Gallery – Animal, Vegetable and Mineral Exhibition
May 19 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm

Philip Hardaker, Vivien Wilson, Jayne Ford and Eve Bennett.

“Animal, Vegetable and Mineral”.
Saturday 19th May to Saturday 30th June.

Preview Evening 7.00-9.00pm, Friday 18th May 2018.  Exhibition concludes Saturday 30th June 2018. 

The Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm.


For further information please contact Gallery co-ordinator

Jane Wilde – 07941548512


Climax Blues Band
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Climax Blues Band 50th Anniversary Tour.

The Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s and achieved such great success and recognition through the 70s and 80s, huge selling albums like FM / Live and Gold Plated, the 1976 hit single Couldn’t Get It Right (from Gold Plated) and I Love You in 1981, the reputation carrying right through until the tragic death of founder member Colin Cooper in 2008. Colin’s death could have meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his desire was for the band to continue creating the fine blues blend that the band has been associated with since its formation, and that desire has been accepted with relish by the remaining members of the band.

George Glover has been at the keyboards in Climax since 1981, very much part of the nucleus of the band, Lester Hunt on guitar joined in 1986, drummer Roy Adams in 1987 and Neil Simpson on bass in the early 90s. This solid unit has flown the Climax flag with tremendous passion and style. Now there is a spring in their step, taking the band forward and already pleasing crowds throughout Europe, the ‘seamless’ transition in carrying on creating the unique Climax sound is the result of hard work, disguised by a band having a great time making music….
Graham Dee was recruited in 2012 to front the band. With his own distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene which included performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session vocals and voice coaching, at the same time Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge took on the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting dynamic sound, both adding their own dimensions to the musicians that have carried the flag for Climax as a unit for over 15 years, in Les’s case over 25 years, and George for over 30 years.

Security Alert – The Official Live Bootleg was recorded live at Leek Arts Festival and released in 2015 on ATA. The album was mixed by Roy Wood (Wizzard, ELO, solo).

A brand new album of original songs is being recorded and will be released in 2017.



8.00pm doors

8.30pm start.

Nearly Dan in Concert
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Spirit & Sound of Steely Dan – Nearly Dan in Concert – 21st Anniversary tour 2018.

Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker. Nearly Dan’s approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert.

It’s been over 40 years since the release of the first Steely Dan album “Can’t buy a Thrill”, featuring the hits “Do it Again” and “Reelin’ in the years.”

The band now in its 21st year on the road. Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam. Aja and Gaucho also featuring Donald Fagen’s classic solo masterpiece “The Nightfly”


A real treat for all music lovers and an unmissable concert for any aspiring musician young or old.

Visit for up-to-the-minute tour news, information, and dates.

Celebrating 4 decades of STEELY DAN.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have created some of the most influential music of the pop era. Inspired arrangements and witty, often biting, lyrics combine to make this some of the most distinctive music ever to grace the turntable, with hits such as Reelin’ in the Years, Do It Again, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Deacon Blues, Peg and FM. culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980. They reunited in the early 90s and toured throughout the decade, releasing multi-Grammy winner Two Against Nature in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

“It’s just great to see The Dan’s songs played with love and respect.”

“They’re fantastic live!!!”
“They are a totally absorbing group of musicians who remain true to the spirit of Steely Dan.”

£14 in advance £16 on the door.

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start.

Paddington 2 (PG)
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Half Term Children’s Matinee Screening.

In this latest chapter we find Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where the Peruvian bear has started to build a reputation as an upstanding member of his new community. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to find the thief …

“Joyful, heartfelt and brimming with laughs.” Radio Times.

UK/France/USA  2017  106 mins (Animation)

Subsidised Film Tickets:  £2 per child, £2 per adult accompanying child.



Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Soft drinks bar, with bar snacks, available from 1.30 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


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A Fantastic Woman (15)
May 29 @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm

Chilean director Sebastián Lelio won best foreign language film at this year’s Oscars, with this luminous and life-affirming portrait of a young transgender woman. Marina is a waitress and aspiring singer making tentative steps towards moving in with her partner Orlando. When he suffers a fatal aneurysm, Marina comes under suspicion by virtue of her gender identity, treated like a criminal by doctors, police and even by Orlando’s family. A superb performance from Daniela Vega as Marina is at the heart of a powerful, touching film about a truly complex, strong, fantastic woman. “It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.” The Guardian.

Chile/Germany/Spain/USA  (subtitled)  2017  104 mins


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.


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Dear Chocolate Soldier
May 31 @ 7:30 pm

It is June 1916.  In Whiterock, a small village in Cornwall, a 6 year old girl, Joan Burbridge, watches as her father wraps up a packet of chocolate for the brave soldiers at the front.   A thought strikes her:  ‘How will the soldier know the chocolate is from me?’  Her father obligingly writes on the packet: ‘From Little Joan, Whiterock, Wadebridge, Cornwall.’  Six weeks letter, a green field envelope arrives, addressed to Little Joan.  It is from Bombardier Edwin Hassall, still in the midst of the fighting at the Battle of the Somme.  In the first of ten letters, he describes how he happened to see the chocolate packet in a trench which they had just taken from the Germans.  He was touched that the soldiers were being remembered by the children of England and so decided to write. He signs himself E.Hassall, Bombardier, 49 Siege Battery G.A., B.E.F.

A few weeks later, Joan’s father writes back and asks Joan is she has a message for him.  Joan doesn’t hesitate.  ‘Tell him I’ll marry him when I grow up!’  Hassall is evidently delighted and sends back an ‘engagement ring’, made out of a piece of German time fuse.

Doors open at 7:00pm

Disability parking at rear of building.



The Peak District Big Band
Jun 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Peak District Big Band JO OH 2 2013


Another group requiring no introduction to Leek Arts Festival fans – this year sees the band at its largest ever: a full 20 piece big band with some strings thrown in too!

The band’s performance this year features much more traditional big band material and includes works from the library of Count Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Miller and Miles.

Vocalists Molly Rider and Mitch Probert-Watt recreate some classics from Ella Fitzgerald’s Cole Porter songbook, together with pieces made famous by Nat Cole, Chet Baker, Amy Winehouse and Cab Calloway.

A must see performance, as this year sees the departure of many of the band’s senior players.


Friday June 1

Tickets £7.50 at venue.

Performance 8.30 – 10.30



Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm

They have world recognition and a fantastic local following.  It’s been a few years since we had them play at Leek Arts Festival and we are delighted to have them perform The Unexpected Guest 35th Anniversary Tour. Demon are an English hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock group, formed in 1979 by vocalist Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner, both hailing from Leek, Staffordshire. They are considered an important band in the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Have a listen to some of Demon’s tracks on the links below:



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x.xx pm start.

Pop Up Business School
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – Jun 8 @ 3:00 pm
The Post (12A)
Jun 5 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Steven Spielberg directs a timely ode to investigative journalism centred on the battle faced by The Washington Post over the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which revealed previously undisclosed information about the US government’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Set in 1971 The Post stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as The Washington Post’s publisher Katherine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee, whose decision to publish the Pentagon Papers risks everything to expose a massive cover up that spanned three decades and four Presidents.

USA 2017 115 mins


Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.

Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.

Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.

Tickets normally also available on the door.

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