Buxton is well known nationally as the ‘festival town’ and this year we have more than ever happening with entertainment to suit everyones taste; from the creative, wild, whacky and sometimes totally unexplainable Buxton Festival Fringe acts, to world renowned opera, comedy, live bands, food & drink and so much more.
Check out our full and complete guide on what’s on when for festivals and what not to miss in Buxton during the summer this year:
This festival takes place generally `during the first 2 weeks of July annually, with the focal point being the ancient Derbyshire tradition of wells dressing in which wells are decorated with intricate designs created purely from flower petals on a bed of clay. It is said to have originated in Tissington, Derbyshire in 1349. Buxton’s well dressing celebration offers lots of events for all ages including a funfair, well dressing demonstration (see how the well dressings are made), historical presentation, car treasure hunt and the main event of the festival – Carnival Day on 8th July. The Carnival Day Parade begins at 2pm with dressed floats, foot characters and of course the Buxton Well Dressing Queen. The parade is followed by the Court of Queens in the Pavilion Gardens showcasing visiting queens, rosebuds and their retinues to the festival. Experience a truly unique custom to the area with plenty for all the family to do, this is not to be missed.
The Buxton Night Food and Drink Festival is taking place the evening before one of Derbyshire’s biggest annual events, Buxton Carnival and again at the end of July for 3 days. Try a variety of delicious foods from around the world including Thai, Mexican, Greek, great British burgers, cheese, olives and humus, crepes, paella and more.
A host of hot food and drinks stalls will be displayed along the promenade and outside the Marquee with a selection of cold food and drinks stalls in the Garden’s Marquee. It’s the perfect opportunity to try out lots of locally produced wines and real ciders and beers alongside their fabulous array of ales and spirits. As well as a beautiful variety of stallholders there will also be music entertainment. Bring along your family and friends to this spectacular event with music and fairground rides for the children to enjoy!
The event takes place between 4.00pm and 11.00pm.
Buxton is a unique festival producing its own fully-staged professional operas, as well as showing touring operas, classical concerts and literary talks. Set within the historic spa town of Buxton, surrounded by the beautiful Peak District, the Festival is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre.
The biggest arts Fringe Festival between Brighton and Edinburgh with around 600 events and performances from over 150 groups and artists. Staged in July each year it’s two and a half weeks crammed with music, theatre, comedy, the spoken word, dance, film, children’s events, street entertainment, painting, sculpture, crafts and more. An open festival for all ages and shows and performances to suit all budgets too.
Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre hosts its very first Comedy Festival. With big name headliners, shows direct from the fringe circuit plus workshops and films.
The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company (formerly Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company) makes another welcome return to Buxton next month, joined this year joined by Derby G&S Opera Company. The 3 week long Gilbert & Sullivan Festival moved to Harrogate in Yorkshire in 2014 after being resident in Buxton for 20 years. Not strictly a festival now in Buxton but we had to include this; there are still many G&S fans who travel far and wide to enjoy the entire week of shows here at the Opera House every year.