Now we don't expect everyone to be intimate with the location of all the towns and villages of northern Derbyshire - so you may have to take our word for it that some Buxton Fringe venues are a good few miles distant. We are especially pleased to welcome shows and events from these outlying venues.
Come the end of February we had 61 events scheduled already for July. We'll try and review the programme so far over the next few Blog posts but here let us concentrate on what will be taking place beyond the town boundaries.
New Mills is about 13 miles north of Buxton and sits just inside the boundary of the High Peak (Disley and Cheshire are a few yards further along the A6). New Mills has been hosting some splendid events in recent months (and Eddi Reader will be singing at the Arts Theatre on July 24th - though this isn't part of the Fringe).
On Sunday July 12th (from 11.00am-12.30pm) the Halle Cellos will be playing at the Spring Bank Arts Centre in New Mills. Eight cellos from the internationally celebrated orchestra will be playing arrangements of opera favourites from Purcell to Puccini. Coffee and cake is included in the ticket price and it is likely that this show will sell-out quickly.
Six miles south of Buxton is the charming village of Crowdecote which sits in the upper Dove valley. The approach to the village from the A515 offers stunning views. A couple of years back the Pack Horse Inn was host to a wonderful evening of poetry. On July 24th the Packhorse Poets are back with two laureates: from Derbyshire there is Helen Mort and Gary Longden from Staffordshire (the county boundary is a short walk away). This should be a fabulous and intimate evening. The Pack Horse continues to get plenty of 5* reviews on Trip Advisor. Get there early for supper to be sure of a seat.
A little closer to Buxton is Chelmorton - a friendly village with a lovely church just four miles south of Buxton. 'Chelly' has a very strong community and it has organised its own week-long festival. From 13-19 July the village will be buzzing with a range of events. Crime writer Steven Dunne is bound to get an enthusiastic audience. Steven has written a series about DI Damen Brook who has moved from London to the quiet of the Peak District. You won't be surprised to find out that for Damen the Peak District turns out not to be so quiet.