Dress to impress at John Carr’s Big Birthday Ball at The Crescent!

Join Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust on Friday 28th April 2023 for John Carr’s Big Birthday Ball. This wonderful evening celebrates 300 years of the English architect, John Carr, best known in the town for designing Buxton’s Grade I listed iconic Crescent.

Taking place in the magnificent Assembly Rooms, this is your chance to dress to impress, Georgian style. Guests are being asked dress in Georgian splendour or black tie and ball-gowns to add to the atmosphere and honour the occasion for a night of music and dancing. Expect top hats, feathers, fans, and fantastic frocks!

Discount code – 15% discount off tickets

Tickets cost £59 and can be booked online here. Explore Buxton and Buxton Crescent Trust have teamed up to offer 15% off the ticket price – just quote ‘explore15’ when booking your tickets.

Entertainment will be provided by the accomplished Regency Rejigged, offering an opportunity to join in a selection of 17th and 18th century dances with expert tuition from a Dancing Master. All dances will be taught, walked through, called and set to the backdrop of music provided by the Regency Players.

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Papped! Have your photograph taken on arrival and take home a memento of your evening

On arrival, Dragonfly Photography will be taking professional portraits as guests arrive in their finest attire. Photographs will be available to purchase as a memento following the event.

Each ball ticket includes entry to an optional afternoon dance workshop in the Assembly Rooms between 2 – 4pm, offering additional tuition for those who wish to attend. (please attend the afternoon dance workshop in comfortable attire).

With a photographer, raffle, welcome drink and some delicious desserts, this will be an evening to remember – book now to avoid disappointment.


⭐️Workshop – 2- 4pm
⭐️Ball – Arrive 7.30pm for photographs
⭐️Dancing commences – 8pm
⭐️Carriages at 11pm

Buxton Visitor Centre

Who is John Carr?

John Carr (1723 – 1807) was a prolific English architect, best known for Buxton’s Crescent and Harewood House in West Yorkshire. Much of his work was in the Palladian style. Born near Wakefield, he worked under his father during his formative years acquiring a good understanding of materials, construction and draughtsmanship. But he harboured greater ambitions than being a mere mason or building contractor, and with excellent understanding of geometry skills, he established a career away from his father to become an architect in around 1748. He also served as Lord Mayor of York in 1770 and 1775.

Carr also left his mark in Cumbria with Holker Hall, plus work on Chatsworth House,and Nottinghamshire with Newark Town Hall as well as many other sites in Cheshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Berkshire. He used traditional materials and methods of construction where these had proved sound, but adopted new methods and materials where these could be shown to have an advantage. His training as a stonemason naturally led him to build in that material. He liked well proportioned rooms which were satisfactory living spaces with or without decorative enrichment. In his view the latter could be provided later if money permitted. As a result, most of his buildings were completed and because of the soundness of construction most survive.

John Carr’s Big Birthday Ball – Ticket bookings

Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust run events throughout the year in The Assembly Rooms and Buxton Visitor Centre; their range of events offer something for all ages, including regular family craft workshops. Click here to find out more.

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

T: 01298 214577


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