Oliver Twist himself will be making a guest appearance at this Saturday’s Dickensian Fair at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.
The cast of New Mills Amateur Operatic Society will be giving a taste of their forthcoming production of the hit musical Oliver as part of the entertainment for the annual charity fair.
“The fair has always had a Dickensian theme so it’s terrific to have Oliver at the heart of it this year,” said entertainment organiser Alan Wells.
Other guests include Fairfield Band, St Anne’s Choir and Recorder Group, John McGrother, Four to the Bar, Dig Where You Stand, All at Sea, Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir and The Billerettes.
The Dickensian atmosphere is briefly put to one side for an exotic appearance by Banat Shalale – a group of belly dancers.
While the non-stop entertainment continues in the centre of The Octagon, charities from all over the High Peak will be manning stalls selling Christmas gifts.
The fair is held in aid of the Mayoral Charities Appeal which has raised money for hundreds of local good causes over the years.
“This is one of the first big Christmas events and it always has a great atmosphere,” said Mr Wells. “We have a brilliant line up of local entertainers this year but as always, it’s also a really good opportunity for local charities who work tirelessly throughout the year to raise some money too.”
The fair opens at 10.15am in the Octagon, Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens.