Heritage Open Days

 

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences–and it’s all free. To learn more about Heritage Open Days, visit the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Here in Buxton, we celebrate by opening up our venues and enhancing the access to the history and heritage in the town. Hosted by the University of Derby, numerous organisations in the town, including the Old Hall Hotel, Discover Buxton, Devonshire Dome, Buxton Opera House, the Pavilion Gardens and the Buxton Museum & Art Gallery come together to deliver a full programme of events.

Heritage Opens Days 2019

2019 marks the 25th year of Heritage Open Days. The festival will take place between 13th and 22nd September. Watch this space for further details.

 

Heritage Opens Days 2018

Heritage Open Days 2018 were bigger and better than ever operating over two weeks: 6th-9th & 13th-16th September. See below for event details. Make the Tourist Information Centre in the Pavilion Gardens your first port of call when you get here and gather all the information you might need. It is open 10.30am to 5pm each day.

St Mary’s Church

An opportunity to view this beautiful Arts and Crafts church which was 100 years old last year. The church was very influenced by the Northern Arts and Crafts movement and contains a number of internal features which reflect this. An opportunity to view this beautiful Arts and Crafts church which was 100 years old last year. The church was very influenced by the Northern Arts and Crafts movement and contains a number of internal features which reflect this. The “eyebrow” windows are a particularly important feature of the church. There will be a static display by the Well Dressing Team, showing how they carry out this traditional activity.
Open Days
11am – 4pm
6 – 9 Sept
23 Dale Rd, SK17 6LN
Free entry, no booking required.

Tales from the Bower

As England’s oldest hotel, The Old Hall certainly has some intriguing tales to tell and who better to tell them than the Queen herself. Join Discover Buxton‘s costumed guide, Jane Collier, English Chair of the Marie Stewart Society, for a part-tour, part-promenade performance. We’re thrilled that she will be at The Old Hall Hotel offering visitors a wealth of information about Buxton and our most famous guest Mary, Queen of Scots. After the talk, guests can book a table in our fabulous restaurant or wine bar to enjoy Afternoon Tea with a slice of Mary’s cake – exclusive to The Old Hall Hotel.
Guided Tour
11.30am-12.30pm – 6, 7, 13 Sept
1pm-2pm – 7, 9, 13, 16 Sept
The Square, SK17 6BD

Booking is essential – reception@oldhallhotelbuxton.co.uk, 01298 22841.

The Duke’s Legacy Walk

A guided walk through the beautiful Grinlow Woods to tell the story of the 5th Duke of Devonshire’s legacy to the town of Buxton taken by Alyson Phillips, a director of Buxton Civic Association. Learn how the hill’s industrial heritage lies hidden in plain sight amongst the trees and fallen wood. Hear of the hard, tough lives of the people who worked and lived amongst the slag heaps and kilns. From several vantage points you will be able to look down on Buxton and see how the wealth and revenue was spent in creating the beautiful and historic heritage of the town. The walk takes about an hour and much of it is on good paths, though there are some steep sections on the walk. It is advisable to wear appropriate footwear and bring waterproof clothing in case it rains.

Guided Walk
10am – 12noon
Saturday 8 September
Poole’s Cavern Visitors Centre, Green Lane, SK17 9DH

Free entry, booking required – please contact Simon Fussell – 01298 26978, communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk

The Devonshire Dome

Explore the history of the Devonshire Dome with a fascinating and insightful self guided audio tour of one of Buxton’s most famous and historic buildings and now the University of Derby Buxton campus.
Audio Tours
10am-4pm
13, 14, 16 Sept
1 Devonshire Rd, SK17 6RY

Free entry, booking not required.

Buxton Coalfields Guided Heritage Walk

Visitors will be taken on a guided walk lasting 1.5 hours of the Buxton Coalfields. The coalfields made a significant contribution to the lime burning industry. One can see and appreciate the extensive layout of the works and there are traces of the working visible.

We recommend that you have good strong footwear, waterproofs and bring a drink and refreshments. The walk crosses open access land which does not allow dogs.

Guided Walk
1pm – 3pm
Friday 14 September
Poole’s Cavern Visitors Centre, Green Lane, SK17 9DH

Free entry, booking required – please contact Simon Fussell – 01298 26978, communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk

Buxton Opera House

Take a look inside one of the county’s finest examples of a Frank Matcham theatre. A team of friendly volunteers will be on hand to tell you more about the fascinating history of this iconic building from its Edwardian beginning right up to the present day.
Access: the Opera House is only partially accessible to wheelchair users. The wheelchair entrance is 72cms at its narrowest point. The Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels are not wheelchair accessible and the building is not accessible by motorised scooter.
Open Days
10am – 3pm, Saturday 15 September
10am – 3pm, Sunday 16 September
Buxton Opera House, Water St, SK17 6XN

Free entry, no booking required.

‘Tales of the Wounded Soldier’ Tour

Meet Vera Brittain, our costumed, character tour guide who will explore the poignant story of ‘The Tale of the Wounded Soldier’. Vera Brittain worked at the Devonshire Hospital during the summer of 1915 when she helped nurse injured soldiers returning from the First World War. Her experiences here and later on the battle fields of France informed her lifetime commitment to pacifism, her “testament to a lost youth”. Discover Buxton Tours are proud to tell this story in the centenary commemoration year of the end of the First World War.
Guided Tour
11am, 1pm, 3pm
Sunday 16 September
1 Devonshire Rd, SK17 6RY

Free entry, booking required – click here.

Robert Rippon Duke and the Re-shaping of Buxton

This presentation aims to bring to the fore the development of the town of Buxton thanks to its ‘healing waters’ in the 18th and 19th centuries. The talk will focus on the architecture for healing. The drastic change in society between the 1700’s and the late 1800’s thus the urban development of the city culminating in the early 1900’s. Finally the talk will conclude with the construction of the largest unsupported iron dome in the world at the time it was built. Today still the largest dome in England; this space!

A talk given by Valeria Carnevale, University of Derby Lecturer in the Built Environment.

Public Talk
11.30am  – 12.30pm
Sunday 16 September
Devonshire Dome, 1 Devonshire Rd, SK17 6RY

Free entry, booking not required.

The Stately Home Front

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, this talk explores the roles these houses played as hospitals, bases for the armed forces and intelligence services, and as locations for evacuated children, schools and national treasures. Highlighting in particular the histories of Derbyshire country houses, including Chatsworth House and Kedleston Hall, this talk will consider what it was like to be on the ‘Stately’ home front.

Talk given by Ruth Larsen, University of Derby lecturer in History.

Public Talk
1pm – 2pm
Sunday 16 September
Devonshire Dome, 1 Devonshire Rd, SK17 6RY

Free entry, booking not required.

The Limestone Quarries of Buxton

This talk will cover an important part of the local industrial heritage. It will follow the growth of the industry from its early origins to its role as an industry of national and international importance, from its pick and shovel days to its modern highly mechanised situation. Social and environmental aspects will also be discussed.
A talk given by Alan Roberts of the Buxton Civic Association.
Public Talk
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Sunday 16 September
Devonshire Dome, 1 Devonshire Rd, SK17 6RY

Free entry, booking not required.

Devonshire Dome

St Mary's Church

Buxton Opera House

Old Hall Hotel

Poole's Cavern Visitors Centre

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