Updated: Know Before You Go Buxton – England Moves to Covid Plan B

Know Before You Go Buxton

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.

It also has the latest information about current UK Government covid restrictions in England.

Prime Minister confirms move to covid Plan B 

The government announced on 8th December 2021 that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

This means:

  • From 10th December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.
  • From 13th December office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • From 15th December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

Face coverings

From 10th December, face coverings are required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport, including taxis. These include:



  • community centres (including village halls), youth centres, members clubs and social clubs
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • polling stations and premises used for the counting of votes
  • places of worship
  • crematoria and burial ground chapels
  • visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, indoor theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, indoor areas at aquariums, zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, snooker and pool halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, indoor theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • indoor areas of sports stadiums

For a full list of where face coverings are required by law from Friday 10th December, click here.

There are some exemptions. You do not have to wear a face covering in hospitality settings such as cafés, restaurants and pubs. This is because it is not practical to keep removing face coverings to eat or drink.

You do not need to wear a face covering in nightclubs or certain other night-time venues, including dance halls and discotheques. This is because it is not recommended that you wear a face covering while exercising or during strenuous physical activity, including dancing.

Settings which are exempt from wearing a face covering include:

  • Restaurants, cafés and canteens
  • Bars and shisha bars
  • Gyms & exercise facilities
  • Photography studios
  • Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques

Working from home 

Office workers who can work from home should do so from Monday 13th December. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go into work – for example, to access equipment necessary for their role or where their role must be completed in person. In-person working will be necessary in some cases to continue the effective and accessible delivery of some public services and private industries. If you need to continue to go into work, consider taking lateral flow tests regularly to manage your own risk and the risk to others.

Required use of the NHS COVID Pass

From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster, but this will be kept under review), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.

You can access your NHS COVID Pass through:

  • the NHS App
  • NHS.UK
  • A letter that you can obtain on NHS.UK or by calling 119

The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your COVID vaccination status and test results in a secure way for entry to domestic venues or events. Read more about this here.

Public Toilets in Buxton

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

Pavilion Gardens Car Park: open 9am – 5pm daily.

Pavilion Gardens main building toilets: 9.30am – 5pm daily.

Pavilion Gardens Kiosk toilets (next to the Boating Lake): open when the Kiosk is open, currently from 10.30am at weekends only

Pavilion Kitchen / Tea Room toilets: Open from 9.30am

Sylvan Car Park: open 10am – 4pm everyday

Waitrose, Springs Shopping Centre: Closed.

Car Parks in Buxton

There are a number of pay and display car parks in and around Buxton, all of which include disabled spaces. All car park ticket machines accept cash only currently and they do not give change.

Bridge Street Car Park

Spaces: 18

Buxton Town Hall, The Slopes

Spaces: 62

Market Place

Parking is available on the Market Place in Higher Buxton except Tuesdays and Saturdays when Buxton Market takes places all day.

Spaces: 52

Market Street

Spaces: 86

Pavilion Gardens

Spaces: 262

Please note that the under section of the car park closes and is locked between the hours of 6pm and 8am.

South Street

Spaces: 10

Spring Gardens and Wye Street

Spaces: 422

This car park is part of the Springs Shopping Centre and Waitrose is located here.

Sylvan Road (end of Spring Gardens)

Spaces: 68

For more detailed information on car parking and charges, go to highpeak.gov.uk/Buxton-car-parks

Public transport in Buxton

Northern Trains

Northern have an updated timetable effective from 12th December 2021 – 14th May 2022. Find the latest timetables here. Buxton to Manchester trains are Route No.20 in the list of timetables.

High Peak Buses

For all routes operated by High Peak Buses including popular routes such as the Skyline 199, Fairfield / Harpur Hill 185/186 and Buxton to Macclesfield 158, visit their website at highpeakbuses.com/bus-services

Their Twitter account is also updated regularly which live service updates: twitter.com/HighPeakBuses

Buxton Visitor Centre (The Pump Room)

Opening times December 2021: Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm, Thursday late night Christmas shopping 12 – 7pm in December 2021.

Attractions in Buxton

Pavilion Gardens 

The complex is open with various opening times for different areas. Please visit our full listing for the latest information on opening times for various areas at Pavilion Gardens: explorebuxton.co.uk/pavilion-gardens-buxton-whats-on-2021/

Gallery in the Gardens (Inside Pavilion Gardens)

9.30am – 3pm Midweek and 9.30am – 4pm Weekends.

Buxton and High Peak Golf Club

Open. Advance bookings only – please book online or contact the club directly.

Poole’s Cavern & Country Park

Open. cavern tours must be booked in advance. Group sizes are limited to allow for social distancing and space to see the cavern and hear the guide. Face coverings are required in the visitor centre and on cavern tours unless exempt. Visit their website to find out more and to book your tickets.  Café in the Cavern is open with indoor and outdoor seating.

The Green Man Gallery

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm. Free entry.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Last admissions 4pm. Free entry.

Buxton Crescent Visitor Experience

Tours available to book Wednesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm. Please refer to available time slots to book your ticket online at buxtoncrescentexperience.com Tickets can also be booked in person or over the phone with Buxton Visitor Centre.

Buxton Opera House and Buxton Cinema

Buxton Opera House and Buxton Cinema are open. Face coverings are now mandatory in theatres and cinemas from 10th December 2021 as per the UK Government guidance.

You will be required to wear a face covering on entry to the building and at all times when you are in the theatre or cinema (except when you’re eating and drinking), unless you are exempt. Exemptions include (but are not limited to) children under 11, and people with a health condition or disability.

Devonshire Spa 
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am 6pm. CLOSED Mondays.

Major Events and Festivals

Buxton Well Dressing Festival and Buxton Carnival Day. Postponed in 2021. The committe hope that a full festival can take place in 2022.

YNOT: Organisers took the decision to cancel the 2021 festival. Ticket holders for 2021 should refer to their website for more information. YNOT is scheduled to take place 29th – 31st July 2022.

Eat in the Park: Pavilion Gardens, 20th & 21st August 2022. eatinthepark.uk

Chatsworth Country Fair: Scheduled to take place 2nd – 4th September 2022. Tickets are now on sale and currently with 20% off prices. Find out more on their website.

Heritage Open Days: 9th – 18th September 2022. heritageopendays.org.uk

Please remember that businesses continue to face challenges, in particular staff shortages due to staff self isolating or being unwell with COVID-19. So please be patient if takes a little longer for you to be served when visiting these establishments. 💚

Page updated: 12th December 2021

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