Grand Pavilion restoration project

Grand Pavilion Matlock BathThe Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath was designed by architect John Nuttall, and has been an iconic building since it’s completion (after only 7 months) in 1910. Designed as the main supply for the warm spring water to the hotels and baths in the area (the water keeps a constant 20 deg Celcius, 68 F) from the ‘Pump Room’, a dance hall to take 500 guests and a theatre for the same. Since then, it has been utilised as a building throughout it’s life for many and varied uses; a hospital during the war for north american soldiers (for which we have a Hollywood connection!), host of Miss United Kingdom competitions, wrestling evenings, a nightclub, and venue for many talented bands and performers throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties.

Half Man Half BiscuitAs a Director of the Grand Pavilion Group and Head of Events, I am re-energising this building by putting on a variety of events and performances, with the likes of Half Man Half Biscuit (www.hmhb.co.uk), childrens theatre such as the Babbling Vagabonds (http://www.babblingvagabonds.co.uk/), Wildlife Photographer of the Year – an exhibition of amazing photography from the Natural History Museum (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2013/january/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2013-search-begins117667.html), and Art Exhibitions – we are the biggest venue for artists showing as part of Derbyshire Open Arts (http://www.derbyshireopenarts.co.uk/). As a 1910 theatre, it is fitting that the Steampunk fraternity have taken on the building by storm with their quarterly events and Victoriana markets. It is also a valuable space for the local community to utilise as they see fit, organising markets for local traders, and letting space for local groups and organisations. This meld of an ecelctic mix of users is key to our growth and sustainability going forward in achieving our vision; “A beautifully restored theatre, venue and community space at the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath, creating pride within Derbyshire Dales”.

The programme of events for 2014 is already shaping up to be an incredible year, building on our success as a space for entertainment, community use and showcasing some of the best artists of our era. It has taken a lot of hard work, many hours of meetings, and hundreds of volunteers to get where we are today, but we have now bought the building off the council for £1! Now let the entertainment begin…
Artists impression of the theatre

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About Andie Brazewell

Working with the profit and not-for-profit sectors of society, I am a Director, Business Development Consultant, Event Manager, Trainer, Facilitator and Expedition Leader.
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