Octagon delays forces Buxton Bazaar fair to cancel

Rotary Summer Bazaar, Ali Quas-Cohen and Sarah Gordon from the Funny Wonders puppetry group
Rotary Summer Bazaar, Ali Quas-Cohen and Sarah Gordon from the Funny Wonders puppetry group

‘Disappointment and frustration’ as the unfinished Octagon forces another event to cancel.

The Rotary Club of Buxton has been holdings summer bazaar in the town for 40 years but this year has been forced to withdraw the popular event as the Octagon will not be finished in time.

Andy Collier, Joint President Elect for Rotary Club of Buxton, said: “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we had already pushed the date back fro June 2 to Saturday, July 28 only to be told the council still don’t think the Octagon will be ready by then so we were left with no choice but to cancel the event much to our disappointment and frustration.”

The Octagon shut its doors in October 2015 and work started in spring 2017 it was meant to be open by March 2018 but was pushed back and is now waiting for the floor to be laid next month which will take three weeks to finish. However, the club were concerned if it would still not be ready and would have to cancel at the last minute.

Previously the rotary club held the summer fair and bazaar in the temporary marquee on which was on the Promenade in the Pavilion Gardens for two years while work was being undertaken but the marquee came down in January of this year.

Raffle tickets which have already been sold by charity groups will be honoured and the draw will still take place on Saturday, July 28. Andy said: “This is not the end for the bazaar and we will be back next year so watch this space.”

Buxton Rocks music festival was also set to be the newly restored Octagon back in may but the event was cancelled as the Grade II Listed building was not finished in time.

A spokesperson for High Peak Borough Council said: “We understand, and share, the desire to re-open the Octagon and host events in there again as soon as we can but, as I’m sure people will appreciate, this has been a complex restoration and improvement project to a historic, listed building. Alongside these complexities, the extreme weather earlier this year impacted on the project timescales but we are now nearing completion.

“We have, where possible, made every effort to minimise the impact of the closure by working with our clients and we did offer an alternative date to the Rotary Club for their fundraiser event. We’d like to thank everyone for their understanding and continued patience whilst this major investment project has been undertaken and look forward to opening the doors and sharing the results with everyone in the near future.”