Could you provide refreshments at countryside sites?

14 December 2017

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2018? Or perhaps a new business venture?


We are looking for caterers to serve refreshments at several of our country sites and parks from April.

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 to provide refreshments at:

  • Black Rocks, near Wirksworth
  • Cromford Wharf
  • Elvaston Country Park
  • Grassmoor Country Park, near Chesterfield
  • Great Northern Greenway, Mickleover
  • Grin Low, near Buxton
  • Hayfield Countryside Centre
  • Mill Green in Staveley
  • Peter Fidler Reserve, Bolsover
  • Poulter Country Park, near Langwith
  • Renishaw
  • Rowthorne Trail, near Glapwell
  • Shipley Country Park, between Heanor and Ilkeston

Two of the leases are to provide refreshments from kiosks at Grin Low Country Park and Black Rocks. The rest are leases for plots for mobile vendors such as ice-cream vans and coffee wagons.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said:

"Our countryside sites are becoming more and 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."

The application process has been streamlined to make it easier to apply. Find out more information and request an application pack.

A Bidders' Day will be held on 11 January 2018 so anyone interested can take a look around the sites and find out more.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the sites and how businesses could benefit. Visit are by appointment only.

Closing date for applications 22 January 2018.