Know Before You Go – Buxton Information / Festival Dates / Attractions

This page has essential local information relevant to Buxton and FAQs about what you might need to know about local facilities and businesses in the town.

England’s third national lockdown, which came into force on 5th January ended on 28th March and the ‘Stay at Home’ message has been replaced with ‘Stay Local’.

England is now in Step 2 of the UK Government roadmap and more businesses and venues have reopened such as non-essential retail, personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.

*We will update this page with Step 3 measures soon (coming into force Monday 17th May), which will include some further updates on local businesses and services mentioned in this article*

Current UK government measures remain in place in England to minimise the spread of coronavirus:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and minimise travel
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

You can read in detail on the latest update on measures at

Shielding ended on 31st March.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are also under strict coronavirus measures.

Roadmap out of lockdown

In implementing the plan the government will be guided by data, not dates, so that we do not risk a surge in infections that would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS. For that reason, all the dates in the roadmap are indicative and subject to change. There is a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the scientific data to reflect the changes in restrictions and to be analysed; followed by one week’s advance notice of the restrictions that will be eased.

Rules in England are being lifted in four stages and four conditions, set out by the UK government, must be met at each stage:

  • Vaccinations – programme is going to plan
  • Evidence – vaccines reduce deaths and hospitalisations
  • Infections – rates do not risk a hospitalisations
  • New variants – do no change the risk of lifting restrictions

Stages of easing lockdown

Community Testing Centre in Buxton

A COVID-19 Community Testing Centre is open in the Octagon Hall at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

Community testing is not for those who have coronavirus symptoms. If you DO have symptoms, and therefore need to self isolate – you can book a test as normal via the UK government website at

The centre is operating seven days per week, from 9am – 7pm. Booking is not necessary – the public can turn up at any time during the opening hours.

Boxes of 7 lateral flow tests (result within 30 minutes) can also be collected from here.

Instant result testing kits – Now available to order free on online and to collect at Buxton Community Testing Centre

The public can now order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home in England. A pack of tests contains 7 tests. You can order one pack per household each day.

Order here:

Who this service is for:

You can only use this service if:

  • you do not have coronavirus symptoms
  • you live in England
  • you’re 18 or older
  • you have not been told to self-isolate
  • you cannot get tests from your work, school, college or university (ask them for rapid lateral flow tests)

Do not use a rapid lateral flow test if you have coronavirus symptoms. Get a PCR test and self-isolate.

Rapid lateral flow tests can also be collected at the Community Testing Centre in Buxton at the Pavilion Gardens.

Public toilets in Buxton

Town Hall, Market Place: open 10am to 4pm everyday – baby changing facilities and accessible.

Pavilion Gardens Car Park: open 10am – 4pm everyday (please note toilets are not open in the main building at this time), accessible.

Pavilion Gardens Kiosk toilets (next to the Boating Lake): open when the Kiosk is open, currently 11am – 4pm daily.

Pavilion Kitchen / Tea Room toilets: Closed

Sylvan Car Park: open 10am – 4pm everyday

Waitrose, Springs Shopping Centre: Closed.

Public transport in Buxton


Northern have an updated all their timetables and they are effective from 16th May 2021. Find the latest timetables here. For Buxton to Manchester trains, see Route No.20 in the list where you will find the most up to date travel information.


High Peak Buses have made some changes recently, find the latest updates and timetables here. Their Twitter account is also updated regularly which live service updates:

Buxton Visitor Centre (the Pump Room)

Reopened on Monday 12th April. Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.

You can check for updates on their website at and also on their Facebook page.

Attractions in Buxton

Pavilion Gardens:

The following areas are currently open 10am – 4.30pm every day:

Ice Cream Parlour Window offering a takeaway service with ice creams, hot/cold drinks and snacks.

Pavilion Kitchen offering a takeaway service serving pizzas, hot/cold drinks, hot and cold snacks and a selection of cakes.

Lakeside Kiosk offering a takeaway refreshments service and toilets, weather permitting.

Boats on the Boating Lake open daily from 11am (from 12pm on Thursdays and Sundays), weather permitting.

From Monday 12th April the following additional areas are open:-

Miniature Train from 10.30am, weather permitting

The High Peak Artists – Gallery in the Gardens, access via the main doors on the promenade

Forest Gin – The Little Shop & Forest Gin Garden (in the retail arcade), access via the main doors on the promenade.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, there is no public access to the toilets in the main building and the St John’s entrance is closed.

Latest updates on various areas of the Pavilion Gardens complex and their opening times, can be found on their website; regular updates are also being posted on their Facebook page.

Buxton and High Peak Golf Club.

Opened on 29th March – golf course only. (Clubhouse remains closed).

Poole’s Cavern & Country Park.

Currently closed. Takeaway for hot and cold drinks and snacks currently available at their pop-up cafe by the entrance. Due to reopen fully 17th May.

Gallery in the Gardens.

Reopened 12th April (Under non-essential retail.)

The Green Man Gallery. 

Reopened 16th April (Under non-essential retail.)

Discover Buxton Tours.

From 12th April: Tram tours single bubble up to 8 people.  Walking tours single bubble up to 5 people. Family treasure hunts also available.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Currently closed. Due to reopen 18th May.

Buxton Crescent Visitor Experience.

Currently closed.

Buxton Opera House and Buxton Cinema.

Buxton Opera House is due to officially reopen on 8th July 2021. Buxton Cinema – TBC.

Major events and festivals

The following events listed are confirmed to be taking place, depending on national  restrictions at the time:

Buxton Spa Prize: Open for entry from 1st April 2021.

Buxton Well Dressing Festival and Buxton Carnival Day. Postponed. See this latest update here.

Buxton Festival Fringe: 7th – 25th July 2021.

Buxton International Festival: 8th – 25th July 2021.

YNOT: 30th July – 1st August 2021.

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House: 31st July – 8th August.

Eat in the Park: Pavilion Gardens, 21st 22nd August 2021.

Chatsworth Country Fair: 3rd – 5th September 2021

Heritage Open Days: 10th – 19th September 2021.

Eating and drinking

Hospitality businesses are now able to serve customers in outdoor areas and for takeaway. Check our latest guide on takeaway food in Buxton for the latest information and opening times.

Updated: 4th May 2021

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