BUXTON CARNIVAL 2015: Find out what’s happening when and where

The Roald Dahl-themed Buxton Community School float at last year's Buxton Carnival.
The Roald Dahl-themed Buxton Community School float at last year's Buxton Carnival.

A bumper turnout is expected at Saturday’s Buxton Carnival.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for Derbyshire’s biggest annual street party, part of the 175th Buxton Well Dressing Festival.

And writing in the official carnival programme, committee president Arthur Packham says: “We sincerely hope that you enjoy this year’s event and whilst you are here please remember to donate your spare coins or even notes.

“Every penny given today helps preserve Buxton’s heritage for the benefit of future generations.”

The day’s entertainment kicks-off at noon with live street music at the bottom of the Slopes while at 1pm a concert with music from 11th Hour will be performed at the Portland Hotel.

Newly-crowned well dressing queen Lilly-Anne Owen will start the road race at 1.45pm on New Wye Street, and at 2pm will accompany the festival royalty in leading the carnival procession from outside the railway station on Station Road.

From here, the pageant parade will follow a route along Station Road, Spring Gardens, The Quadrant, St John’s Road, Burlington Road, West Road, High Street, Market Place and Terrace Road, finishing in The Crescent.

Carnival-goers will also be treated to a flypast by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (11AM SAT UPDATE: organisers report the flypast has now been cancelled due to engine problems).

The fun continues from 4pm onwards in the Pavilion Gardens with a parade of queens, the annual Buxton Lions Duck Race and range of promenade entertainment. There will also be live music on the bandstand from 4.30pm featuring local bands Long In The Tooth, Bin 53, Havana Saints and The Indieannas.

Sunday marks the final day of the festival fair. The day will also feature a charity football competition at the Silverlands from 2pm, followed at 6pm by a special service at St Anne’s Church.

For a full event line-up, pick up an official carnival programme or visit www.buxtonwelldressing.co.uk.