Fringe for Free 2022

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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. 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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Underground | Buxton Fringe Launch Party

BUXTON FRINGE LAUNCH PARTY - Underground Family Friendly
Join us for the official launch of the 2022 Buxton Festival Fringe at Underground's festival hub above The Old Clubhouse. Catch preview performances from across the Fringe, mingle with the stars and help us toast the 43rd Buxton Fringe! No booking required - just come along.
Underground at The Old Clubhouse (21) OpenStreetMap 5 Jul 8pm to 11:30pm Free Gallery
Further information: underthefringe.com. Info: 020 8144 0070. Comments

The Fringe Float in all its glory (credit: Dan Osborne)

FRINGE AT THE CARNIVAL - Buxton Festival Fringe & BIF Family Friendly
Buxton Festival Fringe takes to the streets with its spectacular orange float and assorted performers in partnership with Buxton International Festival. Thanks to Lomas Distribution and to the Well Dressing and Carnival team for organising this highlight in the town's calendar.
Around the Town 9 Jul 2pm to 4pm Free, Donations: Give generously to the Well Dressing Charities Comments

Blooming marvellous (credit: Ian J Parkes)

FRINGE AWARDS 2022 - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
Performers, Fringe Friends, Fringe Committee members and Reviewers are invited to our Fringe Awards Ceremony. Enjoy a drink with us in relaxed, open-air surroundings with a little polytunnel shelter if needs be! We see this as a celebration of everyone who supports our beautiful festival.
Serpentine Community Garden (107) OpenStreetMap 24 Jul 5pm to 6:30pm Free, Donations: see website
Further information: Open to groups stated and by invitation Comments

Fringe Sunday (credit: Ian J Parkes)

FRINGE SUNDAY - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
It's back! Join us for our traditional picnic and party in the park. Buy some Derbyshire ice cream and we'll provide the entertainment. Expect dance, music, singing, comedy, fun and games! Pick up a Fringe programme or become a Fringe Friend. Mingle with the stars at this free showcase event!
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 10 Jul 2pm to 4:30pm Free Comments

Comedian Mike Raffone conducts the audience (credit: Dave Upcott)

FRINGE@5 - Buxton Festival Fringe Family Friendly
An early evening Buxton tradition complementing Buxton International Festival's Song at Six on the same evenings. Enjoy free tasters of Fringe events from music to comedy and drama to spoken word.
Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 8, 14, 15 & 20-23 Jul 5pm to 5:30pm Free Comments

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Cowardy Cowardy Custard - Storytime Fun!

STORYTIME WITH FRIENDS OF COWARDY COWARDY CUSTARD - Creme Anglaise Publishing Family Friendly
Christine Palmer and her two Bearded Collies invite you to join in the fun as she reads from her beautifully illustrated children’s books, Cowardy, Cowardy Custard - Custard, Custard Petit Froussard. They have both French and English on the same page, perfect for anyone young or old who wants to improve their French.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) OpenStreetMap 17 & 24 Jul 11am to 11:45am, 3pm to 3:45pm Free, Ages 5-13
Further information: chris@chrispalmerbooks.com Comments

a crown, a castle and a flower for adventures

TINY! MARVELS AND WONDERS - Stone and Water Family Friendly
Fabulous creatures, heroes, maidens, monsters and probably mice! Join us for a Tiny! day, making small puppets, decorating small treasure chests and making things no bigger than your hand! Find us between the young children's playground and the miniature train stop.
Pavilion Gardens – Playground (33m) OpenStreetMap 10 Jul 11am to 3pm Free, Ages 3+ Comments

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THE POETRY TEACHER-ADVANCED CLASS - Andy Gilbert
The UK’s number one poetry teacher returns with a masterclass of advanced techniques. Gilbert also uses poetry to conduct a ground-breaking social experiment. The content is new, but the delusion remains the same. (New Writing)
Eagle Pub – Lounge Bar (60a) OpenStreetMap 7 Jul 7pm to 8pm. Green Man Gallery – Ground Floor Gallery (86a) OpenStreetMap 8, 9 Jul 6:30pm to 7:30pm Free, Strong language, adult themes, Ages 16+
Further information: Please reserve via the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

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Fool and beasts

BUXTON DAY OF DANCE 2022 - 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 16 Jul 10:30am to 4:30pm Free Gallery Comments

RR dancing "Fandango" at Buxton

REGENCY MUSIC & DANCE - Regency ReJigged Family Friendly
Costume dances and music around the town demonstrating musical styles and dance sets from the Regency period - think Pride and Prejudice. We take questions and share our enthusiasm for these uniquely English aspects of social life.
Pavilion Gardens – Promenade (33q) OpenStreetMap 10 Jul 11am to 11:20am, 2:15pm to 2:35pm, 4:30pm to 4:50pm Free
Further information: info@regency-rejigged.org.uk or www.regencyrejigged.wordpress.com Comments

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Club Acoustic

CLUB ACOUSTIC AT THE FRINGE - Club Acoustic
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 6 Jul 8:30pm to 10:30pm Free Comments

Kaboodle Community Choir

HARMONIES WITH A SMILE - Kaboodle Community Choir Family Friendly
We sing for the joy of it and hope you enjoy our performance as much as we enjoy singing for you. Kaboodle is a non-audition, mixed, four-part harmony community choir, formed in 2007. Singing first outside the Pump Room, then our ukuleles play inside, and we will then perform on the Bandstand.
The Pump Room (84) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 12:15pm to 12:45pm, 1pm to 1:20pm. Pavilion Gardens – Bandstand (33a) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 3:30pm to 4:30pm Free Gallery Comments

MIX IT UP - The Good Ole Boys & Susie and the Bad Habits Family Friendly
Afternoon of live music in the Community Garden. Acoustic and amplified if we have electricity supply in time. Come down from noon for one of our signature cocktails. Music strikes up from 1.15 to 2.45pm. Stay on to relax and look around.
Serpentine Community Garden (107) OpenStreetMap 10 Jul noon to 4pm Free, Donations: Contributions welcome on the day.
Further information: info@serpentinecommunitygarden.org Comments

SIMPLY ACAPPELLA - Ordsall Acappella Singers Family Friendly
An hour of close harmony singing: we offer you a free concert to celebrate our return to Buxton after an absence of two years. Once again we come to you singing from the heart of Salford.
United Reformed Church – Purple Room: Church (55a) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 11am to 12:15pm. St Mary's Church (41) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 3pm to 4:15pm Free Gallery
Further information: www.ticketsource.co.uk/ordsallsingers Comments

Fred Up in action

A TELLYFULL OF SONGS - Fred Up Family Friendly
TV themes are a rich part of our musical heritage, but sadly overlooked till now. Award winners from previous Fringes, local performers Fred and Paul delve into the wonders of TV music over the years. Noted for their often surprising musical interpretations, be prepared for fun, points and (no) prizes.
RedWillow (115) OpenStreetMap 6, 13 & 20 Jul 7pm to 8pm Free Comments

ZERENE - LIVE AT BUXTON FRINGE 2022 - Zerene
Zerene is a singer/guitarist duo covering indie, pop, alternative, grunge and folk music. Expect a powerful vocal range, intoxicating guitar loops and covers of artists from Nirvana to Nancy Sinatra and Linkin Park to Lana Del Rey.
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe (30) OpenStreetMap 22 Jul 8pm to 9pm Free, Ages 16+
Further information: stuartroyle78@hotmail.com Comments

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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

MEET THE EXPERTS - LUNCHTIME TALKS - Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Drop in for free lunchtime talks on Derbyshire's history. Talks include a look at the ceramics found during the restoration of Buxton's Crescent and the DNA analysis of the county's early inhabitants, including Neolithic people buried at Carsington and Hindlow. Pick up a programme or visit the museum's website/social media.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (07) OpenStreetMap 12-15 Jul 1pm to 2pm Free, Donations: Contributions welcome Comments

A WHITER SHADE OF PALE - 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 6-24 Jul all day Free, Strong language, adult themes, Donations: A donation link is available.
Further information: free Comments

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THE SHAKESPEARE JUKEBOX - Buxton Drama League Family Friendly
A Buxton Fringe institution, multi-award-winners The Shakespeare Jukebox return with a combination of regular online videos and live performances in the open air. And all for charity! Make your donation and choose your scene from the Jukebox playlist! Shakespeare at its most lively and entertaining! Don't miss it!
Pavilion Gardens – Promenade (33q) OpenStreetMap 8, 10, 16, 17 & 22, 23 Jul 6pm to 7pm Free Gallery Comments

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John D Slater.

BIJOU @ BUXTON - Bijou Productions Family Friendly
Four one-man Bijou presentations by John D Slater. Bethlehem Street Cleaner - Wed 13th, Making His Mark - Thurs 14th, King Lear's Fool's Tale - Fri 15th, An Actor's Life for Me - Sat 16th. (New Writing)
St Mary's Church (41) OpenStreetMap 13-15 Jul 7pm to 8pm. Bath Road Church Centre (01) OpenStreetMap 16 Jul 7pm to 8pm Free, Donations: Give what you can afford at the event. Gallery
Further information: john.slater44@gmail.com or www.johndslater.co.uk/bijou-buxton Comments

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ART AT PAULA'S PAD - Paula Hobdey Family Friendly
Weird and wonderful birds and abstracts in mixed media. Acrylic landscapes, animals, portraits and more. Paula's previous exhibitions have had good reviews and the artist has had works accepted for the Derbyshire Open at Buxton Museum in the past. Refreshments available.
9 Wye Head, Buxton SK17 9AG (95) OpenStreetMap 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22 & 24 Jul 10:30am to 4pm Free, Donations: Any contributions will go to Médecins Sans Frontières Gallery
Further information: 01298 212469. Studio is just off Macclesfield Road. Look for the balloons! Comments

credit: Pam Smart

ART AT THE CRESCENT - Peak District Artisans Family Friendly
An exciting collection of contemporary artworks from some of the best professional artists and makers in the Peak District. Members are selected for their outstanding creative works and recognised for excellence in their chosen field. The event is set in the stunning Assembly Rooms where you can meet the artists.
The Crescent - Assembly Rooms (59a) OpenStreetMap 7, 8 Jul 11am to 6:30pm, 9 Jul 11am to 3pm Free
Further information: www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk Comments

Art in the Octagon logo

ART IN THE OCTAGON - High Peak Artists Family Friendly
An art extravaganza in the iconic Octagon Hall! Exhibition stands, demonstrations, workshops, guest artists. Meet and buy from award-winning artists & makers from the High Peak Artists group. Watch them at work. Oils, pastels, watercolours, urban sketching, silk painting, wood carving, photography, printmaking, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and lots more.
Pavilion Gardens – Octagon (33d) OpenStreetMap 13-15 Jul 10am to 5pm Free Comments

BAT2022: BUXTON ART TRAIL - Buxton Art Trail
Buxton's popular, award-winning, Art Trail is back. Lots of work to see, activities to join in and opportunities to watch artists at work. The main BAT is on the final Fringe weekend but we are spreading across July! Be sure you pick up a BAT brochure for full details.
Around the Town 23, 24 Jul 11am to 5pm Free Gallery
Further information: info@buxtonarttrail.com Comments

Dancing Water, Weathered Stone - The Green Man Gallery

DANCING WATER, WEATHERED STONE - The Green Man Gallery Artists Family Friendly
At the heart of a town built from stone, in a landscape shaped by water, the Green Man Resident Artists celebrate the fabric of Buxton and beyond. Through paintings, drawings, photography, prints, mixed-media, textiles and ceramics, they explore the relationship between the elements that make this place unique.
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 6 Jul 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 7-24 Jul 10:30am to 5:30pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

A Winters Walk by Carl Longmate, Winner of the 2019 Derbyshire Trophy

DERBYSHIRE OPEN EXHIBITION - Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Family Friendly
Since 1982 the Derbyshire Open has attracted amateur and professional artists of all ages, competing for a range of prizes and a place in the museum collection. The resulting exhibition is the highlight of our summer programme.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (07) OpenStreetMap 6-9 Jul 10am to 5pm, 10 Jul noon to 4pm, 11-16 Jul 10am to 5pm, 17 Jul noon to 4pm, 18-23 Jul 10am to 5pm, 24 Jul noon to 4pm Free, Donations: Contributions welcome Comments

Memories of Newgrange (credit: Ann Bates)

ECHOES: REVERBERATIONS ACROSS MILLENNIA EXHIBITION - Ann Bates/Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Through design, process and materials, Echoes illustrates a connection between the Neolithic and the 21st century. Revealing how ancient practices of honouring the dead can still be relevant today. Often a difficult subject to address, this exhibition aims to evoke thought, discussion and a greater awareness.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (07) OpenStreetMap 23 Jul 10am to 5pm, 24 Jul noon to 4pm Free, Donations: Contributions welcome Comments

Ceremonial feasting platter. Haida Gwaii Island, Canada. 1850’s

FROM THE LAND OF THE GREAT SPIRIT - Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Family Friendly
The museum is showing a selection of Native American and First Nations material, including ritual feasting equipment, beadwork, head dresses and weapons. This is your last opportunity to see these objects before they are repatriated to indigenous communities in Canada and the United States.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (07) OpenStreetMap 6-9 Jul 10am to 5pm, 10 Jul noon to 4pm, 11-16 Jul 10am to 5pm, 17 Jul noon to 4pm, 18-23 Jul 10am to 5pm, 24 Jul noon to 4pm Free, Donations: Contributions welcome Comments

Gaia - Artist - Alison Rose

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE SCULPTURE TRAIL - Art Up Close Family Friendly
I spy with my little eye something beginning with S. S is for sculptures. Discover an intriguing collection of sculptures created by our artists nestling in the trees of the Pavilion Gardens.
Pavilion Gardens (33) OpenStreetMap 6-24 Jul all day Free Comments

Murder Stone Textile (credit: Kate Aimson)

MURDER STONE - Uncanny Stitch
The artists of textile group Uncanny Stitch present a haunting exhibition of multi-media artworks; a magical collection evoked by the tale of the Murder Stone. Follow the trail up the stairs and corridors of the Green Man Gallery to find the Murder Stone Room, and enter this dark tale.
Green Man Gallery (86) OpenStreetMap 6-24 Jul 10:30am to 5:30pm Free
Further information: the Gallery, 01298 937375 or thegreenmangallery.com Comments

Artist - Lindsey Piper

SCINTILLATION – A SCULPTURE IN DVDS - Lindsey Piper Family Friendly
Fascinated by the iridescent qualities of DVDs, Lindsey Piper has created an aerial acrobat sculpture using mosaic techniques. This faceted sculpture creates mesmerising rainbows of colour and dancing light as she moves in her space.
Pavilion Gardens – Foyer (33c) OpenStreetMap 6-24 Jul 9:30am to 5pm Free Comments(2)

In the Cave (credit Sarah Keast)

TIPPING POINTS - EXPLORATIONS IN LIMINAL LANDSCAPES - Sarah Keast/Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Family Friendly
Combining printing, painting and drawing, Keast’s artwork incorporates landscape, geology, archaeology and the natural world. For this exhibition she has developed a body of work which responds to a sense of place, the landscape of the Peaks and some of the finds in the museum collection.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (07) OpenStreetMap 6-9 Jul 10am to 5pm, 10 Jul noon to 4pm, 11-16 Jul 10am to 5pm, 17 Jul noon to 4pm Free, Donations: Free entry but donations welcome Comments

WINTER WOODS - Geoff Shoults Family Friendly
Photography by Buxtonian Geoff Shoults. The images show the course of a 'proper' winter through a varied and beautiful series of photos taken in local woodlands. Geoff's awards include UK Mountain Photo of the Year and Art of Travel Award at the Travel Photographer of the Year.
Jo Royle Outdoor (113) OpenStreetMap 6-9, 11-16 & 18-23 Jul 10am to 3pm Free Gallery Comments

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dress with colour, flare and frivolity....

BUXTON PRIDE PICNIC - Stone and Water Family Friendly
A summer afternoon, fancy hats, wonderful cakes, fabulous people: Buxton’s Pride Picnic is back for another 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 23 Jul 2pm to 5pm Free Gallery Comments

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