Mansfield is a traditional 700-year-old market town with heritage and culture in abundance. It’s home to Mansfield Town Football Club who are known locally as the Stags; their traditional rival is the nearby town of Chesterfield Football club and their rivalry is famed with their derby considered among the fiercest in the entire lower leagues of the UK.
Every year Mansfield District Council hosts an event called Summer in the Streets, a music festival in the summer months consisting of children's entertainment, fairground rides in the market square, hands on workshops for things like crafts & circus skills.
D. H. Lawrence, in Lady Chatterley's Lover, described Mansfield as "that once romantic now utterly disheartening colliery town" and in truth the area has been heavily influenced by its industrial past with coal mining and textiles thriving until their nationwide decline in the 1990s, but much has since been done to diversify the economic base and revive the town to its former industrious glory. Mansfield is the only local authority area in the county to have a directly elected Mayor and in October 2008 Mansfield elected its first Youth Mayor.