Dronfield is a delightful town, situated in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, only three miles from the Peak District National Park and encircled by "Green Belt". Dronfield is located conveniently between the busy commercial City of Sheffield and the Market Town of Chesterfield, famous for its twisted Church spire. The finest beauty spots of Derbyshire are within easy travelling distance.
Dronfield covers an area of 3,457 acres and the population has increased dramatically in post war years from 6,500 in 1945 to almost 23,000 today.
Housing in Dronfield has been well developed, whilst allowing the centre of the town to retain its ancient character. There are a number of fine old buildings of historic interest, and the early Gothic Parish Church has retained its original splendour. At one time Dronfield Woodhouse held the honour of being the largest private housing estate in Europe.
Education in Dronfield is thriving with a large number of highly successful infant and junior schools - Dronfield Infants and Dronfield Junior Schools being the largest. Secondary education is provided locally by the recently rebuilt Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School - Technology College.
Property is highly sought after in Dronfield with a buoyant housing market serviced by a number of highly reputable local estate agents.
A wide range of thriving businesses have based themselves around Dronfield. Small and medium sized businesses have established themselves in the growing town and provided a welcome source of employment for the local population. Financial Services, Telecoms, Removals and Logistics have all found bases in Dronfield.
Industrially, Dronfield has developed alongside the residential growth and hosts a wide variety of businesses ranging from well-established engineering works to modern computer technology.
Dronfield has a number of shopping areas providing locals and visitors alike with products and services to meet their every need. Dronfield Civic Centre hosts the majority of shops including one of the town's two supermarkets - Somerfield's - along with the town's Sports Centre. It also plays host to the Library, Town Hall, Peel Centre and Dronfield Health Centre (currently undergoing re-construction). Market Day is on Thursdays in Dronfield, when numerous stalls take their place in and around the Civic Centre.
The more recently built Forge Shopping Centre has brought with it an array of exciting new shops, bar and delightful coffee atrium - all offering unique and unusual merchandise – a true shopping experience.
An abundance of hairdressers, beauty salons and health therapists around the town ensure that the residents of Dronfield are well cared for physically and spiritually.
The town is well-served by its sports and leisure facilities, which should soon include a major new playing field development on Gosforth Fields and a soon to be refurbished sports centre. Two successful local clubs - Dronfield Town and AFC Dronfield provide general football for both sexes across the age ranges.
For those who want to watch the national game at a higher standard, Dronfield can now make the proud boast of being the first permanent home of the World's First and therefore Oldest Football Club, Sheffield FC. Due to celebrate it's 150th anniversary this year, Sheffield FC now play at The Bright Finance Stadium, next to the Coach and Horses Pub on Chesterfield Road as you enter Dronfield.
Strong Rugby (Dronfield Rugby Club), Swimming (Dronfield Dolphins) and Basketball (Dronfield Arrows) clubs add to the range of sporting opportunities in the town.
An abundance of hobbies and activities are catered for by the many local clubs and societies run by enthusiasts and volunteers.
A strong base of community organisations ensure that the Town is socially well cared for.
Dronfield is a flourishing and caring community where continual improvements to the environment and the social facilities are of prime importance. The Town has much to offer the visitor both in itself and as an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful countryside and attractions of Derbyshire.