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Buxton Carnival

Starting off with the famous Buxton procession, the infamous Buxton Carnival parade follows the path of the annual five mile road race, when the resident band leads the way and fanfares the followers. Whatever the weather, Buxton Carnival is a whole lot of fun, and the laughter and merriment always warms the cockles and shines through on the faces of everyone who takes part. The adults and children, who dress up, sing, dance and get into the party mood pack the streets with sound and colour. There are usually no fewer than six bands that expertly provide the music for the colourful floats and the participants in costumes.

After the parade and the bands go by, it is time for the carnival queen comes next with her retinue, followed by a huge variety of floats. Family and friends cheer form the sidelines and walk alongside the floats, bringing the characters and events to life. Every year the imagination runs wild with competition to be the best all taken with good humour. Floats go by depicting nursery rhymes, fairy stories and floats depicting different countries, characters of TV programmes and film, the spectacle is wonderful and everyone gets into the party spirit.

All day the entertainment continues and even when the procession is over, there is always a wonderful free concert in the Crescent. Then it's time for the very popular duck race with all ages taking part, and of course continued laughter, more dancing and singing. The whole place seems to come together and the community unites, helping each other dress their houses with bunting, completing the well dressings making costumes for the children to take part in the floats of Buxton carnival.

Buxton carnival also coincides with the well dressings which take place every year, and also many festivals and puppet shows, not only in Buxton, but throughout Derbyshire. The first Buxton well dressing took place in 1840. It was arranged as a token of thanks to the sixth Duke of Devonshire from the townspeople of Buxton, for arranging a supply of water to be piped from cold springs via a pump on the outskirts of Buxton to the town's market place.

The well, St Anne's, is the source to fill up your empty bottles and to take home the famous crystal clear Buxton Water. It is still decorated on this site today and many other sites throughout Buxton, with a team of around 50 people involved puddling the clay, drawing the designs, dressing and erecting the well dressing boards. Most well dressings take the volunteers around 500 hours completing the process but it's a great community driven project and the locals love a chance to get together and have a natter over the flower petals, nuts and pulses and bits of collage they can use to make these stunning designs, which last the whole week through.

Buxton Festivals are all about music, opera and literary events and are now a famous summer celebration which brings very important musicians and opera stars with a range of the very best music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District. With top quality productions featuring artists and speakers with a worldwide reputation, the varied programme sees rarely performed opera, fantastic music and engaging literature and offers something for everyone. Running throughout July, Buxton Carnival time means there is always something to see and do in Buxton in the summer. It takes place in the glorious Pavilion Gardens, the Opera house and the street parties throughout the town and once sampled, is never forgotten!

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