Barnaby wants everyone to be able to access the festival.  Many of the venues we use are physically accessible (eg St Michael’s Church and the Town Hall) but other heritage or disused spaces are not (eg historic Savage Tower).

Details of the accessibility of venues and events will be available nearer to festival time.  For enquiries before purchasing please contact (from March 2018)

Large Print

The festival produces brochures in large print which can be collected in person or downloaded as a pdf. These will be available from late spring in a festival year when the festival brochure is produced.


Information about parking for disabled people is available here.


Macclesfield Shopmobility, Churchill Way, SK11 6AY provides single day loans of motorised scooters or powered and manual wheelchairs. It is open Monday-Friday 9.30am-4pm, alternate Saturdays 11am-3pm and the Treacle Market (last Sunday of month).

There is a £20 annual membership charge plus daily hire rate of £1 for the first 2 hours, then £1 per hour. Visitor rates are £3, then £1 per hour. Telephone 01625 613111 for opening hours during the Festival and to make a booking.

Further information from the Disability Information Bureau 01625 501759.


We offer free tickets for Personal Assistants or Carers when accompanying someone with a disability.  Please contact  (after tickets are released) before booking and be ready with a supply one of the following:

  • front page of DLA/PIP,
  • Attendance Allowance letter,
  • evidence of being registered severely sight impaired
  • recognised Assistance Dog ID card.

We recognise not everyone with access requirements will have these documents – please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.


There are accessible public toilets on Churchill Way SK11 6AQ open 9am-4.30pm (4pm Sundays). Locations of Festival portable toilets will be available nearer to festival time.


Although dogs are not allowed onto the Christ Church or St Michael’s Church sites, Assistance Dogs are welcome.

We hope that everyone will enjoy Barnaby equally, but we know the experience of accessing some venues and parts of the programme can be difficult or impossible for some people with disabilities or mobility issues.

We welcome your feedback before or after the event, please contact

Photos by Teneight Studios & Fiona Bailey