Gilbert and Sullivan Peak District festival

For three weeks every summer, Buxton,  on the edge of the Peak District, is the centre of  the universe for Gilbert and Sullivan fans.

This year’s 18th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival includes virtually all the Savoy Operas, plus a few extras.

The event was the idea of Yorkshireman Ian Smith and his son, also Ian. The pair, from Halifax, were worried that, despite growing popularity abroad, the works of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan were falling out of favour at home.

They picked Buxton because of its beautiful opera house, and because it’s right smack in the middle of England. When it started, there were just ten productions. This year, there are 50.

The festival runs until  August 20. Call the Buxton Opera House on 0845 127 2190 or visit

Check out the Buxton Opera House at Peak District View


About peakdistrictview

The Peak District has everything you need for short breaks, holidays or long stay vacations. Through our 360 degree pano viewing experience take the opportunity to look at the landscape, market towns, and villages of the Peak District that make it such a special place. Discover the hidden gems of the area from the rugged heather clad moorland of the Dark Peak, to the gently rolling dales of the White Peak. Find out about Chatsworth, Alton Towers, Bakewell, Castleton, Peak National Park information, castles, houses, caves, river valleys, reservoirs, heritage sites and much much more.
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