The Octagon in the Pavilion Gardens Buxton, which officially re-opened it’s doors to the public last month, has a busy events programme planned for the rest of 2018.
As one of the town’s most iconic buildings, the restoration of the Grade II listed Victorian concert hall, dating back to 1876, has been a massive undertaking since it’s closure in 2015 to carry out the work.
Whether you are a visitor to Buxton and looking for things to do when you’re here, have visited the events previously and want to know the latest on what’s on, or, you are a trader and interested in taking a stall at a future event, The Octagon is now back with some it’s most popular events and a packed programme for the remainder of 2018.
The hugely popular Weekend Bazaar, which was a regular event here before the closure in 2015, was back in The Octagon on 3rd & 4th November offering an electic mix of stalls fine foods, antiques, books, plants, crafts and clothing.
So what else is happening at The Octagon?
As we head towards Christmas, many of the events happening will give visitors the opportunity to look for unique Christmas gifts; Buxton’s annual Dickensian Market this year is makes a welcome return to the Octagon on 17th November There will be 50+ stalls selling their goods to raise money for local charities at the 27th indoor market organised by the High Peak Mayoral Charity Committee. The High Peak Mayor Cllr Linda Grooby will be selecting the best decorated stall on the day. Entertainment will be provided by various local artists throughout the day.
The long running Toy Fair will be back on 18th November and as always dealers from across the country will be here with new and old collectable’s to sell. Model Railway enthusiasts will find plenty to interest them, with new and second hand locos, rolling stock and accessories in N, 00 and 0 gauges. You can find everything you need to create your own miniature railway There are always hundreds of different old and new toys and models for sale. Scalextric, Lego, tinplate toys, kits, games, Star Wars and other Sci-fi or TV related collectable’s to name but a few.
The Grand Bazaar & Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on 23rd November and welcomes special guest Gabrielle Green from CBBC’s ‘Wolfblood’, appearing in this years pantomime Dick Whittington at Buxton Opera House. Christmas shopping gets underway at 2pm in the Octagon Hall where you will find over 40 Christmas stalls selling a fabulous selection of seasonal food and drink, Christmas gifts and decorations, and handcrafted jewellery and crafts. Santa’s Grotto and the Face Painter will be in the Pavilion Café and children’s fairground rides and donkey rides opposite the swimming pool. The miniature train will be lit up and running in the grounds and hot festive food and drink will be served both indoors and outdoors on the Promenade. There will be late night shopping at the Pavilion Gift Boutique and the ‘Gallery in the Gardens’ and Buxton Lions will be collecting for their charities throughout the night. Celebrations continue into the weekend on 24th & 25th November with the Pavilion Gardens Bazaar with a wide range of stalls including food and drink, crafts and more.
The H&H Classic Car Auction makes their much anticipated return to the Pavilion Gardens on 27th & 28th November (auction viewing on 27th and motor car sale on 28th) in Buxton in time to commemorate their 25th anniversary. The venue has become synonymous with H&H to their most loyal clientele dating back to their first auction in 1993.
Now in its 40th year, the two day Antique and Collectors Fair returns to its ‘home’ in the Octagon on 1st & 2nd December with over 100 stalls will offer a vast array of vintage and antique items including clothing, homewares, furniture, jewellery and more.
The Christmas Fair on 8th & 9th December is a fabulous family event where children can visit Santa in his grotto, as well children’s activities and stalls in the Octagon hall.
Pavilion Gardens Buxton, St. John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE
T: 01298. 23114