Family and Free Events at Buxton Festival

The whale

This year’s Buxton Festival features an array of free and family events supported by the University of Derby.

A giant silver whale will arrive on the Opera House Forecourt during the Festival. On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July between 10 and 4pm visitors can enter the jaws for a three minute journey and be serenaded by a lovesick submariner. The free event is suitable for children aged over 6 and adults who may leave the short performance with a gift from the sea.

Family events in the Festival’s Literary series includes a talk aimed at 4 – 8 year olds by Rachel Braddock about Catullus the Caterpillar. The fun event explores Catulus’ adventures with an Armadillo named Ariadne who is addicted to sweets. The family one hour performance takes place on Sunday 7July at 10.30 at the Devonshire Dome. Tickets cost £2.50 per child and accompanying adults are free.

The second Family Literary event featuresTania Bramley, a Peak District children’s writer on Sunday 14 July at 10.30 at the Devonshire Dome. At this fun one hour talk aimed at children aged 4 – 7, Tania will explore he book Chintz the Chiuahua, the endearing tales of a spoilt Chihuahua, her best friend Sandy the golden retriever and a whole load of mischief. Tickets cost £2.50 per child and accompanying adults are free.

Families can step inside the Magical Storytelling Yurt on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July for a free festival experience.  Local author and illustrator Pippa Pixley and Christine McMahon will take you on a magical adventure and create original characters in this lively, interactive storytelling session suitable for all ages.

A free 15 minute opera recital will take place daily during the Festival on the Pavilion Garden’s bandstand at 6pm. The Song at Six will feature the talents of the Festivals Young Artists, eight talented young singers who will act as understudies for roles in the Festival operas and take part in a number of performances during the Festival’s from 5 to 21 July.

On Saturday 6and Sunday 7 July the National Gallery Festival Tour with mobile cinema is free to experience on the Pavilion Garden’s Promenade. The Titian Experience explores the great art of the Renaissance master.

Claire Barlow the Development Manager for the Festival said ‘I am delighted that families and children have their own series of events at Buxton Festival this summer and hope local families and visitors to the town experience the Festival and all it has to offer’.

For more information visit or call The Festival Office on 01298 70395.


For further information and interviews contact Liz Mackenzie, PR and Press Manager

Tel: 01298 70395. Email:

Notes to Editors:

Buxton Festival 2013 will take place between 5 – 21 July.This unique festival produces its own fully-staged professional operas, as well as showing touring operas, classical concerts and literary talks. Set within the historic spa town of Buxton, the Festival is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre. Visit for more information or telephone 01298 70395.


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