Buxton International Festival are delighted to announce a new travel partnership with Virgin Trains who operate services on the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly.

Celebrating 40 years of Buxton International Festival in 2019, this exuberant summer celebration of Opera, Music and Books includes over 120 events during a 17-day period from 5th – 21st July 2019.

Undoubtedly one of the most picture-perfect festival locations in the UK, Buxton radiates charm and attracts an international audience over 30,000 visitors to the town each year.

This year’s Festival line-up includes four fully staged operas plus Melvyn Bragg, Lucy Worsley, Nick Robinson, Jennifer Pike, Peter Donohoe, Alessandro Fisher, Roderick WilliamsSir Max Hastings, Tristram Hunt, The Brodsky Quartet, Anna Pasternak, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Ian Kershaw, Robert Skidelsky, Amanda Foreman, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Imogen Cooper, Clare Hammond, The English Concert, La Serenissima and the soloists of Cape Town Opera. Virgin’s swift and regular service from London Euston offers southern based Festival-goers the opportunity to travel in speed and comfort to the Peak District spa town via Macclesfield and Stockport, with up to three trains per hour and journey times of less than two hours.

Michael Williams CEO of Buxton International Festival, said “We are delighted to have Virgin as a travel partner helping to connect Buxton to the world.”

Gaynor Stewart, General Manager at Virgin Trains, said: “We have always been proud to champion the local communities we serve and encourage people to take the train to explore what they have to offer, so we are excited to be working with Buxton International Festival as their official travel partner. With our services departing London every twenty minutes and onward rail connections from Stockport to Buxton, the train is the ideal mode of transport for thousands of Festival-goers this July - where they can relax and enjoy the scenery at 125mph before enjoying the great BIF line-up.”


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