Brook Street ChapelThe format of the Knutsford Promenades means it is impossible to produce a detailed timetable for the event. Performances will begin at different times between 2 and 4pm in different parts of King Street. Some will be repeated several times during the afternoons, some will take place on both days, others just on the Friday or the Saturday. Here we highlight just some of the events.

On both days the Promenades will start at 2pm at Brook Street Chapel where there will be dramatised interpretations based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s life and works, and an opportunity to learn about Knutsford’s place in history.

From there, the action moves along King Street.
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Our Heritage: Street Theatre from Local Schools – Bexton, Egerton and St Vincent de Paul primary schools will be performing original work on the theme of Knutsford’s heritage throughout the afternoon from 2.15pm

Along King Street Artists Occupy the Street – artists James Blinkhorn, Midge Freck and Paul Pigram will create new work. There will be demonstrations from ‘Make it With Mabel’, and Splash Art will create an installation based upon the memories of Knutsfordians who pass by on the street.

Musicians at Work – Cat Allen, Blue Side Out and Ash Hunter will be performing on King Street and on Saturday they will be joined by Roberts Bakery Band and musicians from Manchester Camerata

Knutsford Musical Theatre will be performing songs from 70 years of its musical history playing an active part in the heritage of the town. On Saturday, they will be joined by members of Knutsford Musical Youth Theatre performing an extract from Dazzle.

jive cropOn Saturday at around 2.30pm, Cheshire Dance will lead a Jive Dance session recognising a moment in Knutsford’s history when the Americans came to town.

Ghosts from the Past – on both afternoons there will be in role performances from ‘interactors’, based upon stories associated with figures who have a connection with Knutsford, including King Canute, Lady Jane Stanley, Miss Mattie (from Cranford), George Formby, Henry Royce Trumpeter Major Smith, Highwayman Higgins, First World Soldiers from King Street, and Richard Harding-Watt.

Knutsford Methodist Church will do a promenading performance about the connection of John Wesley to Knutsford.

memory boardMemory Catching, Memory Sharing – Waterstones is the place to listen to some of the memories captured by the Knutsford Heritage Centre as part of the Promenades. Public readings of memories will place on King Street at each half hour from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Passers-by can log their memories and thoughts of living in Knutsford on ‘I remember when’ boards positioned along the street and on Saturday a past May Queen will be collecting memories about past May Events from passers-by at Waterstones.