Buxton is a modest town, probably too modest for its own good. It needs to shout a bit more about itself if it is to be heard above the clamour of other spa towns and other summer festivals. It won’t ever be a Bath or Harrogate, but its lack of pretension risks undervaluing its attractions set as it is among the Derbyshire Dales. The 40th anniversary of the Buxton Festival is a good time for a reassessment; and after a few days visit some (qualified) celebration seems in order.
Nowadays it appears every British town of any antiquity and size has a festival of music or opera or literature.