The Old Sunday School

The Old Sunday School originally built in 1814 is now a thriving multi-use venue providing a wide variety of entertainment, creative workshops, education and room hire within the centre of Macclesfield.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Silk Heritage Trust: Building Closure

Caring for the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff  is our priority. Following  advice from Public Health England on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, The Silk Heritage Trust has decided from Wednesday 18 March 2020 that all our venues – The Old Sunday School – including Cinemac, The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill and West Park will remain closed to the public until further notice and all events have been cancelled.

We believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community and audiences.

As this is a rapidly changing situation, up to date information will be published on our website and across social media.

We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as the situation allows.

John Varney, Chair and Catherine Dewar, Vice Chair, Silk Heritage Trust



Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT


01625 613210

[email protected]

Visiting times

Cinemac Opening Hours:
Please visit their website
Various times in December, see individual events for details

 POSTPONED: Objects Tell Stories, Thursday 9th April, 7pm

POSTPONED: Objects Tell Stories, Thursday 9th April, 7pm

Where do creativity and history meet? How do folk tales and archaeological finds combine to reveal traditions that have survived across centuries?

Author Elizabeth Garner joins archaeologist Dr. Tim Campbell Green for a fascinating evening of readings, discussion and demonstration. Stories will be told and objects will be shared.

Elizabeth and Tim will unpack ‘caches’ of ritual objects discovered in the boundary places of chimneys and doorways and match these to the tales of the characters who dwell there – the welcome and the not so welcome guests.

They’ll be revealing how ordinary objects are transformed by ritual into extraordinary objects of protection: the prayer held in a bent coin, the placing of the pins to keep the Changelings at bay and many more besides.

Expect magic, mystery and mischief in this exploration of a treasure trove of folklore belief that still speaks to the modern world.

Elizabeth will be reading excerpts from her collection of Folk Tales, Lost & Found which is being published by Unbound.

Thursday 9th April, 7-8.30pm. Tickets £10. Book here.



The home of Macclesfield’s much-loved neighbourhood cinema, Cinemac, showing the latest films and live satellite screenings using state of the art digital projection equipment, with a bar open 30 minutes before selected performances, serving tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits.

To purchase tickets and keep up to date with Cinemac’s exciting programme of daily screenings visit their website

 POSTPONED: Critical Mass at The Old Sunday school

POSTPONED: Critical Mass at The Old Sunday school

‘Critical Mass’ is an incredibly exciting and accessible eleven-month artist learning and development programme from Mark Devereux Projects. It includes five creative retreats (each up to 4 days) in Macclesfield. And the first is at the Old Sunday School in May. Artists, read on.

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Northern Chamber Orchestra

Our remarkable auditorium is also the regular venue for the Northern Chamber Orchestra, which presents a successful, annual series of eight concerts attracting top-flight soloists featuring violinist Chloe Hanslip; pianists Martin Roscoe and Freddy Kempf; tenor Nicholas Mulroy; and their newest Artist in Association, cellist and baritone Matthew Sharp.

Visit their website to purchase tickets and full details of their outstanding program

Silkscreen Film Society

Silkscreen Film Society

Silkscreen Film Society features a programme of selected films designed to offer members the chance to regularly see a range of high quality, original works which normally never feature in other cinemas.

Films are shown fortnightly in our auditorium – twice a night, normally at 5.30pm and 8pm, to accommodate all members.

Each film is introduced by a short talk from a member.

The season also usually includes a ‘short film’ evening and an evening talk about some aspect of film, and the AGM is held each March.

For more details, visit their website

Project Inc.

Project Inc.

Project Inc. exists to promote and provide Inclusive, Creative Learning for 11-19 year olds. Our permanent bases are within local Arts and Heritage buildings, for a contextualised experience. This allows for an alternative approach that supports personal/social development. We strive to ensure no young person is isolated due to disadvantage and additional need, but has a place and an outlet for creativity and learning, that allows for raising of aspirations, self-value and connecting with community and place.

Our Mission leverages Social and Creative Capital in the North of England, to house and facilitate Creative Learning Provisions for our young people requiring an alternative approach to reach potential, destinations in education, employment and widen life choices.

For more details, visit their website

Have A Dabble - Adult Creative Craft Sessions

Have A Dabble - Adult Creative Craft Sessions

Do you want to try a new craft technique each week, in a fun, relaxed environment, making new friends? Join Julie every Tuesday for her popular Adult Art and Craft Classes.

Julie will guide you through a mixture of techniques such as collage, water colours, printing, oils, pastels and much, much more. All materials are included in the £10 price. No need to book.

Class Sessions every Tuesday:

9 – 12pm

12.30 – 3.30pm

£10 per drop in session. Contact [email protected] for further information.

Directions and Parking

Directions and Parking

The Old Sunday School is located on Roe Street SK11 6UT – off the main road into Macclesfield, (Churchill Way).


By Car
Ample car parking is available immediately behind the building in front of Tesco Metro, or Churhill Way Carpark or Duke Street Car Park (with Coach parking).
Please do not park in the Old Sunday School forecourt unless disabled access is required.

By Bus
There is a stop adjacent to the venue in Churchill Way and Macclesfield’s Bus Station is close by.

By Train
Walk up the hill immediately opposite the front of the station (keeping left at the fork), turn left at the main junction with Mill St., and take the first right into Roe St.

Access at The Old Sunday School

Access at The Old Sunday School

The cinema has an induction loop for hearing aids.

Disabled parking after 6.30pm is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please display disability ID in car windows.

If disabled parking is required on a weekday before 6.30pm, please contact the Old Sunday School on 01625 613210 to check availability of forecourt spaces or use the forecourt for dropping-off only.

The auditorium is on the second floor of the Old Sunday School: there is a lift and venue toilets are accessible to wheelchair users.

Access is through the right hand Roe Street entrance.