With life gradually and cautiously returning to normal after global events, you’re probably wondering when and where to go to let your hair down. The first ever Eat in the Park festival on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd August 2021 in Pavilion Gardens, Buxton is looking like your best bet.
Childhood friends Jake Burnham and George Darbyshire and their handpicked team are busy organising an extravaganza of food, drink and vibes in the leafy heart of Buxton and its shaping up to be something the town has never seen before. Most of us have been cooped up indoors for the best part of a year and will be probably be glad never to see Joe Wicks or an online quiz ever again. The collective amount of steam that’s going to get let off at this festival will make it a social earthquake to be remembered.
Although the event is new, it actually celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Pavilion Gardens, gifted to the people of Buxton in 1871 by the then-reigning Duke of Devonshire. The complex retains its Victorian splendour, surrounded by the majestic outlines of Buxton Opera House, the Old Hall Hotel and the Pavilion itself. It seems a natural arena for locals to come back together and celebrate what makes the town great.
The main stage will rock with a host of the UK’s top tribute acts such as Oasish, Kazabian and Little Fix. Buxton legends such as The A’ups and Sweet Chin Music will be blasting out their own sounds from the Local Music Tent. If bands aren’t your bag, there will be DJs spinning hot wax elsewhere in the park.
If you want to bring the kids, there’s plenty to put a smile on their faces too; with entertainers, face painting rides and activities. Buxton has a family-friendly reputation and Eat in the Park will be no exception. Keep a look out for the occasional Storm Trooper too!
As its name suggests, the real target of the festival is your tastebuds. As well as event management, the organisers, Jake and George come from culinary backgrounds. After the pandemic, their aim is to give people a lift but also to support local businesses. Jake is related to butcher Mac Burnham and George has roots with the family that run fish and chip shop The Coach House. George has already found fame as a hobby blog chef with over 19k followers on Instagram where he shares his passion for food.
“After such a devastating year, we wanted to give the people of Buxton something to look forward to, an event for everyone to come together and enjoy the things we’ve really missed. We were keen on putting together an event that will appeal to everyone, and i think we’ve done that. We can’t wait! said George.
There will be over thirty food and drink stalls over the course of the weekend, catering for every whim or fancy, including well known local names such as the Buxton Brewery, Lone Star, The Chakra Lounge and many more.
The sheer amount of diversity is bound to include something you’ve never tried before and let’s face it, we’ve all had ample time to become bored with our own cooking recently! Don’t think about getting tickets for too long, however; Early Bird and VIP tickets have sold out and Tier 1 tickets already have limited availability.
Eat in the Park takes place on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August 2021 and will be open 12 noon – 9pm both days.
To book tickets and see the full line-up of what’s on, go to eatinthepark.uk