Family and Public Learning

Family Visits

What's on for children and families in 2023?

In the school holidays – we open up the beautiful Assembly Rooms – on selected dates – for families and friends to make, create and play together. Each school holiday we have a child friendly trail in the Pump Room. We also recommend a holiday visit to the Crescent Experience, standard admission allows you and your children to explore the Experience at your own pace and enjoy the interactive features!

During term time – on a Friday, once a month, Under Fives and their grown ups can enjoy our Pitter Patter Sessions – exploring and playing with specially created activities in the Crescent Experience. Find out more here

At weekends – our facebook page and Events page highlight planned activities for families on specific weekends. These often link to big events like Heritage Open Days, the Georgian Derbyshire Festival and Fun Palaces.

Is there a cost? At the moment, most of our family activities are free, with a suggested donation. Donations help us to continue offering a fun and inspiring programme of events for everybody.

Family learning and activities

Starting during the Easter holidays 2019, we've hosted a series of drop-in activities in the beautiful Pump Room and Assembly Rooms. Our activities are fun, informal and hands-on with craft, making and building activities for children of all ages. Crafters of all ages are welcome - children under 16 must be accompanied by a well behaved adult, and activities are free, but small donations appreciated. If you have any questions, or would like to enquire about learning with us, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

You can contact us with any feedback, suggestions or ideas for new learning sessions you’d like to see in Buxton’s newest heritage attraction.



Wednesday 29th May 2019

Free (donations welcome), 2-4pm

The Pump Room, Buxton

Join our learning team, and Crescent Crafters volunteers, to create a crafty celebration of spring at the Pump Room, Buxton.

No need to book, just turn up between 2pm and 4pm, and stay as little or as long as you like


The Buxton Opera House are holding their own fantastic make and take workshops at 10am at the Pavillion Arts Centre.  Make and decorate beautiful Easter cards for loved ones, with artist and craft expert ‘Make with Lara’.
More info and how to book here…



Wednesday 24th April 2019

£2 per person, 2-4pm

The Pump Room, Buxton

Join our learning team, and wonderful Buxton Crescent Volunteers, to create a crafty celebration of Easter at the Pump Room, Buxton.

No need to book, just turn up between 2pm and 4pm, and stay as little or as long as you like.


Put a spring in your step and hunt out Poole’s Cavern and Country Park for an immersive experience underground in their amazing show caves.  While you’re there, explore the beautiful Grin Low woods, following the trails to see the beauty of nature at springtime!


We love to explore the story of The Buxton Crescent with drop-in family activities at the  Buxton Pump Room and in the Assembly Rooms. See the events page for dates, times and details – no need to book, just drop in!

For more information please email Katie or Louise at

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We offer a range of educational and corporate experiences that can tailored to suit your specific requirements.


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