Macclesfield’s oldest festival has been revived, thanks to a ten thousand pound grant from the national lottery.
The Barnaby Festival, which dates back to 1595, had all but died out over recent decades, but will see a revamped return this summer thanks to the hard work of a group of local volunteers and a much needed cash injection from the lottery fund.
The original Barnaby Festival was established in Macclesfield as a town holiday by Royal Charter in 1595 to coincide with the St. Barnabas’ feast day and was traditionally began a fortnight’s holiday for Macclesfield mill workers.
The festival set to run between June 18th to the 20th across a series of the most historic buildings, will include a series of local events including a day of live music, a street parade and Macclesfield’s first ever community opera.
Further information can be found via the Barnaby Festival website.