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Within a short walk of Chesterfield town centre, The Portlands is only around
seven miles from the M1 and ten from central Sheffield. There are direct train
services from Chesterfield to Liverpool Lime Street, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Norwich and Plymouth, with the journey to London St Pancras taking less than two hours.
Leisure & Recreation
The Queen's Park Sports Centre in the town centre includes a technogym, sports halls, squash courts and swimming and learning pools, and the Healthy Living Centre in Staveley, three and a half miles from The Portlands, has a health spa, a climbing wall and swimming facilities. Nearby Tapton Park offers excellent woodland walks and ponds as well as a fine Golf Club, and the Peak District is also within easy reach.
There is a local shopping area nearby on Sheffield Road with a newsagent and post office, a sandwich shop and a hairdresser, and a Londis convenience store a little further away. The choice of supermarkets includes Asda and Tesco stores around a mile to the north. The town centre, in addition to high street chains and department stores, also has one of the largest open air markets in Britain.
Arts & Entertainment
Chesterfield has a lively assortment of theatres, cinemas and clubs. The Winding Wheel presents live entertainment ranging from international touring rock music to comedy and amateur drama, while the Pomegranate Theatre hosts a mixture of film, plays and talks in a delightful Victorian auditorium. The Arts Centre at Chesterfield College is only around half a mile from The Portlands, and the choice of restaurants, clubs and bars includes the Crown and Anchor and Chesters Steak and Fish Restaurant, both less than a quarter of a mile away.
Education & Health
The Portlands is virtually adjacent to Christ Church C of E primary, a small, welcoming school that shares its site with the privately-run Lamb Setts Nursery School. Other primary schools within a short walk include Highfield Hall, Abercrombie and St Mary’s RC Primary. Local secondary schools include Parkside Community School and St Mary’s RC High, and Chesterfield College provides a wide range of FE courses. Of the many GP Practices within a mile of The Portlands, the largest is Holywell House Medical Centre, and a choice of dental surgeries can be found in the town centre.