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1261 Festival and Parade

Fri 28th Jun 2024 to Sun 30th Jun 2024, various times

Join us in Macclesfield for a weekend of art, entertainment, making and partaking.

Named for the town’s charter year, the 1261 Festival plans to be a celebration of Macclesfield’s creativity and community. We’ll be offering live music, workshops, exhibitions, activities, street theatre, walking tours and loads more.

Things are kicking off early on Saturday at the Library, they’ll be open from 9am to help tiny hands make the most colourful paper crowns and flags, ready to cheer on the One World Parade, setting off from the Town Hall at 11am. Co-ordinated by Macclesfield Community ArtSpace the parade will be showcasing community groups from every corner of Macc, with some of the floats available to view in the St. Michaels Church Yard after the parade returns. There’s plenty of other activities to keep you busy on Saturday, from Christ Church to the Silk Museum and a few walking tours to take you everywhere in between. When you’re ready to take a breather there’s deckchairs and benches waiting for you in Market Place amongst our mini street-food market or just take a stroll and enjoy the street entertainers with a take-away from your favourite Macc coffee shop.  

Spanning across the weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon will be 1261: The After Party, co-ordinated by Choose Macc. The After Party events will be taking place in venues all over town, with access to all events being granted via a special 1261: The After Party wristband. Wristbands cost £5 (+ booking fee) and will be available to buy from the Party In the Pews Festival at Christ Church on the weekend of May 25th.

To round off the weekend head to the iconic Treacle Market on Sunday from 10am – pick up a recovery breakfast, enjoy a mooch around the dozens of stalls and track down the perfect souvenir to remember the festival.

From Treacle to Silk, Pandas to Potatoes, and Mayall to Curtis we’ve got a lot that makes us Macclesfield – so let’s put on a bit of a show.


A full programme of activities taking place over the festival will be available from the Visitor Information Centre and on the MTC website from Tuesday 18th June.



28 Jun 2024 To 30 Jun 2024
28th 10:00am to 30th 3:00pm
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