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Year of Outdoors - Events

Year of Outdoors - Events

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Year of Outdoors Events 

Please find below a selection of events taking place this month as part of our Year of Outdoors.

Some events require booking to attend. To book or to ask for further information, use the contact details at the bottom of this page.



TagTap augmented reality Halloween game

Throughout October

TagTap is back with a spooky edition for this October. 

Search and download 'TagTap AR' from your app store, and explore a wide variety of our parks with their Halloween edition.

Find out more about the app on the TagTap website.


'River Revival' litter picks with Don Catchment Rivers Trust

7, 14, 21 and 28 October

The DCRT carry out important work in looking after our local rivers and streams. If volunteering for the organisation might interest you, it is the perfect way to discover your local area.

Volunteers meet to clean up local rivers in Chesterfield every Thursday, from 10am to 1pm, at a different location each week. This month, they will be visiting:

  • Blue Bank Pool - 7 October
  • Barlow Brook - 14 October
  • Holbeck Close - 21 October
  • Tapton Lock - 28 October

To find out more about volunteering, visit the DCRT website.



Saturday 23 October - registration between 1pm and 3pm

Come along to Holmebrook Valley Country Park to get stuck into an exciting sport for all age groups! Find your way around a series of checkpoints, using a special map provided by Derwent Valley Orienteers.

There are three courses of varying length and difficulty available, all within the park. You can race and make it into a family challenge, or take it as a walk with a purpose! Little ones might enjoy the challenge of the maze.

Participants will need to register at the pavilion between 1pm and 3pm. Volunteers will be on hand to help you get started with the map, and you need to have finished your course by 4pm.

Please be advised that no dogs are allowed on the orienteering courses, and you should come prepared for all potential weather.

Book your place using the contact details below.


Giant Land Art

Monday 25 October - 10am to 2pm

Together create a giant piece of art made from natural materials found within Badger Recreation Ground!

There's no need to book - just turn up to the park (at Newbold Back Lane) and enjoy!

Please note: this event also coincides with the Xplorer challenge event at Badger Recreation Ground.


Halloween Xplorer

25, 27, 29 October (various locations)

Xplorer is a fun, family-friendly navigation game - and it's back for three editions during October half-term! 

On top of the Xplorer challenge, each day will also feature bird feeder and bee bomb-making, scavenger hunts and a pumpkin competition. Bring along your carved pumpkin for the chance to win a prize!

Xplorer will be taking place at:

  • Badger Recreation Ground - Monday 25 October, 10am to 2pm
  • Brushfield Recreation Ground - Wednesday 27 October, 10am to 1pm
  • Eastwood Park - Friday 29 October, 10am to 12pm

No booking is required for this event.


Let's go fly a kite!

Tuesday 26 October - 1pm to 3pm

Come along to the Sarah Freckingham Memorial Playground (Langer Field Avenue) to build your own kite and test it against the wind!

No booking required - just turn up.


Bushcraft / Navigation Skills

Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 October

Learn some great survival skills and put your new-found knowledge to the test! Sessions take place on:

  • Tuesday 26 October - Poolsbrook Country Park
  • Wednesday 27 October - Moston Walk, Grangewood

Both days offer two available sessions: 10am to 12pm, or 1pm to 3pm.

Places are limited and therefore require booking using the contact details below.


Advance bookings and information

You can find out more informartion and book places on many of our events by contacting Wendy Blunt on 01246 959657 or email  

Last updated on 15 October 2021