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

Is BIF going ahead in 2022?

Yes, a full Festival will run from 7 – 24 July 2022.

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When can I book tickets?

Booking is open for the Big BIF Weekend 15-16 October 2021. You can book via the website, call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or email boxoffice@boh.org.uk.

The Friends of Buxton International Festival will be able to enjoy priority booking for the summer festival early in 2022. Public booking will open a month later. Click here to find out more about our Friends’ membership scheme.

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?

We are following the Government’s guidelines.

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 have launched the BIF Digital Festival, which is available to view until 31 October 2021 via paid subscription.

The series includes two operas and a selection of music and book events including:

Acis and Galatea, Cendrillon, 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.