On Sat 7th and Sun 8th July 2019, Buxton will be holding its fifth Art Trail as part of the ever-expanding Buxton Festival Fringe. The Trail aims to boost and promote the visual arts during the festival season and offers a rare opportunity to meet local artists and craftspeople, discuss their work and, in some cases, watch demonstrations.


The beautiful spa town of Buxton lies just outside the Peak District National Park. Situated in the north-west of Derbyshire, close to the Staffordshire and Cheshire borders, the town is also well situated for visitors coming from Manchester, Sheffield, Leek, Stoke, Bakewell and Derby. Visitors will want to book accommodation early, as the festival season is very popular.


Buxton Art Trail was founded in 2010 by a small group of local artists who felt that the visual arts had a larger role to play during the popular Buxton Festival Fringe. Working together with artists, shop owners and local venues, our hard work paid off when, on 10th & 11th July 2010, Buxton hosted a buzzing art trail that boasted over 70 artists and more than 30 venues, which ranged from cafes and shops to artists’ studios and living rooms. In 2012 the second Art Trail was again a great success, as was the 2015 and 2017 events and all three were awarded the Visual Arts Event prize by the Buxton Festival Fringe.

Our mission statement

BAT aims to promote Buxton as a centre of participation, innovation and excellence in the visual arts by organising the Buxton Art Trail, as the means to develop the practice and appreciation of the visual arts created by professional and non-professional artists.