Buxton View

Escape to the Festival in the Peaks this summer

Are you the kind of traveller who prefers eccentric to mainstream, undiscovered to overdone? If so, head over to Buxton during Festival season 5-21 July when the town is at its quirky best.

A playground for photographers, Buxton is packed with incredible architecture – the Devonshire Dome, Buxton Crescent (currently under renovation), the Octagon and Frank Matcham’s stunning Opera House. Add to this a stone folly, a massive park and 360 views across the Peak District all within a natural basin and you have a perfect creative getaway.

Buxton Opera House Buxton International Festival

To get here, all you need to do is jump on a train and arrive right in the centre of the town. Buxton Festival’s travel partner Virgin Trains regularly runs services from London to Stockport – only one change away from Buxton and there are plenty of walks and buses which can take you straight into some of the prettiest landscapes in Britain without a car.

Saying that, you might want to stay in town. Buxton International Festival is known for its world-class opera and tickets are only £5 for under 35s. This year we have a famous Russian romance, a Baroque discovery, a popular unpretentious romp through the underworld, and an unbridled scandal to choose from.

Bibliophiles will definitely want to check out the book programme. 56 authors are appearing at this UK festival including John Lanchester, Melissa Harrison & Tim Pears, Richard King, Jenny Waldman and Dorian Lynskey. Add to this our Perspectives series covering gender, AI and the economy, organised in partnership with The British Academy, and you’ll have enough conversation starters for the rest of the year!

As always, you’re spoilt for choice with music. From the Baroque chamber music of Improviso to the swinging sounds of The Julian Bliss Septet.

Busy days require chilled out evenings. Relax in the Late Night Cafe where you can hear live jazz, folk and world music from acclaimed musicians such as beatboxer Jason Singh & Friends, Kabantu and the Chris Ingham Quartet.

Energised by fresh air and new ideas, you’ll leave with a happy heart and a head full of memories. Don’t forget to tag us and add the hashtag #buxfest19 so we can share your posts!