A look ahead to Christmas in Buxton

PUBLISHED: 13:45 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 December 2017

The Opera House and the entrance to the Pavilion Gardens

The Opera House and the entrance to the Pavilion Gardens

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Things to do in Buxton this Christmas

James Holmes as Dame Nanny Nora and Jessica Revell as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at Buxton Opera House (Image: Buxton Opera House)James Holmes as Dame Nanny Nora and Jessica Revell as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at Buxton Opera House (Image: Buxton Opera House)

In 1871, Buxton acquired a wonderful asset with the opening of a pavilion modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. The Pavilion was extended by the addition in 1875 of an octagonal concert hall, the building in 1903 of a delightful opera house and the construction in 1972 of an indoor swimming pool. The leisure complex has been further enhanced in recent years by the imaginative conversion of two large areas of the building. One houses an information centre and a permanent exhibition of work by members of High Peak Artists, whilst a second area has become the Pavilion Arts Centre, with a flexible interior serving as exhibition space, function room, theatre and a cinema.

On 23rd November, the Pavilion Arts Centre launched the Christmas Season with a performance by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with period costumes, song, dance and an original musical score.

Due to the closure of the Octagon Concert Hall for structural repairs, this year’s Christmas Bazaar (16th December) is being held in the Pavilion Marquee, a temporary structure that has been erected on the forecourt of the Pavilion. As always, the Bazaar will be an eclectic mix of fine foods, plants, antiques, books, records, crafts and clothing. The marquee will also house farmers’ markets on 7th December and 23rd December, when fresh produce grown locally will be on sale, along with a range of local crafts.

On 9th and 10th December, the Pavilion Marquee will accommodate a Christmas Weekend Wonderland, when more than 50 exhibitors and stall holders will be tempting visitors with a great selection of Christmas gifts. Of course, boutiques housed in the Cavendish Arcade, adjacent to the Crescent, will be adding their own temptations, as will shops located in Higher Buxton and the Spring Gardens shopping areas. The twice-weekly stall market will operate as usual in Higher Buxton on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and this outdoor market is now supplemented by an indoor artisan market in The Arches at the foot of Fairfield Road. Shoppers will be spoilt for choice in Buxton this Christmas!

Atticus Boo in the Cavendish Arcade, BuxtonAtticus Boo in the Cavendish Arcade, Buxton

Traditional seasonal entertainment is being provided at the Opera House, where performances of the pantomime Sleeping Beauty will take place from 9th to 31st December. James Holmes, from Miranda, will be appearing as Dame Nanny Nora and Jessica Revell, from CBBC, will star as Princess Aurora. The magic of Christmas at the Opera House will extend into the New Year with performances by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia on Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th January of Cinderella, The Snow Maiden and The Nutcracker.

Buxton’s hugely popular New Year’s Eve Gala Concert in the Opera House will feature the British Philharmonic Orchestra playing music from opera and operettas, plus a range of orchestral classics. Members of the audience will be encouraged to launch party poppers and streamers to add to the gaiety of an evening that will close the old year with a rousing rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

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