Peak fair’s £200k boost to economy

AN ANNUAL event celebrating the best of the Peak District’s culture, food, arts and crafts has contributed over £200,000 to the local economy, organisers estimate.

Around 13,000 visitors are thought to have passed through the gates at last month’s Great Peak District Fair, held over two days at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

The hugely-popular event, staged by High Peak Borough Council, featured over 100 stallholders and exhibitors selling products and produce crafted, handmade or hand-reared in the Peak District.

And for the first time this year, the region’s well-known association of fine artists and artisans, Peak District Artisans (PDA), staged an exclusive exhibition as part of the programme.

Accommodated in the neighbouring Pavilion Arts Centre, the autumn showcase featured 25 members of the group displaying an eclectic range of high-quality work from photography, fine art and furniture to ceramics, carvings and sculptures.

Speaking of the group’s involvement, PDA Chairman Chris Farrow said: “We were delighted to be exhibiting at one of Buxton’s finest annual events.

“Our exclusive autumn showcase was a huge success and it’s great to be a part of this event that celebrates all things local.

“The group’s imaginative and creative use of the area resulted in a haven where art lovers could browse in relative peace while chatting to the artists and makers.”

Also running alongside the Great Peak District Fair was the Buxton Beer Festival, now in its fourth year, which offered real ale lovers a choice of top tipples brewed in the Peak District.

Added to this was the launch of the town’s very own Real Ale Trail, which showcased some of Buxton’s best watering holes.

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