Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK's leading art festivals, Buxton Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera and music at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.
We’ll select two outstanding events from the festival programme and our leader will be on hand to explain their background and context. The rest of the time is free to join the optional guided walks or explore the local area independently.
- Tickets to two events, with good quality seats
- Get the most out of your festival experience with talks and discussions from our knowledgeable leader
- Optional walks to explore the local area
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, transport and performance tickets
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Peveril of the Peak
- Knowledgeable leaders: all our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure you get the most out of your holiday
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – enjoy music together, eat together and relax together
The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderful position in the village of Thorpe, less than a mile from the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the Dove Dale gorge. Named after the novel by Sir Walter Scott, it offers excellent facilities and is surrounded by extensive grounds.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Reception area and lounge on the ground floor
• Newly refurbished dining room and a bar
• Function room and additional bar upstairs
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
|• Extensive grounds with a patio and garden with wide ranging views of countryside
• Famous stepping stones at the base of Dove Dale, less than a mile away through a footpath that is linked to the car park
• Tissington Trail is also nearby
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Friday: Arrival day.
Welcome to Peveril of the Peak. Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for premium rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. If you need assistance carrying your luggage to your room, please speak to the house manager when you arrive to arrange this. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.
After dinner: Judith will give an illustrated talk on the piano works of four masters.
9.30am – 10.30am: Enjoy a talk on Judith’s choice of music by Beethoven
10.30am: Morning coffee
11am: Leave for the festival
12pm – 1.45pm: Paul Lewis, Pavillion Arts Centre
Bach Partita No 1 in B flat major, BWV825
Beethoven Piano Sonata No 4 in E flat major, Op 7
Chopin Waltz in A minor, Op 34 No 2
Chopin Waltz in F minor, Op 70 No 2
Chopin Waltz in D flat, Op 64 No 1 (The Minute Waltz)
Weber Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat, J199, Op 39
Recently appointed CBE, Paul Lewis brings a glittering and diverse programme from Bach to Weber, with which he will have travelled the world before landing in Buxton, including Amsterdam, Chicago, Bratislava, Vancouver, Boston, New York and Bilbao. His concentration on Beethoven and Schubert in recent years with much lauded recordings has attracted the highest praise for his insights and conviction; Gramophone magazine suggested ‘that he has developed arguably into the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation’, But it was with Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos that he established himself firmly in the worldwide pantheon of great pianists. Gramophone made no bones about his complete recordings of Beethoven sonatas, saying that it was ‘one of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years … an unmissable benchmark’.
1.45pm: Leave for the Country House
2.45pm – 5.30pm: Optional walk
After dinner, listen to a selection of recorded wind music
9.30am – 12pm: Optional walk
1pm – 2pm: Enjoy your picnic lunch and tea/coffee while listening to Judith’s talk on PIazzolla and others
2.30pm: Leave for the festival
3.30pm – 5pm: Claire Wickes & Tomos Xerri
Fauré Après un rêve; Hymne; Morceau de Concours (arr. Tomos Xerri & Claire Wickes)
Debussy Chansons de Bilitis
Takemitsu Toward the Sea
Liam Mattison New Commission
Piazzolla Histoire du Tango
Claire Wickes and Tomos Xerri are fast-rising stars amongst wind and harp players. Claire, having made speedy progress with positions in the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia before settling in as Principal Flute at the English National Opera, pursues a diverse career as soloist and chamber musician, and this eclectic and bold programme with the harpist Tomos Xerri demonstrates their refreshingly catholic enthusiasms. Tomos Xerri is a multiple award-winner, and in addition to a full schedule of concerto and chamber music appearances devotes considerable energy to outreach work. Their enticing kaleidoscopic programme, which will enchant and intrigue the ear, is tailor made for the lovely acoustics of St John’s.
5pm: Leave for the Country House
After dinner, we’ll have an open discussion on what we’ve heard this week.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
What to bring
To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities. Please bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
Discover the Peak District
The Peveril of the Peak occupies a wonderfully peaceful location in the village of Thorpe, and is surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Derbyshire Dales.
The nearest facilities are in the small town of Ashbourne, about 3 miles away. Here you’ll find a full range of shops plus supermarkets, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.
During your stay you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
One of the natural wonders of the Peak District, the spectacular limestone valley of Dove Dale is less than 1 mile from The Peveril of the Peak – just follow the footpath signs from the car park.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s most visited stately homes, which sits at the heart of a huge estate. Throughout the house there are fine displays of furniture, silver, tapestries, porcelain and paintings. The formal gardens cover 105 acres and include fountains, sculptures and a maze. Chatsworth is around 50 minutes' drive from The Peveril of the Peak. www.chatsworth.org
Crich Tramways Village
Located near the village of Crich, about 45 minutes' drive away, the National Tramway Museum has an impressive collection of vintage trams which run on a recreated historic street. www.tramway.co.uk
The Regency spa town of Buxton is about 19 miles from the Peveril of the Peak. Two key attractions are the town’s opera house, and Poole’s Cavern show cave. www.poolescavern.co.uk or www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
The popular village of Castleton is an excellent starting point for walks in the ‘Dark Peak’; just under an hour's drive away. Nearby are four extensive show caves: Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. www.castleton.co.uk/caverns
Home to the famous ‘Bakewell Pudding’, this is one of the most attractive small towns in the national park. Bakewell is around 35 minutes' drive away.
The huge Alton Towers theme park is only 30 minutes' drive away and is a very popular option for families. www.altontowers.com
This historic mill, dating from 1771, is a World Heritage Site, about 35 minutes' drive away. www.cromfordmill.co.uk
A fortified medieval manor house, dating from the 12th century. Haddon Hall is located near Bakewell, about 45 minutes' drive away. www.haddonhall.co.uk
The Tissington Trail is just half a mile away from The Peveril of the Peak. This offers 13 miles of traffic-free cycling along a disused railway line and connects with the 17 mile High Peak Trail. Cycle hire is available nearby.
Our address: The Peveril of the Peak, Thorpe, Dovedale, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AW
The nearest railway stations are Buxton or Derby. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
The 19 mile journey from Buxton railway station takes approximately 35 minutes; the 17 mile journey from Derby takes approx 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £31 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Peveril of the Peak Manager.
There is a limited bus service to Thorpe village. From Buxton take the 442 bus service to Ashbourne, then change to the 101 bus to Thorpe village. From Derby station take the SW1 service to Ashbourne and then the 101 bus. From Thorpe village it is a 500 metre walk along Wintercroft Lane to the Peveril of the Peak. For bus times see www.traveline.info
From the south leave the M1 at junction 24 and head to Ashbourne via the A50 and A515. Continue north on the A515 heading towards Buxton. 1 mile north of Ashbourne turn left, signposted to Thorpe, Dovedale and Ilam. After a further 2 miles the road bends sharply left by the New Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign.
From Buxton take the A515 south towards Ashbourne. After 17 miles turn right at a crossroads, following signs to Thorpe, Ilam and Dovedale. After 1 mile turn right by the New Dog pub. The Peveril of the Peak lies ahead at the bottom of the hill. Look out for the sign.
From the west leave the M6 at junction 15 and head via the A50, Cheadle (A521) and Oakamoor (A5417) to the A52. At the junction of the A52 and the A523 take the minor road signposted to Ilam. After 1½ miles turn left and descend the hill. Cross the bridge at Ilam, turn right and follow the road up a steep hill and onwards through Dovedale and Thorpe village. The Peveril of the Peak is on the left hand side at the end of the village.
Travelling from overseas
Dovedale is located in the centre of the UK, with a number of airport options.
East Midlands Airport is about 30 miles away - this is served by short-haul European flights. If you're flying here we'd recommend pre-booking a taxi direct to the Peveril of the Peak - cost about £60.
London Luton Airport has lots of low-cost European flights. From here take the shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station, then on by train to Derby with 1 change at Leicester. Allow 1 hour 50 minutes to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Buxton with one change at Manchester Piccadilly. Allow 1 hour 40 minutes to Buxton - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow Airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 3 hours to reach Derby. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to London St Pancras. From here take a train to direct to Derby - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times. Complete your journey by taxi (see above).
Judith Wallace has been leading Singing, Music Making and Opera & Festival holidays for HF Holidays since 1998. Prior to this she had a long career in primary and further education where she specialised in music and drama. She conducts two orchestras, an operatic society, a clarinet choir and a concert band- all of which she enjoys immensely. When not conducting Judith plays clarinet in orchestras, bands and chamber groups and she also enjoys going to concerts, plays and operas. She enjoys passing on her enjoyment to others and encouraging all guests to have a worthwhile musical experience.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person