The Big Session

Welcome to the first festival of the Summer!

Hosted by Oysterband, the cream of English folk gather in the handsome spa town of Buxton to welcome in the Summer from Driday 28 April to Monday 1 May. The festival features a series of concerts with a mini beer festival and Pavilion Gardens Drinks Emporium providing the setting for the Big Session Ceilidh with the Oysterband and guests, and music sessions throughout the weekend led by Big Session concert artists and more.

Set right in the heart of Buxton in the spectacular Opera House, the Pavilion Arts Centre and beautiful Pavilion Gardens complex. The festival venues are just a short walk from the town centre, accommodation and public transport links.

The Peak District and High Peak are great areas to explore, and fringe activities include a Folk Train from Manchester Piccadilly and a May Day ramble led by John Jones (vocals Oysterband).

Musicians are welcome to join the open sessions in the Pavilion Gardens Marquee and an instrument cloakroom service will be provided. This year's main artists are:

Don't leave Buxton too early!
Monday 1 May is a Bank Holiday and Buxton hosts its annual Spring Fair so if you’re not joining the ramble led by John Jones, the Pavilion Gardens Drinks emporium will still be open and there’s still lots to see in town. To find out more about what to do in Buxton click here.

Staying over
Our official Campsite is Cold Springs Farm, a working farm located just outside Buxton. As well as camping facilities there is also a basic camping barn available. There are plenty of other places to stay in Buxton, from our preferred hotel partner The Old Hall Hotel to smaller guest houses and B&Bs. For more information about accommodation click here.

Find out more:
To find out what's happening when, download the programme here or join us on social media: @BigSessionFest on Twitter and /BigSessionFest on Facebook.