Outdoor Activities


We are fortunate to have a large garden in the centre of Leek, which is popular with visitors in spring, summer and autumn.  The terrace allows al fresco eating and drinking and overlooks one of two spacious lawns.

Children are particularly welcome to run around and explore, although we do ask parents or carers to keep an eye on them and encourage them to respect the plants and wildlife.  Dogs are also welcome.



The Café rapidly proved to be very popular after the centre opened and continues to provide a wonderful atmosphere with good food and drink.  We serve a wide range of Fairtrade coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a small but perfectly formed selection of freshly prepared hot and cold dishes with a great selection of vegetarian and vegan meals.  Yummy cakes are available throughout the day.


Many of those who visit say how much they enjoy eating and drinking in this warm and friendly place.  It is thanks to the amazing band of kitchen and café volunteers that the Foxlowe Café has become one of the key places to go in Leek.  But don’t just take our word for it. Read our reviews on TripAdvisor. Trip Advisor image


Foxlowe Café is open Monday to Saturday every week: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. We are also open (10.00-4.00) on the first Sunday of every month to coincide with Leek’s Sunday Supplement Market.

The cafe and garden are dog friendly.

ST13 Sept-Oct 2019

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Leek Blues and Americana Festival

Now in its 6th year, the historic market town of Leek plays host to an array of local, national and international talent – showcasing the very best in Blues & Americana music. The Festival is set against a backdrop of independent shops, high street favourites and thriving specialist markets with host venues comprising a mix of real ale pubs, craft beer bars and the community arts centre.

5 Days:  Starting Wednesday 2nd October – Sunday 6th October 2019

20+ Venues : Pubs, bars, cafés and arts centres all hosting

60+ Acts: Over 60 Blues & Americana acts throughout the town centre of Leek

Headline acts here at the Foxlowe are:

Martin Harley, Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and Little Victor and his Combo.

Qigong Classes – Autumn 2019 Dates

Twice-monthly classes in the Rainbow Room on a Tuesday from 10.00am to 11.30am on the following dates:

Tuesday 24 September
Tuesday 8 October
Tuesday 22 October
Tuesday 5 November
Tuesday 19 November
Tuesday 3 December
Tuesday 17 December

Qigong is an ancient and powerful system of energy medicine from China:  it means ‘vital energy (Qi) cultivation (Gong).  It uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate Qi.   Working with Qigong exercise will relieve stress, balance the hormonal system, release toxins and strengthen the immune system, as well as slow ageing and help accelerate healing.

£10.00 per class payable on the day, but please book in advance with Lindsay.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Trevarthen, Three Treasures Qigong on 07989-986672, email qigong@w3z.co.uk or visit www.threetreasuresqigong.co.uk

Wine Bottle Request for Apple Fest

This year Apple Fest at the Foxlowe will be on Saturday, 12th October, and with luck we’ll be able to hold it in the garden.  As usual, we expect to fill a few hundred 75cl wine bottles with the juice pressed from all the apples brought by our lovely visitors.   That means a lot of wine needs to be drunk between now and then, so we’re asking for willing volunteers.

Please start saving all your screw-top 75cl wine bottles to bring with their tops to the Gardeners’ small shed in the Foxlowe garden.  We’ll be ready to start collecting them at the end of August and will leave a crate out then for that purpose.  Alternatively you can bring them ready washed on the day if you’re planning to bring apples for pressing.


Autumn Film Programme


The Film Group have been beavering away to complete the new autumn programme and it’s looking to be as good as ever.  Highlights include Rocketman, an extravagant musical about the dramatic career of Elton John; Judi Dench playing Red Joan, a retired physicist revealed in later life to have been a Soviet agent working for the KGB, and The White Crow, a biopic from Ralph Fiennes about Rudolf Nureyev, whose defection to the West from the USSR in the early sixties stunned the world.  This film also comes with a Meal Deal.

Judi Dench appears again, playing Anne Hathaway opposite Kenneth Branagh as Will Shakespeare in All is True and there are many other excellent films, some by well-known actors and directors and some less so, but all contributing to the exciting and eclectic mix for which Foxlowe Films has acquired a well-deserved reputation.

For a change this season, the Children’s Matinee will be a well-loved classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Although such classics may be widely available on electronic media, our aim is to introduce small children to the magical experience of seeing outstanding films on a big screen in the company of other children.

The Documentary programme will be launched by The Sequel: What will Follow our Troubled Civilisation?, a film that explores new ways of thinking about how to live well, despite and perhaps because of the widely-accepted Climate Emergency, along with initiatives already developing apace around the world that look to reduce our carbon footprint while also improving quality of life. As the film is only an hour long, we hope to arrange a Q&A session afterwards with members of the Staffs Moorlands Climate Action Community, who were recently instrumental in persuading the District Council to unanimously declare a Climate Emergency and commit to working for change.

Printed programmes and tickets will be available in mid-August.  Alternatively you can download an electronic version of the programme.

Foxlowe’s Collection Point for Food Bank

Leek’s Food Bank needs lots of donations right now, as stocks are low, so our collection point just inside the back door may come in handy if you’re not near Morrison’s or Sainsbury’s.

All donations gratefully received!

ST13 July-August 2019

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Live and Local professional theatre

Professional theatre shows announced, starting in October

The Foxlowe is proud to work with Live&Local to present professional theatre shows.  Live&Local is the touring network which offers theatre, as well as music and dance, to venues like ours.   Serious shows, light-hearted shows, shows for young children – we range across the repertoire with a number of one-night performances.

The next season starts in October, and here’s an update on it.  We’ve been awarded 4 shows, two before and two after Christmas.

On Saturday 19 October we’re presenting “Once Upon a TimeThe Misadventures of the Brothers Grimm“, described as ‘anarchic comedy at its best’.

The Brothers Grimm are about to publish the final volume of what will become the greatest collection of fairy-tales:  but on the eve of publication a shadowy figure from their past lets it be known he intends to collect an old debt, and kidnaps them.

So now their lesser known (but incredibly brave) sister Lotte has to travel deep into the Fairy Tale Kingdom and confront a great evil in order to save her beloved older brothers.

Is our heroine in grave danger?  Yes.   From what?  Lots of things.  Will she make it back alive?  We can’t tell you.

Accessible and hilarious, this comedy fairy-tale combines a distinctive mixture of music, theatre, slapstick and puppetry.  Lotte must travel deep into the Fairy Tale Kingdom and confront the evil Rumpelstiltskin in order to save her beloved older brothers.   A show for the entire family – recommended age 7 and up.  The Oxford Times says it “thrilled and delighted an audience of all ages”, and a Devon promoter reported ““Very, very good. The teenagers loved the macabre humour. Wonderful characters and plots skilfully told.”

Tickets are now available for this at the Foxlowe as well as online.

This is followed on 23 November by an unusual and exciting version of Shakespeare’s King Lear, presented by Oddbodies.

Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, the tragic trajectory of Lear’s demise is presented to you from the point of view of his long suffering and ever-loyal fool. This one-man show is inventive, irreverent and highly accessible.   ‘Oddbodies is that rare thing, a genuinely original blast of fresh air… unique.’ Evening Standard

In the New Year, in January we’re presenting a show for our youngest audiences (aimed at 3 – 6 year olds)  and in March there will be a welcome return of one of last year’s really well liked companies with  Twisted Tales II.


Live&Local is funded by Arts Council England, and gratefully supported by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.  Other Moorlands places which also receive L&L work include Alstonefield, Biddulph Moor, Blythe Bridge, Calton, Foxt and Swythamley.  You can find the list of nearby Live&Local shows online at liveandlocal.org.uk and looking at “What’s On”.


Michael Quine




Adored and Definitely Mightbe Leek Arts Festival 2019

Perennial local favourites Adored and Definitely Mightbe brought the sounds of Manchester to Leek Arts Festival on Friday the 3rd of May, 2019.

150 or so merry indie music fans packed out the Foxlowe and enthusiastically danced and sang along to every word from the classic Stone Roses and Oasis back catalogues, played faithfully – and to the faithful – by Adored and Definitely Mightbe who returned to the Foxlowe after a triumphal gig here last year.

Adored opened proceedings with their tribute to the Stone Roses, as their seminal debut album turned 30 this week. The set featured songs taken mostly from that self-titled debut album, including I Wanna Be Adored and Fools Gold, but also Ten Storey Lovesong from the much delayed follow-up, 1995’s Second Coming.

Definitely Mightbe are the longest established Oasis tribute band in the world, with over 2,000 shows under their belt. After the interval and a change of clothing and backdrop, Definitely Mightbe took to the stage for a set of anthemic Oasis classics, ostensibly from their first two albums.

Leek’s own Kev Pyne, who played bass in Adored and Definitely Mightbe and was a real character, sadly died unexpectedly in October 2018, and the Oasis song Live Forever was dedicated to him on the night in a fitting tribute.

Adored at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Adored – Stone Roses tribute

Adored at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Adored – Stone Roses tribute

Adored at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Adored – Stone Roses tribute

Definitely Mightbe at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Definitely Mightbe – Oasis tribute

Definitely Mightbe at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Definitely Mightbe – Oasis tribute

Definitely Mightbe at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Definitely Mightbe – ‘Liam’ aka Ian Alcock

Definitely Mightbe at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Definitely Mightbe – Oasis tribute: ‘Liam’ and ‘Noel’

Definitely Mightbe at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, May 2019

Definitely Mightbe – ‘Noel’ aka Paul Mitchell

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

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