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Members Event March

The story of the Fountain on the Market Place

After last month’s fascinating and revealing talk about the crescent restoration project, Adam Bench will be continuing the theme of historic Buxton, with a presentation on the history of the “Fountain” on the market. Build in 1840 and presented to the town by the Chatsworth estate, it was one of the first sources of clean fresh water for higher Buxton. Adam has conducted extensive research amongst the Chatsworth estate archives and the Derbyshire County Council pubic records office to trace the fascinating history of this grade II listed building. BCA and the Buxton Wells Dressing Festival committee are seeking to restore the fountain to its former glory and hope to announcing plans for its restoration soon.

The talk is at 7.30pm on 16th March at Poole's Cavern Visitor Centre

Buxton Festival Walk

The Duke's Legacy - A guided walk around Grin Low Wood

A 1 hour gentle walk through Grinlow Woods, Buxton, guided by Alyson Phillips, Director of the Buxton Civic Association (BCA). Walkers will be introduced to the variety plants and trees in the woodland, including those planted over 200 years ago, for the 5th Duke of Devonshire, and the history of the industrial landscape they mask.

Please meet at the café at Poole’s Cavern. Parking is available at the starting point: Poole’s Cavern and Country Park, Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH.

The tickets for the walk go on sale to priority bookers on 27th February. It will be open for general sale on 27th March. Booking is via the Buxton Opera House box office 01298 72190, or you can book via the link below.

FESTIVAL NEWS

MARK COCKER - Lightwood the making of a Derbyshire Nature Writer

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations , we are delighted to announce we are sponsoring one of the talks at the forthcoming Buxton Literary Festival. The talk is by Mark Cocker and is titled - Lightwood the making of a Derbyshire Nature Writer.

The venue for Mark’s talk on 22nd July is in St John’s Church.

The talk goes on sale to priority bookers on 27th February. It will be open for general sale on 27th March. Booking is via the Buxton Opera House box office – 01298 72190, or you can book via the link below.

The Crescent and Beyond – Modern Tourism in the UK

Former VisitEngland Chief Executive James Berresford will talk about modern day tourism in the UK before discussing the impact of the multi-million pound restoration of Buxton’s Crescent as a five-star spa hotel on the local economy.
Derbyshire man, James, is the first Chair of the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust, which will establish and manage the associated visitor attractions focussing on the town’s unique spa heritage.
The Crescent will bring a major boost to the local economy by generating more visitors and a higher profile for the town, and James’ appointment will ensure that local people are kept fully engaged and informed, as the project acts as a catalyst for the regeneration of Buxton and the High Peak.

Event Details: 
Wednesday, February 22, 6-8pm
The Crescent and Beyond  - Modern tourism in the UK
University of Derby Buxton Campus, Devonshire road, Buxton, SK17 6RY.

To Book click on the link below.

MEMBERS TALKS PROGRAMME FOR 2017

We have an exciting programme of talks for 2017. To have a look please click on the link below. We will put the list of events on the events listing shortly.

Please note that members talks are free and members and friends are welcome. Unless stated otherwise the talks will are held at Poole's Cavern Visitor Centre on the third Thursday of the month and start at 7.30pm.

BCA Members Events Listing 2017

A Christmas Carol

The REC Theatre Company’s artistic director Martin Beard brings his one- man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Poole’s Cavern Visitor Centre this Christmas.

Using Dickens’ own performance script of the novel, Martin Beard recreates a Victorian staging of this timeless classic. Let yourself drift back in time to another era as he takes you on Scrooge’s journey of redemption.

Dickens takes us on a magical journey that starts in the miser’s dark and dismal counting house leading to the old curmudgeon’s haunting by the ghosts of his past and present whilst at the denouement, Scrooge is confronted by his future.

Charles Dickens first performed this version of A Christmas Carol in 1853 and used it as a finale to his acting career in 1869.

Performances are on 20, 21 and 22 December at 7:30 pm (ends 8:35 pm) in the Visitor Centre at Pooles Cavern Green Lane, Buxton. SK17 9DH.

All tickets are £6:00 (no concessions) and can be reserved in advance on 01298 26978

An Evening with Scrooge

A Christmas Carol - sketches from Dickens Christmas Story with Martin Beard

Local Actor, Martin Beard, is putting on a couple of sketches from a Christmas Carol in Dickensian style in the Cafe.

Provisional Dates are; 20th, 21st and 22nd December 2016. The evening will start at 7.30pm and last for an hour and a half.

Event details:

Location: Poole's Cavern Visitor Centre, Buxton Postcode: SK17 9DH Date: 20 Dec 2016 Start time: 19.30 Duration: 1.5 hours Notes: There will be a charge for this event. Details to be announced later