Fringe for Free 2020

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 Monday 1st June. 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.

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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 Fringe & Community

wear a glamorouous hat!

BUXTON'S 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 feast, a celebration of the town’s LGBTQ+ community. Join us for laughter, conversation, new friends, old tarts. Bring your own picnic, maybe bake a cake for our Big Gay Bake Off.
Pavilion Gardens – Swimming Pool Lawns (33n) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 2pm to 5pm Free Comments

The Belly Dance Flames (credit: Dave Upcott)

FRINGE SUNDAY - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Join us in the park for our annual showcase of fabulous Fringe performers. Expect music, comedy, belly-dancing, theatre, magic and children's fun. Bring a picnic or enjoy some local ice cream and refreshments from the refurbished Pavilion Gardens complex.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 2pm to 4:30pm Free Comments

Comedian Mike Raffone (credit: Dave Upcott)

FRINGE@5 - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Join us in the Pavilion Gardens for some late afternoon entertainment. It could be song, dance, comedy, theatre - but it will be some of the brightest and best of this year's Fringe performers. Check the Fringe Information Desk daily to find out what's on.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 6-10 & 12-18 Jul 5pm to 5:30pm Free Comments

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 Children's Events

A tower, a door, leaning walls, a mystery

LOST CASTLES - Creeping Toad Family Friendly
Design your own castle with towers and battlements, a keep, drawbridges and dungeons. There might be optimistic peasants, warrior princesses, mad wizards, cooks making moat soup and a king who dropped his crown in the mud. Make a pop-up castle or palace to take away.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (07) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul noon to 3pm Free, Ages 4-6 Comments

A SCHOOL CHOIR SINGSONG - Thornsett, Newtown and New Mills Primary Schools Family Friendly
The school choirs from Thornsett, Newtown and New Mills Primary are excited to perform and showcase a selection of their favourite songs from their year of singing.
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) OpenStreetMap 15 Jul 12:30pm to 1:30pm Free Comments

what would guard your Tiny! treasures?

TINY! TREASURE HUNTERS - Stone and Water Family Friendly
What treasures would you hoard? Where would you keep them? Who would guard them? Join us for this year's Tiny! sessions. Decorate your own treasure box! Find some natural treasures! Mermaid, monster, pirate or dragon? Who will guard your treasure?
Pavilion Gardens – Playground (33m) OpenStreetMap 12 Jul 1pm to 4pm Free, Ages 3+ Comments

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Andy Gilbert-Poetry Teacher

A master class in poetry for people who may not like poetry. Unique teaching methods inspire you to release your inner Byron and express yourself through a talent that you never knew you had. Gilbert is considered deluded in poetry circles, but his sincerity has never been in doubt.
Green Man Gallery – Workshop Room (86b) OpenStreetMap 2, 3 Jul 6pm to 7pm, 4, 5 Jul noon to 1pm Free, Stong language and adult themes, Ages 16+
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Only fool and horses

BUXTON DAY OF DANCE 2020 - 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) 18 Jul 10:30am to 4:30pm Free Comments

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CELLO & PIANO RECITAL - Alison Burns & Jonathan Ellis Family Friendly
A local to the High Peak, Alison makes her first visit to the Buxton Fringe, presenting works by Beethoven, York Bowen and others. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Blythe House Hospice, 100% of which will be donated to the charity.
Buxton Methodist Church – Church (06a) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 7:30pm to 9:30pm Free Comments

A Fringe regular since 2012, Club Acoustic is proud to present a smörgåsbord of outstanding local musical talent in a showcase of songs and music from some of our regular performers. Free entry, no tickets. Come along!
Underground at The Old Clubhouse (21) OpenStreetMap 15 Jul 8:15pm to 11pm Free Comments

GUITAR VIRTUOSITY - Jacob Gilbourne Family Friendly
Jacob will be performing solo pieces of his own music, covering blues, jazz, jazz funk and rock guitar in a very easy and relaxed style. (New Writing)
Old Courthouse - Buxton Brewery Tap House (23a) OpenStreetMap 1 & 15 Jul 9:30pm to 11pm Free Comments

THE LIGHT WE CAST - Derby City Singers Family Friendly
A magical mix from madrigals to musicals. Join us at St Mary's Church, Dale Road for an hour of glorious choral music. A free event with a retiring collection for Blythe House Hospice.
St Mary's Church (41) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 2pm to 3pm Free Comments

MIX IT UP - Serpentine Community Garden Family Friendly
The Good Ole Boys, joined by Gill Sweeting plus two talented youngsters, Monty and Arlo on penny whistle and ukelele, will play for us in the open air. Acoustic set from 2pm to 3pm. Come early for mocktails or hot drinks, stay later to see what we’re growing.
Serpentine Community Garden (107) OpenStreetMap 12 Jul noon to 4pm Free
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A SONG IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR HANDS - Kaleidoscope Choir and Signs of the Peak Family Friendly
Two of Buxton's community choirs show and share their love of song. Established less than a year ago, Signs of the Peak join Fringe regulars, Kaleidoscope Choir - a joint Buxton International Festival and Opera House project - with a rousing performance reflecting ways in which songs touch our emotions.
Pavilion Gardens – Foyer (33c) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 1pm to 2pm Free Comments

ST LUKE'S SINGS - St Luke's CE Primary School Family Friendly
The St Luke's School Choir sings for your pleasure. It is a non-audition choir which has been entertaining Fringe visitors for the last three years. Come and let the children's love for music and joy make you happy.
Buxton Opera House Forecourt (08) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 1:30pm to 2:30pm Free Comments

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 Spoken Word

ALICE GOES ELSEWHERE - Buxton Drama League
This world can be challenging if you are on a 'spectrum', even if you are as talented as young musician Alice Lewis. However there are other realities where you might fit right in. A darkly comic musical audioplay from Buxton Drama League. Free online at (New Writing)
Online only (102) 1-19 Jul midnight to 11:59pm Free, Strong language and adult themes Comments

EINSTEIN'S BICYCLE, BOOK LAUNCH - Terry Dammery, Edale poet, Conrad Press 2020 Family Friendly
Under the silence of the rockets, we struggled with Einstein's Bicycle, no one hearing our cries. So for those who fell off, this is a softly-spoken rant that describes a view of TS Eliot's London from an orphanage window and a cycle ride through his Waste Land. (New Writing)
Scrivener's Bookshop (11) OpenStreetMap 9 & 16 Jul noon to 1pm Free, Ages 18+
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 Visual Arts

A wide variety of art on display at Burbage Art Group's annual exhibition

2020 ART EXHIBITION - Burbage Art Group Family Friendly
This long-established exhibition, now on a Sunday, features paintings, mixed-media works, textiles, sculptures, collage and more. Cakes, refreshments and children’s quiz make this a family occasion while the high standard of work has been recognised in Fringe and other awards. The group meets on Wednesday evenings and welcomes newcomers.
Burbage Institute, Nursery Lane, Buxton SK17 6UL (53) OpenStreetMap 12 Jul 11am to 4pm Free Gallery
Further information: 01538 266220 Comments

ABOUT TIME - Jennifer Hart and Louise Jannetta Family Friendly
Attributes of photography, print and paint adeptly express the culmination of experimental and interrogative research undertaken in the third year Fine Art BA at MMU. Both artists explore the intricate folds in the strata of time where shadows of the past haunt the present in a perpetual pattern of repetition.
Louise Jannetta Art Studio (rear of 24 Dale Rd) (14) OpenStreetMap 3-5, 10-12 & 17-19 Jul 10am to 4:30pm Free Comments

HEART ART - The community of Buxton and beyond Family Friendly
Heart Art, 2,500 hearts representing 25 million refugees, is about local community pulling together to help the wider global community. Reaching out with hearts from Buxton and around the world, our contemporary art installation and soundscape at the church will accompany a town-wide exhibition raising awareness and funds for refugees.
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 1-18 Jul 9:30am to 5:30pm. Buxton Community Church (78) OpenStreetMap 18 Jul 10am to 5:30pm. Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 9:30am to 5:30pm. Buxton Community Church (78) OpenStreetMap 19 Jul 2pm to 6pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, or 01298 937375 Comments

MOUNTAIN & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - Geoff Shoults Family Friendly
Winner of The Art of Travel award in The Travel Photographer of the Year 2019 and Mountain Photographer of The Year 2017. From the hills of Derbyshire to the Himalayas via Arctic Norway, Buxtonian Geoff Shoults takes inspiration from the abstract detail within the landscape as well as the sweeping vista.
Jo Royle Outdoor (113) OpenStreetMap 1-4 Jul 9:30am to 5pm, 5 Jul 10am to 4pm, 6-11 Jul 9:30am to 5pm, 12 Jul 10am to 4pm, 13-18 Jul 9:30am to 5pm, 19 Jul 10am to 4pm Free Comments

MOVEMENT AND LIGHT - The Green Man Gallery Resident Artists Family Friendly
Playful, interactive and exploratory work by The Green Man Gallery’s Resident Artists, responding to the themes of movement and light. Kindly supported by the Palace Hotel and on display in the foyer from July 1st to 29th.
The Palace Hotel – Reception Area (32c) OpenStreetMap 1-19 Jul 9:30am to 8pm Free
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SANCTUARY - The Green Man Gallery Resident Artists
A joint exhibition by The Green Man Gallery’s Resident Artists which links with the Heart Art installation at the gallery and throughout Buxton. Using a wide range of 2D and 3D media, the artists reflect on experiences of displacement and finding refuge.
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 1 Jul 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 2-19 Jul 10:30am to 5:30pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, or 01298 937375 Comments

SCULPTURE TRAIL - Curated by Lindsey Piper Family Friendly
An eclectic mix of sculptures whose aim is to move you in more ways than one.
The Palace Hotel – Gardens (32g) OpenStreetMap 1-19 Jul 8am to 8pm Free Comments

TAKE A BREAK - ACE Art Family Friendly
Enjoy a welcome break for refreshments upstairs at Hargreaves where talented members of Buxton’s Adult Community Education art classes will be exhibiting their landscapes, portraits and mixed-media paintings including local scenes. The classes are run by artist David Woodrow whose works will also be on display.
Hargreaves (121) OpenStreetMap 1-4, 6-11 & 13-18 Jul 9am to 5:30pm Free
Further information: David Woodrow 07856 697923 or Mo Stewart 07778 008955 Comments

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.
Turner's Memorial (117) OpenStreetMap 3-11 Jul 7pm to 11:30pm Free Comments

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THE FRINGE OF THE FRINGE - Buxton Fringe of 1
Stranger. Audaciouser. Fringier. Immerse yourselves in the Fringe of the Fringe: the weirdest, wildest assortment of all the events that aren’t happening on the Fringe. The shows, gigs and exhibitions you wish you’d seen. Keep up with all the excitement on Facebook: @buxtonfringeofthefringe and Twitter: @buxtonfringeof1 (New Writing)
Around the Town (47) 1-19 Jul 10am to 11:55pm Free Comments

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