Things to do & What’s on in Buxton this May Day Bank Holiday weekend

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May Day Bank Holiday will soon be upon us and another long weekend and short week at work, hoorah! Here’s our round up of things to do & what’s on in Buxton this May Day Bank Holiday…

There’s plenty happening in Buxton over the weekend and we’ve picked out the best things to do and events, with something for all the family of all ages…enjoy ūüôā

1. Gin Festival at 53 Degrees North

Some of the gins on offer at the festival! Photo credit: 53 Degrees North

With over 50 gins to try plus cocktails and wines on offer, 53 hold their first ever gin-tastic gin festival over the Bank Holiday weekend. Kicking things off on the Thursday evening is local legendary party band DisFUNKtional and there’s other live music on across the weekend too.

27th April – 1st May 2017 | 53 Degrees North, Hall Bank

Entry / Cost: FREE entry

2. The Arches Artisan Market Рopening event

There’s something new on the horizon in Buxton with the opening of The Arches on Saturday 29th April – a brand new shopping experience for the town, complete with tea room too. There will lots of local businesses there with crafts, local produce, homewares and more. Come along to support this fantastic new addition to Buxton, we can’t wait to see it!

29th April 2017, from 10am | The Arches, Hogshaw Mill, Buxton (Just off Fairfield Road and opposite the roundabout and turn off for the Bakewell Road)

Entry / Cost: FREE entry

3. Buxton Spring Fair

Now in its 5th year, Buxton Spring Fair returns when the town is transformed with stalls and entertainment, giving Buxton a somewhat festival feel to the day. Spring Gardens, The Slopes, The Crescent and the Market Place will be lined with stalls as well as live music, street entertainers, street food stalls and more for everyone to enjoy. It’s great to see that both lower and Higher Buxton get involved in this event and bring both parts of the town together. The weather looks set to improve too so should be a great day.

1st May 2017, all day from around 9.30am onwards

Entry / Cost: FREE entry

4. Gig: DisFUNKtional at The Duke, Burbage

The local legendary party band DisFUNKtional play The Duke for the very first time for this special Bank Holiday Sunday gig to ease you into your extra day off this weekend. Expect a bit of funk, disco, pop and more such as Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, George Michael, Fleetwood Mac… well worth heading up here for – be sure to get there early though, these guys always pack ’em in.

Sunday 30th April 2017, from 8.30/9pm till late | The Duke, Burbage, SK17 6UR

Entry / Cost: FREE

5. Annual Beer Festival at Pavilion Gardens

Buxton Beer Festival 2017

Over 30 different local and national beers as well as a Gin & Pimms Garden! All set in the beautiful Pavilion Gardens, you can enjoy a stroll around the lakes and gardens, have a ride on the miniature train, visit the Gift Boutique and the Gallery in the Gardens exhibition which features High Peak Artists work for sale. If you need local information, the Tourist Information Centre is located here too.

Sunday 30th April 2017, from 8.30/9pm till late |¬†Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road, Buxton

Entry / Cost: FREE entry (Sunday 12 noon till late (2-4pm tickets only)

6. Meet the Artist: Eric Wilson at the Art Cafe, Pavilion Gardens

This solo exhibition by world renowned wildlife and conservationist artist Eric Wilson in the Art Cafe is stunning and well worth a look; this weekend Eric will be in residence at the Art Cafe, where you can meet him, talk to him about his work and ask any questions you might have.

29th April 2017, 11am – 2pm

Entry / Cost: FREE entry

7.¬†The Sunday Stroll to Solomon’s Temple – hosted by Oysterband

Oysterband’s John Jones leads the first of two local walks around Buxton, finishing in the Big Session Beer Festival Marquee.

Further details of the routes will be available during the Big Session weekend. Walks are free and there is no registration required for either walk. The route will go through the Pavilion Gardens, along minor roads and then into Buxton Country Park. You’ll then pass through some woods and ascend a short steep path onto the grassy slope that leads up to Soloman’s Temple. Built originally in 1896 and restored in 1988, this is the high point of the walk with magnificent views over Buxton. Weather willing, the Commoners Choir, led by Boff Whalley, will perform some original songs outside the temple. The walk will then take you back down to the Pavilion Gardens in time for the afternoon ceilidh. Please note that the beer festival will open at 12 noon and then close at 1.45pm to prepare for the ticket holders only ceilidh at 2pm. The beer festival will re-open to the public at 4pm.

30th April 2017, meet outside the front of the Opera House to leave at 10.30am

Entry / Cost: FREE entry (Sunday 12 noon till late (2-4pm tickets only)

8. Buxton Raceway  РBank Holiday Monday

Buxton Raceway April 2017

Enjoy some stock car racing fun, a great day out for everyone and on Monday they have Big Van Bangers with Destruction Derby, WCQR, Hot Fords One2One QR2, Super Bangers Silverdale Buxton Cup, 1300 Saloon Stock Cars, V8 Hotstox, Lady Bangers Peaks Championship and Monster Truck Display Team.

1st May 2017, from 1pm | Buxton Raceway, Dale Head Road, Buxton, SK17 0RR

Entry / Cost: See website for prices

9. Back to the 80s Party at Level 2 Nightclub

If you fancy some Club Tropicana, Material Girl, Bros and all that this bank holiday weekend then head to Level 2 on Friday night as they launch this new night, which will be on the last Friday of every month – so yep, you can do it all over again at the end of May ūüôā

28th April 2017, from 10.30pm till late | Level 2 Nightclub, Scarsdale Place, Buxton, SK17 6EF

Entry / Cost: £2 B4 Midnight / £5 After / FREE ALL NIGHT FOR STUDENTS

10. Purple Cloud of Funk & Rose Amongst Thorns – Bank Holiday gigs at Queens Head

This weekend¬†two of Buxton’s favourite bands play at the one of our favourite live music venues, both nights will no doubt be banging and mentally busy with plenty of dancing to be had; get your flat shoes at the ready…

Sunday 30th April: Rose Amongst Thorns // Monday 1st May: Purple Cloud of Funk, both gigs start from 9.30pm | Queens Head, High Street, Buxton

Entry / Cost: Both gigs FREE entry

11. Big Session Folk Festival & Pavilion Gardens Drinks Emporium

Following its sold-out success last year, The Big Session Festival is back and is taking place for an extended four days over the May Bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May. Hosted by the Oysterband ‚Äď join a sparkling selection of musicians and welcome in May at the first folk festival of the summer! There is still some ticket availability but you’ll need to be quick.

Buxton Opera House / Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton | 28th April – 1st May 2017

Entry / Cost: See website for various ticket prices