Here are some questions we're commonly asked. If you need any more information please get in touch.

Is BIF going ahead in 2021?

Yes, we are looking forward to opening the doors of Buxton Opera House on the 8 July for the first time in over a year and filling our beautiful town with live music, opera and debate. A full Festival will run from 8 – 25 July.


When can I book tickets?

Public booking is now open.  You can buy tickets online by clicking here, via the phone on 01298 72190 or email boxoffice@boh.org.uk.

What should I wear?

We have no dress code and are a relaxed, welcoming festival.  However, if you want to dress up please do!

How do I get to Buxton?

By car, Buxton is a 1 hour’s drive (approx) from the M1, M6, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Or, take the train with our partner Avanti West Coast.  You can travel from London Euston to Macclesfield direct in less than 2 hours, plus a 20 minute taxi ride, or change at Stockport for trains to Buxton.  Click here for travel information and to book tickets.



There are direct train services from Manchester, Preston, Blackpool and Hazel Grove by Northern Rail.

By bus, there are direct services from Chesterfield, Derby, Glossop, Huddersfield, Macclesfield, Sheffield, Stockport and Stoke.

What COVID-19 measures will be in place?

BIF 2021 is being organised with COVID-19 precautions in mind and it is likely you will notice some differences to your experience this year. The measures we are taking will be updated in line with official advice and will include social distancing measures, extra signage and enhanced cleaning. Please click here for more information about what to expect.

We will be following the Government’s guidelines in the run up to the Festival and it may be that the safety measures required from the 8-25 July are different to those from at the time of booking.

Will there be fewer seats available?

To allow for social distancing we have had to reduce seating in our venues, which means there will be fewer tickets. Seats have been arranged in groups of 1-5, and we ask that you book within your bubbles.

Following the Government’s announcement on the 14 June, socially distanced seating plans will be in place from the 8 – 18 July.  We are awaiting a further government announcement on the 5 July about the further easing of COVID restrictions.  Sign up to our newsletter for updates.


How will Covid-19 affect what happens on stage and in the orchestra pit?

Our challenge this year has been to programme operas compatible with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, while staying true to our commitment to stage unusual, innovative, and entertaining works. Whilst we have needed to look at cast and orchestra size, in order to meet safety requirements, we have not compromised on the quality of our offerings and are confident that any adaptations that have been made will not detract from your experience and enjoyment.


What happens if COVID-19 means you have to cancel a performance?

If an event is cancelled you will be contacted and offered a full refund. We strongly recommend you take out Booking Protect, which is available through the Box Office. If you have Booking Protect and are unable to attend a performance because you have tested positive to COVID-19, or you have to self-isolate because a member of your immediate family tests positive, you will be refunded.


Are there special arrangements in place for those with a vaccine?

As ever, we are keen that everyone who wants to enjoy the Festival should be able to do so. Social distancing measures will be in place but we are not planning any specific arrangements for those who have had, or have not had a vaccination.


Are there any plans to stream events from the Festival?

For the first time in the history of BIF we will be recording a series of Festival events, which will be available to view after the Festival, via subscription. The series includes one opera and a selection of music and book events including:

Acis and Galatea, Fitzwilliam Quartet, Isabel Hardman, Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe, Margaret MacMillan, Natalie Clein, Nazir Afzal, Richard Fortey, Tabea Debus and Elizabeth Kenny, Roderick Williams and Susie Allan, The Prime Ministers Panel with Iain Dale, Lord Adonis, Rachel Reeves and Julian Glover.

The use of this new platform is also allowing us to film two extra book events, available online only, and these are Richard Dawkins and William Dalrymple.  More details to follow!