Jools Holland live in concert at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield plus Mel C and Ruby Turner and other guestsSteam gala including Tornado and Bittern at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse, chesterfield, Derbyshire Rail Ale Festival, live music, train rides and more in Derbyshire

It's Intermission Time at Barrow Hill as our exciting building and renovation project funded by the Heritage Lottery fund takes place The Roundhouse is currently closed to the general public as our exciting building and renovation project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, takes place.

We will be posting lots of updates here and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Please click here to view our latest updates.

There are some VERY exciting plans to celebrate our reopening in Autumn 2017. Plus there will be an opportunity for a sneak preview in May when the site reopens temporarily for Rail Ale 2017.

Thank you and see you soon....

What's happening at Barrow Hill . . .

Our events are very popular and advance booking, when available, is recommended.

For further information on forthcoming events please click on the links below. Advance online booking is available for most events often at cheaper rates. Please check the specific event link for details. Tickets are available to buy on the day for all events unless otherwise stated.

The Roundhouse holds social evenings for members on the third Thursday of every month. Please click here for upcoming talks and presentations. Non members are also welcome.

Our next events are . . .


Cathedrals Express Logo

Steam Dreams, Steam Tour, Wednesday 5 April 2017

Railway fans can step aboard The Cathedrals Express at London Kings Cross, Hertford North, Hitchin, Huntingdon, Peterborough or Stamford for a visit to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, where they will have over 3 hours to see how the new building & restoration work is progressing and the steam locos and diesels that are all based and on display there. The return journey to London will be steam hauled by 46233 Duchess of Sutherland.

Click here for further details.


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Rail Ale 2017

Rail Ale Festical at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield

This year’s Festival is certainly going to put the ‘Rail’ into ‘Ale’!  First of all for those Rail Ale fans coming from further afield, we are delighted that UK Railtours will be running a repeat of their sell out 2015 tour, bringing visitors from London and the South East by high speed train into the Festival on Thursday 18th May. Starting at London St Pancras the tour will pick up passengers at Luton Airport Parkway and Bedford before heading north to the delights of Rail Ale. For more information on this fantastic day out and to buy your tickets, please click here.

But that is not all as we’ve lined up another treat for those Rail Ale fans a little closer to Barrow Hill…in a first ever link up with Rail Operations Group and Vintage Trains we are pleased to announce a very special train service into the Festival on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th May.  A top and tailed Class 37 and Class 47 will pick up passengers from Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield before heading into the Festival for a few hours of beer tasting, live music and cider drinking.  For more information on this unique way of travelling to Rail Ale and to buy tickets please click here.


Archaeological dig event at Barrow Hill, Chesterfield

September Relaunch

Thursday 21st September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017

Barrow Hill Roundhouse is delighted to confirm the initial details of its grand re-opening which will celebrate the completion of the £1.2 million Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded restoration project that is currently taking place at the Grade II listed Roundhouse complex.

The highlight of a four day celebration will be the visit of three icons of steam – A3 60103 Flying Scotsman, A1 60163 Tornado and Rocket.

This will be the first visit to the Roundhouse by Flying Scotsman since a BR Open Day in 1974 and we also welcome back Rocket 12 years after it took part in the celebration of George Stephenson’s connections with Chesterfield in 2005.   Although Flying Scotsman has been seen in Derbyshire since the completion of its overhaul in 2016, this will be the first opportunity for many in the region to get up close to the locomotive alongside her sister East Coast racehorse Tornado, seen against the unique and authentic backdrop of the Roundhouse. 

The four day celebration is taking place from Thursday 21st September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017.

Thursday 21st September will see the premiere of a specially commissioned community play “Down the Line” celebrating the incredible survival story of the Roundhouse with live steam adding an exciting backdrop, a community choir and the Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band. The play will continue on the evenings of Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September.

Then during the day on Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September the Roundhouse will open its doors to the general public for a truly special steam gala with visitors able to see for the first time the comprehensive but sympathetic HLF-funded restoration.

Tickets for the Celebration Steam Gala and “Down the Line” will go on sale at the end of May and details of prices and how to book tickets will be available here on the Barrow Hill website.

Down the Line leaflet