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 has moved to Step 4 of the UK Government roadmap, from 19th July 2021. Moving to Step 4 is a balance of risks and the public should continue to be cautious. The majority of covid restrictions ended on 19th July and guidance will emphasise personal responsibility.
You can read in further detail (updated 19th July 2021) here: gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
Stages of easing lockdown
Community Testing Centre in Buxton
A COVID-19 Community Testing Centre is open at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, opposite the Swimming Pool.
***Open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 5pm, from 1 to 30 July 2021***
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 gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
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 also 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.
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)
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 8am – 6pm 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 11am – 4pm daily.
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.
Check our dedicated page on detailed information of location of car parks and spaces available at explorebuxton.co.uk/parking
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.
Buxton Visitor Centre (The Pump Room)
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.
Attractions in Buxton
Pavilion Tea Rooms: Open 11.30am – 3pm, offering coffee/tea & cakes each day and light meals on some days. Please speak to a member of Tea Room staff on arrival.
The Ice Cream Parlour: Open daily offering a takeaway service with ice creams, hot/cold drinks and snacks 9am – 6pm.
Coffee Van / 8am – 10.30am Offering hot/cold drinks and light snacks for those early birds!
Pavilion Kitchen: Open daily 10am – 5pm, offering a takeaway service serving pizzas, hot/cold drinks, hot and cold snacks and a selection of cakes.
Gallery in the Gardens: Open daily 9.30am – 5pm, access via the main doors on the promenade.
Forest Gin, The Little Shop and Forest Gin Garden: (in the retail arcade), access via the main doors on the promenade, Monday – Thursday 9.30am – 6pm / Friday & Saturday 9.30am – 8pm / Sunday 9.30am – 5pm.
Miniature Train: Currently weekends only from 10.30am, weather permitting. From 24th July, open daily until September.
Lakeside Kiosk: Currently weekends only, offering a takeaway refreshments service and toilets, weather permitting. From 24th July, open daily until September.
Boats on Boating Lake: Currently weekends only – from 11am on Saturdays and 12 noon on Sundays, weather permitting. From 24th July, open daily until September.
Kinders Garden Little Shop of Flowers: Open daily 10am – 4pm, located at the lower end of the Conservatory, next to Buxton Opera House
Conservatory: Open daily 10am – 4pm, free entry, the fish are waiting to say hello!
Public toilets: The Car Park toilets open daily 8am – 6pm. Main building toilets are open daily from 9.30am.
Events and Fairs in The Octagon Hall Various events and fairs are now taking place in The Octagon Hall. Check here for the latest listings.
Buxton and High Peak Golf Club.
Now open. Advance bookings only – please book online or contact the club directly.
Poole’s Cavern & Country Park.
Now open. Advance bookings only for cavern tours will continue for the time being; larger groups can now be accommodated on tours although tour sizes will continue to be limited to allow space for everyone; enhanced cleaning and sanitising will also continue and the staff will continue to insist that face coverings are worn 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 now open with indoor and outdoor seating.
Gallery in the Gardens.
The Green Man Gallery.
Discover Buxton Tours.
Now open. The tram will now be out everyday until the autumn (when possible). Tours will continue on the 1.5hr schedule to still allow our drivers to clean. Tours are available for mixed groups, so just one seat can be booked. Face coverings must be worn aboard the tram and inside the buildings we visit. Private tours for single households/bubbles can still be booked for a minimum cost of £50. Please contact us to arrange. Tours can be pre-booked via their website or on-the-day bookings can be booked with the driver or at the booking office when open.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.
Now open. Advance bookings will continue for the time being and staff will continue to wear face coverings. Booking slots capacity have recently increased but numbers into the museum will remain limited to keep staff and visitors safe. Walk-ins can now be accommodated if there is space on the daily booking slots – please check before travelling.
Buxton Crescent Visitor Experience
Now open. Tickets can also be booked online, in person or over the phone with Buxton Visitor Centre. Individual tickets now available to book. Whether you book online or in person, your visit will start at the Pump Room, so please head there on the date of your visit.
Buxton Opera House and Buxton Cinema.
Buxton Opera House is now open. Buxton Cinema, reopening 31st July 2021.
Major events and festivals
The following events listed are confirmed to be taking place, depending on national restrictions at the time:
Buxton Spa Prize: Exhibitions of entries open at The Green Man Gallery until 25th July 2021. buxtonspaprize.co.uk
Buxton Well Dressing Festival and Buxton Carnival Day. Postponed. See this latest update here.
Buxton Festival Fringe: 7th – 25th July 2021. buxtonfringe.org.uk
Buxton International Festival: 8th – 25th July 2021. buxtonfestival.co.uk
YNOT: Organisers took the decision to cancel the 2021 festival. Ticket holders shoudl refer to their website for more information. ynotfestival.com
Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House: 31st July – 8th August. gsfestivals.org/looking-forward-2021/whats-on-2021
Eat in the Park: Pavilion Gardens, 21st 22nd August 2021. eatinthepark.uk
Chatsworth Country Fair: Organisers took the decision to cancel the event for 2021. chatsworth.org/events/chatsworth-country-fair
Heritage Open Days: 10th – 19th September 2021. heritageopendays.org.uk
Food & Drink Businesses
There are concerns over the rapidly rising case numbers of COVID-19 across the country including the High Peak and Buxton. The UK Government have confirmed that growing case numbers are currently being driven by the more transmissible Delta variant and indoor settings are recognised as higher risk environments for community transmission.
Several pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés and other food and drink businesses in Buxton have decided that for the time being they will be making very few changes (or none at all) to their current arrangements in regard to social distancing, table service only, limiting numbers. Many businesses have stated their staff will continue to wear coverings. Face coverings are no longer mandatory in any setting but many of our local hospitality businesses are recommending they continue to be worn when customers are not seated. NHS Track and Trace registration is also no longer mandatory but again some businesses are continuing to politely request customers continue to use it to help reduce transmission.
Please remember that businesses continue 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 for you to be served when visiting these establishments. 💚
Updated: 21st July 2021