Event Descriptions 2021

Full information about our events. If you're interested in a particular category simply click on the colour coded links below. For Online events just click in the links within the event description.

Many more events will come on stream before we reach the closing date for entries on Tuesday 18th May. Please check back often.

Note the events below are listed in good faith but will be subject to the government's coronavirus guidelines as they stand in July.

Ticket information can be found on each event listing. Opera House Sales denotes advanced bookings can be made from the Opera House Box Office 01298 72190 (or online) from early June. Our Tickets page has general advice about ticketing at the Fringe.

Events marked Family Friendly have been suggested by the entrant as generally suitable for family viewing. Events in the Children's Events category are 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). How to make a Comment.

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 Children's Events

a crown, a castle and a flower for adventures

TINY!: MOUSE QUEENS AND MOLE KINGS - Stone and Water Family Friendly
Join us in the Gardens for some gentle, laughful creativity. Making Mouse Queens, Mole Kings, Ladybird Princesses or Beetle Knights and the miniature castles they call home, we'll create worlds of fabulous characters and send you off to tell your own wondertales. Materials provided. Please bring a smile.
Pavilion Gardens – Playground (33m) OpenStreetMap 11 Jul 11am to 3pm Free, Ages 3+ Comments

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Join housemates Annie Sup and Angela Bra on a night out celebrating the first anniversary of Angela’s divorce. Originally members of a 90’s girl band, their lives went separate ways shortly after with Angela settling down and Annie touring Europe for twenty years as a techno DJ. Now they’re back! (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 11 & 17 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £7 (Conc £5), Ages 18+
 Bookings via 01298 937375 Comments

AT HOME WITH MISS ANGELA BRA - Andy Quirk Family Friendly
Miss Angela Bra brings you her show about life as a singer/songwriter, rising star on social media and part-time primary school music teacher. A musical comedy of puns, fun and tunes by the ton, mixing original songs with new takes on tracks from Andy Quirk’s ‘Parodies from the Peak District.’ (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 9 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 15 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £7 (Child and Conc £5), Ages 12+ Gallery
 Bookings via 01298 937375 Comments

The self-proclaimed No. 1 poetry teacher in the UK returns with a mini masterclass, before performing a new genre combining poetry, storytelling and theatre. Annus Horribilis, Anus Horribilis (Horrible Year, Horrible Bottom) is considered to be vulgar and deluded but the sincerity of Gilbert cannot be doubted. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) OpenStreetMap 8, 9 Jul 6pm to 7pm, 10, 11 Jul noon to 1pm Free, Stong language and adult themes, Ages 16+ Comments

WHINE, WOMEN AND THONG - I'll Have What She's Having Productions
I'll Have What She's Having present the best of its sell-out shows. A unique blend of quirky warmth, silliness and pathos from Northern women on a mission to make you laugh - dark and funny in turn. Think Alan Bennett meets Victoria Wood. 'The show with a big heart.' (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 20 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 22 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm £8 (Child and Conc £6) Gallery
 Bookings via the Gallery, thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 Comments

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ALWAYS FIND A SONG - Kaleidoscope Choir Family Friendly
Kaleidoscope Choir - a joint Buxton International Festival and Opera House project - have continued singing online through recent difficult times. Now celebrating singing together in person, they show how you can always find a song to lift your spirits.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 13 Jul 1pm to 2pm Free, Donations: Donations to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/support-us/individual-giving or cafdonate.cafon Comments

BROADWOOD PIANO RECITALS - Royal Northern College of Music Family Friendly
The URC’s late-Victorian Broadwood grand was fully restored by Shacklefords of Macclesfield three years ago. Since then, excellent pianists from the RNCM Manchester have been regular visitors. This year we are delighted to welcome: 8th - Mason Greenwood; 15th - Jasmin Allpress; 22nd - Jay Carroll.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 8, 15 & 22 Jul 3:30pm to 4:30pm £5 (Child Free)
 Bookings via 07952 193521 (text Keith to reserve) Comments

Richard Haslam - Classical Guitar (credit: Annie Feng Photography)

CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL - Richard Haslam Family Friendly
Vibrant and colourful programme demonstrating the versatility and extensive range of the guitar, featuring music from a variety of genres including Renaissance, Classical, South American, Contemporary and World music.
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills SK22 4BH (62) OpenStreetMap 17 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm £8 (Child £5, Conc £7) Gallery
 Bookings via www.springbankarts.org.uk/ Comments

Jon Pickard - 'Harp-Guitar'

'HARP-GUITAR' IN CONCERT - Jon Pickard Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Musical bliss. Harp-Guitars are extremely rare instruments with a beautiful sound - an extended guitar with extra banks of harp-like strings creating wonderful new textures and possibilities. Jon Pickard is recognised internationally as one of the most unique and interesting new players in this genre. Classical / folk influences.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 10 Jul 1pm to 2pm, 7:30pm to 9pm £9 (Child £5, Conc £8) Gallery
 Bookings via Opera House or via Opera House only Comments

Annette Gregory & Friends

JAZZ & ME - Annette Gregory & Friends Family Friendly
Annette will be sharing her love of jazz and her admiration of her mother who has inspired her, with a new creation of songs dedicated to her Jamaican heritage, and jazz classics. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 24 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £14 (Child and Conc £10)
 Bookings via the Gallery, thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 Comments

LIVE AND UNLOCKED - VociVoices Opera House Sales Family Friendly
We are so happy to be back after over a year in lockdown with some great favourites from our repertoire of songs from jazz, opera, swing, classics, operetta, musical theatre and the movies. Come and sing along or hum or just sit back, relax and enjoy.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 24 Jul 2:30pm to 3:45pm £10 (Child £0, Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House or Available on the door on the day Comments

Midnight Wine

MIDNIGHT WINE - Chris Milner - Journeyman Opera House Sales Family Friendly
Well respected singer/songwriter Chris Milner - Journeyman shares songs (contemporary and traditional), wine and stories from almost 50 years in the great British folk scene touring UK and Europe. He's now thinking 'maybe he chose the wrong genre'. Come and chill out, listen and advise. Bring a bottle!
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 17, 18 Jul 3:15pm to 4:15pm £6 (Child Free, Conc £5)
 Bookings via Opera House Comments

MIX IT UP - Serpentine Community Garden Family Friendly
Outdoor early afternoon acoustic double bill amongst Serpentine Community Garden’s raised beds. The Good Ole Boys are getting the band back together; Susie and the Bad Habits sing acappella. They may mix it up. Come early for mocktails and hot drinks. Stay later to see what's growing.
Serpentine Community Garden (107) OpenStreetMap 11 Jul noon to 4pm Free
Further information: info@serpentinecommunitygarden.org Comments

PIANO MEDITATIONS - Adrian Lord Family Friendly
Join Cheshire composer and pianist Adrian Lord, to hear him perform music from Piano Meditations - his brand new release of calming piano music. Also listen to a selection of pieces from his first two albums. 'His music is just sublime. You won’t be disappointed!' - Buxton Fringe Review (2020) (New Writing)
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 17 Jul 1pm to 2pm £8 (Child and Conc £5)
 Bookings via www.adrianlordpiano.com Comments

WHEN A PIANO AND A STORY RAN INTO A SONG - Egriega and Ormrod Family Friendly
Buxton Fringe music award winner 2016 and 2019 presents songs, piano playing, and unbelievable stories. Pieter will be playing a piano piece by Liszt called Années de pèlerinage - solo you can't hear it - and Charles will play the guitar part from Deep Purple's Speed King on kazoo and tenon saw. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 7 & 13 Jul 8:30pm to 9:30pm, 21, 22 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm £7 (Child and Conc £5)
 Bookings via the Gallery, thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 Comments

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BUXTON SPOKEN WORDS LIVE! - Buxton Spoken Words Family Friendly
Original and favourite poetry performed by local writers from Buxton and the High Peak. This event will take place live and in person if at all possible. If not it will take place online. Further details to be announced. (New Writing)
Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 8 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Online: www.facebook.com/Buxton-Spoken-Words-105382554732032 or www.youtube.com/channel/UC7fsKtnsRrXtllrLSpykD-g 9-25 Jul all day Free, Donations: Donations towards our Fringe Festival costs will be gratefully received. Comments

Writers in the Peak

Once again Writers in the Peak are returning to the Fringe. Step into the world of twitching curtains, ponderings and the meanderings of others. Peer inside their heads and join us as we explore their thoughts through monologues, poetry and music. (New Writing)
Online: writersinthepeak.wordpress.com/ 7-25 Jul all day £1, Strong language, Ages 14+ Gallery
 Bookings via 07497 910930 Comments

Willow tit (credit: The Wildlife Trusts)

The European eel and the willow tit are the fastest declining UK species. Their populations have crashed by 95% in the last 50 years. Steve Ely has published poetry about both. He will read poems and talk about the confluence of autobiography, conservation and literature that led to their creation. (New Writing)
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 13 Jul 3pm to 4pm £7 (Child and Conc £5), Sponsored by Milners Law
 Bookings via 07952 193521 (text Keith to reserve tickets) Comments

Ted Hughes (credit: Reg Innell)

Ted Hughes is primarily associated with the moorland landscapes of the Upper Calder Valley around his natal Mytholmroyd. However, the place that formed Hughes as a poet was the industrial South Yorkshire around Mexborough, where he lived from the ages of eight to 21. Steve Ely reveals this still too little-known story.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 13 Jul 5pm to 6pm £7 (Child and Conc £5), Sponsored by Milners Law Gallery
 Bookings via 07952 193521 (text Keith to reserve tickets) Comments

Twilight Tales

TWILIGHT TALES - L& J Family Friendly
We will be reciting and performing the ghost stories of Leslie Oldfield. They are mainly set in and around the Peak District and one of the them, A Primal Fear is set in Poole's Cavern where we will be performing the show. (New Writing)
Poole's Cavern (34a) OpenStreetMap 13 & 15 Jul 7pm to 8pm £8 (Conc £5), Adult Themes
 Bookings via leslieoldfield362@yahoo.co.uk Comments

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By Andrew Cowley

When you’ve witnessed the worst things imaginable, the world can never be the same again. Battle Cry is a new 50 minute solo piece based on a true story of a former soldier battling PTSD. Relevant, real and unflinching, reminding us that asking for help maybe the toughest battle. (New Writing)
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) OpenStreetMap 23, 24 Jul 8pm to 8:50pm £9, Adult themes and strong language, Ages 12+ Gallery
 Bookings via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/battle-cry-by-matt-fox-steve-cowley-tickets-151497883247 Comments

The Crooked Spire, The Windlass edition.

In 1360, John Carpenter arrives in Chesterfield to build a windlass and erect a new church spire. But the master carpenter is murdered. More death and intrigue follow and John becomes the suspect. Will John find young Walter who has disappeared? And will he be able to clear his name? (New Writing)
Online: www.ashgateheritagearts.co.uk 18 Jul from 7:30pm, 19-25 Jul all day Free, BSL Interpreter Gallery
Further information: hennesm8@aol.co.uk 07497910930 Comments

THE VIRTUOUS BURGLAR - Sudden Impulse Theatre Company Opera House Sales
A burglar is discovered when the owner of the flat returns unexpectedly with his mistress. When the owner's wife arrives, the burglar is forced to pretend the mistress is his wife. A profusion of spouses and lovers appear in this comic farce. By Dario Fo, translated by Joseph Farrell.
United Reformed Church – Green Room: Hall (55b) OpenStreetMap 17, 18, 20, 21 & 23, 24 Jul 7:30pm to 8:30pm £10 (Child and Conc £8)
 Bookings via Opera House Comments

A Whiter Shade of Pale

A WHITER SHADE OF PALE - Buxton Drama League
An original comedy audioplay by Buxton Drama League. Ghostly uninvited guests in the ancestral home of the Wellhavalin family have stories to tell. A visiting Paranormal Investigation Team seem more bitter and twisted than the spirits. For some this won't end well. For others there will be valuable life lessons. (New Writing)
Online: www.awhitershade.co.uk 7-25 Jul all day Free, Strong Language, Violence, Adult Themes. Duration: 1 Hour Approx., Donations: A Donation Link is Available.
Further information: free Comments

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 Visual Arts

BUXTON FLOWERPOT TRAIL 2021 - Funny Wonders Family Friendly
Head to where you see the dots, can you find the flowerpots? Family fun around Buxton. Trail maps are available from the Pump Room, Poole’s Cavern and The Green Man Gallery. Cost £1. Or download a copy for free from www.funnywonders.org.uk. Donations welcome. #BuxtonFlowerpotTrail
Around the Town 7-25 Jul all day £1 Gallery
 Bookings via hello@funnywonders.org.uk Comments

BUXTON PHOTO CHALLENGE 2021 - Chapel Camera Club Family Friendly
Just for fun again this year! Take six photos on six themes in six hours - in the right order. You can use your camera or phone and take them anywhere you like. No judging or prizes this year, but an enjoyable challenge which will sharpen your observation/photography skills.
Online: www.facebook.com/Buxton-Photo-Challenge-234599926595191 10 Jul 10am to 4pm Free
Further information: Free event Comments

The Green Man Gallery and Creative Hub

WHERE WE ARE NOW - The Green Man Gallery Artists Family Friendly
The Green Man Gallery's resident artists present a celebration of their art and inspirations. A vibrant exhibition of paintings, drawings, print-making, mixed media, photography, mosaics, ceramics and textiles which also explores the stories, journeys, processes and techniques behind the art. Open every day in the first floor galleries.
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 10:30am to 8pm, 8-25 Jul 10:30am to 5:30pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, thegreenmangallery.com, hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 Comments

Blue light, Brown Edge Woods

The story of winter told through evocative and atmospheric photographs of woodlands, mostly within walking distance of Buxton photographer Geoff Shoults' home. Geoff has won several international awards including Mountain Photo of The Year and The Art of Travel. Other mountain and landscape images on display too.
Jo Royle Outdoor (113) OpenStreetMap 7-17 & 19-24 Jul 10am to 3pm Free Gallery Comments

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BUXTON PRIDE PICNIC - Stone and Water Family Friendly
A summer afternoon, fancy hats, wonderful cakes, fabulous people: Buxton’s Pride Picnic is back for its fourth summer feast, a celebration of the town’s LGBTQ+ community. Join us for laughter, conversation, new friends, old tarts… bring your own picnic and maybe bake a cake for our Big Gay Bake Off.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns (33n) OpenStreetMap 17 Jul 2pm to 5pm Free Comments

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