Festival brings music and colour to town streets

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Music beneath the world famous Crooked Spire church, an encounter with the Nearly Naked Chef, and a spellbinding lantern parade to a magical Garden of Light offer a colourful end to October in Chesterfield.

The town is gearing up for its eighth annual Arts and Market Festival, being held between October 27 and 29.

There will be live entertainment, a Battle of the Beers real ale competition and the garden of light will be in Queen’s Park.

There will be a chance to vote for the best new Chesterfield sausage on Saturday, October 29, in Chesterfield Market Place.

Other highlights include a concert from folk singer Cara Dillon plus cooking and comedy from Hardeep Singh Kohli, the Nearly Naked Chef.

Also lined up is an antiques valuation by Cash in the Attic regular Jonty Hearnden, as well as a performance from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra.

There will also be tours up the crooked tower of St Mary and All Saints.

For youngsters, there’s a chance to discover ‘How the Koala Learned to Hug’, Electric Tales storytelling for Halloween plus ghost walks and a living history event at the town’s museum.

Visitors can explore the town’s main market, flea markets and a CAMRA real ale festival.

The finale will involve a lantern parade.

For information, call into the town Tourist Information Centre, at Rykneld Square.