Chesterfield revealed as holiday destination on the rise
A recent study has seen Derbyshire’s famous market town, Chesterfield, announced as one of the top ten holiday destinations ‘on the rise’ in England.
The study monitored progress from other destinations - all the way from Broadway in the Cotswolds to Pickering in North Yorkshire - with Cowal Peninsula, Argyll and Bute being awarded first place.
The report, which was collated by Holidaylettings.co.uk, the UK’s leading holiday home booking site, revealed that holiday bookings have risen an incredible 105% in the town. The report attributed the town’s increase in bookings to Chesterfield's close proximity to the Peak District - the UK’s first national park, also home to the world-famous Chatsworth House. The town centre itself is known for its 800-year-old, open-air market and Crooked Spire church which attracts people from all over the UK and the rest of the world.
Chesterfield’s central location, close connection to the M1 and a major railway station means it hosts a number of major sporting events, including the OVO Women’s Bike Tour, the Redbrik Half Marathon and the annual Festival of Cricket at Queen’s Park.
Saskia Welman, spokesperson for HolidayLettings.co.uk, commented on the town’s success: “From our latest statistics, we can see that Chesterfield is a holiday destination increasingly in demand. With its historic character and proximity to glorious attractions like Chatsworth in the Peak District, its growing in popularity as an ideal base for an escape to rural England.”
Chesterfield has long been recognised as a tourist-friendly town. In 2013 it was voted the ‘Coach Friendly Town or City of the Year’ at the annual Coach Tourism Awards. At the time Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism commented on the award saying: “This award, and the recent coach friendly status from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, consolidates the tremendous work carried out by our staff to provide good facilities for coach parties and make the town clean and attractive for both residents and visitors.”
Stuart Render, editor of Coach Monthly, added: “Chesterfield was up against many of the UK’s leading destinations and visitor attractions so this is, therefore, a well-deserved and a significant achievement.”
Chesterfield’s popularity as a holiday destination is set to increase with the development of Chesterfield Waterside. The first phase of the £340 million development, Basin Square, features a newly constructed canal basin which will link to the regenerated Chesterfield Canal. Shops, cafes and bars will be constructed around the new canal basin and public square and the area will play host to canal festivals and events.
Within the exciting 58,800sqm Basin Square neighbourhood there will also be luxury apartments, offices, a multi-storey car park and an 86-bed hotel. Basin Square is also within walking distance of Chesterfield’s train station which, in 2033, will be part of the HS2 high-speed rail network, putting Chesterfield in easy reach of even more people.
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