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.
Buxton sent many men to the Front in the First World War – but even more came back. The town became a recuperation centre for Commonwealth servicemen who had been wounded, especially Canadians, who rested in the big old hotels such as The Empire, which was demolished between the wars. This walk will tell their story, including how one nurse at the hospital – Vera Brittain – used her experiences to write the best-selling Testament of Youth.