Buxton Visitor Centre and The Assembly Rooms – What’s On?

With Buxton FC riding high on its recent success, Buxton Crescent Experience have taken the opportunity to celebrate the club’s history and heritage as part of its current events programme. The recent Q&A session, Football – Past, Present & Future, took the audience on a journey through the history of football in Buxton. A selection of trophies from Buxton FC, old and new, are currently on display in Buxton Visitor Centre.

Events for all the family

A packed annual events programme of family activities, public talks, workshops and more now takes place in the The Assembly Rooms (inside The Crescent) and the adjacent Buxton Visitor Centre (The Pump Room). Both venues offer a fitting backdrop for children and adults alike re-imagining the splendour of the Georgian era.Lantern Making

Christmas Crafts for under 5s

Start your morning in the Crescent Experience with playful and fun activities especially designed for under fives and their grown ups at Festive Pitter Patter on 8th December 9.30am – 11am. Enjoy arty opportunities, small world play, dressing up, building blocks and story-telling with a Christmassy twist. The whole experience will be based within the Crescent building and takes 90 minutes. All children must be accompanied by a guardian and you will need to reserve tickets for each child and adult attending.

When you arrive, you will be welcomed by a member of our friendly learning team who will be happy to help. Baby changing facilities and toilets are available close by.

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Christmas story telling in The Assembly Rooms

On 22nd December, enjoy Christmas story-telling in The Assembly Rooms with the story of the ‘Pigeon Post – a coo at the Crescent’!

It was a cold, damp December night but Parkin and Pip were excited to be on their way. They had heard all about the Crescent in Buxton from their friends who had already moved there and it sounded wonderful! Dark and drafty with broken windows and no humans, it was everything they had dreamed of. The perfect place to bring up their family…

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The event has been developed with families of primary school aged children in mind. You will experience the wonder of our professional storyteller who will set the scene, taking you on the pigeons’ journey (and give you a little memento to take away) From here, there will be 3 activities to take part in. Will you choose to ‘personalise your pigeon’, craft your own paper birds, make a wish to pop in the ‘pigeon post’ or all 3?

After all this activity the time will end with milk and cookies for the children back in the company of our storyteller (and Christmas Cordial for our adults)

All children (2-12) will receive an individual handmade felt Christmas decoration to be used during the session and to take home. Each session lasts for 90 minutes – it’s going to be quite the coo! Tickets cost from £10. Book your tickets at buxtoncrescentexperience.com/tour/pigeon-post-a-christmas-coo-at-the-crescent

Award winning author David Nolan – ‘The King of Manc Noir’ discusses the real evil behind the gripping crime thrillers set in the North West

If you think the plots of David Nolan’s crime novels are full of twists, wait until you hear the stories behind them…

Named ‘The King Of Manc Noir’ at Altrincham Word Festival, Nolan’s thrillers are all set in the North West, named after real life bodies of water, and based on events he experienced as a journalist.

His latest book, ‘The Ballad of Hanging Lees’ is a revenge thriller set in the dark world of online grooming. His previous books – ‘Black Moss’ and ‘The Mermaid’s Pool’ – have tackled child protection and the rise of the Far Right.

Nolan became a fiction writer by accident after a successful run of music biographies, including books on Tony Wilson, the Sex Pistols and Ed Sheeran but a crime from his own childhood changed all that.

Join the author in the Pump Room on 7th December at 7pm and experience a roller coaster of emotions as he takes us through his time as a journalist, shares the personal experiences that have shaped his life and the inspiration behind his latest books.

The bar will be open throughout the evening offering hot, cold and alcoholic drinks.

There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions, culminating in a private signing, where you will have the opportunity to purchase books from David Nolan’s collection.

Tickets are available to book online at buxtoncrescentexperience.com/tour/king-of-mancnoir or in person at Buxton Visitor Centre. Recommended age is 16+ due to the sensitive and impactful nature of the content.

Christmas Shopping at The Pump Room

As well as being able to plan your visit with the team at Buxton Visitor Centre, the shop offers a wide range of gifts and souvenirs. There’s a brand new ‘Kids Corner’ with a variety of small toys and pocket money classics ideal for party bags or stocking fillers.

Buxton Brewery gift sets are new as well as a new range of ceramics and diffusers – all made and sourced locally. The gift shop also offers a wide range of greeting cards, postcards, maps and local interest books.

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New – Premium Guided Tours and General Admission at the Buxton Crescent Experience

If you haven’t visited the Buxton Crescent Experience yet, it’s a must see. As the perfect introduction to the history of Buxton and the iconic Crescent, both Premium Guided Tours and General Admission are now being offered; you can wander round at your own pace, or if you prefer, take a 90 minute guided tour where your host will be on hand to answer questions as you delve into the history of the town and why this building first came to stand here.

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The ‘experience’ set inside the building is an interactive journey across nine rooms. Ideal for families, this unique visitor attraction explores the often-eccentric history of Buxton, including all the bizarre health treatments and even a virtual reality hot-air balloon flight above the town during its Georgian heyday. Essential for first time visitors to the town.

Buxton’s Dickensian Ball in 2023

The Victorians loved nothing more than a ball to bring people together to dance, listen to music and mingle with others. Following the success of the Regency Ball earlier this year, a Dickensian Ball is planned for early in 2023 (postponed from 26th November). Strictly 1880s dress code, you can dance the night away with a Viennese Waltz or Polka in your best Victorian finery! Have your ballgowns and tailcoats at the ready – watch this space for further details.

Tickets for all events/tours can be purchased online or in person at the Visitor Centre.

Buxton Crescent Heritage Experience, The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BH

T: 01298 214577


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