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Pavilion Arts Centre

Pavilion Gardens, St. Johns Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BE
01298 72190

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Leo Houlding - Closer to the Edge
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Leo Houlding is one of the world’s best climbers; big walls, Everest, triple peaks in as many days, you name it, Leo’s probably climbed it!

With a brief overview of his life, Leo’s brand new show will follow on from his previous tour (The Spectre Expedition, 2019) bringing audiences up to date with his audacious expeditions, primarily focussing on his more recent ascent Mount Roraima, the high, rain forest-engulfed South American plateau which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World!

Wednesday 5 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 50mins (includes interval)
Price: £18.50
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: £3 off

Coffee Concert - Aestus String Quartet
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Friday lunchtime recitals by students from Manchester's internationally renowned Royal Northern College of Music.
The Aestus Quartet is formed by Leda (Italy), Chris (U.K.), (violins) Beth (U.K., viola) and Clara (Canada/U.S., cello).

All current postgraduate students at the Royal Northern College of Music, they started playing together in October 2021. Their name is inspired by Britten’s String Quartet No 2, because its beginning is evocative of the back and forth flow of the sea tide (aestus in Latin). They have been shaping their ensemble skills through deep work on a repertoire ranging from classical to romantic to modern.

In February 2022 they programmed and performed the Britten together with the composer’s arrangement of Purcell’s Chaconne in G minor for strings for the RNCM’s Spotlight concert series. In May 2022, they won the RNCM’s Weil Chamber Music Prize with a program including movements from both classical and modern compositions.

Friday 7 October 2022 - 1pm
Duration: 1hr
Price: £7 advance, £10 on the door

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club - October
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More stand-up from some new and not-so-new faces on the comedy club circuit.

Friday 7 October 2022 - 8pm
Duration: 3hr
Age Guidance: 18+
Price: £9 in advance, £12 on the door

The Pitmen Poets - A Night of Songs and Stories
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From Billy Elliot to Auf Wiedersehen Pet, from When The Boat Comes In to The Likely Lads - now be enthralled and entertained by The Pitmen Poets.

A Night of Songs and Stories is laced with North East humour and humanity. Join Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse songman Bob Fox, master of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe.

Saturday 8 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 2hr (includes interval)
Price: £25.50

Saba Douglas-Hamilton - In the Footsteps of Elephants
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Elephant conservationist and filmmaker, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, was born and raised amongst elephants and nomads in the savannahs of East Africa. Saba has spent her life working to protect the African elephant from poaching, killing and trafficking. Her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founded ‘Save the Elephants’ in 1993 and Saba, her husband, a group of dedicated scientists and the local Samburu people, have been fighting the ivory trade ever since.

Saba tells hilarious anecdotes of how they sought the support of Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista and lured other super models to their camp in Kenya persuading them, and the high-end jewellers Tiffany & Co, to join their campaign. She'll talk of the courage and commitment of individual Samburu warriors who regularly risk their lives fighting poachers and tending to sick and injured animals.

Sunday 9 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 2hr (includes interval)
Price: £28

National Theatre Live - Jack Absolute Flies Again
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A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).
After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.

Buxton Cinema
Thursday 13 October 2022 - 7pm

The Unthanks
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With their 11 piece band, The Unthanks mark the Autumn release of their new album, Sorrows Away.
Having previewed Sorrows Away at shows this Spring, the response from live audiences is an early indication that the record is at the very least going to breeze the daunting task of following up their BBC Folk Album Of The Year 2015, Mount The Air, which was awarded 5 stars by The Telegraph, R2, fRoots and Songlines.

The Unthanks tells stories that capture children and reframe history, drawing together the worlds of folk, jazz, orchestral, electronic and rock music. The believability of their storytelling is admired by some of our best storytellers - Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Robert Wyatt, Charles Hazelwood, Ben Myers and David Mitchell, to name a few.

Thursday 20 October 2022 - 7:30pm

The Legends of American Country Show
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Now seen by over 350,000 fans live and watched by millions on TV, Europe’s No.1 multi-award-winning show The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping country nostalgia.

The 2022 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don William, Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers and new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, John Denver and Jim Reeves with countless other well-known singalong hit songs in this must see musical extravaganza.

The show features four fantastic singers who are all accompanied by a superb live band of musicians with that authentic Tennessee sound, coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art production that will transport you all the way, hand clapping and toe tapping, to Nashville and back in one night. One thing is for sure, if it’s country music you like then this is the only show in town!

Friday 21 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £24.50


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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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.

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