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On January 16th, 2018 by admin

French Connection Welcome to be Welcomed

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St Anns Well Buxton

French Connection Welcome to be Welcomed

We are two business students from La Rochelle Business School in France. Over the next six weeks we will be working and staying at the Portland Hotel in Buxton.

We were keen to find links in Buxton to our home country, France.

Buxton has a hidden treasure. It’s been there for centuries, it’s natural, under its earth and that treasure is Water. This water fell as rainfall onto the Peak District landscape some 5000 years ago. It is now filtered, bottled and sold all over the world in sparkling and still form.

Opposite the Crescent in the centre of the town is St Ann’s Well (Approx 800 metres / half a mile from the Portland Hotel) where there is a continuous supply of Buxton water.

St Anns Well Buxton

(St Anns Well, Buxton)

One of the two towns Buxton is twinned with is Oignies in the North of France. Similar to Buxton Oignies also had a treasure deep underground. Coal.

Oignies Plaque Buxton(a plaque outside the Portland Hotel)

Coal Fossel( A black stone mined from Oignies)

During the Second World War soldiers from Buxton, the Sherwood Foresters served in Oignies. Today there are six graves of soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters who fell in that French town.

Buxton’s twinning with Oignies is built on special foundations and is independently maintained by its members to perpetuate the memories, gratitude and mutual respect that unite the towns.

Welcome and Be Welcomed.

Buxton’s relationship with Oignies as a twin was formed 50 years ago in 1968. Although ‘Twinning’ may seem to be out of fashion it may well prove popular again across Europe as we contemplate Brexit.

So coal in Oignies and water in Buxton. Two natural resources that one would hope would bring economic benefits to the towns and lasting prosperity for generations to come.

Unfortunately coal in Oignies which should have created that wealth is no longer mined. The final coal mine was closed in 1990.

Buxton Water however goes from strength to strength. Its popularity really grew with the introduction of the railways as Victorian visitors arrived in their numbers to ‘take the waters’.

Those early visitors were the catalyst to the development of Buxton becoming a quality tourist destination. Tourism today is the industry that creates major employment in the town.

Continuing the European link, Nestle, the owners of Buxton Water have been welcomed to the town and they now enjoy the benefits of this towns’ natural resource.

What a wonderful gesture and positive PR exercise it would be if Nestle were to offer a complimentary bottle of water to all the modern day visitors staying in the town’s hotels and guesthouses.

How appropriate it would be in this the 50th year of creating a friendship with a European town.

And here is one of our Twins.....

Twin Room Portland Hotel

(here of one of our twins at the Portland Hotel, Buxton)

 

The Portland Hotel has 17 double / twin rooms. There are a number that can be used for either twin or double purpose.

If you want to enjoy some of the places we have so far mentioned please visit our website and book online for the most competitive rates.

https://portlandhotelbuxton.com/

 

If you wish to comment or discuss please see our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

On January 12th, 2018 by admin

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Ballet Buxton opera House

French Connection Buxton Opera House

We are two business students from La Rochelle Business School in France. Over the next six weeks we will be working and staying at the Portland Hotel in Buxton.

When we secured our internship at the Portland Hotel in Buxton we searched for places to see and visit. Top of the list was the Buxton Opera House.

Once again we were pleased to see the Buxton Opera House was so close to the Portland Hotel. Only 200 metres.

The 902 seater Buxton Opera House was built in 1903 by Frank Matcham. According to FT Magazine the Buxton Opera House is the most beautiful of all Frank Matcham’s opera houses.

In 1927 it became a cinema where silent films were shown until 1932.

Since the 1970’s the Opera House has been a full time venue for productions presenting almost 450 performances per year including opera, dance, comedy, drama and concerts.

Since July 1979 the Buxton Opera House has been home of the world famous Buxton Festival which has developed into one of the largest opera and arts festivals.

http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

We chose to buy tickets for Nutcracker, the famous ballet with Tchaikovsky music. We arrived 30 minutes before the performance to marvel at the stunning architecture, both inside and out. Incredible paintings and gildings on the walls and ceilings.

The orchestra was all in place in the ‘pit’ beside the stage. The ballet started. It was a mixture of terrific music, splendid costumes and breathtaking dances.

The night we chose was one of the coldest nights of the winter, so far. Maybe OK for the artistes of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia but very much different for these two newcomers from the warmer climes of La Rochelle. We were surprised by the queues to buy ice creams at the interval (something we don’t often see in theatres and cinemas in France). They must be a hardy bunch in Buxton!!

Taking the short, flat and well illuminated walk back to the hotel we saw many hotel guests who had enjoyed the performance and taken advantage of the location of the Portland Hotel in relation to the Opera House. The hotel very often offers an accommodation and breakfast price cheaper than a theatre ticket. Many guests decide to stay 2 or 3 nights on even better deals and take in a number of shows / performances at the Opera House.

The Buxton Festival takes place this summer July 6th until July 22nd 2018. For best availability book direct

https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/

 

On January 9th, 2018 by admin

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Buxton Cinema

French Connection

We are two business students from La Rochelle Business School in France. Over the next six weeks we will be working and staying at the Portland Hotel in Buxton.

This is the first of our blogs that we hope you find of interest as we describe some of the interesting places to see and visit in Buxton and the surrounding area.

Our arrival into Manchester was just after Christmas. We caught a train from the airport into the centre of Manchester where we enjoyed shopping in the extensive retail area.

After an exhausting day it was back to Piccadilly station to take the train to Buxton. The journey to Buxton is about 50 minutes and it was pleasant to view the built up area of a major city being replaced by green fields, snow covered hills and stunning countryside.

From Buxton railway station we were pleased to find the Portland Hotel was only 800 metres from the station. About a 5 minute walk although taxis are available.

Once we were settled in at the hotel we decided to take in the new cinema complex at the Pavilion Arts Centre, about 100 metres from the Portland Hotel. How convenient.

The cinema was introduced into Buxton in December 2017. The film we saw was ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ from an Agatha Christie novel written in the 1930’s. A story of murder, intrigue and an eventful train journey.

The Pavilion Arts Centre is a multi-purpose facility that is used for talks, shows and plays. As a cinema it works well and was a very enjoyable experience.

Buxton Cinema

 

https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/

Upon returning to the hotel it was pleasant to sit and relax in the hotel lounge, enjoy a coffee and as we were discussing the many twists and turns of the film we were surprised to see an old Buxton railway timetable from the 1930’s.

Portland Hotel Buxton lounge

Old Buxton train time table

We wondered if any of those train journeys had experienced as many events as ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.

I don’t suppose we’ll ever know but I hope you’ll join us on future blogs as we continue our journey into discovering Buxton.

If you wish to comment or discuss please see our Facebook page.

On November 27th, 2017 by admin

Events at Buxton Opera House January - February 2018

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Buxton Opera house winter

Events at the Opera House                   January – February 2018

‘Portland Hotel – Keeping your overnight stay at a lower price than your theatre seat.’

Please note these rates are only available via OUR website or by telephone / email.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia

Thursday January 14th 2018        7.30pm                                                      CINDERELLA

Friday January 15th 2018               7.30pm                                                      THE SNOW MAIDEN

Saturday January 16th 2018         2.30 pm / 7.30pm                                    THE NUTCRACKER

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £50.00 - £70.00

Two nights double room accommodation and breakfast                                 £96.00

Three nights double room accommodation and breakfast           £135.00

 

80’s Mania

Saturday January 13th 2018         7.30pm

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £50.00

Our own 80’s Mania – Stay 2 nights double room Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday for only £80.00

 

Brendan Cole                       ‘All Night Long’

Thursday January 25th 2018        7.30pm

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £50.00

 

The Illegal Eagles                                  Friday January 26th 2018               7.30pm

The Original Elvis TCB Band            Saturday January 27th 2018         7.30pm

Fairport Convention                          Sunday January 28th 2018             7.30pm

Stay all three nights        Double room accommodation and breakfast     £135.00

 

The ELO Experience         ‘The Greatest Hits and More Tour’

Thursday February 8th 2018         7.30pm

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £48.00

Jimmy Osmond                   ‘Moon River and Me’.

Sunday February 11th 2018          7.30pm

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £50.00

 

Suggs                                          ‘A life in the Realm of Madness’

Wednesday February 14th 2018                 7.30pm

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £50.00

 

Joe Brown                              ‘For the First Time Ever... Just Joe’

Friday February 16th 2018             7.30pm

One night double room accommodation and breakfast                                    £50.00

 

On August 14th, 2017 by admin

Buxton Opera House Autumn and Winter 2017/18

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Hairspray Buxton Opera House

Visit Buxton this Autumn and Winter. See a show at the famous Buxton Opera House and stay with us at the Portland Hotel. We're located in the heart of buxton and just a short walk away from the Opera House.

Whats on at the Buxton Opera House Autumn and Winter 2017/18?

 

Madama Butterfly Buxton Opera House

Russian State Opera

TOSCA                                                          Monday September 25th 2017   7.30pm

MADAMA BUTTERFLY                         Tuesday September 26th 2017   7.30pm

Direct Bookings:

Double room available from £65.00 including breakfast

STAY 2 NIGHTS: £120.00 including breakfast

 

DOUBLE BILLER !!!!

MART RODGER MANCHESTER JAZZ               Sunday October 8th 2017               1.00pm

GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND                     Sunday October 8th 2017               7.30pm

Whatever your taste... Be it Jazz or Brass or Both...

Direct Bookings:

Double room available from  £60.00 including breakfast.

 

English Touring Opera

DARDANUS                                               Friday October 20th 2017               7.30pm

GIULIO CESARE

The Death of Pompey                       Saturday October 21st 2017         4.00pm

Cleopatra’s Needle                           Saturday October 21st 2017         8.00pm

 

Direct Bookings:

Double room available on Friday 20/10/17 from £70.00 including breakfast.

Stay 2 nights Double room available from £123.00 including breakfast.

 

Half Term Treat...

HAIRSPRAY                                               Monday October 23rd – Friday October 27th 2017

Direct Bookings: Double room available from £70.00 including breakfast.

 

BRASSED OFF                                           Monday November 13th – Friday November 17th 2017

Direct Bookings: Double room available from £60.00 including breakfast.

 

Three Night Special....

LULU                                                                              Sunday November 19th 2017       7.30pm

THE SUMMER OF LOVE                                         Monday November 20th 2017     7.30pm

THE SENSATIONAL 60’S EXPERIENCE           Tuesday November 21st 2017     7.30pm

Direct Bookings: Double room available ......

Stay one night £60.00 including breakfast.

Stay two nights £116.00 including breakfast.

Stay three nights £168.00 including breakfast.

russian-state-ballet- Buxton Opera House

Russian State Ballet of Siberia

CINDERELLA                           Thursday January 4th 2018           7.30pm

THE SNOW MAIDEN              Friday January 5th 2018                7.30pm

THE NUTCRACKER                Saturday January 6th 2018            2.30pm & 7.30pm

Direct Bookings: Double room available ....

Thursday 04/01/18 from £50.00 including breakfast.

Friday 05/01/18 from £60.00 including breakfast.

Saturday 06/01/18 from £70.00 including breakfast.

Stay 2 nights double room available from £96.00 including breakfast.

Stay 3 nights double room available from £135.00 including breakfast

 

 

On August 2nd, 2017 by admin

Buxton Opera House

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Buxton Opera House near the Portland Hotel

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!

On August 2nd, 2017 by admin

Visit Buxton

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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

Bakewell

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bakewell_near the Portland Hotel in Buxton

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.

On August 2nd, 2017 by admin

Chatsworth House & Gardens

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chatsworth_house in the Peak District Stay at the Portland Hotel in Buxton

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.

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