Festival Fringe’s £400,000 boost to Buxton economy

The Fringe desk outside Buxton Opera House, a host of Buxton Festival performances. Photo: Donald Judge.
The Fringe desk outside Buxton Opera House, a host of Buxton Festival performances. Photo: Donald Judge.

This year’s Buxton Festival Fringe contributed nearly £400,000 to the local economy - despite the event as a whole being slightly smaller than in 2015.

Latest figures also show it made a bigger splash than ever, with high satisfaction ratings and increased hits to the Fringe website.

A total of 152 events resulted in an estimated £48,000 being spent by performers during their stay in Buxton, according to entrants’ feedback.

Meanwhile figures from the audience survey suggest that punters spent some £325,000 on food, accommodation and ticket sales for shows from local performers.

The Fringe scored highly for satisfaction with 86 per cent of audience-goers who responded to the survey scoring the event 4 or 5 out of 5, and 19 per cent choosing to see six or more shows.

The Fringe is proving a big draw nationally with visitors coming from London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Newcastle and Leeds as well as from abroad. At the same time there was an increased percentage of locals.

Ticket sales held up well, with the estimated total audience figure standing at over 16,000.

Fringe chair Keith Savage said: “The Buxton Fringe 2016 seemed like the most enjoyable of events, but when you are caught up in the middle of something it is possible to misread the mood.

“So it is really important that hundreds of people from all over the country have taken the time and trouble to tell us how good their Fringe experience was.”

Next year’s Fringe will take place from July 5 to 23.