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Macclesfield offers a wealth of interesting independent shops selling jewellery, clothes, hardware and more and many of the larger ‘usual suspects’ too. If you relish the offbeat, there are several small shops selling crafts, gifts and vintage wares. If you can’t resist a market, catch the stalls on Castle Street or the indoor market in the Grosvenor Centre. Once a month the Marketplace and surrounding streets, throng with bustling crowds at the Treacle Market. For stylish furniture make for Macclesfield institution Arighi Bianchi in a beautiful listed building and when the weather turns sour head under cover to The Grosvenor Centre.
Macclesfield is known as Treacle town. In the late 18th Century a wagon overturned and spewed it’s cargo of Treacle onto the cobbles as townsfolk rushed to scoop it up. Fine, if you have a sweet tooth but eating in Macclesfield these days offers a much wider choice of dining for every palate and budget. And the service is better too. Contemporary British, Thai, Indian, Italian and Chinese restaurants can all be found, alongside pubs selling robust pub grub, quirky tea rooms serving very good cake and local chippies with excellent fish and chips. Whatever your appetite there is somewhere in Macclesfield that will hit the mark. For a couple of drinks or a big night out choose from traditional pubs selling excellent local real ales or stylish bars with live music and Djs.
Macclesfield has a rich musical heritage with famous son John Mayall and links to iconic band Joy Division amongst others. Many town centre pubs rock to the sounds of aspiring local bands several nights of the week and more specialised sessions feature folk, blues and ukulele sessions too. The handsome Heritage Centre auditorium hosts classical concerts on a regular basis and the towns many choirs perform in varied venues including churches. Macclesfield is well served by charming Cinemac showing the latest blockbuster films and the best in world cinema from Silk Screen too.
Explore galleries selling work by national and regional artists, listen to spoken word in bars and enjoy long standing MADS performing to sell out audiences in their own Little Theatre. Winterfest in December is packed with performances whilst the annual Barnaby Festival brings the town’s streets,and venues alive with a glorious mix of Comedy, Performance, Music and Art. Throughout the year West Park offers a small Museum with fascinating collections of Egyptology, paintings and drawings by famous local son Charles Tunnicliffe . If Opera is your thing, the town’s own Silk Opera Company regularly performs to great acclaim.
Macclesfield is proud of its rich heritage as a major silk producing town. Find out about this fascinating story at the Silk Industry Museum, showing the design, production & science of woven & printed silk, silk worms & interactive displays. Don’t miss the daily tours of Paradise Mill next door, closed for business but lovingly maintained to show the working machinery of 26 Jacquard looms with experienced guides showing silk production from raw silk to finished lengths. The Heritage Centre is a splendid Georgian building originally built as a Sunday School for Mill workers children in the early 19th Century. It now houses Silk costumes from 1830’s to the present day, an illustrated history of silk production in Macclesfield, plus Silk Merchant Shop and Tea Room.
Macclesfield offers a broad range of educational options from fee paying Kings School established in 1502 and Beech Hall to Tytherington, Fallibroome, All Hallows and Macclesfield Academy for state secondaries. The modern Macclesfield College with excellent facilities on Park Lane offers Foundation Degrees validated by Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as professional qualifications to boost your career or a chance to explore informal night classes for personal satisfaction.