Sheffield’s silver-tongued septuagenarian Sheridan Shacklethwaite warmly invites you to accompany him on an illuminating, alternative tour of Poole’s Cavern, as part of this year’s Buxton Fringe Festival (3-24 July 2019).


Sheridan is an amateur historian, broadcaster and after dinner speaker (though its ‘tea’ where he comes from) and is delighted to be participating in the Fringe Festival for the first time this year.


“I hope you’ll join me on this subterranean adventure, deep into the heart of the mountain”, says Sherdian. “Venture forth with me to roam among the stalactites, not forgetting the stalagmites of course, on this light-hearted, thoroughly-researched, entirely made-up, alternative tour of Poole’s Cavern.”


Poole’s Cavern is a natural limestone cave in Buxton, and is believed to be over two million years old. It is named after a fifteenth-century outlaw called Poole, who used it as his hiding place when robbing passing travellers. Now designated a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, visitors can explore over 1,000 feet into the hillside, the first part of which is wheelchair accessible.


Sheridan commented: “I’ve unearthed some little known-facts about the strange local rituals held down there over the centuries, and will make the rest of it up over a cup of tea. Come and hear all about the Poached Egg Chamber, the Flitch of Bacon and Seventh Heaven in this marvellous underground cathedral of wonderment - ooh, and bring your coat, cos it’s cold down there”.


Tours run at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm on 3-7 and 10-14 July, and last approximately 45 minutes. Free parking. Stout shoes and warm clothing advisable. Age 12+. £10.50 (Concessions £9, Children £5.50) Tickets may be booked via Buxton Opera House (, 01298 72190)

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