Outdoor recreation

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Shopping and markets 1

  • Markets Open or Close

    There are several markets within or near Bolsover District ranging from traditional town centre ones which sell a wide range of goods and produce to car boot sales.

    Markets in Bolsover District

    Day Venue Time Type of Market Contact Details
    Tuesday Shirebrook Market Square 8.30 am - 1.00 pm Car boot and general market 07423 458872
      South Normanton Market Place morning only General market 01246 242223
      Bolsover, Cotton Street   8.30 am - 1.00 pm General market 01246 823809
    Wednesday Shirebrook Market Square  8.30 am - 1.00 pm General market 07423 458872
    Friday Shirebrook Market Square 8.30 am - 2.00 pm General market 07423 458872
      Bolsover Market - Cotton Street morning only General market 01246 823809
    Saturday Shirebrook - Market Square 8.30 am - 1.00 pm Car boot and general market 07423 458872

    Other markets in the area are held at ChesterfieldMansfield and Worksop.

  • Shopping Open or Close

    Our towns and villages have a wide range of shopping experiences for all to enjoy.

    We have a mix of major high street names and small independent retailers which provide something a little bit different. You’ll find the finest produce from the village grocers or you can shop in style at fashionable antiques, art and craft galleries. 

    We also have an abundance of good places to eat and drink whatever your taste: from village tea rooms to award winning restaurants, and local pubs to international cuisine. Eat by a reservoir, in the countryside, outside a village pub, or in a busy high street - the choice is yours. As well as eating out, we have many farm shops and outlets from where you can get local produce for your stay or to take home.

    You can get more information on eating out through the Visit Peak District website.

Tourism 1

  • Accommodation Open or Close

    We have a wide variety of places to stay; including holiday homes, camping and caravan sites, bed and breakfasts and top quality hotels.

    The range of accommodation is avaialble to view and book via the Visit Chesterfield and Peak District and Derbyshire websites.

  • Attractions Open or Close

    Bolsover District is one of the country's best kept secrets. Ideally situated at the heart of the country, nestling between Sherwood Forest and the Peak District it offers a superb blend of spectacular scenery, historical features and quaint market towns.

    We have a wide range of attractions, leisure activities, trails and days out for you to explore:

    For more information on attractions in and around Derbyshire and the Peak District, please visit the Peak District and Derbyshire or Visit Chesterfield website. 

  • Days Out - Itinerary Open or Close

     Ideally situated in the heart of the country and nestling between the Peak District and Sherwood Forest, Bolsover District offers a superb blend of spectacular scenery, historical features and quaint market towns. Below we have given you three 'Days Out' suggestions to make the most of your visit.  

    Day Out 1 - Itinerary

    Day Out 2 - Itinerary

    Day Out 3 - Itinerary

    Discover Bolsover Tourism Past To Present Tourism Travel Back In Time Tourism

    Start your morning with a visit to Bolsover Castle. Set high on a hilltop with breath-taking views over the Scarsdale valley. Built as a fashionable retreat for the Cavendish family, you can wander around the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, delight in the views from the wall walk, visit the exhibition in the Riding House or explore the extensive grounds as you are transported back to the 17th century.

    For lunch you can either visit the large café at the Castle or visit one of the many tea rooms or hostelries in Bolsover itself.

    Once you have had your fill, why not wander into the town and browse around the many independent shops before heading down the hill to the Peter Filder Reserve. Here you can take a gentle stroll around the trails and walkways and see species of dragon and damselflies found here in the summer months.

    The nearby Carr Vale Nature Reserve is a mixture of open water, marsh, grassland and scrub that provides habitat for wintering wildfowl and raptors, migrating waders, breeding ducks and passerines such as reed bunting

    Described as ‘more glass than wall’ Hardwick Hall is a mansion created by Bess of Hardwick is one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country. Large glazed windows adorn the hall and inside, the three floors take you on something of a magical mystery tour with elaborate rooms designed to wow.

    Outside you can explore the park, discovering breath-taking views from the historic ponds, the wine glass, or the footpaths beyond the motorway. Or take a gentle stroll around the perfectly manicured and magnificent gardens.

    At the bottom of the hill is the 15th century Hardwick Inn where you can stop off for a spot of lunch and a refreshing drink.

    In the afternoon, take a short drive to the East Midlands Designer Outlet at Jct 28, M1. Shopper-holics will be in for a treat as there are over 65 stores offering designer brands all with up to at least 60% off and numerous restaurants and café’s to rest those weary legs.

    Home of the Ice Age Hunter, Creswell Crags is a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Marvel at the stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists in the visitor centre exhibition. Then walk through the meadow and see the limestone gorge, honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures, all set around a central lake.

    Stop off for a late lunch in the Visitor Centre café or take a picnic to have in the meadow.

    Then head off to Whitwell Wood to walk off your lunch. Set in 420 acres, this lovely wood with plenty of wide trails is suitable for walking or cycling.

    With loads of wildlife and walks ranging from 7.5 to 2 miles with flat paths, you can meander around the network of trails looking at the wildlife, the 20+ species of tree and the many fauna and forna that adorn the woodland floor.


  • Guides & Information Open or Close

    Tourist Information is provided in our Council offices and local libraries throughout the District. The nearest Visitor Information Centre is located in Chesterfield which gives you a whole host of information about the area. You can also visit the Peak District and Derbyshire website.

    We have produced four town centres guides that highlight what is available for:

    Bolsover Civic Society's have also produced a documentary 'Building a Legacy' that highlights aspects of their work to help improve the town and its environment.

  • Walks and Trails Open or Close

    Please visit our main walks and trails page on the Outdoor Recreation section.

  • Well Dressings Open or Close

    Well Dressing is the traditional art of decorating springs and wells with pictures using only what nature can provide. Its origins are a mystery and are thought to date back to the time of the Celts or even earlier.

    With dedication and skill in its execution, this ancient custom offers a fascinating insight into traditional Derbyshire heritage. To set the foundation for the pictures, a wooden board is soaked for a few days before it is filled with soft, wet clay. Every village then has its own way of transferring the outline of the picture to the clay. Some use wool, others use bark or alder cones, known locally as ‘blacks’.

    The picture is then ‘coloured in’. Some villages call this ‘petalling’, but some villages have different methods. In Barlow, for example, this process is known as ‘flowering’ because, instead of petals, they use whole flower heads to decorate the picture.

    These intricate and detailed pictures can take a team of people up to seven days to complete and the dressing will only last about a week before the clay dries and cracks and the flowers fade. Details of these events are provided in our yearly events brochure, but more infromation can be found about Well Dressings in the area on the Visit Chesterfield website.


  • Parking Open or Close

    Please use the Find My.. tool at the top of this page to view car parks in our area, or visit our main Parking page for more information.

  • Public Transport Open or Close


    Bolsover District has a number of operators running bus services within its boundaries. For more detailed information and timetables please use the Public Transport in Derbyshire website where you can search by bus number or location.


    You can get information on train timetables, fares and disruption through the National Rail website. We also have four stations (Whitwell, Creswell, Whaley Thorns and Shirebrook) within the District which serve the Robin Hood Line. You can also download the free Derbyshire Train Times booklet which contains the timetables of all the train services in Derbyshire, both local services and long-distance trains.

    Gold Card

    Gold Cards allow people to travel free on local buses throughout England (off peak). It gives them discounts at more than 1,300 shops and allows them to borrow at all Derbyshire and Derby city libraries in Derbyshire. To use it as a library card, cardholders will need to activate their membership. They can do this by handing their card to library staff who will register it as a library card. 

    Anyone born on or after 6 April 1955 will get their Gold Card on their 65th birthday. Check theonline calculator to find out when you become eligible for a Gold Card.

    Bus travel
    Free bus travel applies to trips on local buses anywhere in England at off-peak times. Off-peak is after 9.30am and up to 11.00pm weekdays and at anytime weekends and bank holidays. However, free bus travel does not apply to long-distance express services (such as National Express services), special tours and excursions, nor does it apply in Wales and Scotland.

    Before 9.30am weekdays all Gold cardholders will have to pay full fare on the bus. Free bus travel also applies to community transport dial-a-bus services within Derbyshire and Derby City, but this is only available to Derbyshire Residents (Gold Cardholders).

    Further information on how to apply is available on the Derbyshire County Council website.

  • Taxi’s Open or Close

    We have a number of taxi (private hire and Hackney Carriage) companies operating from within our District, which we are responsible for ensuring that drivers, proprietors and operators meet the relevant conditions to hold taxi related licences.

    If you would like to book a taxi, please use one of the free search engines on the Internet.  


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