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Pavilion Arts Centre

Pavilion Gardens, St. Johns Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BE
01298 72190
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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (15)
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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is an annual event bringing together some of the very best outdoor and adventure filmmaking from around the world.

This year there will be a chance to see six films which will follow a runner on a misson in A Mile An Hour, elite climbers in Queen Maul Land, a Colorado icon in The Frenchy and the hardest 5 day mountain race in the world in Ar Gefn y Ddraig – Riding The Dragon.

Tickets: £12
Students/Children: £10

Rating: 15

The Secret Garden
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Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present their retelling of the family classic The Secret Garden.

This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner... As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? Relive this enchanting tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of the summer.

Tickets: £15
Students/Children: £10
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled/JSA/Income Support: £1.50 off

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Buxton pantomime fans are no stranger to our regular (and favourite) Dame, James Holmes. Arriving slightly early this year, the Miranda star will be treading the boards in quite a different role.

Tony Coventry has every EastEnders episode on video (except The One Where Alfie Can’t Find A Condom). But when he lands a bit part on the show, his dream job soon becomes a nightmare. A blackly comic look behind the scenes of the BBC’s top soap.

Duff! Duff! Duff!

A new play by Tim Fountain, directed by Mike Bradwell.

Tickets: £14

Age guidance: 14+

Leo Dickinson & Eric Jones
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An evening with mountaineering filmmaker Leo Dickinson as he shares his love affair with Patagonia in an illustrated talk.

Leo will examine one of mountaineering’s most enduring mysteries, revealing unique evidence about the controversial first ascent of Cerro Torre. Leo will also be joined on stage for a Q&A with climber Eric Jones.

Tickets: £17.50
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: £5 off

Pavilion Arts Centre has long been a cultural centre for Buxton, in Derbyshire. Having originally opened as ‘The Entertainment Stage’ before shortly becoming ‘Paxton Suite’, the venue has provided entertainment to the town since 1889. The building has two creative spaces: The Main Room, which seats 352 people and the Studio Theatre, which seats 93.

Pavilion Arts Centre underwent a major renovation in 2010, transforming the historic building into a state-of-the-art theatre space. Alongside the much-needed renovation to seating and staging areas, new technology was added to strengthen the capabilities of the venue. Despite its modern refresh, the building has maintained many of its original features which include the original balcony and art deco stylings of the foyer.

Pavilion Arts Centre now presents an eclectic programme. This includes a wide variety of music, including Coffee concerts, lunchtime jazz sessions, and many other live music events. Stand-up comedy is also a large part of the programme, and the Buxton Buzz Comedy Club is a regular fitting on the bill. The venue is also home to Buxton Cinema and shows all the latest films, and much-loved classics.


Buxton is easy to reach from the A6, A515 and A53. The theatre is well sign-posted once you reach the town centre. A train service is available from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Buxton. and the town is well served by bus routes to and from local cities, towns and villages.


There is on-street pay and display parking near the venue and a car park behind Pavilion Gardens, which is a short walk away. The car park is free after 6pm (please note: the covered area of the car park closes at 6pm). There is also free on-street car parking after 6pm close to the venue, but please make sure that you avoid the Residents Parking Scheme areas.


Pre-show and interval drinks are available. The bars open 45 minutes before each performance.

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Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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