Travel to Macclesfield

Barnaby Festival takes place throughout Macclesfield, a market town in East Cheshire, in the North West of England. The festival is easily accessible from Manchester, Stockport and London.

By Train

Trains run regularly to Macclesfield from Manchester (23 mins), Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent and London (1 hour 40 mins). To book tickets visit The Trainline. For routes and timetables see Traveline or phone 0871 200 2233. The town centre is two minutes walk from the station. When you arrive follow the orange footprints on the pavement which will take you to the festival kiosk, there you can find out more.

By Bus

There are buses into Macclesfield from Buxton and Alderley Edge, as well as the outlying areas. For detailed bus routes and timetables go to Traveline or phone 0871 200 2233. The bus station is in the town centre. When you arrive follow the orange footprints (from either exit) on the pavement which will take you to the festival kiosk, there you can find out more.

By Car

From Manchester

From M60 (anti-clockwise) take A34 (at Junction 3) towards Congleton/Wilmslow. After Alderley Edge take A537 to Macclesfield, then follow signs to town centre.

From M60 (clockwise) A560 at Junction 25 towards Bredbury then A6017 then A627 towards Hazel Grove. In Hazel Grove take A523 to Macclesfield, then follow signs to town centre.

From Buxton

Macclesfield is a 25-min drive from Buxton over the Cat and Fiddle on the A537.

From North (M6)

Leave M6 at Junction 20 and follow signs to Knutsford (A50). Take A537 (left) to Macclesfield (approx 10 miles) then follow signs to town centre.

From South (M6)

Leave M6 at Junction 17 and take A354 to Congleton. In Congleton follow signs for A536 towards Macclesfield (approx 8 miles), then follow signs to town centre.

Find details of Macclesfield car parks here.  The outlying car parks are rarely full and parking is largely free on Sundays.

Share your car or find a lift here!

By Bike

Macclesfield can be reached easily by bike from Bollington, Higher Poynton, High Lane and Marple via the Middlewood Way (map). Other cycle routes in Cheshire can be found here.

There are a small number of cycle racks in the Market Place.

By Canal

The Macclesfield Canal, part of the Cheshire Ring, joins the Peak District Canal at Marple to the north, and the Trent and Mersey Canal at Kidsgrove to the south.  The Macclesfield Canal Centre Brook Street 01625 420042 is a 10-min walk from the town centre.

Photos by Fiona Bailey, Matt Davenport & Simon Brown

Children at Barnaby Festival

Photo by Matt Davenport

Photo by Simon Brown

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