When the map was carved up there could be an argument that this
area was slightly overlooked.
the High Peak part of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Midlands
Buxton is The Jewel in Derbyshire's Crown.
the map was carved up there could be an argument that this area
was slightly overlooked.
lived here for over 16 years I can confidently state that there
is no other area like it.
perceived exclusion only strengthens the undeniable feeling of independence.
The geography doesn’t need any 21st Century assistance, the towns
and villages although somewhat insular really have survived this
think that "there isnt much here" is both a blessing
and a curse. Buxton and its surrounds contain breathtaking countryside
and architecture. A rich history of hard quarrying and pioneering
landscaping work make this a country playground - not yet another
indistinguishable urban sprawl.
it the middle of nowhere or is it unbelievably central? And what
is there to be found once directed here?
in the heart of the Peak District, accessible for everyone (well
most people) and in the middle of all that lush greenery; walkers,
cavers, pot-holers, climbers and the great outdoor types have extra
reward for their environmental exploits.
only do they have daytime delights to excite them they also have
access to the most extraordinary amount of evening and entertainment
events for miles around.
an hour away; Sheffield, Derby, Manchester, Birmingham, Leek, Chesterfield,
Stoke and Macclesfield.
itself has the famous Frank Matcham theatre – the Buxton Opera House
– home to the Buxton Festival, Gilbert and Sullivan, The Alexis
Korner Memorial Concerts.
The adjoining buildings The Pavilion Gardens hosts a seemingly
endless amount of markets, exhibitions and antique fairs.
Octagon in the Gardens boasts that the Daily Mirror coined the phrase
"Beatlemania" there on 18 October 1963.
February 2003 the two joined forces with The Old Clubhouse to present
the inaugural Buxton Festival of Jazz Folk and Blues. This event
featured the likes of Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green, Bill Bruford,
Courtney Pine, Jools Holland as well as local and regional legends.
In February 2004 the repeated Festival - now known as Four Four
Time - firmly established a new fixture on the music circuit.
Eagle Hotel, once an overnight stopping off point included in your
fayre when traveling the London to Glasgow stagecoach is now the
central venue for live music. Club Acoustic Sessions - mainly folk
and folk rock - are held here every other Wednesday. Public-i's
Thursday Eagle provide the masses with live bands offering tributes,
originals and cutting edge music from around the North and Midlands
Cheshire Cheese, The George and Level Two really work hard for your
it’s not just music.
sessions, art and photographic exhibitions, University of Derby's
Buxton initiatives, community events, agricultural shows, carnivals
and all sorts of other fun stuff.
one of these places that a lot of people say that they’d like to
visit but couldn’t see themselves living in.
I look around I can already see five residents who said that to
me about six years ago.
don’t have to live here but as some people will testify that they
only exist in other parts of this Fair Isle – the least and possibly
best thing you could do is – visit.
may even stay a little longer than you thought.