High street shopping in Macclesfield

PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 November 2014

Macclesfield Town Hall

Macclesfield Town Hall

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Enter the festive spirit in this Silk Route town

Macclesfield’s annual Barnaby arts festival just gets better and better and for those who are having withdrawal symptoms after the summer event there’s Winterfest until January 11th, an recent initiative to bring more people into this intriguing Cheshire town.

Festivals are of course the springboard from which to explore an unfamiliar area and certainly the town’s Treacle Market, a mix of artisan stallholders and vintage bric-a-brac has proved a crowd-puller.

The market now sprawls throughout the town centre and strolling through, the warren of streets and dozens of stalls, picking up everything from award-winning pies and cakes to retro radios and vintage china is a real pleasure. The markets on November 30th and December 21st are the perfect opportunity to buy locally produced beers, juices and delicious provisions for the festive table.

Source unique artworks, antiques, homeware, jewellery and more while wandering through, lunch on street food and listen to music from a band. It’s a lively experience that will get even the most Scrooge-like into the Christmas spirit.

With its wonderful mixture of independent boutiques, gift shops and delis and major high street stores, Macclesfield is worth visiting for its Christmas shopping experience.

Pick up a your turkey, a loaf of artisan bread, find a party frock, then maybe indulge in a scrumptious lunch. it’s quite the place for a variety of cuisine and even has a (very popular) Scandinavian restaurant.

And if you fancy experiencing a Downton style Christmas, just a short ride out from the town centre is lovely Capesthorne Hall, a beautiful family-owned stately home that has been magically decorated for the festive season.

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