Barnaby Parade

For many years Director Kirsty Cotton supported Peaks & Plains Housing Trust to engage with the communities they serve. Macclesfield’s Barnaby Parade is a large scale community event which Kirsty has supported through various projects, particularly in 2012…

Barnaby Festival Press Release, June 2012

Macclesfield Barnaby Festival is delighted to be working with one of its major sponsors, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust. In addition to sponsorship, the Trust is involved in several different events at this year’s festival.

Peaks & Plains is working with art students from Macclesfield College to produce a giant 3D octopus for the Barnaby Carnival Parade, as well as creating an exhibition of work on the theme of contemporary heritage and A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will open on Thursday 21 June at the Trust’s headquarters, Ropewalks, Newton Street, Macclesfield.

Young People

Peaks & Plains’ Resident Involvement Assistant, Kirsty Fox, is working with Macclesfield Academy and two local primary schools to design and make 50 costumes for the Barnaby Carnival Parade. The Academy believes the costume-making workshops will develop students’ self-esteem, confidence and creative thinking.


Primary schools are creating animal-themed artwork for an exhibition at St Michael & All Angels Church, Macclesfield with the support of Peaks & Plains. The Animal Magic exhibition – part of the Barnaby Art Trail – is inspired by Saint-Saens’ orchestral showpiece The Carnival of the Animals.

Images of some of the artwork will be projected onto a screen as a backdrop to a performance of The Carnival of the Animals.  In addition to the advertised Barnaby Festival concert on Sunday 24 June, there is a special, ‘invitation only’ performance for Peaks & Plains residents at 3pm (please note, tickets for this are not available from Barnaby Festival).


CountryBoy’s Struggle on Friday 22 June tells the literal and metaphorical journey of hip-hop MC Maxwell Golden from Cornwall to London, with a mix of poetry, hip-hop and physical comedy.  To complement this performance, a special workshop for young people will take place at Ropewalks where youngsters will work with Maxwell to express their personal and musical stories.

Peaks & Plains are sponsoring CountryBoy’s Struggle and the workshop for thirty young people who will also see the play, with a friend, free of charge.