‘Games Up’: Conservation Versus Shooting

Thu 9 July 2020

‘Games Up’: Conservation Versus Shooting

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.


Sir John Lister-Kaye, Tom Orde-Powlett and Mark Cocker

Driven-grouse shooting has long been cherished by its devotees as one of the most exciting experiences offered by the British uplands. To countryfolk the sight and sound of red grouse flying high over the heather moors in full flower are all part of a deep rural tradition. To its opponents, however, driven shooting, with its associated practices of moor burn and intensive predator control, which can spill over into the issue of illegal raptor persecution, the business is long past its sell-by date. There is no better place than Buxton, surrounded on all sides by grouse moors, to hold this important debate. Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE is one of our best-loved naturalists and owner of the Aigas Field Centre. Tom Orde-Powlett MC is the owner of Bolton Castle Estate.