There’s loads of awesome things happening in Buxton to look forward to in 2018, some events go bigger and better as well brand new festivals and some great new developments for the town, here’s our run down to 10 Best events for 2018 not to miss:
When: 26th – 29th July 2018
YNOT festival boats it’s ‘biggest headline acts yet’ for 2018 with Jamiroquai, The Libertines and Manic Street Preachers amongst others. The festivals new home (since 2017) at Pikehall near Newhaven is a just a hop, skip and a jump from Buxton so it’s grand to have this great festival on our doorstep now. The organisers have promised there shouldn’t be the problems experienced at last years festival, so here’s to a good ‘un and let’s hope the sun shines for it too.
When: 7th May 2018
Buxton Spring Fair will return this year, despite there being doubts over whether it would ahead earlier in the year. A new team of volunteers and organisers have stepped in to run the hugely popular event – which was originally set up by the Buxton Town Team in 2013 and has been held every May Day Bank Holiday since. The town will be filled with stalls – both in central and Higher Buxton, with children’s entertainment, live music and more – a super family day out for all. They still need help with running of the event so if you’re interested contact Jane Fletcher on 07976 006 822 or email. Buxtonspringfair2@gmail.com.
September 2017 saw the opening of the brand new, Heritage Lottery Funded, £1.5m Wonders of the Peak exhibition. In 2016, we said our last goodbyes forever to the popular, former Wonders of the Peak exhibition, which originally opened as a temporary exhibition in 1988 and in recent years definitely held a certain vintage appeal. And of course we all grew to love the bear, who roared as every visitor passed his cave – and yes, he’s still here! The new exhibition contains over 1200 artefacts, telling the story of geology and archaeology of the Peak district- and it’s really fascinating. You can see the objects much more clearly now with much improved explanations and there’s more for children to interact with too. We really love the huge screen that plays a continuous roll of new and old images of Buxton and the area. The place has been transformed and is definitely on a par with any of the big museums – and it’s 125 years old in 2018; look out for up and coming workshops and events, we’ll keep you posted.
The Octagon in the Pavilion Gardens is set to re-open in May, after being closed for urgent structural repairs to the Grade II listed building. We’ll be able to enjoy lots more events and fairs at Pavilion Gardens during the year, which include the Spring Spectacular on 26th, 27th & 28th May and the brilliant Buxton Night Food & Drink Festival on 13th July (night before carnival).
Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Heritage Trust will be hosting a brand new programme of events at The Pump Room in the Crescent during 2018 where you can learn more about Buxton’s fascinating spa heritage and history of the town. Some events are paid and some are free and we’ll be adding more to our website as they come up. Be quick if you fancy an event- they’re likely to book up quickly.
When: 8th – 16th July 2018
The biggest event during the year for Buxton is undoubtedly Buxton Carnival Day which attracts crowds of more than 10,000 and is Derbyshire’s biggest annual carnival. The festival’s focal point is the dressing of the 3 wells in town, an ancient Derbyshire tradition thought to date back to Roman and Celtic times where wells would be dressed to given thanks for fresh water. The wells will be created and on display from Sunday 8th July 2018. Buxton Carnival Day on Saturday 14th July, is the highlight of the festival with a parade and the traditional fun fair (which arrives a few days before and will be on all weekend). If you’re brave – get entering to be in the carnival – or do what many like to do every year and watch the carnival over a few (sometimes too many 🙂 ) drinks and a hotdog. Then there’s the live music – usually at the Queens Head and also in the Pavilion Gardens which is well worth seeing.
When: 15th – 17th June 2018
Music, vintage, shopping, food, drink, camping and cycling – the vintage cycling and family festival is back for 2018 and will return to the new location the festival found last year at Friden Grange, just outside Newhaven and only 11 miles outside of Buxton. Another huge festival with lots of offer, just a stones throw from Buxton. Tickets now on sale.
Gin Jamboree When: 7th & 8th April Where: Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road, Buxton
The Gin Society When: 5th May 2018 Where: Devonshire Dome, Devonshire Road, Buxton
Buxton will experience 2 gin festivals this year, hoorah! Join The Gin Society as they return to the stunning location of The Devonshire Dome for a gintastic time with over 120 different gins, prosecco cocktails and live entertainment. Once in the festival, you will be given your own The Gin Society gin goblet and a Gin Guide booklet that will tell you something about all the different gins you can try, as well as recommended mixes and garnishes. Gin Jamboree will be offering over 100 artisan gins and your ticket will include gin samples, goldfish bowl glass to take home, tasty Louisiana style Jambalaya supper, gin guide booklet and entertainment with live dj. Both events generally tend to sell out – tickets now on sale.
When: 6th – 9th / 13th – 16th September 2018
Buxton will again take part in this annual national event in September when over 5,000 events take place across England to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. Previous years have seen The Pump Room and the Crescent open specially for the event as well as Mary’s Bower at the Old Hall Hotel. We’ll update with you soon with more details about what’s on offer in Buxton for 2018.
When: 6th – 10th June 2018
The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show promises to be bigger and better than ever as it returns to Chatsworth for a second year. Adding to the show portfolio of the RHS, which already includes shows at Chelsea, Cardiff, Malvern, Hampton Court and Tatton Park in Cheshire, this year it promises, ‘Rivers of flowers, orchids galore and a living laboratory that make this year’s show absolutely unmissable’. Orchids are going to ‘take centre stage’ with what they promise as one of the biggest displays ever. There will of course be lots of gorgeous show gardens, fabulous shopping and as usual some spectacular designs. Tickets now on sale via their website. Chatsworth is just a 30 minute drive away or 16 miles from Buxton.