Venues

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. 

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 (including Busking spots) 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 www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/council-services/business/licensing and click on 'License register and Current Applications'.

To find out more about Temporary Event Notices, go to www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/council-services/licensing-act-2003/temporary-event-notice. At the bottom of this page is the application form pdf, which may be downloaded.

Paul Jackson, Licensing Officer, paul.jackson@highpeak.gov.uk 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:   £18 per hour, or charities with a registered charity number, £11 per hour

Contact:   Jennie Parker 01298 77856   buxtonparish@hotmail.com

 


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 an entertainments licence but not an alcohol licence.

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:   Price on application

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:  Price on application - 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.

All rooms are subject to availability.  Various other smaller rooms may also be available, 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   c.sweetmore@derby.ac.uk

 


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 buxton.library@derbyshire.gov.uk

 


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.  Performers may be able to park on church property by arrangement.

Contact:   Helen Whaley 01298 27065 e-mail: bookings@buxtonmethodist.co.uk www.buxtonmethodistchurch.org.uk

During the week of the fair, bookings are not taken due to noise disturbance.

BMC Church

06a Buxton Methodist Church - Church

This is a large space with a balcony and raised 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 a wired and a radio mic.  A good grand piano is available by arrangement and additional charge. 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.

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

Charges:   £33 per hour     Piano hire:   £25 per booking
 

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.

Charges:   £22 per hour       
 

06c Buxton Methodist Church - Downstairs room

This holds 40 and has a clavinova.

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

Charges:   £13.50 per hour
 

BMC Upstairs Room

06d Buxton Methodist Church - Upstairs Room

Holds 40.

Access:   No level access.

Charges:   £13.50 per hour
 

 

 


07 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Downstairs Gallery

Terrace Rd, Buxton SK17 6DA.

 

The museum is currently undergoing extensive renovation.  Unfortunately, this means it is unable to offer performance or gallery space for 2017.

 

 

 

 

Contact:   Laura Waters 01629 533543  laura.waters@derbyshire.gov.uk


 

10 Underground Venues

Due to redevelopment of the Crescent, the Pauper's Pit and Barrel Room are no longer available as Fringe venues.


www.undergroundvenues.co.uk
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www.facebook.com/underthefringe

 


 

Scrivener's

 

11 Scrivener's Bookshop

42 High St, Buxton SK17 6HB.

Scivener's is a second-hand and antiquariean bookshop on five floors.  There is just about room for a small poet, musician, actors or performers and a family-size audience (up to 12).  We've had exhibitions, bands, book-signings, storytellers, theatre (seated and promenade) and we're always willing to try something new!


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 01298 73100 or scrivbooks@hotmail.co.uk


 

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.  Hire includes use of all 3 rooms: Main Function Room, Lounge Area (can be used as dressing room/preparation area) and Third Room with Private Bar (depending on ticket sales, may be open).  Fixed Carvery decks would need to be worked around.  The curtains are for decoration only.  There is no blackout.  

Access:   Sorry, there is no wheelchair access as function suite is upstairs.  A private entrance can be used, but has four steps.

Parking:   Pay and display on street.

Charges:   £25 per show.

Contact:   Dan Maddox,  01298 70117  


 

Hydro Café

22 Hydro Restaurant & Bar

75 Spring Gardens, Buxton SK17 6BJ.  www.thehydro.org

A retro cafe, bar and restaurant with a great atmosphere, that has hosted a wide variety of shows over the past ten years.   We can provide chairs and tables (optional) in cabaret style or in rows.  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:   Sam, 07547 444636 or 01298 79065   


 

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, 16 keg lines and 2 cask 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:   Sam Johnson: 01298 214085   sam@buxtontaphouse.co.uk

 
 

The Wye Bridge House (Wetherspoons)

27 The Wye Bridge House (Wetherspoons)

Fairfield Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 7DJ

A lively pub with potential for unticketed events. This could be low-key music or magic inside or larger events outside on the patio. Call for a chat if you have ideas.

Contact: Adam Cunningham 01298 70932 a_cunningham1980@hotmail.com

 



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 Potter,  01298 22841   reception@oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk


 
 

Small Suite

32 The Palace Hotel

Palace Rd, Buxton SK17 6AG.

Historic hotel with 187 bedrooms, gymnasium, swimming pool, sauna, beauty rooms, restaurant, lounge/bar snacks available all day, conservatory.

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. 

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:   Alastair Spencer, Events Office 01298 22001   conf753@britanniahotels.com

 

 


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)

 
 

Pavilion Gardens - Marquee

33d Events Hall (Marquee) 

35m x 16m space to house events.

Note: sound restrictions for twilight events.

Charges:  From £210.  Will vary, depending on time and usage.  Please call for more details.

Contact:   Paul Kelsall , Pavilion Gardens 01298 23114 or email paviliongardens@highpeak.gov.uk

This time lapse video shows the marquee being erected.

 

 

 


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).

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 info@poolescavern.co.uk

Web: http://www.poolescavern.co.uk

 


35 The Railway

Bridge St, Buxton. SK17 6BS

The Signal Room

Railway

This function room (previously known as the Hollywood Room) is a brilliant large space with its own working bar, with a license till 1am.  Many different styles of event have taken place in this special room over the years, from 80's nights and jazz to meetings.  The space can hold 100 sitting and 150 standing. 

There is no lighting or sound equipment in the function room.  We do have a  projector screen that can be connected to your laptop with the correct cables.

The room is not available on Sundays.  Weekends book up fast.

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

Parking:   We have a small car park, but pay and display parking is within short walking distance.

Charges:   Negotiable according to the event.

Contact:   Anthony Humphies or Jane Hart    01298 71435    

 


40 St John's Church

High Peak Orchestra in St John's

St John's Rd, Buxton. SK17 6XN

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:   

1.   For concerts and other events with an afternoon rehearsal or the equivalent when the hire commences no earlier than 1pm and finishes no later than11pm (including setting up and clearing up time)  £400

2.   For concerts and other events with a paying audience when the total duration of the hire does not exceed 3 hours £150  Any additional time will be charged at the rate of £22.50 per half hour or part thereof.

3.   Educational or participatory events, where services are provided to children of school ange and where there is no paying audience £30 per hour.

4.   The charge for any other hires, not falling within the above categories, are by negotiation with the Churchwardens, through the Booking Officer.

Contact:  Alan Atkinson   alanatkinson1@btinternet.com   07805173181

 


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:   £20 per hour

Contact:   Eric Thompson  tel: 01298 25533   email: eric@ericthopmson.orangehome.co.uk

 


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.

Enquiries about using the Church:   Mrs Marion Wright  01298 938619

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:   Mrs Christine Tunnicliffe 01298 22429

Website: www.stpetersfairfield.org.uk

We have a facebook page for the church: www.facebook.com/stpetersfairfield

 


 

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 maryelmac@hotmail.com or go to church website www.buxtonurc.org.uk.

 
 

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:   Anne Wood   Tel. 01298 938152   Email anne.keith.wood@talktalk.net 


86 The Green Man Gallery

Hardwick Hall, Hardwick Square South, Buxton, SK17 6PY

The Green Man is an independent gallery and arts centre housed in a loarge Victorian building behind Buxton Museum; easy to find thanks to its central location.  It is managed and run by local artists and community volunteers and is popular with locals and visitors alike.  It is a friendly managed venue which gives excellent support to performers and companies bringing shows to the Fringe.  Unfortunately there is no exhibition space available for the 2017 Fringe.

 
The Green Man Gallery - Ground Floor Gallery

86a Ground Floor Gallery

A former ballroom, the ground floor of The Green Man has superb, large-room acoustics in the context of an intimate and friendly small venue.  Used as a venue throughout the year, the gallery is popular with touring musicians and regularly hosts small-scale theatre and spoken word performances.  The acoustics are particularly good for folk, acoustic, jazz and classical music.  There is a baby grand piano which can be used fo a small extra fee.

Seating:   Approximately a quarter of the ballroom is transformed into a venue for evening performances with either chairs in rows (max. 55) or cafe table seating (max. 45).  The rest of the room is taken upby fixed display screens exhibiting art work.

Only available for performances outside gallery opening house (so between 5.30 and 10.30pm).

Charges: £30 for shows up to one hour or £45 for full length show with interval.  Discounts for block bookings.

Access:   The ground floor (but not the stage) is accessible to wheelchairs.

 
The Green Man Gallery - Workshop Room

86b Workshop Room

Large, light bay-windowed room up one flight of stairs on the mezzanine floor. (No lift.)  The room is a flexible 'empty space' with good acoustics thanks to its high ceiling and vinyl flooring.  Suitable for storytelling and other spoken word performances, children's events, small-scale musical performances, workshops and classes, rehearsals.

Seating:   Up to 25 for performances

Can be used for performances during gallery opening hours.  NB This room is used regularly for classes, workshops and rehearsals by local artists, but the gallery will do its best to acommodate your show if they can.

Charges:   £15 per hour with discounts for block bookings.

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

Contact:   Caroline Small   hello@thegreenmangallery.com   www.facebook.com/TheGreenManGallery

 


 

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 sales@leewoodhotel.co.uk or nicola@leewoodhotel.co.uk


 

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:   Sarah Clarke  Tel: 01298 212453   email: cheshirecheese@titanicbrewery.co.uk


 

 

The Old Courthouse Wine Bar

102 The Old Courthouse Wine Bar

9 George St, Buxton SK17 6AT

2m x 3m approx performance area made entirely of solid stone (the wooden bar in the photo will be gone

by next year).  Capacity 50.  Licensed for amplified music.  Would suit acoustic music, unticketed free events.

Access:   Easy access for disabled patrons as there is a ramp leading down to the front and no steps into the bar.

Contact:   Kenny Robertson, kennyguitarTV@outlook.com, 07872441501

 

 

 

 

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   theatresecretary@boh.org.uk


 
 

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 Tim.Budd@uk.fujitsu.com

 
 

Bandstand

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 paviliongardens@highpeak.gov.uk

 
 

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.

Charges:   Price on application

Contact:   Gareth Knapper,  gareth.knapper@staffsmoorlands.gov.uk


 

84 The Pump Room Roof

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 emma@oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk


 

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 netta@discoverbuxton.co.uk www.discoverbuxton.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Busking and Street Performances

There is no requirement for anyone to seek permission to busk in the town of Buxton as long as amplification and trading (eg. selling CDs) is not proposed.  However, permission must be sought for busking on the Opera House Forecourt (see 08, above).  Busking is not allowed within Pavilion Gardens. 

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: Customer-services@highpeak.gov.uk with 'Licensing Street Theatre' in the subject line.  Anyone wishing to stage an event within Pavilion Gardens must gain permission (see 33, above).

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 performers.

Details of some open areas are 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
E-Mail: carlon.stewart@thespringsshoppingcentre.co.uk Web: www.thespringsshoppingcentre.co.uk

 

Other public spaces around the town are available if power is not needed. 

 


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.  For permission, see 33, above.

Pavilion Gardens Promenade2.  By the Café.  For permission, see 33, above.

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

Intending performers may email queries to venues@buxtonfringe.org.uk, 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 carol.gratton@virgin.net

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 jeverratt@btinternet.com

 

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 springbankarts@gmail.com

Blog Site : www.springbankarts.blogspot.co.uk

 
 
 

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 legsjag@aol.com www.facebook.com/sterndalemoorsocialclub

 

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: info@charlescotton.co.uk Website: www.charlescotton.co.uk

 

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 harry.mayo@btinternet.com    www.chelmortonvillage.org.uk/institute/  

 

 

Taddington

Situated 10 minutes drive East of Buxton, just off the A6, Taddington is one of the highest villages in the country.  Its close-knit community enjoys glorious Peakland scenery.

Conrtact: Keith Washington 07802724100 bopperwash@gmail.com

100 Bramwell Memorial Institute

Main Street, Taddington SK17 9TU

www.taddingtononline.com/about-us/

101 St Michaels and all Angels

Main Road, Taddington SK17 9TR

www.taddingtononline/church/