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 . . .


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 10th July and details of prices and how to book tickets will be available here on the Barrow Hill website.

Down the Line leaflet


Family Events at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Derbyshire