Ready for some half-term fun? Yes we are!

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A FUN and creative half-term festival for young people gets underway this weekend at Buxton Opera House.

OctoberFest, running from Saturday October 22 until Sunday October 30, will include performances of the World War II adventure Friend or Foe (Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22), the much-loved Oscar Wilde tale The Selfish Giant (Sunday October 23), as well as The Magic Paintbrush (Friday October 28) and Bob The Builder (Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30).

Meanwhile, The Old Hall Hotel will provide the setting for a spooky performance: Tales to Terrify (on Sunday October 22, from 6pm to 7pm) for those aged 12 to 18 to enjoy stories of murder mystery and mayhem.

OctoberFest is also set to deliver some creative and educating workshops for the young people, including a five-day acting course starting on Monday October 24, and From Junk to Funk, a session teaching creative ways of making instruments from everyday objects on Wednesday October 26 (for ages three to seven).

Other workshops include Scary Shakespeare (Saturday October 29), Musical Theatre (Thursday October 27), Futuristic Fashion (Thursday October 27), Make Your Own Story Picture Book (Tuesday October 25), Spooky Sound Podcast (Saturday October 29), and many more.

For more information about the shows and workshops, including dates and times, pick up a copy of the OctoberFest brochure at Buxton Opera House Box Office. To purchase tickets or make bookings, call 0845 127 2190 or visit

* See this week’s Buxton Advertiser for a chance to win a family ticket worth £49 to see Bob the Builder at Buxton Opera House.