What’s on when at Buxton Spring Fair 2015 - Bank Holiday Monday May 4

Busy scenes from last year's spring fair.
Busy scenes from last year's spring fair.
  • Bank Holiday Monday event will be bigger than ever, with 170 stalls
  • Spectacular line-up of entertainment, crafts, activities and culinary delights
  • Live music on the Pump House Roof between 11am and 5pm
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Buxton Town Team have cooked up a spectacular menu for its ever-popular Spring Fair on Monday May 4 with everything from hog roasts and fine dining Indian-style to massages and craftwork.

It’s bigger than ever with 170 stalls booked – and train schedulers are adding coaches to Buxton trains to get the crowds into town.

Buxton’s very own Town Crier, Bill Weston, will open the fair at 10am in front of the Town Hall, assisted by the Buxton Carnival Queen.

The huge range of activities for the kids includes lots of favourites from last year – the donkey rides, climbing wall and even an artificial cave up by the Town Hall, plus the traditional schools sports alongside ‘Scooters – The Race’ in the Pavilion Gardens events field.

And if you feel energetic, there’s keep fit and martial arts, ‘have a go’ in a canoe, model boat sailing, games, circus acts, golf and of course Connie Consumasaurus, the totally rubbish dinosaur.

There’s a wide variety of food available: barbecues at the Old Hall Hotel, the Cheshire Cheese, the Green Pavilion and the Hydro Cafe, and on the Market Place a hog roast, fine Indian dining and artisan toasties, plus a range of different stalls selling cakes and other goodies.

Busy scenes from last year's spring fair.

Busy scenes from last year's spring fair.

Spread throughout the town will be a mix of charity stalls, clothing and accessories, plants, arts and crafts, homeware and gifts.

And after all the activities and the shopping, you can enjoy a massage, or a relaxing drink, while listening to the music in one of four performance venues – the Pump House roof, lower Hardwick Street, the Market Place and Bath Road.

Volunteer organiser Janet Miller said: “The Spring Fair is all set to be another fantastic day out for all the family. What I like most about the fair, is that for weeks beforehand all the different organisations are planning their own stalls, coming up with really interesting and exciting ideas, then on the day it all comes together into something amazing. It’s a real community event.”

Parking space will be at a premium, and although there will be additional parking at the University Dome and St Thomas More School on Palace Road, people are strongly encouraged to walk, or use taxis or public transport.

The Spring Fair is all set to be another fantastic day out for all the family. What I like most about the fair, is that for weeks beforehand all the different organisations are planning their own stalls, coming up with really interesting and exciting ideas, then on the day it all comes together into something amazing. It’s a real community event.

Janet Miller, volunteer organiser

Programme of events:

Town Hall front

10am – official opening

10.10am – Erin Shires & Nigella Beswick

10.30am – Mississippi Horns

11am – Chapel Morris Men

11.20am – New Bodies Gym Kettlercise

11.40am – High Peak Samba

12pm – Phoenix Stage School

12.30pm – Billerettes

12.45pm - Paul Roberts Modern Martial Arts

1pm – Peak District Music Centres Big Band

2pm – Phoenix Stage School

2.30pm – Powderkegs Morris

3pm – Bin 53 Four

4pm – Radio Memphis & the Mississippi Horns

Hardwick Street

11am – Billerettes

11.15am – Well Heeled Appalachians

11.35am – Erin Shires & Nigella Beswick

12.10pm – High Peak Samba

12.30pm – New Bodies Gym Insanity

12.50pm – Well Heeled Appalachians

1.30pm – Johnny Jahlfrezi

2.15pm – Chapel Morris Men

2.45pm – Douglas Torr

3.15pm – Peter Butler

4pm – Powderkegs Morris

4.30pm – Simply Layback

Bath Road

11.15am – High Peak Samba

11.30am – Penny’s from Evan

12pm – Chapel Morris Men

12.30pm – Douglas Torr

1.15pm – Peter Butler

1.45pm – Billerettes

2pm – Penny’s from Evan

2.30pm – Will Hawthorn

3.15pm – Simply Layback

3.45pm – Johnny Jahlfrezi

4.15pm – Erin Shires & Nigella Beswick

Pump House Roof

Performers: Blue John (11am), Lights in the Sea (12pm), One Million Fingers (1pm), 11th Hour (2pm), Basin Street (3pm), Moving Target (4pm).