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Rail Ale Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Tickets available NOW...

Thursday 17th May - Advance £5, on the gate £5
Friday and Saturday - Advance £7, on the gate £9

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Jools Holland at barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield

Tickets available NOW...

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Sound and Vision

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 10am-4pm

Explore the sights and sounds of the railways on this special weekend that’s a real treat for the senses. Make and play instruments made from recycled materials in a ‘Junk Funk’ workshop led by the One Day Creatives. Watch special short films made for the roundhouse by students of local school Springwell College and listen to some of their students giving live musical performances. Join Artists in residence Kidology for an exciting art workshop and listen to storyteller Sophie Snell as she takes you on a journey of imagination.

Dad’s Day

Sunday 17th June 10am-4pm

Celebrate your Dads and Grandads by bringing them to the Roundhouse for a day full of Father’s Day Fun. Explore our exciting range of engines and exhibitions. Listen to live music from popular 80s tribute band Atomic 80s and let the children make a special Father’s day gift for Dad with Chesterfield craft specialists Straight Curves.

Archaeology Week

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 10am-4pm
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 10am-4pm
Weekday dates and times to be confirmed.

Give archaeology a go and join a team of professional archaeologists as they carry out a dig to try and uncover the remains of former workers houses right next to the roundhouse itself known as the ‘Long Row’.
Participation in the dig outside the Roundhouse is FREE. Normal admission applies should you wish to explore the Roundhouse as well.

Science Day

Sunday 12th August 10am-4pm

On the 170th anniversary of George Stephenson’s death join us in a celebration of his life and all things science. Venture into the pop-up Explorer Dome to watch interactive science shows, join the Science Boffins and volunteers from the British Science Association as they undertake some fun-filled and fascinating science experiments. Learn how a steam locomotive works and watch a miniature steam railway in action.

Garden and Wildlife Friendly Day

Saturday 25th August 10am-4pm

Learn about the wildlife around us and what we can do to protect it through displays and a range activities from local wildlife charities suitable for all the family. Go on a local wildlife walk led by Chesterfield Canal Trust, listen to an exciting talk on the secrets of wildlife filming from wildlife photographer Michael Leach and take part in one of his fun and fascinating family friendly workshops about living and communicating with gorillas.

World War One Weekends

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 10am-4pm
Saturday 27th October 10am-4pm
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 10am-4pm

Join us to mark the centenary of the end of World War One by exploring a special pop-up exhibition in the Roundhouse on how the conflict affected people locally in Derbyshire. Listen to speakers give special talks on the subject and take part in creating a symbolic piece of community artwork to mark the occasion that will be displayed on Remembrance Weekend.
Details of speakers and talk timings will be published soon.

Halloween Fun

Sunday 28th October 10am-4pm

Things are getting a bit spooky at the Roundhouse. Don your Halloween costumes and join us for a family fun day filled with tricks and treats. Have a go at monster mask making in our learning room, listen to some chilling tales told by professional storyteller Sophie Snell and join us for a screening of a special spooky film made by students at Springwell Community College.

Christmas Family Fun

Saturday 8th December 10am-4pm

Join us for a day of Christmas crafting and festive musical accompaniments that will get you feeling all jolly. More details to be announced nearer the time.

Entry by donation.
Charges apply on special event days.
Cafe available for food and refreshments.
Please visit our shop selling railway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Our opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays.

There is a diversion in place due to a road closure at Junction 29a of the M1; this will add approximately 10 minutes to your journey time if you use this route to reach the Roundhouse. This diversion will be in place until 31st March 2015.