Places around Buxton

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Bakewell is about 20 minutes away from Buxton and is easily accessible by bus or car. It is a beautiful historic town which is the home of the famous Bakewell Tart, which of course is widely available to purchase there! There are lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and things to do and see. It is home to a huge agricultural show which is the largest of its kind in the UK. It has a fair, a food hall and hundreds of competing animals. The town is well worth a visit!


Ashbourne is a quaint town about 30 minutes from Buxton, it is on the Transpeak bus route and easily accessible by car. It has some lovely little shops, cafes, restaurants, walks and is home to the ‘Shrovetide’ football game which sees spectators play football in the streets over an 8 hour period, with the goals 3 miles apart! A very interesting watch!

Carsington Water is a reservoir just outside of Ashbourne which is home to water sports such as kayaking, wind surfing, canoeing and sailing. There is also a great cycle route around the reservoir, for the keen cyclist and the not so keen! It is a great place to get some fresh air, with cycle hire facilities or water sports hire facilities, it really has it all! There is a café, some shops and a visitor centre to explore too!

Matlock Bath

Matlock is a really fun place to visit and is best described as the seaside in land! Easily accessed by bus or car, it has fish and chip shops, amusement arcades, a mini aquarium, a mining museum and its own version of Blackpool’s illuminations that run for a couple of months in the year. It also has the ‘Heights of Abraham’, cable cars which take you up a cavern system, a fossil display and of course a lovely tea room! Matlock also offers some English heritage in the Form of Masson Mill. Richard Arkwright built it in 1783 and it is still a working textile museum today with shopping village and restaurant. Matlock is my favourite place in the Peak and I would recommend a visit!


Derby is the closest large City to Buxton and is home to an Intu Shopping Centre, with over 190 shops inside and outside, along with a food court, cinema and tons of restaurants to choose from. There is also a darker side to Derby as it is reported to be one of the most haunted cities in the country! Ghost Walks around the centre and the Derby Gaol are popular and an exciting experience. If ghosts and the paranormal aren’t your thing, The Assembly Rooms is host to plays, pantomimes, live acts and stand-up comedians regularly.

There is plenty to do for free in Derby too; there are lots of great outdoor spaces to explore such as Darley Park, Markeaton Park and Locko Park. Derby Museum is an interesting place to visit as it covers WW1, the Egyptians and Derby’s own heritage such as Joseph Wright.

The night life in Derby is a really good night out. There is somewhere for every type of music lover. From Mosh, for the indie, rock and drum and bass crowd to Walkabout which plays pop, current music and some classics and many more places to choose from. Both host student nights in the week and offer discount on the night out with drinks offers and reduced entry! There are loads of other great pubs and bars to choose from. There are independent places which brew their own beer or chains such as Revolution and Wetherspoon’s.

Alton Towers

The UK’s largest theme park is less than 25 miles away and can be reached in around 40 minutes by car. During fresher’s week, a trip to Alton Towers is arranged for free, transport included! If you have never visited before you are in for a treat as it is home to amazing roller-coasters, the log flume, a mini sea life centre, a 4D experience and live shows. A day out not to be missed!


Getting around Buxton

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There is so much to explore in the Peak District it difficult to know where to start! Buxton is in the heart of the Peak and does have a reputation of being difficult to get to and from- but this is not at all true!

By Car

If you are bringing a car to University and staying in Buxton, you won’t need to use it that much as all the amenities you would need are in Buxton itself. If you want to explore the surrounding area however, it is easy to do so by car. Manchester is just over an hour away and so is Derby Centre; it really is a central location! There is plenty of parking on the streets around the University but there is no official parking for the Uni itself. I have never had an issue getting a space and the on-street parking is only a few minutes away from the campus so is no bother at all- and most importantly- it’s free!

By Bus

The buses are a really useful way to get around if you don’t have a car. They take an hour and a half to get to Derby Centre and an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Manchester. The bus route also stops at the smaller destinations such as Bakewell, Matlock and Stockport. They are about every hour and run till late.

By Train

There is also a train station right next to the Uni. In my year there are a few people who commute from Stockport and Manchester by train. From Manchester it takes around an hour and from Stockport it takes 45 minutes. There are several stops so you have plenty of choice as to where you get it from. The Derby route takes a little longer, around 2 hours and requires changes.

However you are travelling to Buxton, the views along the way are an absolute pleasure so enjoy 🙂

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Tourism students trip to Malta

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One of the great things that drew me to the tourism course at Derby was the inclusion of a residential trip to Malta in the 2nd year, which was all part of the course fees!

Specifically organised for Tourism Management students, this gave us an opportunity to jet off with two of our lecturers, Peter and Iride, for a 4-night stay in St Julians to really experience what we have been studying.

Time for a quick snap!

Time for a quick snap!

We stayed in a lovely hotel in the heart of the main shopping, restaurant and nightlife areas of the town, which was a perfect base for our stay. Here we had the use of a great swimming pool and even a Jacuzzi – this was a welcome sight for everyone! To help us explore, we were also given a free bus pass making getting around really easy. In the evenings we were given free time to go out, explore and really got to know everyone on our course.

But this wasn’t just a free holiday!

The university had plenty for us to do to ensure, at least from an academic perspective, that we were really making the most of the trip. This included things like local sight-seeing trips and a more in-depth venture into the capital, Valetta.

This beautiful and historic city impressed us all for a few reasons:

  1. It was a vibrant and buzzing place, with breathtaking buildings and some fantastic restaurant and shopping areas.
  2. The shopping experience was great, with plenty of souvenirs and more traditional local gift shops around Valetta.
  3. Last but by no means least, we got to see where some scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed! As a Game of Thrones fan, it was amazing to be able to see some of the sets form the series. There are a few places in Malta that were used in the series, including Mdina and Gozo, both of which we visited.

    On the boat trip

    On the boat trip

Next we visited Gozo, a little island just off the coast of Malta, only accessible by ferry. It had some beautiful beaches and buildings, it was a really picturesque place. We had our own personal tour guide for the day and were transported around by mini van, giving us a great insight into the area. From here we had took a boat trip to see some caves and a place where blue coral grew under water, which made the sea look a vibrant tropical colour. Of course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to stop at the beach for a dip and some time to relax and unwind.

Peter had organised for us to visit the University of Malta, to meet students studying the same course as us, which was a really interesting opportunity. The University was great and we were given an all access tour of the campus by the students there. Later on, we met them back near where we were staying for some drinks so we could ask them questions about Malta and studying there. We got some great inside info from this!

Having dinner with the gang

Having dinner with the gang

The last day saw us attending the Mediterranean Tourism Forum, a conference hosted by top industry experts and even was even attended by the President of Malta. The event gave us a real insight into the tourism industry in Malta and we got a preview of the latest technology making its way into the tourism sector in the future, we felt like VIP’s!

What was great about the Malta trip was that there was a perfect balance between visiting places, meeting people and getting some free time to explore and hang out with our friends. I would recommend the trip to anyone as you get to know your classmates and lecturers on a more personal level and ultimately have a great time in the sun!

What more could you want from your degree?!

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My 6 top tips for assignments

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1.   Start early! I know it is tempting to leave it until 3am the night before it is due in, but you’ll be in a much better position starting your assignment as early as possible. This will give you time to come back to it later to improve it for a better result!

2.      Send a draft copy to your lecturer! I initially never sent my work for feedback because I was scared that I’d have done it wrong or gone in the wrong direction. I know it’s hard to let someone review your work but they are there to help after all. This feedback can be essential as it allows you to improve your work before you send it in officially. It improves your confidence getting some feedback, trust me.

3.      Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the grade you wanted! You’re not going to get 95% on every assignment, sad but true. Uni is supposed to challenge you and build your character so sometimes getting a lower grade can spur you on for the next assignment. Whatever you do, make sure you speak to your lecturer for feedback if you can.

4.      Proof read and then proof read again! You’ll never catch every spelling or grammatical error, but it doesn’t hurt to try. It doesn’t harm to proof read, or better yet, get someone else to read it for you. Ultimately mistakes like this could cost you marks, so take the time to read over assignments.

5.      Pick what you are interested in! Yes the general assignment will have to be on a certain area but where you go from there is up to you. Don’t pick something that your friend is doing or you think there is lots of research on, be brave and pick what interests you. You’re the one who is going to be writing about it and reading about it and it will flow much better if you are genuinely interested in the subject and it will get your lecturer interested too.

6.      Referencing! It may not be the most enthralling activity but referencing your work is a vital part of academic life. It is a big part of the assignment as it is used as evidence to back up your work so getting it right is essential. There are some great books out there or ask your lecturers if you are unsure about the correct way to do it. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier to do and less of a nightmare. Promise.

Why was Derby right for me?

Emily B, HRSM

The main reason I chose the University of Derby was due to the variety of entry routes offered. This was perfect for me as I didn’t study traditional A Levels. By offering a foundation degree programme or an Access course, Derby enables people from all walks of life to study here.

After completing the foundation programme, I enrolled onto a full time Tourism Management degree at Derby, at the Buxton Campus. Ranked as the No. 1 UK University for degrees in Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Spa Management, it was obvious that continuing my studies at Derby was the right choice!

Now in my 2nd year, I have visited Ireland and Malta as part of the degree course, experiencing the tourism business first-hand. As well as the academic parts of these trips, we also got free time to explore and to give everybody a chance to get to know each other which helps to build a great community.

Regular opportunities to meet important industry employers such as Visit Peak District means I have already gained industry specific skills, making me as prepared as possible for my career ahead.

The lecturers are really engaging and are always there when you need extra advice or to point you in the right direction of some helpful contacts. You learn on a wide range of platforms, with spontaneous day trips not an uncommon occurrence, making the learning style varied and really enjoyable!

Once I have successfully completed my degree, I hope to move into the education side of tourism by becoming an education coordinator, liaising with schools and groups at a busy visitor attraction.  96.7% of last year’s graduates were in jobs or further study within 6 months of completing their degree, which is definitely a figure to boast about! Thanks to my degree and the support I have received whilst at Derby, I am confident I will be ready for the next challenge ahead of me – full time employment.

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A quick hello from Emily…

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Emily Baldwin - Tourism Management student

Emily B – Tourism Management student

Hello! My name is Emily, I am 24 and currently in my second year studying a Tourism Management degree at the University of Derby’s Buxton Campus. I am ambassador for the University, and I will be representing the College of Business programmes in Buxton. I am here to answer any questions you may have about life at Buxton or about the courses.

I will be posting lots of useful and insightful information on this blog about studying in Buxton. If you have any questions for me, or would like me to write about anything in particular, you can contact me by emailing

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