We have a great range of venues available for performers and artists to choose from and we've set them out here, along with contact details and other useful information.

Entrants to the Fringe are required to choose and book their own venues paying booking fees direct to the venues. We currently have two managed venues, Underground Venues and The Market Place. Please see their entries below below for further details.

This list has most venues that have been used during the Fringe. It is a work in progress in terms of the detail. The venues map shows where they are. Outdoor and Outreach venues are listed separately at the end. This venue list is not exhaustive and entrants are at liberty to find new venues for themselves, for example private houses have sometimes been used for exhibitions in the past.

For queries from entrants: Send Message to Venues Liaison or telephone Gemma on 01298 78182.

Temporary Event Notice

We have become aware that some venues may not have applied for the event licence that is necessary under the new legislation. If this is the case a Temporary Event Notice can be obtained from High Peak Borough Council. This is obtained by the entrant and costs £21. The venue may contribute to this. The form is 5 pages long but not complicated and needs to be returned at least 10 days before the event.

To check whether a venue has a licence, go to and click on 'License register and Current Applications'.

To find out more about Temporary Event Notices, go to At the bottom of this page is the application form pdf, which may be downloaded.

Paul Jackson, Licensing Officer, 0845 12977 77 extn 4556, is happy to give advice.


Bath Rd Church Centre

01 Bath Road Church Centre

Bath Rd, Buxton SK17 6HJ.

Capacity 60, 14x11m with tiny stage. Kitchen.

Please be aware that this is a heavily used space, and would not be suitable for anyone trying to do a run of performances and leave stuff.

Access: No wheelchair access. Several steps throughout the building. No disabled toilets.

Parking: Pay and display parking available on the Market Place.

Charges: £12/hr, charity or educational organisation by negotiation.

Contact: Celia Kelly 01298 77856

02 Buxton Community School

College Rd, Buxton SK17 9EA.

The Community School is about 15 minutes walk from the centre of town. It has many spaces which can be used for performance but the purpose built Drama Studio and Dance Studio are the most useful.

The school has not applied for an entertainments licence so a Temporary Event Notice would need to be sent to the council (see above).

Buxton Community School-Drama Studio

02a Buxton Community School-Drama Studio

This is a purpose built drama studio with a maximum capacity of 120 (allowing for stage area). PA , lights and raked seating can be arranged. The space is in use during the school day and so is only available in the evening and there may be restrictions on what can be left in place.

The nature of the facilities mean that groups must show evidence that they have the qualifications to operate the lighting or sound desk, or arrange for someone with that expertise to work with them. A deposit may be requested.

Access: Disabled access i.e. ramps, toilets and chair lifts throughout the school.

Parking: Car parking available from College Road.

Charges: Currently £25/hr. (Under review, please ask when enquiring)

02b Buxton Community School-Dance Studio

A new, purpose-built space 20m x 20m with a sprung floor and one fully mirrored wall. Seating can be arranged. The space is in use during the school day and is generally available from 4:30pm.

Access: Disabled access i.e. ramps, toilets and chair lifts throughout the school.

Parking: Car parking available from College Road.

Charges: Generally £20/hour but both access and charges are negotiable, particularly if performances/workshops for the school can be offered.

To book either facility please contact:
Bevon Blackwood 01298 23122 extension 2130


University of Derby Dome

04 University of Derby Buxton

1 Devonshire Road, Buxton. SK17 6RY

The Dome

Access: Ground floor with disabled access.
Charges: £500 per day/evening.

Devonshire Suite

DO/16, DO/17 and DO/18 are known as the Devonshire Suite or Triple Rooms. They have sound proof partition between each room. Once opened up together the will seat 300 theatre style. DO/16 and 18 will seat 40 theatre style and DO/17 will seat 140 theatre style. Built-in PA system, DPU and screen, Video and Dvd.
Access: All rooms are on the ground floor and have disabled access.
Charges: £100 PER ROOM, The price for all three rooms would be £300.00.

Lecture Theatre

DOG04 is a lecture theatre style room with full AV and screen - also has full demonstration cookery facilities.
Charges: £250.00 per day/evening.

Various other smaller rooms suitable for audiences of 20 - 40 from £100.

Access: All rooms are on the ground floor and have disabled access.
Parking: Some local street parking, pay and display at The Crescent and Pavilion Gardens.
Contact: Christine Sweetmore

Buxton Library

05 Buxton Library

Kents Bank Rd, Buxton SK17 9HW.

The Library Meeting Room is regularly used but may be available, especially in the evenings. It is approx 8m square but space is limited by computer resources. It seats 35 comfortably.

There is no specialist performance equipment. We have a loop system available on request. There is a drinks machine for visitors' use.

Access: The library is fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking: There is a large car park but this may be busy during the day in the week. Street parking available in the area.

Charges are from £6 to £13 per hour during the day, but may be more expensive after 7 in the evening. Cheaper rates may be negotiated for local community groups.

Contact: Pauline Lowe 01629 533 460

06 Buxton Methodist Church

Chapel Street, SK17 6HX

The Methodist Church is situated on the Market Place. Inside, there are four spaces available on different levels. All spaces have access to tea-making facilities. Alcohol is not permitted on our premises.

Parking: There is pay and display parking adjacent to it except during the week of the fair, 4th - 13th July. Performers may be able to park in church property by arrangement.

Charges: On application - the church has long been a friend of Fringe events.

Contact: Helen Whaley 01298 27065 e-mail:

BMC Church

06a Buxton Methodist Church - Church

This is large space with balcony and raised a chancel area suitable for performances. It holds up to 220 on flexible seating (i.e. not pews). There are fixed lights to the chancel area and a PA system with wired and a radio mic. A good grand piano is available by arrangement. The space is served by an induction loop system.
Groups considering the Church as a venue for speech and drama should discuss the acoustics with the venue directly before confirming a booking.

During the period of the fair, 4th - 13th July, this space is subject to noise invasion.

Access: Stepped at main entrance but there is level wheelchair access via a side entrance.


06b Buxton Methodist Church - Church Hall

This space holds 100. A good upright piano is available but there is no specialist performance equipment.

Access: Level from a dedicated side entrance or several steps from the church level. A disabled toilet is on this floor.

06c Buxton Methodist Church - Downstairs room

This holds 40 and has a clavinova and upright piano.

Access: Steps down from the upper levels or, by arrangement, level through a fire door at the back of the building. Disabled toilet available.

BMC Upstairs Room

06d Buxton Methodist Church - Upstairs Room

Holds 40.

Access: No level access.


07 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Downstairs Gallery

Terrace Rd, Buxton SK17 6DA.

The museum has two galleries available for performances. These house changing art exhibitions which are usually entered in the Fringe by the museum. They are 16m x 6m and 11m x 6.5m. Seating (for approx 60) can be arranged.

The galleries have been used in the past for music, drama and spoken word events. The galleries cannot be closed to the public during opening hours so in the day time are usually only suitable for non-charging events. In the evenings, ticketed and free events are welcome. Due to staff availability, it is only possible to host one-off or spread out (e.g. one per week) performances. Evening bookings are only available Tuesday to Friday. Daytime slots are available Tuesday to Sunday.

Access: The museum and gallery is 99% wheelchair accessible, with ramp access to the ground floor, power-assisted front door and a chairlift to the first floor and toilets.

Parking: Pay and Display car parks on the Slopes and at the Market Place.

Charges: There is a scale of charges but their application depends on circumstances. For example a free show during the day has in the past incurred no charge while an evening performance incurs the extra charges associated with opening the building (about £21/hr including setting up and take down time).

Contact: Martha Lawrence 01629 533543 or 01629 533540


10 Underground Venues

Pauper's Pit

Under the Old Hall Hotel, The Square, Buxton, SK17 6BD.

Underground Venues is a managed venue comprising two main performance spaces and the Fringe Club. Founded in 2006, it is run by Tom Crawshaw and Yaz Al-Shaater - who have been heavily involved with the Buxton Fringe since 2001. The venue is situated under the Old Hall in the centre of town, with a bar, full-time box office and information desk.

Underground aim to provide not only a prepared and suitable performance space for all genres but also help and advice in the run-up to and during the Fringe, especially with marketing, publicity and press. We actively curate a varied programme in all our spaces and aim to provide for everyone, from new student groups to professional touring companies. We are committed to representing a very broad range of genres, backgrounds and audiences, including traditional and local groups as well as groups and styles new to the High Peak.

Applications open late January. Head to to apply or register interest.

Orchestra Pit

Paupers Pit

An intimate studio theatre, suited to all types of performance. Flats at back and sides for entrances right and left. Small backstage area. Stage approx 3m x 5m; lighting rig with programmable board, sound rig with cd and mini-disc. Limited storage space.

Capacity: 41.

Parking: Pay and display directly outside (daytimes), free parking a few minutes away.

Access: The space is wheelchair accessible for companies and audiences via a ramp to the left of the hotel above. The main Box Office of Underground Venues is down a steep flight of stairs and therefore not wheelchair accessible. However, companies and audiences can bypass this.

Barrel Room

A barrel ceiling cellar with adjoining bar. Simple theatre lighting, cd player and microphones, DI box, sound desk. Perfect for comedy and music acts but also has potential for magic, cabaret, spoken word and certain theatre shows. Extremely limited storage space.

Capacity: 45-55 (depending on layout).

Parking: Pay and display directly outside (daytimes), free parking a few minutes away.

Access: Due to its temporary nature in the hotel cellar, this venue is unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. It is accessed via a steep flight of stairs and has an uneven floor.

Fringe Club

Underground Venues also manage the Fringe Club which runs every evening and during the day on weekends. It includes a bar and dance floor. Opportunities for music, cabaret, magic etc. Companies both at Underground and the rest of the Fringe are welcome to use this space to promote their own shows. Contact Underground in advance in all cases.

Capacity: 20-60 (depending on layout).

Parking: Pay and display directly outside (daytimes), free parking a few minutes away.

Access: Due to its temporary nature in the hotel cellar, this venue is unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. It is accessed via a steep flight of stairs and has an uneven floor.

Entrants must apply through Underground's website - - rather than registering with the Fringe.

Late January - Applications open for Underground
March 23rd - Deadline to apply to Underground Venues.
Late March - We choose the majority of acts for our programme and submit details to the Fringe.
April 10th - Last minute deadline for late entries.
Late April - Exact dates and times for performances are confirmed.

Please note we do not schedule the spaces on a first-come-first served basis but recommend applying by early-mid March. We can still accept late applications after March 23rd but will have less availability.




11 Scrivener's Bookshop

42 High St, Buxton SK17 6HB.

Scivener's is an extremely crowded second hand and antiquarian bookshop. There is just about room in a DIY-tea and sitting room for a small poet and a family size audience (up to 10). If it's intimacy you're after this is the place.

11a Scrivener's Bookshop - Victorian Story Cellar

New, even more intimate space with room for 1 adult and 6 children.
Toilets and a kitchen are available.

Access: Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access. Step to front door and steep staircase within.

Parking: Pay and display at the Market Place, some street parking.

Charges: Negotiated to cover staff costs.

Contact: Miranda Midlane or Alastair Scrivener 01298 73100 or


Venue 21 - Old Clubhouse

21 Old Clubhouse

3 Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN.

The Old Clubhouse is next to the Opera House in the centre of the town and the Festival. It is a busy pub which hosts the Fringe Beer.

Upstairs function room available. Approx 27ft by 36 ft. Raised area that could be used as stage. The balustrade can be removed. Fixed carvery decks would need to be worked around. The curtains are for decoration only. There is no blackout. Bar available at a charge for staffing.

Access: There is no disabled access.

Parking: Pay and display on street.

Charges: Room hire free but a charge would be made for staffing bar if required. To be negotiated.

Contact: Lee Griffin 01298 70117 or email

Hydro Café

22 Hydro Restaurant & Bar

75 Spring Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BJ.

A Victorian-style restaurant with a beautiful ambiance and crystal chandeliers provides chairs and tables (optional) in cabaret style or in rows for drama, music, choirs, spoken word and comedy etc. Maximum capacity is 50 (depending on layout). Bar is licensed till 11 pm and food / snacks can be provided. Additional lighting & PA available at cost.

Access: There is one step in the entrance - otherwise level.

Parking: Pay and Display parking off Bridge Street and in Waitrose Car park opposite for 300 cars and at the end of Spring Gardens.

Charges: Negotiable between £30-£60 depending on time / duration of hire and audience numbers. Profit-share possible on ticket sales.

Contact: David Samuels 07791 732 804


Buxton Tap House

23 The Buxton Tap House

George Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6AY

The Buxton Tap House is a brand new refurbished craft beer bar owned by Buxton Brewery With a warm and inviting atmosphere, quirky and creative features, large double glass window frontage and not to mention an 80 strong bottle beer list, 5 cask lines and 8 keg lines, The Tap House is the perfect environment for more intimate musical performances. Performances can be midweek from 9pm, but with free, unticketed entry only.

Capacity: 100 Unfortunately, there is no storage space at all.

Access: Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Pay and display car parking is available on the nearby Slopes and Market Place. Parking is free after 6pm. There are some spaces available in front of The Old Hall Hotel round the corner.

Contact: Jade Robb Mob: 07871694320 Work: 01298 214085

31 Old Hall Hotel

The Square, Buxton, SK17 6BD.

The Old Hall Hotel has rooms and bars on the ground floor including the Piano Lounge but these are heavily used for Hotel functions during the Festival and are only rarely available.

Access: Ground floor of this historic building.

Charges: Negotiable.

Parking: Pay and display at the Crescent.

Contact Sally Palmer 01298 22841


Small Suite

32 The Palace Hotel

Palace Rd, Buxton SK17 6AG.

Eight function rooms ranging from 56.4 metre square to 404 metres square. Theatre capacity from 20 to 350. Cabaret capacity from 18 to 126. Lounge/Bar snacks available all day.

Access: Ramp access into the building. Ground floor fully wheelchair accessible, all but one function room is on the ground floor. Disabled toilet located in the main hotel reception. Lift access to bedrooms.

Parking: Car park with 122 spaces (charges apply).

Contact: Events Office 01298 22001

Pavilion Gardens

33 Pavilion Gardens

St John's Rd, Buxton SK17 6XN.

The Pavilion Gardens complex is adjacent to the Opera House and has indoor and outdoor venues available. Access throughout is level, with disabled toilets, except for the first floor Art Cafe. There is a wheelchair lift up to the Pavilion Arts Centre foyer.

33a The Bandstand (see Outdoor Venues)



33d Octagon

Large concert hall (800 capacity) with stage. Used for variety of entertainment purposes including - Concerts, Fairs, Seminars, Gala Dinners, Meeting and Conferences.

8 channel sound craft. Live amp base speakers x 42 microphones 2 vocal mics. All subject to availability.

Accessibility: ground floor access hearing loop system available.

Charges vary, depending on time and usage.

Contact: Paul Kelsall , Pavilion Gardens 01298 23114 or email

34 Poole's Cavern & Buxton Country Park

Green Lane, Buxton SK17 9DH.

Poole's Cavern Situated half a mile south of the town centre along Green Lane or Temple Rd.

34 The Cave

The Cavern holds various guided themed tours of up to 40 people at a time. Special events can attract more however, if the river is running there can be acoustic problems if numbers are higher than this. The river is more often than not dry in July. The cave is approx. 1,000 ft long and between 6 and 60ft high. The visitor centre (above ground) can hold up to 50 people before an event begins but is not suitable for actual performances.

We have male, female and disabled toilet facilities above ground. Electrical provision is available throughout the whole cavern. Visitor threshold for the cavern temperature (constant 7 degrees C) is, on average, one hour maximum (if moving).

At the Visitor Centre there may be some wall space available in cafe area, for art displays.

Access: The venue is an active natural limestone cave and therefore has associated hurdles to overcome. It is ideally suited for promenade performances. A well-maintained level path stretches to the end of the cavern with unassisted wheelchair access to the Main Chamber, approx. one third of the way in. There are a total of 26 steps but not all in one place.

Parking: Free dedicated parking is available for disabled visitors. Pay and Display car park on site.

Charges: Vary depending on type of performance above/below ground etc.

Contact: Alan Walker 01298 26978


35 The Railway

Bridge St, Buxton. SK17 6BS

A newly modernised traditional pub. Real ales, food, main bar till 2:00am. The Railway is adjacent to Derby University's student accommodation.

The Signal Room


This function room (previously known as the Hollywood Room) has long been a mainstay of Buxton social life and may be remembered as the venue for the Fringe Jazz Festival. It has a stage area with staging available, a good dance floor and can accommodate 100 cabaret style or 150 standing. There is a bar in the room with a licence till 1:00am.

There is no lighting or sound equipment in situ.

The room is not available Tuesday evenings or during Sunday daytime. Weekend nights book up very early.

Access: Ramp access to the main door, level throughout, fully equipped disabled toilet.

Parking: Pay and Display within walking distance.

Charges: Negotiable (if any).

Contact: Rebecca Webb 01298 71435 email

40 St John's Church

High Peak Orchestra in St John's

St John's Rd, Buxton.

This beautiful church has a capacity of 200 - 400 with a 40ft by 20ft performance area (can be extended but would reduce audience capacity). There is a kitchen preparation area, a piano for hire (plus charge for tuning if required) and a Wm Hill Organ available.

A certain amount of staging is available to hire for performances. There are options for both flat platforms and also tiered seating (for performers only - not audience).

Its wonderful acoustic makes it the perfect venue for the broadcast Festival masses.

Accessibility: Ramp up to level floor.

Parking: Pay and Display car park opposite, accessed from Burlington Road, some on-street parking.

Charges: £34 per hour for performance (including rehearsal time, from time of access to time of leaving), £22 for rehearsal if not on same day as performance.

Contact: Andrew Heywood 01298 25601 (after 5:30pm) 0791 208 7389

St Mary's Church Easter 2002

41 St Mary's Church

Dale Road, Buxton SK17 6NL

This Grade II listed church, built in 1917, can accommodate 240 people in pews and the choir stalls. The church has PA system, and is suitable for music and drama performances. There are two separate vestries which can be used to store equipment or for rehearsals, plus an organ and a piano.

Access: Wheelchair access and a hearing loop.

Parking: A small car park, plus local on-street parking.

Charges: negotiable

Contact: Jill Herbert on 01298 71565 or

St. Peter's Church

42 St Peter's Church and Hall

St Peter's Rd, Buxton SK17 7EA.

42a St Peter's Church: Church

The Church has a capacity of 200 and is suitable for music and drama performances.

42b St Peter's Church: Hall

The Church Hall is approx. 50 feet long and 25 feet wide and suitable for rehearsals.

Charges: £30. Disabled access: Ramp & toilet.

Enquiries about using the Church Hall - Kath Mellor, 01298 26347.

Enquiries about using the Church - Rev. Carl Edwards, 01298 23629 or email


We have a facebook page for the church:


Burbage Institute

53 Burbage Institute

Nursery Lane, Buxton SK17 6UL.

Can seat 100 in the main hall which has a stage with curtains. Also 2nd smaller room. There is a kitchen and toilets. NB picture shows visiting theatre company's own lighting equipment: it is not supplied by the hall. The interior has been fully refurbished in 2007.

Please note that the Institute is heavily used and is not usually available except for weekends or the odd day/evening.

Access: Disabled access and toilet.

Parking: On-street only in this residential area. Please park considerately.

Charges: £10/hour

Contact: Alan Garlick 01298 79548 (37 Holmfield Burbage SK17 9DF).

55 United Reformed Church

Hardwick Square East, Buxton SK17 6PT

A few minutes walk from the Opera House. Three rooms are available for hire with use of kitchen. Alcohol is not permitted.

United Reformed Church - Purple Room: Church

55a Purple Room: Church

7m x 15m Fully carpeted. Movable chairs. Raised dais at end. Upright piano and Yamaha Clavinova. Good acoustic.

Charges: £12 per hour.


United Reformed Church - Green Room: Hall

55b Green Room: Hall

8m x 9m Broadwood grand piano.

Charges: £12 per hour.


United Reformed Church - Blue Room

55c Blue Room

11m x 4m

Charges: £8.50 per hour.


50 comfortable chairs and 40 plastic stacking are flexibly available. Front of house and backstage can be organised separately for each room. Copy of letting conditions available on request.

Access: We have wheelchair access into the blue room which can be used as an access for other rooms, providing the blue room is not in use. A toilet for the disabled is on that side of the building.

Parking: Free parking outside the Church evenings and weekends. Nearest car park at Market Square or the Slopes.

Contact: Mrs Mary MacDonald; 49 Otterhole Close, Buxton. Derbys. SK17 6DX. Telephone 01298 22449. Email or go to church website


70 Buckingham Hotel

1 Burlington Road, Buxton SK17 9AS

A comfortable room available in this well-known Buxton hotel. Flexible seating, could accommodate approximately 50. Would suit spoken word/poetry or acoustic music performances.

Access: Step up to front door, level within.

Parking: Small car park, pay and display parking in Pavilion Gardens, opposite.

Charges: Negotiable.

Contact: 01298 70481


74 Arts Centre Studio

Arts Centre Studio

St John's Road / Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN

The Arts Centre Studio is a state-of-the-art studio in the centre of town less than a minute's walk from the Opera House and Fringe Desk. It offers opportunities for larger scale theatre, comedy and dance, within a Fringe Festival format. It is also a flexible space available for more adventurous work. Managed as part of the Opera House's successful arts programme during the rest of the year, this is a high-quality space with a professional feel to suit all companies.

The stage space is roughly 6mx5m with movable hanging tabs for flexible entrances or more performance area. Tiered seating in an end-on formation. Full theatre lighting and sound facilities. Dressing rooms below stage and storage space available.

Capacity: 93

Parking: In the nearby Pavilion Gardens car-park (entrance off Burlington Road) - free after 6pm.

Access: Step-free access throughout for audiences (dressing rooms for performers however are down a flight of stairs).

The space is available from 6pm every day of the Fringe.

74b Arts Centre – Auditorium

Also available in the same building is a larger, auditorium style space suitable for companies wanting to reach a much larger audience. The stage space can be 12m x 15m. Full lighting and sound facilities and storage are avaiable. Capacity: 362 Parking: In the nearby Pavilion Gardens car-park (entrance off Burlington Road) - free after 6pm. Access: Step-free access throughout for audiences (dressing rooms for performers however are down a flight of stairs). The space is available from 6pm every day of the Fringe.

The Arts Centre Studio and Auditorium are programmed and run by Underground Venues - founded in 2006 by Yaz Al-Shaater and Tom Crawshaw. Their main venue and base, under the Old Hall Hotel (Fringe Venue no. 10) operates a full-time box-office, information desk and bar as well as services and advice for performing companies.

Underground aim to provide not only a prepared and suitable performance space for all acts but also help and advice in the run-up to and during the Fringe, especially with marketing, publicity and press. We actively curate a varied programme in all our spaces and aim to provide for everyone, from new student groups to professional touring companies. We are committed to representing a very broad range of genres, backgrounds and audiences, including traditional and local groups as well as groups and styles new to the High Peak.

For more information and to apply to perform in the Arts Centre Studio or Auditorium (or Underground's other spaces) simply head to

Entrants must apply through Underground's website - - rather than registering with the Fringe.

Late January - Applications open for Underground
March 23rd - Deadline to apply to Underground Venues.
Late March - We choose the majority of acts for our programme and submit details to the Fringe.
April 10th - Last minute deadline for late entries.
Late April - Exact dates and times for performances are confirmed.

Please note we do not schedule the spaces on a first-come-first served basis but recommend applying by early-mid March. We can still accept late applications after March 23rd but will have less availability.



79 Buxton Conservative Club

Buxton Conservative Club

3/5 Concert Place, Buxton, SK17 6EE

The Conservative Club is situated close to the Market Place. The Function Room will accommodate audiences up to 100, or 80 seated and has a built-in sound-system. It is available during the evening Monday to Friday. There is an artistes changing room with toilet. We have a licensed bar, but extra staff would be charged for.

Access: Unfortunately, no wheelchair access. Small step within the Function Room.

Parking: Pay and Display car parking on the Market Place. Limited on-street parking.

Charges: Negotiable

Contact: Steve Williams 01298 23157 or 01298 77035 during licensing hours 11am-3pm or 7pm-11pm


85 Christ Church, Burbage

St John's Road, Buxton, SK17 6UB

Christ Church is an atmospheric space with excellent acoustics, especially suitable for musical concerts, recitals, spoken word events or exhibitions. It has been host to many successful brass band concerts. Audience capacity is up to 200 seated on fixed pews. No specialist lighting. Movable microphones available. Refreshments can be arranged if required.

Access: Wheelchair access throughout public areas; cars can drop off at the door. Hearing induction loop.

Parking: Limited parking on site. Street parking in surrounding residential area - please park considerately.

Charges: On application.

Contact: Roman Gawel on 01298 214070, 07805398390 or


86 The Green Man Gallery

The Green Man Gallery

55 High Street, Buxton, SK17 6HB

A beautiful gallery space that would suit any kind of intimate, artistic event.

Access: Step up to front door. Large, level ground floor. Two further floors upstairs.

Parking: Pay and display parking on the Market Place. Limited on-street parking nearby.

Charges: Negotiable.



91 Lee Wood Hotel

Best Western Lee Wood Hotel

The Park, Manchester Road, Buxton, SK17 6TQ

Here at the Best Western Lee Wood Hotel, we feel that we have the product just right with well appointed conference rooms, individually furnished bedrooms and a stylish restaurant; in fact, everything you would expect from a hotel overflowing with character. We are a family Run hotel situation in Buxton and we have beautiful well maintained Gardens, which during the summer months have been used to host gatherings or even Dinner parties. If you wish to use the hotel as a performance venue then please do not hesitate in contacting either Rebecca Rose or Nicola Longden at the hotel and we will be more than happy to discuss your requirements. We have five rooms available, with differing audience capacities and potential layouts.

Access: All public areas are wheelchair accessible.

Charges: Room hire is negotiable. Charges apply for hire of technical equipment: Stage, TV & Video, Overhead Projector, LCD Projector, Flip Chart & Accessories.

Contact: Rebecca Rose or Nicola Longden. Tel: 01298 23002, Fax: 01298 23228 or email or


93 The Cheshire Cheese

The Cheshire Cheese

37-39 High Street, Buxton, SK17 6HA

Friendly pub with space available for unticketed, low-key events, such as acoustic/folk music or stand-up. Seats aproximately 40 in the audience. There is no PA or other equipment provided. Opening hours noon to 11pm (midnight Fri & Sat).

Charges: No Charge.

Contact: Matt Law Tel: 01298 212453   email:


99 The Market Place

The Market Place, Buxton, SK17 6EF

Who we are: The Market Place is a brand new venue network of high quality managed theatres for the Buxton Fringe Festival. We aim to offer high quality, live experiences and fully embrace the festival spirit of the fringe. We are friendly and easy to use venue and we strive to make your experience at the fringe as rewarding as possible.

Our work: The Market Place looks for quality pieces that showcase vibrant artists and theatre makers. We will host productions that excite and intrigue, and that suit our spaces. We're also, obviously, looking for shows that we feel will interest the audience and sell tickets. Each of our spaces is different in feel, look and technical capability.

What we are looking for: We are interested in all performance art forms, from cabaret, to dance, mime, puppetry, poetry, comedy, new writing, physical theatre and devised work. We aim to take work from professionals or groups with a reputation for quality, however if you are just starting out and feel you have something really special, please do get in touch!

What you provide: You as the visiting company are responsible for providing technical and marketing information on time and in the correct format.

What we provide: Press and marketing support, full Box Office and Front of House staff, a comprehensive general lighting cover (other lighting can be added by arrangement) and sound equipment. A full technical and dress rehearsal prior to opening night. A technician is available for a nominal fee.

Our Venues: All our venues are centrally located around Buxton's Market Place, just a five minute walk from the Fringe desk.

99a The Market Place - Level 2

Level 2 is our main theatre space with a capacity of 150 (potential for more if required). The performance space is end-on and includes a comprehensive lighting cover, programmable lights for more specialist effects. With two fully stocked bars and a staged area it is ideal for bigger events, cabaret, music and comedy. On Friday and Saturday night we host an evening of Comedy before opening as a nightclub for the rest of the evening.

99b The Market Place - The Loft

The Loft is a 50 seat capacity flexible space. The Loft bar serves a range of drinks. Lighting is dimmable washes with the potential for more specialist effect negotiable. Fixed seating is also available on comfy sofas!

99c The Market Place - Trunk (formerly known as Spa Bar)

Trunk is our 30 seat flexible space. Stage lighting is slightly less flexible however the venue does boast a chequered light up dance floor. With a fully stocked bar and beer garden it is ideally located to engage fringe audiences soaking up the sunshine!

99d The Market Place - The Gaslight Lounge

The Gaslight Lounge is an ideal venue for intimate events, comedy and cabaret , with booths and a fully stocked bar. Seats 30 in traverse, 20 end on (not including booths).

Press and Marketing

What you do: You are responsible for entering your show into the Fringe and providing enticing imagery and copy for the Fringe brochure. Buxton Fringe festival is a highly competitive environment so it is important you do all you can to promote your show. This includes press releases and photos; the design, production and distribution of posters and flyers; and the development of targeted promotional ideas and marketing initiatives. We ask shows appearing with us to take out an entry in the Fringe Programme. This entry, organised by you the company, entitles you to advice on press and marketing from the Fringe Office and access to other Fringe facilities and services, plus automatic inclusion on the Fringe website.

What we do: At The Market Place we will promote our shows with creativity, energy and consciences enthusiasm. We will use our social, press and professional networks to make sure we all get the most out of the festival. We have a variety of promotional products and with this being the launch of a brand new venue, we can guarantee interest in what this new edition has to offer.

Contract / Hire Fee: Our standard hire fee for all Market Place venues is £25 per hour (£35 with a technician). This fee should be paid before application to The Fringe. We are able to offer 40% of gross box office receipts, with a minimum guarantee payable to us in advance upon request of the company. Other terms are negotiable.

How to apply: Please contact us to discuss your proposal. Go to Next, fill out the application form and send additional information such as scripts, photos, DVD's etc by post or email. Additional information is encouraged by our programming department, especially scripts and showreels. We aim to let companies know as soon as possible if they are suitable for our venue and it is useful for you to be aware that space and timeslots are on a first come first served basis. We advise if you are looking for a primetime slot you apply before February.

Contact: Sian Dudley – Venue Manager 07949 664953

Access: Trunk is fully wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, Gaslight Lounge, The Loft and Level 2 are not wheelchair accessible.


Outdoor Venues

Buxton Festival Fringe and High Peak Borough Council are keen to work together to help anyone wishing to perform outdoors in Buxton, either as an official Fringe entry or as an informal busker. Buskers who do not pay the Fringe entry fee will not be featured in the Fringe programme or receive other publicity.

Opera House forecourt

08 Buxton Opera House Forecourt

The centre of the Festival, the Opera House is not available as a Fringe Venue! However busking type events (last year a Shakespeare Jukebox) have been permitted on the forecourt by arrangement with the Opera House and Festival management. The interval is too hectic a time for this to be feasible but during the day and before the start of the opera have worked well. The Fringe Desk is off the forecourt and this is a good place to publicise Fringe shows.

Contact: Pat Russell 01298 72050


Cricket Ground

13 Buxton Cricket Club

The Park, Park Road, Buxton, SK17 6SG

Buxton Cricket Ground is a beautiful natural amphitheatre which has been used for staged and ambulatory outdoor drama.

Parking: Small car park and on-street parking.

Contact: Tim Budd 07867823691



33a Pavilion Gardens - Bandstand

Modern built bandstand. Five years old - used for brass band concerts in summer & civil wedding ceremonies.

Radio microphone. Music played through 10 watt JBL Speakers on Promenade.

Accessibility: Steps up to bandstand. Hearing loop system.

Charges: £100 a day. Technical assistance - extra cost.

Contact: Paul Kelsall, Pavilion Gardens 01298 23114 or email


Old Bowling Green

33e Pavilion Gardens - Old Bowling Green

A level grassed area approx 40m x 30m across the river from the Opera House and across the road from the Old Hall Hotel. The park is open to pedestrians at all times. Wide gates can be opened for vehicular access by arrangement. Due to its proximity to the Opera House those using this space in the evening will need to be able to reassure the Festival that noise will not disturb their audiences. Power is available by arrangement.

Contact: Paul Kelsall, Pavilion Gardens 01298 23114 or email


84 The Pump Room

Pump Room Roof

The Pump Room, The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BQ

The roof of the historic Pump Room, directly opposite Buxton's famous Crescent, is being offered for dynamic daytime music.

Artists would need to apply for their own Temporary Events Notice from High Peak Borough Council (see top of Venues page for details).

A performance fee may be available - amount to be negotiated.

Access: Audience members can sit on The Slopes - a steeply-banked, grass area. Performers will access the roof via steep steps.

Parking: Limited, metered parking on The Crescent, pay and display car parks at the top of The Slopes and Market Place.

Contact: Emma Potter


92 Discover Buxton's Victorian Tram

Buxtons Victorian Tram

Buxton Opera House Forecourt, Water St, SK17 6XN

Discover Buxton Wonder of the Peak Tram or your very own "streetcar named desire"!!
Parked by the Gates of the Pavilion Gardens next to the Opera House.
The tram is a unique vehicle having been converted from a milk float to look like a Victorian tram. It normally takes guided historic tours around the town and has two benches inside which face one another. There is a platform on the back of the tram offering a small stage for performers. It would be ideal for someone wanting to do close up magic or anyone requiring an intimate space. The tram is licensed to carry 8 passengers (when operating as a tour vehicle) but would be able to seat 10 people comfortably. It is quirky and delightfully different.

Access: Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access however the two steps onto the vehicle are shallow for ease of access.

Parking: Pay and display around The Square and Crescent. Pavilion Gardens car park.

Charges: Negotiated.

Contact Netta 01298 79648 email


Busking and Street Performances

There is no requirement for anyone to seek permission to busk anywhere in the town of Buxton as long as amplification and trading (eg. selling CDs) is not proposed. Street theatre does need a license. Anyone wishing to perform Street Theatre or use amplification and/or trade must contact High Peak Borough Council – Licensing Office, Town Hall, Buxton, SK17 6EL tel: 01298 28406 email: with 'Licensing Street Theatre' in the subject line.

Performers should consider the risk to themselves of performing without public liability insurance. Buskers are asked to respect the locality and town users as well as other buskers.

All the open areas in Buxton are available for busking. There are some details below:

28 Town Hall Piazza

Town Hall Piazza

A large area of yorkstone paving in front of Buxton's Victorian Town Hall on the Market Place. This will be occupied during carnival week, 4th - 13th July


The Slopes

37 The Slopes

At the bottom of Terrace Rd beneath the slopes of the Georgian promenade garden, this is a large area of level paving at the end of Buxton's main shopping street.


38 Spring Gardens

Spring Gardens

Spring Gardens, Buxton SK17 6DF

38a Spring Gardens

Spring Gardens is Buxton's main pedestrian shopping street. At the entrance to the modern mall is a canopy with power adjacent. Street performance is possible under here or on the adjacent areas.

38b The Springs Shopping Centre

The Springs Shopping Centre may have scope for mime artists and 'living statues' to perform inside. The Centre would license and pay the performer who would not be allowed to busk.

For further information contact: Carlon Stewart, Centre Manager Tel: 01298 79320 Mobile: 07590 976 343
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Other public spaces around the town are available if power is not needed. Please tell us where.

47 Around the Town

This is a catch all for events that happen outdoors in various places e.g. the Morris Dancing and some street performances.

Suggested locations:

Spring Gardens at the Co-op/Iceland end.

Pavilion Gardens Promenade1. By the entrance gate.

Pavilion Gardens Promenade2. By the Café.

Market Place 'peninsula' near the bus stops for the Matlock direction.

Intending performers may email queries to, with 'Street Performers and Busking' in the subject line.


Outreach Venues

25 King Sterndale

Approximately 3 miles outside Buxton on the A515 is the small Village of King Sterndale (SK17 9SF). In a lovely parkland setting surrounding the Pickford Estate are two Buxton Fringe Outreach venues in buildings dating from the mid 1800's.

25a Parish Hall

King Sterndale Parish Hall

The Village hall is housed in the former Village School.

The Hall, comprises the main hall 8.5m x 5.2m, a smaller room to the rear with it's own kitchen area, and a very large fully-equipped kitchen. There is also an outside area for seating.

The Hall accomodates approx 40 seated at tables in the main hall, or 50 seated theatre style, 60 for a standing buffet.

Access: The Hall has been fully refurbished with disabled access and toilets.

Parking: Available only on the roadside verges, please park considerately.

Charges: £10/hour

Contact: For a booking form or to check availability please call Carol on 01298 26922 email

King Sterndale Christ Church

25b Christ Church

Christ Church is 21m x 5.5m with a wooden vaulted ceiling reaching up to 6.8m. Good acoustics, organ available and plenty of power points. Pew-style seating (each Pew is 2m long) with 9 rows on one side and 13 on the other side. Additional seating at the back with choir stalls at the front, maximum occupancy 98, 2 fire exits.

We can provide a tailored package to meet your requirements and assistance in venue management through our active fundraising group, The Friends of Christ Church King Sterndale.

Access: Disabled access to church. Toilets available across the road in the Parish Hall.

Parking: Available only on the roadside verges, please park considerately.

Charges: £15/hour.

Contact: Hazel Everatt, 01298 73177, or

Spring Bank Arts Centre

62 Spring Bank Arts Centre

Spring Bank, New Mills, SK22 4BH

Dedicated to promoting the arts, the Centre re-opened in May 2012 after a three quarters of a million makeover funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Grade II Listed former Victorian church building has been beautifully restored and includes a new annexe. It provides a stunning performance venue with comfortable public areas and appointments. In its guise as a church, the Centre established popularity in past years as an outreach venue of the Fringe in New Mills (Buxton 12 miles)

The main studio (The Mackie Hall) can seat 100. There is a raised end-on performance area which is partially demountable. The maximum size is approx 6m x 6m. However, the whole can be re-configured for more intimate performance in the body of the auditorium. Dance performance can easily be accommodated. There is stage lighting, sound equipment and wifi. The hosts will undertake to offer refreshments at events, by agreement.

The venue has its own regular events programme and mailing list of "Friends" and will be keen to publicise events in the Fringe outreach season.

Charges are negotiable in the order of £80 per performance.

This could be a low cost opportunity to extend your audience while in Buxton and the Fringe hopes entrants will avail themselves of this opportunity.

Contact: Spring Bank Arts on 01663 308202 or

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73 Sterndale Moor Social Club

Sterndale Moor Social Club

Sterndale Moor, Nr Buxton, SK17 9QB

Sterndale Moor Social Club is situated just 4 miles / 7 mins South of Buxton. The club is set in a small village surrounded by the Peak District.

The Club can accommodate up to 200 people. Complete with Function room with Wooden Dance floor and Stage (pictured) Room may be dressed as required. Separate Room with pool table, 2x snooker tables and dart board. Both rooms have access to a Licensed Bar (2am late license). Disabled Toilets and Ramp Available. Also outside is Large Field & Car Park with space for festival/stage. Outside toilets. Childrens play area.

We are happy to accommodate a variety of artists/performers throughout the whole of the Fringe Festival from 8am until 2am (from 11pm we need to comply with licensing laws and show courtesy to our residents).

Hire Charge + Security Deposit is negotiable depending on size and length of booking.

Contact Bob Akers 01298 71102 Website:


75 Charles Cotton Hotel

Charles Cotton Hotel

Market Place, Hartington, Derbyshire, SK17 0AL

The Charles Cotton Hotel is an historic building in the centre of picturesque Hartington village, only 15mins drive from Buxton. The venue would be suited to music, comedy and spoken-word events.

The events room can accommodate c.75 if in theatre-style seating. Cabaret-style layout is also possible. We are not able to provide PA or lighting equipment.

Access: Level floor throughout. Unfortunately, no wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Parking: Small car park at rear of hotel. Easy parking at front.

Charges: Negotiable.

Contact: Judy Dyer Tel: 01298 84229 Email: Website:


80 Chelmorton Institute

Main Street, Chelmorton, SK17 9SH

Chelmorton Memorial Institute is a focus of village life, approximately 4 miles south-east of Buxton.

The hall has two rooms available: ground floor room, 38ft x 25ft, maximum capacity 150 persons, upstairs overall size 41ft x 25ft including a stage measuring 16ft x 8ft, maximum capacity 130 persons. Fully equipped kitchen also available by arrangement.

Access: Ground floor has double doors without steps and toilets that include disabled facilities. Upstairs is only accessible by stairs.

Charges: Negotiable.

Contact: Harry and Ann Mayo 01298 85344