Buxton in Derbyshire offers a day out that promises to leave visitors with a feel-good glow lasting right through to New Year!
At Christmas time it’s not easy to plan a day out that meets everyone’s expectations. You know what it’s like: mum and dad need to shop for gifts, the grandparents want lunch at a cosy country hotel while the kids expect non-stop treats and entertainment.The good news is that the Derbyshire town of Buxton has it all.
The perfect festive experience begins with a drive through the breathtaking scenery of the Derbyshire Peaks. Buxton is ideally situated for day trips from a number of large urban centres, situated just 50 minutes’ drive from Derby, Manchester and Sheffield, while Birmingham is only one and a half hours away.
The town has a rich and diverse history dating from Roman times onwards. In the Georgian era development focused on the natural spring waters that flow into the town and some beautiful and well-preserved architecture from that period remains.
Buxton really comes alive during the festive season with eye-catching gifts, clothes and festive foods on sale from a range of attractive independent shops. Visitors can choose to eat at one of the town’s many coffee houses and restaurants or enjoy a walk through the beautifully landscaped Pavilion Gardens if the weather is fine.
But it’s not just shopping and dining that brings visitors to Buxton. The jewel in its crown is its stunning Opera House, built in 1903, which annually stages an acclaimed professional pantomime. Visitors in search of a great festive day out have found that watching a performance in the theatre’s gilded auditorium is the perfect way to round off their trip.
This year’s pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk”, starring vocal impersonator Steve Nallon (best known as the voice of Margaret Thatcher in “Spitting Image”) and Joseph Elliott (CBeebies’ “Swashbuckle”) runs from 11th December to 3rd January, with a 25% discount for group of 20 or more offered to coach tour operators on selected performances. Call the Box Office for more details on 0845 127 2190 or 01298 72190