• The Barnaby Art Trail 14-30 June, with various workshops and ‘Meet the Artist’ events - see website or Art Trail Guide for details.

  • People’s Pianos 14-23 June, all around town.

  • The Macc Music Experience - Saturday, June 15 – FREE music in pubs, clubs and cafes around town – see website for details.

  • Piano Recital: Tristan Lee - Sunday, June 16, 11am, Shackleford Pianos, Athey St (£10/£6)


  • My Fair Lady and afternoon tea. Classic 1964 musical starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. 1pm, The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield (£8.50 or £5 for film only - some concessions)

  • Loominus Barnaby Special showcasing best local singers and musicians, with headliners Hot Vestry. 7.30pm, Snow Goose Live (£3, under 14 with adult)

  • The Fantasist theatre production, with puppeteer from smash West End hit ‘War Horse’. 7.15pm, St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield (£9) age 14+

  • Acoustic Sanctuary Ivan Campo headlines evening of acoustic music. 8pm, King Edward St Chapel, Macclesfield (£6) age 16+

  • Mark Steel’s in Town, award-winning comedian and Radio 4 regular does stand up for Macc. 8.30pm, Christ Church, Macclesfield (£15) SOLD OUT


  • Market Place Music free live entertainment and music all day. 10am – 10pm Market Place, Macclesfield (FREE)

  • The Great Barnaby Treasure Hunt teams race around trying to decipher cryptic clues. 10.30am, starting and finishing at Snow Goose cafe bar, Sunderland Street (£2 pp, max 5 per team)

  • The Dragon Who Hates Poetry show for children. 10am, Macclesfield Library (£2,50) age four plus

  • Metamorph-Fest family fete of transformation – making, baking, growing and creating. 10.30am – 4pm, Christ Church lawns (FREE)

  • Carnival Parade wending its way through the streets of Macc to the theme of ‘metamorphosis’. 2pm, start and finish Market Place (FREE)

  • Warning: Contains Nerdity! Comedy collides with science in Edin Fridge stand-up sensation. 3.30pm, Macclesfield Town Hall (£7/£3)

  • Town a new narrative poem (inspired by Macc) by former Cheshire poet laureate, Joy Winkler. 4pm, Macclesfield Library (£7.50 including tea and cake)

  • Barnaby Feast al fresco dining with local food & drink stalls, plus King’s Big Band and don’t forget to bring a hat – or get one made by our crafty visiting hat maker. 5pm, Market Place (FREE)

  • Summertime with the Northern Chamber Orchestra and special guests. 7.30pm, Christ Church, Macclesfield (£12/under 18’s FREE)

  • Dead End premiere of an original play about a zombie apocalypse!. 8pm, King Edward St Chapel, Macclesfield (£7) age 16 plus

  • Taking the Purple music and readings from Joe Beard of 60’s jug-band, The Purple Gang. 8pm, The Castle Inn (FREE)

  • Konkoma Maximum Love Garden Orchestra Afro-Latin Jazz sextet. 8.30pm, Snow Goose Live, Macclesfield (£6)

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1970s cult movie. 11pm, The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield (£5) Cert 15


  • Open air church service music, drama and worship. 10.30am, Market Place (FREE)

  • Macc-tivity! sporty activities including climbing wall, tug-o-war and yoga, plus food and drink stalls. 11am, Christ Church lawns (FREE)

  • Craft Cafe local artists share their skills and talents with crafty activities for all. 11.30am, Town Hall Butter Market (FREE)

  • Macc Dance local dance crews show off their moves and invite you to join in! 11.30am, Market Place (FREE)

  • StreetFest comedy, magic and circus skills bring the centre of Macc alive with street entertainment, plus a display of ‘parkour’ from Nantwich Street Runners at 2pm. 12 noon, Market Place (FREE)

  • The MaccNav Challenge navigational game on foot around the centre of town. 12.30, Town Hall start and finish (£1)

  • Poetry Parnassus touring poets join a local wordsmith in open-air exploration of ‘metamorphosis’. 2pm, Sparrow Park (FREE)

  • The Lost Tale of Gawain reading of the Arthurian knight’s adventures by Alisa Holland. 3pm, St Michael’s Church (FREE)

  • Happy Birthday To You! Join a bonkers collective birthday party and bring an unwanted gift to swap. 4pm, Market Place (FREE)

  • Barnaby Tea Dance Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing to live music from David Kershaw Band. 2pm, Town Hall (£7/£5 including tea and cake)

  • Bach Cello Suites acclaimed cellist Li Lu plays across three unique town centre venues. various times and venues in the afternoon (£3 per performance). Check website for details

  • Park Tavern Film Club: Ondine Enchanting film about a fisherman (Colin Farrell) who catches a mysterious woman in his nets. 7pm, Park Tavern, Park Lane (£1)

  • Peter Hook and The Light perform Joy Division’s two albums in full. 8pm, Christ Church, Macclesfield (£20) SOLD OUT


  • Artists in Conversation Bryony Bond of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery chairs a discussion exploring Macc’s future as a site for contemporary art. Saturday, June 29, 1.30pm, Charles Roe House (FREE)

  • Dead End: Another chance to see this original minimalist drama about the country slowly succumbing to zombie apocalypse, written and directed by Jude D’Souza. Saturday, June 29, 8pm, King Edward St Chapel (£7)

  • Speakeasy Soapbox @ Treacle share anecdotes, memories, rants and jokes at Treacle Market. Sunday, June 30, 11.30am Market Place (FREE)

More information and tickets available at the website

Pick up a Barnaby brochure and separate Art Trail guide from the Visitors’ Information Centre and various venues around town.

Please see website or brochure for more information about workshops and ‘Meet the Artist’ events happening throughout the festival.