Buxton Fringe was one of biggest in its history

Published: 3 November 2018

The 2018 Buxton Fringe contributed £269,027 to the local economy, according to figures just released.

That includes spending by performers during their stay in the Derbyshire town as well as the amount paid by audiences on food and accommodation. This does not include the Fringe committee's expenditure on printing, design and the wages of information desk staff.

It was one of the biggest Fringes, with 183 separate events. Entrants even came from Canada. A total of 17,353 people attended—a similar figure to 2017; 18% of people who filled in a survey were attending the Fringe for the first time while 33% had been visiting the Fringe for between two and nine years and 29% had been going for more than ten years.

Fringe chair Keith Savage said, “the Buxton Fringe of 2018 was blessed with warm, dry weather and an artistic programme full of riches. It felt like a happy and successful event and the survey evidence confirms that feeling. We look forward to welcoming old friends and new next July confident that artists and audiences will have a good time in Buxton.”

The 2019 Fringe, the 40th, will be held from 3 until 24 July. Entries open on 1 December and there is a discounted entry fee of £40 until the end of February.

Steve Orme