Buxton’s beautiful Opera House was designed and built by Frank Matcham, one of Britain’s finest architects in 1903.
Recently restored to its former glory after a major refurbishment programme, the theatre is well worth a visit. Expect a spectacular auditorium complete with cherubim, exquisite ceiling paintings and gold leaf decoration. A varied programme of events includes musical concerts, drama, children’s shows, dance, pantomime, comedy and opera.
Prices vary according to performance.
Within Walking distance of the Portland Hotel!
Buxton is one of most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District.
Famed for its natural spring water and Georgian architecture. The town was founded by the Romans who called it Aquae Arnemetiae. It was the fifth Duke of Devonshire who put Buxton on the map with development in 1780s – the centrepiece being the Georgian Crescent. The town’s rich history features Roman settlers, royal prisoners, outlaws and noble benefactors.
Visitors to Buxton can fill their own bottles from the permanent flow at St Anne’s Well in front of the Crescent. Luckily, due to filtration through the limestone, there is no sulphurous smell or nasty taste to the mineral water here, unlike many others in the country.
The town’s magnificent architecture also includes The Pavilion Gardens, 23 acres of award winning ornamental gardens including serpentine walkways, children’s play areas, lake and a miniature railway. There is a historic Winter Gardens linking the Opera House with the main complex. The building houses a bistro, Art Café, Gallery in the Gardens with a large retail area and the Tourist Information Centre. Frank Matcham’s admired Opera House is home to the Buxton Festival, which has developed into one of Britain’s largest opera-based festivals, Fringe, and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
The University of Derby’s Buxton campus is set under the Devonshire Dome which is the largest unsupported dome in the country with a diameter of 174ft and open to visitors. Guided tours, a bistro, fine dining and spa and beauty treatments are available to book.
On August 2nd, 2017 by admin
Family Fun | Places to Visit
Bakewell is the only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary and its attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for tourists to the Peak District.
Bakewell is best known for a confection made by mistake. In the 19th century a cook at the Rutland Arms was baking a jam tart but misunderstood the recipe and so Bakewell Pudding was created. Now almost every visitor to the town samples this culinary delight. The fine spire of All Saints Church looks down on the town, where there are some grand old houses, notably the Market Hall, The Old Town Hall and the Almshouses on South Church Street. The ancient five arched bridge is much painted by artists, upstream from this is the ancient packhorse bridge near Holme Hall. New buildings in the 1990’s have generated much interest, including the Agricultural Business Centre, which replaced the old cattle market that dominated the centre of the town for over 600 years.
Chatsworth is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality.
Home of the Cavendish family since the 1550s, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucien Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
After years of painstaking work and restoration, funded by the Chatsworth House Trust, we open a new visitor route through the house, including a completely new gallery for displaying art and treasures from the collection, important rooms newly restored, elegant new displays celebrating the legendary Duchess Georgiana, and an exhibition celebrating the 90th birthday of Deborah Devonshire, the present Dowager Duchess.
Other innovations this year include access to the restored stone courtyard at the heart of the house, completely new guidebooks and audio tours, far fewer stairs for all visitors and a new lift giving full disabled access to all three floors of the house for the first time.
Highlights of the new displays will include our most spectacular ever array of family portraits spanning 450 years, on the walls of the restored Oak staircase, and the life and tastes of Duchess Georgiana reflected in new permanent displays of portraits, furniture and works of art she commissioned or acquired, many not seen by visitors before.
Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant.
Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.
Film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location. The house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre”. Screen credits also include Elizabeth”, Pride & Prejudice” and “The Other Boleyn Girl”. This year marks the silver jubilee of “The Princess Bride”, the cult classic movie in which Haddon Hall became Humperdinck’s Castle.
Haddon has its own romantic tale – that of Dorothy Vernon’s elopement with John Manners. Little wonder Haddon Hall is recognised as one of the most romantic houses in Britain.
A visit to Matlock Bath can be very rewarding whatever time of year you choose and whatever the weather.
The scenery here is stunning and because the village is a designated conservation area a great deal has being done to conserve and protect the buildings from decline. There is something in Matlock Bath to suit every taste – from museums to amusements. They live quite happily side by side because the conservation area guidelines keep control of any excessive promotional activity that might jar with aesthetics, while allowing businesses to prosper, along with the historical and scenic side of tourism that has made Matlock Bath so worth visiting and which is nurtured by its other core businesses and attractions.
The five superb valleys that make up Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve lie in the centre of the Peak District National Park
The Dales and Peak District National Park together represent some of the best examples of limestone geology, landscape and wildlife in the area and indeed in the whole of England. The five valleys that make up Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve cover a total of 385 hectares. 87% of this is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for either its wildlife or its geology, in addition to which just over three-quarters is a Special Area for Conservation (SAC). Although each of the valleys has its own unique characteristics, all are notable for their limestone scenery, their diverse flora and the wide range of butterflies and other insects this supports.
Castleton is one of the most beautiful villages in the Peak District.
It has an array of natural and historical features both above and below ground, and is surrounded by superb walking country. Whatever the weather Castleton has something to offer everyone. High above the village stand the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle. The castle was completed in 1086 for William Peverel, a favoured knight of William the Conqueror (although there is no proof that he was William’s illegitimate son as is sometimes thought).
To the west of Castleton lies Mam Tor, locally known as the shivering mountain. Topped by an iron-age hill fort, who’s ramparts are clearly still visible, this shale hillside looms large over the valley. From there runs The Great Ridge, past Hollins Cross to Losehill Pike at the eastern end. Overlooking the two valleys of Hope and Edale, and giving stunning views, Mam Tor Ridge is a popular local walk.
The Monsal Trail tunnels offer one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding.
It is the first time the public have been able to go through the tunnels since the former Midland Railway Line closed in 1968. Four of the longer tunnels are lit during daylight hours, dawn to dusk, to make them safe to use. They are operated by a light sensor, so in winter when the hours of daylight are less, the lights in the tunnels will switch off earlier in the day – around 4.30pm. If you are using the trail in the afternoon you are advised to take a torch or have bike lights in case you get caught out. If the lights go off because of a power failure there is a two hour emergency back up in place.
Alton Towers Rides & Attractions, unleash a torrent of thrill ride roller coaster fun at the fantabulous world of the Alton Towers Resort!
The rides and attractions are open from March – November and there is something for all thrillseekers and families, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters. Only a 45 minute drive from the Portland Hotel in Buxton.