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Opportunities to provide refreshments at countryside sites

Published: 26 April 2024

Are you looking for a business venture? We are looking for caterers to serve refreshments at several of our countryside sites and parks.

So, whether you’re a budding barista with a love of coffee, have ambitions to run your own ice-cream van or serve up scrumptious snacks, then this could be the opportunity for you.

Leases are available for mobile catering at:

  • Grassmoor Country Park, near Chesterfield – three-year licence
  • Clowne Greenway – one-year licence
  • Middleton Top – one-year licence
  • Pleasley Pit – one-year licence
  • Tibshelf Ponds – one-year licence

Café / kiosk at:

  • Black Rocks, near Wirksworth – kiosk in the car park, three-year lease
  • Shipley Country Park, between Heanor and Ilkeston – café in the visitor centre, eight-year lease

Ice-cream van at:

  • Shipley Country Park, between Heanor and Ilkeston – one-year licence


Another opportunity to operate a small café with take-away at Derby Lodge in Shipley Country Park will be advertised in the coming weeks after the current operator gave notice that they wanted to terminate their lease.

Our Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment, Councillor Carolyn Renwick, said:

“Our countryside sites are becoming more popular. They are open 365 days a year, are free to enter and attract thousands of visitors each year.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience for our visitors and this brings some great opportunities for people to run their own business providing drinks and snacks at our sites – as well as an opportunity for us to generate income to help pay for the upkeep of our sites.”

Find out more and request a mobile catering application pack. The closing date for applications is midday 3 May 2024.

Find details about the café lease at Shipley Country Park. The closing date for applications is midday on the 17 May 2024.