Monday, 16 May 2016
Buxton Festival Fringe starts in 52 days. The programme is now with the printer - see above - and 20,000 full-colour copies will be delivered on May 27th. We'll start immediate distribution of the programme on the 27th. There are 148 separate shows or events listed with nearly 500 performances over 19 days. We have much to look forward to. But before we turn our attention exclusively to our own Festival it seems right to flag up some other things that you'll want to know about Buxton.
These days many of us turn to Internet as the first source for information. So far as Buxton goes there are dozens of sites that are helpful. One that offers an broad overview of the town and its attractions is Visit Buxton. If you want an up-to-date calendar of what is going on in town then try Explore Buxton.
Between now and July 6th - when the Fringe starts - there is plenty going on in and around Buxton to give you reason to visit the town.
The Drama League presents "One Man, Two Guvnors" at the Opera House from this Thursday (19th) through to Saturday (21st). Richard Bean's comedy was a huge success in the West End and on Broadway and these are the first performances in Buxton.
Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (28-30 May) sees the 10th Derbyshire Open Arts Anniversary when dozens of artists will be showing their work across the whole county - from Glossop in the north-west, to Bolsover in the north-east and down to Long Eaton in the south. As you would expect there is plenty to see in Buxton and Whaley Bridge - including work at the Green Man Gallery and Louise Jannetta's Studio.
From 11-12 June a couple of dozen Buxton Gardens will be open - trail maps are available from the Tourist Information Centre and from Poole's Cavern.
The Buxton Spa Prize is now closed for entries - but expect to see dozens of artists out and about the town in the next few weeks working on their images of the town. Work has to be submitted by 24th June and will be displayed at The Green Man Gallery from 1st July.
Sales for the The Buxton Festival are good - some events sold out weeks ago - but from 1st June if you are lucky enough to be under-30 you can get tickets for £5. You'll need to book at the Box Office in person or by phone.
Right, from now on it will be Fringe, Fringe, Fringe.