Not seen much about this yet but here's some information about the Marple Festival planned for later this year taken from the IWA Manchester Branch Newsletter:
September 10th - 25th, Lower and Upper Peak Forest Canals, Macclesfield Canal 15 day Marple Festival with a boat gathering, promoting Marple as a canal destination
Boat Gathering, Top Lock, Marple. Visiting boats welcomed to all of the festival.
10th - 12th National Heritage Open Days. Horseboat Maria, built Marple 1854.
11th - 12th Start of Gathering of Boats at Top Lock, to attend the festival -BW/IWA
17th - 18th Beer Festival and Live music, at Marple Cricket Club
18th - Last night of the Proms, at Methodist Hall
18th - 25th Painting exhibition by local artists, in Library
19th - Special Proms Service, at Methodist Hall
19th - Painting classes, in the Park
20th - Halle concert
21st, 22nd & 23rd - Cookery demo nights, at MCC (2nights?)
24th - Comedy Night, at MCC
25th - Food and Drink Festival with Jazz & Brass Bands
Other ideas being considered include:
National Heritage weekend activities, Guided Walks, Local History Talks, Fashion Show Week, Well Dressing opp All Saints Church, Flower Festival, Writing groups, guest authors, illustrators, also with children, Poetry competition, Film shows: Marple College Cinema, Regent Cinema, Organ recitals, Steel Band/West Indian Evening, Brass Quintet/Band Competition, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Stockport Youth Orchestra, Scratch Choirs, Dance, Irish Dance, Drama at Carver Theatre, Literary Talks, Craft displays. More ideas welcome.