Held on the third Wednesday of most months, the Foxlowe Talks programme  aims to engage with a wide range of subject areas,  from the local to the national and international,  on cultural, philosophical, historical, literary and  scientific themes. These talks are usually generously gifted by the lecturer to the Foxlowe Arts Centre.   Admission is free, with a collection for Foxlowe arts centre Funds.

The Butterflies of the Peak District
May 15 @ 7:30 pm

Butterflies are easily the most enchanting and widely loved of all British insects. They flutter through our woodlands and meadows, in a kaleidoscope of dazzling colours. Coupled with their beauty, their lifecycle is nothing short of miraculous. Their metamorphosis from earthbound caterpillar to winged butterfly is a wonder of nature and symbolic to many people. In the Peak District National Park we are lucky to have a wide variety of butterfly species.

Byron Machin has spent his summers visiting every corner of the Peaks to survey the butterfly populations. In this talk he guides you through every species and the numerous nature reserves where you are likely to see them.

He is an independent publisher, film-maker and lecturer.

“The Butterflies of the Peak District” Brand new book available at:

“Wild Peak” Documentary now in stock throughout the Peak District and on-line. Trailer here:



The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them.

Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.