Heritage Open Days


On this page there’s information about Heritage Open Days 2022 on 9-18 September 2022, which the Civic Society are supporting.

Heritage Open Days (HODS) is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September, thousands of people come together across England to celebrate their heritage, community and history. Stories are told, traditions explored, and histories brought to life. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all free.

Chesterfield and District Civic Society have acted as a local coordinator for events in Chesterfield and district and have approached a number of property owners, to see if they might like to be involved.

There is a national searchable list available of properties taking part. You can also search by county, district and town and download your own tailored list.

The following buildings are listed as taking place in HODS (as at 11 August 2022). For further details visit each individual site webpage (follow the ‘opening times and full details’ link at the end of each entry. Note that The Chesterfield Football Club tour and some events at Hardwick Hall require booking.

All these events are free, so please support them.


‘Meet Joseph Paxton’

Revolution House, High Street, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9JZ.

Sunday 18 September: 1100-1600

No booking required.

Come and meet ‘Joseph Paxton’ and discover more about his fascinating life as a gardener, architect and engineer. Discover his connections with Chatsworth and marvel at his amazing, astounding inventions.

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Most HODs events need no pre-booking, but you will need to book for the Chesterfield FC stadium tours on 14 and 15 September (Image: Chesterfield FC).

Chesterfield Football Club Tour

Chesterfield Football Club, 1866 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8NZ. Booking required.

A tour of the Stadium’s changing rooms, tunnel area, trophy cabinet and more, giving you a chance to see the behind the scenes working of a Football Club and meet some of the key people who make the Stadium work seven days a week.

Wednesday 14 September: Tours at 1330 & 1500
Thursday 15 September: Tours at 1700 & 1830

Booking required.

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It looks like a factory – that’s because it once was. You can find out more about the Ragged School’s history by visiting during these HODs. (Image: Ragged School).

Chesterfield Ragged School Chapel

Ragged School Chapel, Markham Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TA

See an old factory from the 1830s which was converted into a Victorian Ragged School in 1878 and has been run since that date to the present day entirely by volunteers for the benefit of the local community.

Saturday 10 September: 1400-1700
Sunday 11 September: 1400-1700 & 1800-2000 inc. evening service
Sunday 18 September: 1800-2000 inc. evening service

No booking required.

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Your chance to find out what’s behind the gates as the historic Elder Unitarian Chapel opens its doors for HODs (Image: Elder Unitarian Chapel)

Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel

Elder Unitarian Chapel, Elder Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1UR

An unspoilt 17th Century Chapel (the oldest in Derbyshire), featuring original pews, altar and organ. Exceptional stained glass windows, a historical collection of Pearsons Pottery and various artefacts not normally available to see.

Friday 9 September: 1000-1600
Saturday 10 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 11 September: Service at 1500 (1 hour)

No booking required

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Explore Chesterfield’s Museum Collection

Unit 1, Calow Brook Drive, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0DR

Explore one of Chesterfield Museum’s off-site stores and hear how the museum looks after the items within its collection and the challenges involved.

Saturday 10 September: 1100-1200

No booking required – just turn up at 1100

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Fame, Fortune & Fashion – Historic Women of Bolsover

St. Mary & St. Laurence Church, Church Street, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6HB

Bolsover Parish Church presents the first of three celebrations of historic women of Bolsover. The first event is dedicated to women from the 12th century to Tudor times.

Friday 9 September: 10 til 4 displays being arranged
Saturday 10 September: 10 – 4 The Grand Opening at 1pm. Crypt open for tours at weekends and by appointment in the week. Medieval camp outside
Sunday 11 September: 10 – 4 Talk about the area in Medieval times
Monday 12 September: 11- 3
Tuesday 13 September: 11 – 3
Wednesday 14 September: 11 – 3 Nature explorers for children who have helped with the displays- flora, fauna and wildlife the churchyard
Thursday 15 September: 11 – 3
Friday 16 September: 11 – 3
Saturday 17 September: 10 – 4 Children’s jousting, soft archery, swordsmanship and puppet theatre outside and inside a talk on the duties of medieval women
Sunday 18 September: 10 – 4 Talk about the findings of nature living in the churchyard

No booking required

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Hardwick Hall & Stainsby Mill

National Trust Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

Explore the magnificent Hardwick Estate, from the Elizabethan mansion set in 2000 acres of parkland to the Victorian water mill at Stainsby. With expert guided talks throughout the day, discover something new about Hardwick.

Saturday 10 September: 0930-1700

On Saturday 10 September, enjoy free entry to Hardwick Hall, gardens, parkland and Stainsby Mill

Pre-booking for talks etc: Book on day
All talks must be pre-booked on arrival
Booking opens: 10 September 2022 09:30
Booking closes: 10 September 2022 15:00

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Newbold Parish Church

St. John the Evangelist Church, St. Johns Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8PE

Newbold Parish Church will be open to visitors between 10am-2pm on Saturday 10th and 17th September, with a guide available, a written tour and an Archive Exhibition. Refreshments will also be served.

Saturday 10 September: 1000-1400
Saturday 17 September: 1000-1400

No booking required

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Rose Hill URC / Conversion and Innovation

Rose Hill United Reformed Church, 22 Soresby Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1JN

Rose Hill URC is a multi purpose site. It can be worship style, café style and is suitable for concerts etc.  The Church was first opened in May 1823.

Saturday 10 September: 1400 – 1700
Sunday 11 September: 1400 – 1700
Thursday 15 September: 1000 – 1300
Sunday 18 September: 1400 – 1700

No booking required

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HODs includes a rare chance to visit Saints Augustine Church, Chesterfield. It was built in 1931 in the Lombard Romanesque style of brick and terracotta. (Image: SS Augustine).

Saints Augustine Church

SS Augustine Church, Derby Rd, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 2EP

The church of Saints Augustine was built in 1931 in the Lombard Romanesque style of brick and terracotta. The dedication is to two Saints Augustine – Augustine of Hippo and Augustine of Canterbury. The church is only usually open when services and activities are taking place, so this is an opportunity to have a look around this iconic Chesterfield building and also see our historical archive

Saturday 10 September: 1100-1500
Saturday 17 September: 1100-1500

No booking required

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Not only can you find out more about Spital Cemetery, but there’s also a well dressing and a day of rolling events at this year’s HODs. (Courtesy Friends of Spital Cemetery).

Spital Cemetery, Chesterfield

Spital Cemetery Lodge, 19 Hady Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0DZ 

Information Boards will be on display throughout the week for visitors to enjoy at leisure. Day of events featuring local celebrity inventions planned for Sunday 18th September.

Sunday 11 September: 1215 Well Dressing – A Wonderful Derbyshire innovation
Sunday 18 September: Rolling programme of talks/events: 1000: Garden Cemeteries – A Victorian Invention. 1100: The Tunnel Borer, the Cork Inserter and the Pill Box Maker (referring to Swanwick, TP Wood and Robinson). 1200: Let them eat cake! – Christmas Confections of Chesterfield. 1400: Garden Cemeteries – A Victorian Invention. 1500: The Tunnel Borer, the Cork Inserter and the Pill Box Maker (referring to Swanwick, TP Wood and Robinson). 1600: Let them eat cake! – Christmas Confections of Chesterfield

No booking required.

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St John the Baptist’s Church, Ault Hucknall

Ault Hucknall Church, , Ault Hucknall Village, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QH

Grade I listed Saxon foundation church in England’s smallest village. Burial place of Thomas Hobbes, Norman carvings, green men, medieval glass, Smythson and Butterfield woodwork.

Saturday 10 September: 1300-1600
Saturday 17 September: 1300-1600

No booking required

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St Leonard’s Parish Church, Scarcliffe

Main Street, Scarcliffe, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6SZ

Medieval church from c.1100. The site of a nationally important monument – a 13th century effigy of Lady Constantia and her child, together with a wonderful legend.

Friday 9 September: 1400-1600
Saturday 10 September: 1400-1600
Sunday 11 September: 1400-1600

No booking required

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Tapton Lock Festival

Tapton Lock Visitors Centre, 59A Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7JB

Junction Arts and Derbyshire Countryside Service invite you to a weekend of arts and well-being activities in a beautiful setting by the historic Chesterfield Canal. Enjoy crafting and performances and take part in one of our workshops.

Saturday 10 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 11 September: 1100-1600

No booking required

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There are other events at Eckington, Killamarsh, Matlock Moor and in Sheffield, as well as across England.

To find out more about HODS visit the national page.

If you are the owner of a building or want to hold an event contact us: Frank Gorman – secretary@chesterfieldcivicsociety.org.uk


If you are thinking of joining in HODS please contact us, but you can download the HODS registration form below as a pdf

Or as a Word file

Page last updated 11 August 2022.