Opera and recitals from the future stars of classical music sit happily alongside popular literary events at Buxton. Musical highlights include Messager's Véronique and Mendelssohn's Camacho's Wedding, while David Cameron, Julian Fellowes, Melvyn Bragg (above),David Blunkett and Cherie Blair discuss their books in the sumptuous environs of the Palace Hotel and the Opera House.
Where Buxton, Derbyshire (www.buxtonfestival.co.uk)
When 10-28 July
How much tickets £5-£16