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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery events

We host a range of exciting events for all the family to enjoy.


All events are drop-in unless stated otherwise. See attached leaflets for details.

You can join our mailing list to be kept informed about the many events, exhibitions and workshops which we host throughout the year.

For more information email: or tel: 01629 533540.

Upcoming events

All our activities and events are free and drop-in unless otherwise stated. To keep up to date with the latest events, visit our blog or like Buxton Museum on Facebook.

Giants, dragons and terrible traps

Sunday 26 May, midday to 3.30pm

Cartoonist Martin Olsson will help you draw your treasure and how you would keep it hidden! Allow 45 minutes.

Make and take: curious coins

Thursday 30 May, 10am to midday

Design your own coins with local artist Sarah Males. Who or what will you put on yours? Allow 45 minutes.

Mermaids and Monsters

Thursday 30 May, 2pm to 4pm

Make a mermaid, a sea serpent, a fluttering sea horse or some wild and wonderful creatures no one has ever met before. Quick puppets of shimmering, sliding sea creatures with Gordon from Creeping Toad. Allow 30 minutes.

Mermaid Festival at The Green Man Gallery (next door to the museum)

Friday 31 May, all events are free. 

10.30am to 11.30am - Hand-made Mermaids with Anna Spratt. Drop in workshop.

Midday to 1pm - Interview with Anita Jasso, professional ‘mermaid’.

1.30pm to 2.30pm - Mermaid CSI. Discover the mystery behind the Buxton mermaid with Anita Hollinshead.

3pm to 4pm - Mermaid: the movie. A one-hour crash course in how to write a movie with Rob Young. Free but booking is essential, through Eventbrite.

6pm to 7pm - D E E P. The world premiere of a short story by award-winning writer Rob Young, inspired by The Buxton Mermaid and the ‘haunted’ pool at Blake Mere. D E E P tells the story of Jan, a Buxton boy who discovers that there’s something strange in the water. A darkly-comic urban fairy-tail for young adults (older adults welcome too). Performed by Buxton actress, Sarah Day. Free, but booking is essential, through Eventbrite.

Read more about the Mermaid Festival.

Silk purses and sow’s ears

Sunday 2 June, midday to 3.30pm

Make your own treasure bag with Creeping Toad, a special something to keep your coins in. Allow 45 minutes.

Household finances

Thursday 6 June, midday to 4pm

Get information on handling household finances and managing debt from the money advisors at Citizens Advice Derbyshire District.

Pottery pigs

Sunday 9 June, 11am to 4pm

Dove Valley Centre, Upper Whitle Farm, Longnor, SK17 0PR

Join local potter Sue Blatherwick to make your own ceramic piggy bank in this all day workshop. Free, but please book through Eventbrite.

Talk: Talking torcs – the Leekfrith Hoard

Wednesday 12 June, 11am to midday

Join Teresa Gilmore, Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and the West Midlands, to discover more about the Iron Age gold jewellery found in 2017 in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Talk: The Goldfield - Iron Age Hoards from Snettisham, Norfolk

Saturday 15 June, 2pm to 3pm

Julia Farley from the British Museum talks to us more about the spectacular Snettisham Hoards.

For over 60 years spectacular discoveries have been made at Snettisham, northwest Norfolk. At least 12 separate hoards of artefacts including torcs, coins, rings, bracelets and ingots have been discovered. Collectively they are known as the ‘Snettisham Treasure’ and form the largest deposit of gold, silver and bronze artefacts dating from the Iron Age found in Europe.

Meet the experts

Drop in for free lunchtime talks by museum and heritage specialists from Derbyshire and beyond during Buxton Festival. All talks start at 1pm.

  • Tuesday 9 July - Duchess of Georgiana’s Servants by Hannah Wallace, University of Sheffield
  • Wednesday 10 July - Discovering Franklin: The story of the tragic Victorian explorer by Neil Betteridge, Derbyshire Record Office
  • Thursday 11 July - The Housekeepers of Hardwick Hall, 1800-1950 by Lauren Butler, University of York and National Trust
  • Friday 12 July - Restoring the Octagon at Buxton Pavilion Gardens by Adam Bench, Bench Architects
  • Tuesday 16 July - The Country House at War: Chatsworth, 1908 – 1945 by Fiona Clapperton, University of Sheffield and Chatsworth
  • Wednesday 17 July - Saving Buxton Crescent by Richard Tuffrey, Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust
  • Thursday 18 July - The Great Tutbury Hoard of 1831 by Gareth Williams, The British Museum
  • Friday 19 July - The Staffordshire Hoard: Ten Years On by Joe Perry, The Potteries Museum