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Whatever your interest, you will find something that appeals within striking distance of Wilmslow.

Cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums and art galleries are all within approximately one hour's driving distance of Wilmslow. Details of all these, often with weblinks for further information are listed on this page.

There is a rich and varied nightlife within Wilsmlow itself -  from late night bars and cafe society, to clubs and dance venues.

With Wilmslow as your base, it is easy to dance the night away or to be a culture vulture!

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Cinemas; Music Venues; TheatresPubs & Bars.

Heritage Centre
Roe St.
SK11 6UT 01625 423535

Home of the Silk Museum it is also a great place to watch a film. Lots of free parking in front of Tesco Metro, off Churchill Way. Monthly programs can be downloaded from the website.

Open 7 days per week with screenings twice daily unless concerts or Silk Screen Film Society presentations are scheduled
Silkscreen Film Society
Roe St.
SK11 6UT

Now in its fifth great year, the Silkscreen Film Society brings its members the very best of world cinema. Films are shown at 5.30 and 8.00pm on alternate Wednesdays between September and March at the Heritage Centre in Roe Street, Macclesfield. Check out our website for programme and membership details

Parrs Wood UGC
Parrs Wood Leisure Park, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5PG
Tel: 0870 9070742
Distance: 7 miles

A new multiscreen cinema on the A34.
Comfortable seats.
Studio Cinema Knutsford
Civic Centre, Toft Road, Knutsford
Tel: 01565 633005
Distance: 7.5 miles

A single screen local cinema run by the council.
A range of films is shown including classics and films that are only just on general release.
The Cornerhouse
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1
Tel: Box Office: 0161 228 2463 (12noon-8.00pm)
Distance: 12.5 miles

Three screens showing the best in world cinema and cutting edge movies.
Also after film discussions with directors etc.
Facilities include a bar, cafe and bookshop.
The Film Works
6-8 Danzic Street, Manchester M4 2AD
Tel: 08700 102030
Distance: 13 miles

Run by UCI and part of the Printwork complex which includes restaurants.
Shows all main releases.
20 screens including IMAX special 'big picture' films.
The Gallery provides an opportunity to view films from a private balcony in extra large seats. Complementary refreshments are offered and the cinema is licensed so that drinks are allowed during viewing.
Tuesday evenings is the 'Director's Chair' when modern classics are screened.
Trafford Centre
Trafford Park, just off the M60

Massive shopping center with restaurants and bars, as well as a multi-screen cinema showing all the latest relaeases. Open every day until late, plenty of parking
Virgin UGC Cinema Stockport
4 Grand Central, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1
Tel: 0161 476 5996
Distance: 10 miles

A ten screen multiplex cinema with surrounding bars and restaurants.
Music Venues
Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Tel: 0845 1272190
Distance: 19 miles

Designed and built in 1903, the Opera House stands in 23 acres of ornamental gardens. It was completely restored in 1999/2000. A variety of dramatic productions are held alongside musical events.

MEN Arena
Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR
Tel: 0870 190 8000
Distance: 14.5 miles

Europe's largest indoor concert venue. Built in 1995, it can accomodate up to 21,000 people.
Artists ranging from Eminem to Pavarotti have performed here.
Northern Chamber Orchestra
Tel: 0161 247 2220 (for information) E-Mail:
Distance: 7 miles to nearest venue

Based in Manchester, this orchestra promotes a regular series of concerts in a number of venues around Manchester.
The venues that are easily accessible to Wilmslow include: The Heritage Centre in Macclesfield; St Phillip's Church in Salford and the Lowry in Salford.
Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
Tel: 0161 907 5200
Distance: 12 miles

The college dates back to the nineteenth century. It was founded by Sir Charles Halle.
A wide range of classical concerts is performed by students and visiting artists.
The Bridegwater Hall
Lower Mosely Street, Manchester M2 3WS
Tel: 0161 907 9000

This is the main concert hall in the area. It is a 42 million pound international concert venue set on the watrefront in the heart of Mnachester.
There is an award winning restaurant and cafe bar.
The programme is extermely varied to suit all tastes.
The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester 17
Tel: 0870 787 5780
Distance: 15.5 miles

A variety of concerts are held in the two theatres in this modern cultural and entertainment centre. The range of music includes jazz, blues and music from around the world.
Altrincham Garrick Theatre
Barrington Road, Altrincham WA14 1HZ
Tel: 0161 928 1677
Distance: 12 miles

Originally opened in 1912, there has been a recent major redevelopment programme.
Amateur productions of a high standard are performed.
Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6XN
Tel: 0845 1272190
Distance: 19 miles

Designed and built in 1903, the Opera House stands in 23 acres of ornamental gardens. It was completely restored in 1999/2000. A variety of dramatic productions are held alongside musical events.

New Vic Theatre
Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 0JG
Tel: 01782 717962
Distance: 26 miles

A theatre in the round which produces a wide range of productions for all ages.
The Club Theatre
17 Oxford Road, Altrincham WA14 2ED
Tel: 0161 928 1113
Distance: 12.5 miles

Started in 1896. the club has performed in its present venue since 1962. With refurbishment it now has full facilities.
There is a drama club for 8-16 year olds.
The club runs five performances each year and at other times welcomes visiting performers to its premises, including professional entertainers.
The Forum Theatre
Civic Centre, Leningrad Square, Wythenshawe M22 5RT
Tel: 0161 437 9663
Distance: 8.5 miles

A modern theatre which has recently been refurbished.
Productions include a family Christmas show, touring productions for young people, Shakespeare and musicals.
The Garrick Theatre
Exchange Street, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK4 1AA
Tel: 0161 480 5866
Distance: 10 miles

An amateur theatre with capacity for 155 people. The theatre is proud of its reputation for achieving a professional standard of production. Plays are staged throughout the year.
The Green Room
54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester
Tel: 0161 615 0500
Distance: 13.5 miles

The Green Room provides a space for producing new and innovative performances of all types. It is a forum for local, national and international productions.
The Library Theatre
Central Library, St. Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
Tel: 0161 236 7110
Distance: 14 miles

A small theatre within Manchester's Central Library, which has been established for 50 years. It has a varied programme including original productions and performances by artists who are not well known to the UK stage, or are suited to smaller audiences.
Offstage there are pre-show directors' talks as well as study days, educational workshops and other activities.
The Lowry
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester 17
Tel: 0870 787 5780
Distance: 15.5 miles

There are two theatres in this modern cultural and entertainment centre. There is a wide diversity of productions with everything from family shows to West End plays.
The Opera House
Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HP
Tel: 0161 242 2509
Distance: 13.5 miles

Originally built in 1912, this is one of Manchester's prime theatres. It was completely revamped in the 1980s and now has a varied programme with many well known productions often from the West End.
The Palace Theatre
Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FT
Tel: 0161 242 2503
Distance: 13 miles

A beautifully restored 870 seat theatre which is a professional performing arts centre with a varied programme including musicals, ballet and opera.
The Royal Exchange
St. Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH
Tel: 0161 833 9833
Distance: 14 miles

Opened in 1976, the Royal Exchange Theatre Company is run by a group of artistic directors whose strength is in their diverse styles and taste. New plays are regularly produced.
The Wilmslow Green Room Theatre
85 Chapel Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5JH
Tel: 01625 540933
Distance: 0 miles

This is an amateur group which was founded in 1924 and originally performed wherever a venue could be found. In 1989 a Victorian cottage and shirt factory were converted into a modern theatre and since then this has been their home. The theatre has a capacity of 85 and performs a variety of challenging productions with innovative and adventurous stage designs.
Wilmslow Guild Players
Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street, Wilmslow SK9 5HD
Tel: 01625 523903
Distance: 0 miles

This is an amateur group which produces four plays each year including a pantomime. There is also a festival of one act plays.
A wide variety of productions is performed, often three-quarters in the round.
Lloyds No 1 Bar The Bollin Fee
Swan Street, Wilmslow
Tel: 01625 441850
Opening Times: open all day every day. Late licence Friday and Saturday nights
Waverleys (formerley Bank Square) - 4, Bank Square, Wilmslow - Tel: 01625 539754
Distance: 0 miles
Pubs and Bars
Carters Arms
Suede Bar and Coffee shop - 16 Grove Street, Wilmslow - Tel: 01625 537757
Opening Times: Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and every evening from 7pm till late.

Editors Note: contemporary design in this laid-back, lounge-style venue!

The Boddingtons Arms (formerly The Range)

Panacea Restaurant & Bar
London Road,
Alderley Edge

Tel: 01625 300200

Panacea, in Alderley Edge, opens to replace Brasingamens aiming to become the number one nightspot in the area. If the launch is anything to go by that aim has already been fulfilled. With three distinct areas aimed at attracting diners serving a 'globally themed' menu, drinking and social area and then the upstairs bar with private booths that allow a more intimate atmosphere for groups and parties Panacea offers a unique environment that should prove a welcome addition
Latest News: Wednesday 17th September - Fire breaks out in early hours of the morning with substantial damage to the top floor, roof and the bar and stairs at the back. Watch this space.
The Coach and Four
69-71,Alderley Road
Tel.01625 525046

As of the 17th July there will be a lodge with 36 rooms at the back of the pub.
The County
Harden Park
Alderley Edge
Tel. 01625 582294
The Farmers Arms
71, Chapel Lane
Tel. 01625 532443
The Hogshead
Alderley Road
Tel. 01625 520050
The Honey Bee
99 Wilmslow Road, Wilmslow Cheshire. - Tel: 0800 123 4567
Distance: two miles outside Wilmslow
Opening Times: Open all day Monday to Saturday, 12pm till 10pm Sunday
The Kings Arms
Alderley road
01625 522187

The Merlin
Wilmslow Road
Alderley Edge
01625 599959

The Rectory
Station Road
Tel. 01625 545971

Revolution Bar
Alderley Road

Tel: 01625 838281

Wilmslow's exciting and stylish new venue serving gorgeous cocktails to suit all social ocassions, great affordable Italian cooking and the renowned premium vodkas.

The Summerfield (formerly Wilmslow Flyer) -
Summerfields Village Centre,
Dean Row Rd.
Tel: 01625 537261
Distance: 2 miles
The Swan
Waverleys (formerley Bank Square)
4, Bank Square,
Tel: 01625 539754
Distance: 0 miles
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