weight twisted the spire when drying. The church is free to enter and look around and has a gift shop and refreshments inside for that special souvenir or tea break!
Hardwick Hall and Gardens – Hardwick Hall was completed in 1597 and is one of Britain’s greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses. It was created for Bess of Hardwick, Elizabethan England’s second most powerful and wealthy woman and it is well-known for its outstanding 16th and 17th Century tapestries and embroideries and is now a National Trust Property. The Hall also has a vast range of beautiful gardens that have developed over the centuries with the house, creating fine views over the surrounding countryside.
Bolsover Castle – The castle has a dominating position high on a hill overlooking a valley. It is the site of a medieval castle built shortly after the Norman Conquest by the Peverel family, and in 1612, Sir Charles Cavendish bought the old castle and began to work on his ‘Little Castle’ project, although the castle was built for comfort purposes rather than defence reasons.
Chesterfield Canal – This waterway, built more than 200 years ago creates a great atmosphere of calmness, with beautiful surroundings and within minutes of the busy town of Chesterfield. At certain points throughout the year you can enjoy boat trips, fishing and you can even buy a license allowing you to launch your own boat on the canal.
Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre – This is Britain’s last surviving working Roundhouse Engine Shed and was built in 1870 as a maintenance centre where engines were repaired, watered, coaled and turned around.
Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery – The museum tells the story of Chesterfield right from the start when it was a Roman Fort, through to present day.
Sutton Scarsdale Hall – This 18th Century mansion was built with an extravagant columned exterior and has been roofless since 1919 when its interiors were dismantled. Besides this, there is still many things to discover inside.
Stainsby Mill – The Mill is in full working order built in the 19th Century in an idyllic setting on the Hardwick estate. Its waterwheel reaches a magnificent 17 feet where you can watch the millstones grind and then buy the freshly produced flour.
Linacre Reservoirs – There are 3 reservoirs here, built between 1855 and 1904 which hold more than 240 million gallons of water altogether. You can take a walk around the reservoirs and admire the view of surrounding fields, bluebell woods and a range of trees.
Creswell Crags – This is one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites. The caves tell an amazing story of life during the last Ice Age and was one of the most northerly places on earth to have been visited by our ancient ancestors. All of the caves are protected to preserve the rare objects that remain inside and there is a museum and education centre at the east end of the gorge. The museum holds a collection of over 50,000 objects, most of which are the bones of small mammals.