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Explore the wonders of Chesterfield



We've made it even easier to visit the Peak district, with a regular bus services to destinations such as Bakewell, Baslow and the gateway to historic Chatsworth House estate. Our designated page has all information needed to plan the perfect day out. 

Woolly wonders: knitting in Cambridge

Ever wondered how tricky it is to knit? Adam Smith takes a train to Cambridge to find out – and creates something to show for it.

Five day trip ideas for last minute getaways

Horse racing in Devon, brewing in the Midlands and a pilgrimage for cinema fans in Sheffield. Just some of the offbeat places you can visit on CrossCountry trains – just climb aboard and open the doors onto a new experience, a new destination, and exciting new days of adventure.

Join Gyles Brandreth on his adventure to Theatre Royal Nottingham

Gyles Brandreth enjoys taking trains, especially when indulging in his hobby of visiting theatres. He recounts his latest expedition to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham

Five must-visit romantic destinations

Take a CrossCountry train to travel in the footsteps of Jane Austen or visit the top honeymoon destination in Britain – all you need to do is climb aboard and open the doors to a new experience, a new destination, and exciting new days of adventure.

Nine day trip destinations with historical importance

The heart of golfing country, the burial site of Richard III and a museum dedicated to the world’s most famous football club are all easily accessible by CrossCountry trains. Just climb aboard and open the doors to a new experience, a new destination, and an exciting new day of adventure.

Adventures in time and space at the Doctor Who Experience

The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff proves an ideal day out for Mary Trussler and her son Matthew, with the added novelty of multidimensional journeys by train.

Learn ballroom dancing with one of Yorkshire's best

Why not try something new and learn ballroom dancing? Unlock the secrets of the foxtrot, tango and the American Smooth. Dancing is a great reason to explore the country too, with so many dance shows and workshops to attend.

Eight cathedrals in Britain you may not know about

Some of Great Britain’s lesser known cathedrals are just as interesting. From Winchester, Europe’s longest Gothic cathedral, to the vast Ely Cathedral near Cambridge, the history of England in stone is just a train ride away. Why not visit a different Cathedral and explore somewhere new.

Get on board for five of the best British food experiences

Whether it’s a proper pork pie or a Balti curry, the CrossCountry network serves Britain’s best and most innovative food destinations.

Embrace yoga and find yourself in a new position

Trying something new makes you feel good. And that’s doubly true of yoga, which is enjoying a nationwide boom.

Pottery in Chesterfield: it’s the wheel deal

Ever been tempted to craft your own pot? The JMJ Pottery in Chesterfield offers anybody who is interested the chance to become a potter.

A sausage roll masterclass in the heart of Yorkshire

How many adults leave school in their teens or early twenties with a promise to never return to any kind of classroom?

Seven offbeat days out around Britain

Some destinations traditionally attract plenty of visitors, especially by train, but there are also many under-appreciated towns in Britain which provide a splendid day out.

Whale-watching on the Cornish coast

 Paddy Magrane took a CrossCountry train and joined a whale-watching trip from Penzance. His day out was a revelation.

Bird in the hand: a day of falconry in Cheltenham

Experience something new on a day out. Try walking with a hawk on your arm through Cheltenham Spa.

From a train ride to a hot-air balloon all in one day

Paddy Magrane takes a CrossCountry train before fulfilling a lifelong ambition and taking to the sky in a hot-air balloon.

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