The Macclesfield Barnaby Festival has been organised to ensure there is something for everyone during the two-week extravaganza.

As well as the countless performances and exhibitions, there are also plenty of opportunities for visitors to try something new, whether it’s going on a tour around the former home of the town’s most famous entrepreneur or trying your hand at paper making with mushrooms.

Lynne Jones, Barnaby Festival chairwoman, said: “Barnaby likes to offer the chance to do something new and for free – or just £1.

“The town has a fascinating industrial heritage and this year we’re celebrating that in some of the workshops and talks.

“So look out for the tour of Charles Roe House – one-time base of Macclesfield’s most famous entrepreneur – and the button making workshop that harks back to the town’s reputation as a silk button producer.

“We have science talks for the first time too. Macc Astro, which has taken part in BBC’s ‘Stargazing Live’ from Jodrell Bank, brings its telescopes and expertise to the Market Place.

“Along with a rich mix of craft-based workshops, including paper-making and the Craft Cafe in Butter Market, there’s plenty to look forward to.”

The festival runs from June 14 to 30 and includes button making workshops, writing workshops and a guided walk around the town’s oldest pubs.

Visitors can also learn how to decipher Macclesfield’s oldest manuscripts and learn about space with the Macclesfield Astronomical Society.

Children’s workshops will include learning the Tudor alphabet and a young person’s guide to an orchestra.

For more information about workshops, walks and talks at this year’s Barnaby Festival, visit