Family fun at Buxton’s Pump Room

Josh Owen, 8, with his mum, Sarah, create their own version of the pump room during their visit to the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.
Josh Owen, 8, with his mum, Sarah, create their own version of the pump room during their visit to the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.

Dozens of families have seen history brought to life during a series of fun events at Buxton’s Pump Room.

The Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust hosted the free family events throughout the summer, thanks to support from the Bingham Trust, with the latest taking place last week.

Olivia Holland gets into character during her visit to the Victorian pump for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.

Olivia Holland gets into character during her visit to the Victorian pump for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.

Liz Mackenzie, engagement and events manager for the trust, said: “There is a whole generation, the town’s youngest generation, which has never been inside The Crescent or the Pump Room and has no memories of how important this building is in the town’s history.

“We have been engaging with children in the area and those on holiday too, to share our history and bring alive the important Georgian and Victorian heritage and the water which Buxton was built up around.”

Over the course of the six open days more than 500 children have taken part in activities which involved Lego, colouring and dressing-up.

Liz said: “We have been very lucky and had specially-commissioned Lego pieces in Crescent colours and with the arches.

Chris Kitchener gets into character during his visit to the Victorian pump for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.

Chris Kitchener gets into character during his visit to the Victorian pump for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.

“The children have used these pieces to create some incredible buildings of their own inspired by Buxton’s fine architecture.

“It has proved such a success we will definitely bring it back for future open days.”

Jack Andow puts the finishing touches to his castle which he made with help from Nana, Trish Andow, during a visit to the Pump Room for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.

Jack Andow puts the finishing touches to his castle which he made with help from Nana, Trish Andow, during a visit to the Pump Room for the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Family Explorer Day held on Saturday.