Buxton Spring Fair 2016: what’s on when and where

Crowds in Spring Gardens at last year's event.
Crowds in Spring Gardens at last year's event.

Buxton’s spring fair is returning for its fourth year - and with nearly 200 stalls it is going to be bigger than ever.

Organised by Buxton Town Team, the annual event on Monday May 2 is a celebration of the community and of breaking down barriers.

Morris Dancers in Spring Gardens during the 2015 event.

Morris Dancers in Spring Gardens during the 2015 event.

Janet Miller, one of the Town Team directors, has seen the project grow since 2012.

She said: “Geography and psychology divide the town, even though we are all Buxton there are different attitudes to those in High or Lower Buxton and those people visiting the Pavilion Gardens.

“The aim of the first fair was to have a combined event to link all parts of our great town and I think we really did achieve it.”

The fair will line the street from the London Road traffic lights all the way through the Market Place, down to Spring Gardens and on to the Pavilion Gardens.

This year will see the return of old favourites such as donkey rides, climbing walls and Connie the Totally Rubbish Dinosaur, along with some new treats such as ferret racing and stalls selling wine brewed in Derbyshire.

Janet added: “We kick in with earnest organising the fair from January onwards, and for the volunteers it does become a full-time job.

“It’s worth it though - for me there is nothing better than seeing months of planning come together and to have the streets full of people enjoying themselves.”

Back in the first year, Janet said it was hard to sell the idea of what the town team were trying to create as it was only going to work on paper.

She said: “The number of people who turned up surprised everyone, we just weren’t expecting it.

“It was only ever going to be a one-off, but it was such a success we knew we had to do it again.”

Since then popularity has grown with the biggest hike in the second year as people who heard about the first fair did not want to miss out.

Janet thinks the reason it is still growing is because there is so much to do in Buxton.

“The fair is a wonderful way for clubs, organisations and businesses to showcase what they are about, and I think events like this do grow the more people hear about them,” she said.

This year there will be a bigger number of food traders, from English to Indian, and everything in between including a barbecue near the Crescent.

If that’s not enough, there will also be performers at four main venues around the town: outside the Town Hall, Bath Road, The Crescent and Hardwick Street.

There will also be events at Buxton Methodist Church, the Green Man Gallery, Samudra Buddist Centre and The Queen’s Head, plus entertainment in the Pavilion Gardens including the RNLI duck race.

Janet added: “We are really lucky this year because of how much entertainment we have on, so even when you have looked at all of the stalls you can really make a day of it.”

Programme for four main venues

Town Hall Front

10am: Official opening by Buxton’s Town Crier

10.10am: Erin Shires

10.40am: Will Cruddace

11am: Well Heeled Appalachian Dancers

11.20am: Chapel Morris Men & Powderkegs

12pm: The Billerettes

12.15pm: High Peak Samba

12.30pm: Las Ninas de las Flores

1pm: Peak District Big Band

2pm: Well Heeled Appalachian Dancers

2.20pm: Red Carpet Coyote

3.20pm: Tara Crank & Doug Torr

3.50pm: University Circus Society

4pm: Long in the Tooth

Bath Road

11am: The Billerettes

11.15am: Gina Gill

11.45am: Salty Dog Acoustic

12.40pm: High Peak Samba

1pm: Karlos the Jackal & the Widow Maker

1.40pm: Las Ninas de las Flores

2pm: Tara Crank & Doug Torr

2.30pm: Will Hawthorne

3pm: Opanka Eastern European Dance

3.20pm: Erin Shires

3.50pm: Simply Layback

The Crescent

11.20am: High Peak Samba

11.40am: Simply Layback

12.10pm: Gina Gill

12.30pm: Blue John

1.20pm: Chapel Morris Men & Powderkegs

2pm: The Billerettes

2.15pm: Bin 53 Trio

3pm: Salty Dog Acoustic

4pm: Red Carpet Coyote

Hardwick Street

11am: High Peak Samba

11.15am: Penny’s from ‘Evan

11.35am: Las Ninas de las Flores

12.10pm: Erin Shires

12.30pm: Tara Crank & Doug Torr

1pm: The Billerettes

1.15pm: Penny’s from ‘Evan

1.35pm: Gina Gill

2pm: University Circus Society

2.15pm: Karlos the Jackal & the Widow Maker

3pm: Will Cruddace

3.30pm: Will Hawthorne

4.10pm: Opanka Eastern European Dance

Buxton Methodist Church

Between 10am and 4pm, Churches Together will be offering tea and coffee, children’s activities, poetry and storytelling, health and wellbeing, plus music on the hour, every hour, in the church and on the forecourt.

Pavilion Gardens

Traditional sports day races will be held on the events field, in association with Chris Hill Community Sports. They include: skipping races (10am-11am), egg and spoon races (11am-noon), sack races (noon-1pm), wacky water races (1pm-2pm), and three-legged races (2pm-3pm).

The RNLI Duck Race will also be held in the Pavilion Gardens at 2pm. At the same time, there will be music on the band stand.

Samudra Buddhist Centre

Free meditation sessions will be taking place regularly throughout the day at the centre, located at 49 High Street. There will also be a cafe, bric-a-brac stalls and book sales.

The Green Man Gallery

Art activities at the Hardwick Square South gallery will be held throughout the day, with a performance by the Kaleidoscope Choir at 1pm.

The Queen’s Head

Bands will be performing live at the pub, on High Street, from noon. They include: Illegal Regals, Bin 53, Dharma and Purple Cloud of Funk.

Timings correct at time of press. For more information, visit www.buxtontownteam.org.uk.