It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.
Please save the dates for next year’s Festival taking place 2 – 18 July 2021.
After the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, many railways were ‘rationalised’ and gradually shut down. But some people were not prepared to let the romance of the steam train die. Thanks to their efforts, many of these lines passed into community ownership and are now booming, thanks to new armies of dedicated volunteers. Andrew Martin, author of Night Trains and Underground, Overground and the Jim Stringer series of detective novels, goes out to meet these enthusiasts. Martin explores what it is about preserved railways which makes people so devoted that they will brave white hot furnaces, scalding footplates and the threat of exploding engines.