Arts & Crafts

Arts & craft related events happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas.

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form


  • Sat
    Mash Guru, 5 Backwallgate, Macclesfield SK11 6LQ

    Drag Queen Cabaret and Catwalk Competition with the lucky winner crowned with a ‘Bespoke Tiara’

    A Midsummer Night’s Queen is a drag queen cabaret and catwalk competition inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Taking place at Mash Guru the event will provide a safe space for everyone to come together and celebrate the art of drag queens, whether you want to participate or simply watch.

    There will be a well-lit dressing room area upstairs at Mash Guru, Macclesfield with rails of clothes, wigs, jewellery and shoes in the frocks and locks area. The aim is to invite guests who are new to drag to dress up and gain expert advice from the more experienced queens.

    Your host for the evening will be accomplished drag queen Nana Nancy, who will compere the evening with her humour as the queens sashay down the catwalk lip-synching, dancing or singing encouraged to show their talents.

    The event is supported by Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester’s newest hotel from the Bespoke Group, Bespoke Accessories by Lady Sharon Farley Mason, Macclesfield Pride and The Zebra Partnership.

    Prizes for the winner of the event are:

    • An overnight stay at the amazing Hotel Brooklyn in Manchester city centre the newest venue in the Bespoke portfolio. It’s round the corner from the Palace Theatre, close to China Town, Canal St and the Village.
    • A gorgeous tiara from Lady Sharons collection, the Zebra Partnership award winning photographer in residence will do a photoshoot in the hotel as a keepsake.

    Additional tickets for participants and audience on 31 July are now available, £10 in advance please book here .  Online tickets available until 6pm Friday 30 July.

  • Sat
    8 am to 8 pmThe Royal Cheshire County Show ground is situated at Tabley, near Knutsford on the A556, approximately 1.5 miles from Junction 19 of the M6. WA16 0JF

    The Royal Cheshire County Show is a grand celebration of everything we know and love about farming and the countryside.

    One of the most highly anticipated agricultural shows in the country, The Cheshire Agricultural Society has announced that after last year’s virtual show, the summer spectacular is set to return and will take place on Saturday 31st July 2021, for one day only – and tickets are now live and available to purchase!

    An exciting line-up of attractions will be taking place at the one-day show including competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and performances. And rest assured, your old Royal Cheshire County Show favourites are set to be making an appearance!

    The exhilarating Quad Bike Stunt Show will be making a welcome return, showcasing precision riding, nail-biting tricks and jumps and the unforgettable multiple-roll stunt. Also back for 2021 is the world-renowned Sheep Show, a fun and educational ‘Miss World of Sheep’ featuring the famous dancing beauties in the ‘Sheep Show Hustle.’

    The Young Farmers will again be joining in with their traditional Tug-O-War competition and infamous float extravaganza and visitors will be able to enjoy an array of livestock exhibits and of course some retail therapy in the wonderful Cheshire Farmer’s Market.

    As always, there’ll also be opportunities to celebrate local cuisine at the Roberts Bakery Food Village and the traditions of rural communities at The Village Green.

    There’ll also be plenty of opportunities for competing on 31st July with competitions so far including Heavy Horses, Pygmy Goats, Dairy Goats and Honey.

    After an uncertain year, the show promises ticketholders a great day out in the Cheshire countryside!

    Due to restrictions, this will be a strictly members and ticketed event with limited tickets available for purchase.

    For initial trade stand and sponsorship enquiries, please contact the show office on or call 01565 650 200.

    In addition to the public event, The Cheshire Agricultural Society is planning to hold the much-anticipated annual Light Horse and Dog competitions on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd, which will be held behind closed doors, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

    Both the Light Horse and Dog competition schedules are now live on the website!

    This is the first year that the show is set to take place at the weekend, making the event far more accessible for many, which will be music to a lot of ears! The Cheshire Agricultural Society looks forward to welcoming competitors and visitors alike to this unique celebration of rural life in our beloved county.

    For all initial competition enquiries, please contact Rob Davenport (Show Director) on or call the Show office on 01565 650 200


  • Sat
    Chester Racecourse

    This year’s Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival will take place at Chester Racecourse from the 28-30th August and not in its usual Easter timeslot. It will be one of the first big events to take place in Cheshire, after release from lockdown and aims to be light at the end of the Covid tunnel. With messages of positivity and hope in mind, Taste Cheshire has chosen Claire House Children’s Hospice as its Charity for the 2021 event. 

    Tickets and info:


  • Thu
    10.30 to 5 pmMacclesfield Town Hall

    The largest volunteer run art fair in the country returns to Macclesfield Town Hall from

    23 September – 3 October 2021 with a host of new and established artists raising funds for

    East Cheshire Hospice.

    To ensure that you get news and updates please click here to sign up to our arts newsletter, ‘Frame’.

    For full details of exhibiting artists, if you’d like to get involved, or just find out more please