Illuminate: Buxton Shines with Free Family-Friendly Spectacular Light Shows

Later this month, Fairfield, Harpur Hill, Burbage, and Spring Gardens will sparkle with four spectacular light shows! Organised by Buxton ‘Our Street Cultural Consortium, each event will feature dynamic animation synchronised with music, offering a unique experience tailored to each location.

Mark Hornsey of Babbling Vagabonds, a participant in the consortium, enthuses, “These after-dark shows will be absolutely stunning. They are free for the entire family to enjoy. With each show offering something different, you’re invited to either visit the one nearest you or use this as an opportunity to reconnect with friends across town by attending all four. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!”

The initiative aims to unite the community in celebrating the town’s rich heritage and vibrant High Street. The schedule for the performances is as follows:

  • Wednesday, 21st February at Fairfield Band Room Fairfield Brass Band will open the show in style with a special promenade performance
  • Thursday, 22st February at St James’ Church, Harpur Hill
  • Friday, 23rd February at Burbage Christ Church
  • Saturday, 24th February at Buxton Spring Gardens: There will be bands and entertainment taking place throughout the afternoon by Turner’s Memorial. At 6.30pm, Toe Left Hands will lead a parade along Spring Gardens, with the wonderful Wye Dragon giant puppet and mini projections created by Buxton School Children.

Each projection lasts between 10-15 minutes and runs on a cycle over the course of each evening from 6.30pm until 8pm.

The light shows are being crafted by Illuminos, an internationally acclaimed video art projection company founded by Derbyshire-born brothers Rob and Matt Vale. Their portfolio includes mesmerising displays at landmarks like Chatsworth House, Cromford Mills in Matlock, Elvaston Gardens, and Hardwick Hall.

These events mark a grand finale for the Buxton ‘Our Street’ project, which will conclude its funding in April 2024. Over the past three years, ‘Our Street’ has organised numerous free events, including music performances, puppetry, parades, photography exhibitions, gargoyle crafting, dance showcases, music workshops for youth, and the interactive audio trail ‘Old Haunts,’ which begins at Buxton’s Visitor Centre (The Pump Room).

The Buxton ‘Our Street’ Cultural Programme is a key component of the Buxton High Street Heritage Action Zone, supported by Historic England and High Peak Borough Council, dedicated to revitalising Spring Garden and enhancing the High Street’s appeal as a destination.

For more information about Buxton Our Street, visit

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