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Updated: Know Before You Go Buxton – Local Information / Festival Dates / Attractions

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.

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

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, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.***

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.

Order here: gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

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 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.


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: twitter.com/HighPeakBuses

Buxton Visitor Centre (The Pump Room)

Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.

Attractions in Buxton

Pavilion Gardens:

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

Latest updates can also be found the Pavilion Gardens website here; regular updates are also being posted on their Facebook page.

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.

Now open.

The Green Man Gallery. 

Now open.

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.

Check for the latest updates on their website at buxtoncrescentexperience.com and on their Facebook page.

Buxton Opera House and Buxton Cinema.

Buxton Opera House reopened on 8th July 2021. Buxton Cinema reopened on 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 Well Dressing Festival and Buxton Carnival Day. Postponed. One well will be dressed and on display from 4th September for one week. A Blessing Service will be held on Sunday 5th September at St. Ann’s Well with a small procession starting from Spring Gardens at 2pm. Music will be provided by Fairfield Band. The committee hope that a full festival can take place in 2022.

YNOT: Organisers took the decision to cancel the 2021 festival. Ticket holders should refer to their website for more information. ynotfestival.com

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: 12th August 2021