Fringe for Free 2019

We have plenty of free stuff to do at the Fringe, and it's all listed here. Look out too for free child tickets and generous concessionary prices for many shows. Fringe Friends also receive 10% (and sometimes more) off full ticket prices.

Many more events will come on stream before we reach the closing date for entries on Sunday 21st April. Please check back often.

Events marked Family Friendly have been suggested by the entrant as generally suitable for family viewing. NB Events in the For Families category tend to be specifically aimed at young people.

Please note that details of performances, including times and dates, may be subject to Late Changes. Numbers in brackets refer to venue numbers (see map)

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Andy Gilbert

Andy Gilbert describes himself as a poet and educator. Despite concerns about his level of delusion, his sincerity cannot be doubted as he teaches us how to be a world-class poet in less than an hour. A masterclass or a delayed mid-life crisis dressed up as entertainment? You decide. (New Writing)
Hydro Restaurant and Bar (22) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 6pm to 7pm Free, Adult themes and strong language, Ages 16+ Comments

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The dancers are coming for you!

BUXTON DAY OF DANCE 2019 - Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Family Friendly
A feast of traditional dancing from around the country. The streets of Buxton will be filled with the music, colour, passion, energy and humour that the Morris brings. Over 150 dancers and musicians from 16 different Morris sides hosted by Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris.
Around the Town (47) 20 Jul 10:30am to 4:30pm Free Comments

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 For Families

SUMMER SONGS! - New Mills Primary Choir Family Friendly
New Mills Primary Choir singing and performing their favourite summer songs for everyone to enjoy. Some solos and lots of actions to entertain and enjoy.
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) OpenStreetMap 9 Jul 6pm to 7pm Free, songs for families to enjoy, Ages 3+ Comments

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THE BLUES TRAIN - Friends of Buxton Station Family Friendly
An evening of blues music on the 19:08 train from Manchester and then at Buxton Station from approximately 20:15.
Buxton Station (114) OpenStreetMap 9 Jul 7:15pm to 8:30pm Free Comments

A Fringe regular since 2012, Club Acoustic is proud to present a feast of outstanding local musical talent in a showcase of songs and music from our regular performers. Free entry, no tickets. Come along!
Underground at The Old Clubhouse (21) OpenStreetMap 17 Jul 8:45pm to 10:30pm Free
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The Occasional Band

Returning to the Cheshire Cheese pub for a second year, local three piece The Occasional Band plays Irish and Americana songs and tunes on guitar, concertina/mandolin, and fiddle, with lots of vocals. It will be an occasion not to miss!
The Cheshire Cheese (93) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 8:30pm to 11pm Free, Ages 18+
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Adrian Lord

MUSIC FROM SKY BLUE PIANO - Adrian Lord Family Friendly
Join Cheshire composer and pianist Adrian Lord, to hear him perform pieces from his uplifting and joyful Sky Blue Piano album. Recorded at Crear Studios on the inspirational Scottish west coast. ‘Unpretentious and from the heart.’ Music Web International
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 6 Jul 1pm to 1:45pm Free
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NASHVILLE TO BUXTON - The Allen Buxton Express
A evening of high energy music, original material and covers from Mark Allen, coming in from Nashville, and Peter Buxton coming in from Buxton! (New Writing)
RedWillow (115) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 9:30pm to 11:30pm Free, Ages 16+ Comments

ST LUKE’S SINGS - Saint Lukes Family Friendly
The children of Saint Luke's Primary School will share their love of singing and performing. The choir is a non-audition choir open to all our older children, most join. Our children love to share their enjoyment of singing with everyone, do come along and let us brighten your day.
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 1:30pm to 2:30pm Free Comments

STORMIN' BLUES - Sweet Suzi and the Herding Catz Blues Band
The Catz have had three Buxton Fringe Award nominations and this year have teamed up with Sweet Suzi who will blow you away. Suzi is flying in from New York as part of a mini tour. Inducted into the US Blues Hall of Fame, Suzi and the fellas will present non-stop energy! (New Writing)
RedWillow (115) OpenStreetMap 12 Jul 9:30pm to 11:30pm Free, Adult themes, Ages 18+ Comments

SUMMER THYME - SONGS AND STORIES - Serpentine Community Farm Family Friendly
Free event. Open air (shelter in polytunnel if rainy) acoustic set from 2.00pm to 3.00pm amongst Serpentine Community Farm's raised beds and gardens. No Joke (ukulele trio) will sing and play for us. Come early for coffee, cake and storytelling. Stay later to see what's growing.
Serpentine Community Farm (107) OpenStreetMap 14 Jul 2pm to 3pm Free
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 Spoken Word

A pamphlet with no title? Come and listen to Jimmy Andrex read his poetry. It might make you laugh. It’ll hopefully make you think. The jokes are all stolen, but only from the best and he’s good to his mother. (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 2pm to 2:30pm Free, Ages 15+ Comments


WHISPERS IN THE GRASS - Creeping Toad Family Friendly
A breeze blows through the hay, a bumblebee buzzes, sun warms old meadows in the Valley and we settle into an ease of stories and poems. Join the Creeping Toad team for a day (or a bit of it) drawing inspiration from the fields and wide skies of the valley. (New Writing)
Dove Valley Activity Centre (116) OpenStreetMap 9 Jul 11am to 4pm Free, Ages 10+ Comments

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 Street Theatre

BUXTON CARNIVAL - Buxton Fringe/Buxton International Festival Family Friendly
The town’s summer festivals join forces to celebrate landmark anniversaries. Look out for our special Carnival of the Animals - the result of a project involving local primary schools. Thanks to to the Well Dressing and Carnival team for organising this highlight in the town’s calendar. #Fringe40.
Around the Town (47) 13 Jul 2pm to 4pm Free Comments

FRINGE @5 - Buxton Fringe Family Friendly
An early evening Buxton tradition. Whatever entertainment we can rustle up - songs, stories, comedy or drama. A chance to taste before you buy. Check at the Fringe Desk for what is happening. Performers - book your slot at the Desk. It’s the best promotion you can do. #Fringe40.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 8-12 & 14-20 Jul 5pm to 5:30pm Free Comments

FRINGE SUNDAY - Buxton Fringe Family Friendly
Join us for our annual picnic and party in the park. Buy some Derbyshire ice cream and we’ll provide the entertainment. There will be belly dancers, magic, music, song plus fun and games. Free balloons, badges and postcards! Mingle with Fringe stars and tweet away - #Fringe40.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 2pm to 4:30pm Free Comments

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 Visual Arts

Burbage Art Group at work

2019 ART EXHIBITION - Burbage Art Group Family Friendly
Exhibiting on a Sunday for the first time, Burbage Art Group offers an exciting array of watercolours, oils, landscapes, collages, wall-hangings and sculptures, receiving a Fringe Visual Arts nomination in 2018. The show includes cakes, refreshments and children’s quiz. Beginners are welcome at the class which meets on Wednesday evenings.
Burbage Institute, Nursery Lane, Buxton SK17 6UL (53) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 11am to 4pm Free, Part of Buxton Art Trail Comments

ACROSS THE FIELD - Adrienne Brown and Langley Brown
Two Fringe Award Winners show recent and retrospective artworks across a range of media. A pleasant option: collect map from Fringe Desk and walk to venue across Pavilion Gardens and Temple Fields. Free admission includes refreshments, ArtQuiz (all ages!), and entry to prize draw for a fine-art print.
18 White Knowle Road, Buxton (20) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 5:30pm to 8:30pm, 6-14 Jul 10am to 5pm Free Comments

BUXTON ART TRAIL 2019: THE BUXTON BIENNALE! - Buxton Art Trail Family Friendly
The multi-award-winning Buxton Art Trail presents its fifth Buxton Biennale. An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional art, craft and events by amateur and professional artists from Buxton and beyond. Exhibitions, workshops and events happening at venues throughout Buxton. Pick up the BAT brochure and map and take the trail!
Around the Town (47) 6, 7 Jul 10am to 5pm Free
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Rondane, Norway

Winner of the 2017 UK Mountain Photograph of the Year, Geoff Shoults has always lived in Buxton and takes his inspiration from the moors and woodlands of the Peak District, other mountain areas of the UK and the winter landscapes of Arctic Norway.
Jo Royle Outdoor (113) OpenStreetMap 3-6 Jul 9:30am to 5:30pm, 7 Jul 10am to 4pm, 8-13 Jul 9:30am to 5:30pm, 14 Jul 10am to 4pm, 15-20 Jul 9:30am to 5:30pm, 21 Jul 10am to 4pm, 22-24 Jul 9:30am to 5:30pm Free Comments

SMILE - Artist- Lindsey Piper Family Friendly
Smile, a collection of art installations by artist Lindsey Piper.
Around the Town (47) 3-24 Jul 10am to 10pm Free Comments

TAKE TEN@2 - Take Ten Artists
Ten very different visual artists and makers from the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands, all with links to Leek School of Art. Showing 2D and 3D work: painting, illustration, drawing, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery. Refreshments available - donations to local charity.
2 Rock Terrace, Buxton, SK17 6HN (112) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 6pm to 8:30pm, 6, 7 & 13, 14 Jul 11am to 6pm Free, Ages 6+
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DREAM in the most unexpected trials.

UNTITLED, THE DEEP SLEEP - Hampton-Studio Family Friendly
Untitled, The Deep Sleep is a performance installation where I share with the audience one of the most intimate experiences – sleep.
Town Hall Piazza (28) OpenStreetMap 9, 11-14, 17-21 & 23, 24 Jul 7pm to 11:30pm Free Comments

VISIT PAULA’S PAD - Paula Hobdey Family Friendly
I have an eclectic collection of paintings, all original. Subjects and sizes vary. Most are acrylic but also mixed media and collages plus some decorated glass pots. Plenty of variety! The studio is just off Macclesfield Road. Look for the balloons! Children welcome. Refreshments available.
9 Wye Head, Buxton (95) OpenStreetMap 5-7, 12, 14, 15 & 19-21 Jul 10am to 5pm Free Comments

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 Other Events

40 YEARS OF BUXTON FRINGE: THE ARCHIVE EXHIBITION - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Thanks to the foresight of previous trustees the Fringe has a substantial physical archive of material going back to 1980 when the first Festival took place. Here we share some fascinating artefacts - programmes, flyers, badges, t-shirts, beer mats - that trace a history of the first 40 Festivals. Memories!
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 3-24 Jul 10:30am to 5:30pm Free Comments

Rainbow pebbles for a rainbow day

BUXTON GAY PRIDE PICNIC - Stone and Water Family Friendly
Everyone is welcome to join our annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community of the Peaks. Bring a picnic for an afternoon of light-hearted silliness and determined delight. Fabulous summer hats are invited and why not bring a cake to join our Buxton Big Gay Bake Off?
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns (33n) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 2pm to 5pm Free Comments

CHELMORTON VILLAGE FESTIVAL 2019 - Chelmorton Festival 2019 Family Friendly
A week of Family Friendly activities and events starting Monday 15 July and ending Sunday 21 July 2019 in the village of Chelmorton.
Chelmorton Institute, Chelmorton SK17 9SH (80) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 7pm to 9pm Free
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