The crib near Lost and Found at Christmas

Community invited to Crib Service

The Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan is inviting Knutsford families to join him outside the Lost and Found on Saturday,9th December, for the annual community crib service. The service, which is led by Mayor’s Chaplain Revd Paul Deakin, starts at 4pm and includes a festive Christmas message from the mayor who has chosen some of his favourite carols for the event. The carols will be led by the Chester Brass Band and St Vincents Primary School Choir.

Peter said: “I’m looking forward to attending the Community Crib Service, this is event is for all: young and old, and I hope you can join me as we get into the festive spirit.”

Complimentary mulled wine and mince pies will be served by the Knutsford Catenians.

A group of people outside

Festive Sunday arrives in Knutsford this Christmas!

Shoppers are urged to put December 10th in their diaries as Knutsford shops and businesses host their first Festive Sunday for the Christmas period.

The day is jam packed with seasonal activities to suit every age group including:-

  • Chester Brass Band
  • Elf on the Shelf
  • Knutsford Little Theatre’s Red Riding Pantomime cast
  • Christmas Carols from Knutsford Beats
  • Christmas Bake Off with The Tea Room
  • Knutsford Royal May Day Grotto at Knutsford Methodist Church

These attractions sit alongside the wonderful gifts available from Knutsford’s unique shops. Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager for Knutsford Town Council said, “Knutsford is well known for its Christmas Markets, but this year we wanted to showcase our existing shops too.  Festive Sunday is all about discovering what is, for Knutsfordians, on their doorstep and for those further away it is about having an independent not an Amazon Christmas! ”.

Most shops are staying open on the day with many offering mulled wine, mince pies and other seasonal treats. Hattie Cufflin from Hot Cocoa, said, “We are looking forward to Knutsford’s first Festive Sunday and we’ve lots of chocolatey treats planned. Hot mince pies, ice cream, homemade sweet and savoury treats are on offer plus if you spend £30 you get a 10% discount on the day. Please support Knutsford’s indie shops this Christmas”.

Sandra Curties, continued, “The shops have worked extremely hard and have put together a great day with mulled wine, wine tasting, discounts, festive treats, plus live music on the menu. There will also be a raffle when you purchase in selected shops to win prizes from Lanigan and Hulme and a Christmas Eve box courtesy of Knutsford Stationery and Art Shop and Scene in Knutsford, plus some other great prizes. It has been a difficult trading year for some our much-loved independents so let’s give them our support this festive season”.

The day has been made possible by the kind sponsorship of Knutsford Admin.  Helen Rogers, Director said, “The team at Knutsford Admin Limited have chosen to sponsor the festive shopping event as they are huge fans of the many shops and eateries in town. Not all the team live in Knutsford, but they all feel part of the community and enjoy knowing many of the retailers and hospitality venues owners and teams by name”.

Rebecca Mallon, Director of Knutsford Admin added “We really enjoy our town centre location, particularly in the run up to Christmas when the streets & shop fronts look so pretty and there’s a real festive feel”.

For Festive Sunday, King Street will be closed from 9am to 6pm from the junction with Church Walk to the junction of Dury Lane.  Church Hill will remain open and there will be traffic measures in place to allow cars to access King Street car park.  The parking bays on King Street from Tatton Street to Drury Lane will be suspended to enable two-way traffic enabling access to properties of Drury Lane throughout the event.  Access to King Street carpark will be via Church Hill and Church Walk. 

Those interested in attending Festive Sunday should keep an eye on Knutsford Town Council’s social media pages, and via leaflets and posters coming to the town centre soon.

band walking in a parade

Remembrance Sunday

Knutsford Town Council and the Knutsford Branch of the Royal British Legion invite the community to join the services of remembrance on Sunday 12th November.

The programme for the day is as follows:

0845       Parade assembles at King St Car Park, WA16 6DX

0900       Parade from King St Car Park to St John’s Church

0930     Remembrance Service at St John’s Church

1030       Procession to Centennial War Memorial

1045     Remembrance service and wreath laying at Centennial War Memorial, WA16 0PG

1100     Two minute silence

1145       Remembrance service and wreath laying at the Crosstown War Memorial, Junction of Mobberley Road and Thorneyholme Drive, WA16 8WS

1300     Tatton Park Parachute Regiment Memorial

1300       Refreshments at Council Offices, WA16 6TA

This year the parade departs from King Street car park and parades to St John’s Church. The parade will not reassemble and instead the congregation will be led from the church to the Centennial War Memorial for the main service.

The whole community is welcome to join any or all parts of the day. The principal wreath laying will take place at the Centennial War Memorial and organisations wishing to lay a wreath are requested to advise Gemma Jackson, Civic Events Officer, in advance by emailing

Cllrs Johnson, Hartley, Dalzell, McCulloch, Robertson and Banks holding signs opposing the parking changes in front of a row of parked cars

Town Council Opposes Parking Proposals

Knutsford Town Council is calling on Cheshire East Council to abandon its proposals to reduce on-street parking times and raise parking charges in Knutsford which it considers is a threat to the high street.

Under the Cheshire East Council proposals, existing 1-hour bays would be cut to just 30 minutes whilst the 2-hour bays by the Moor would reduce to 1-hour. The 2-hour bays by Tatton Park would also be cut to only 30 minutes.

The Town Council is refuting Cheshire East Council claims that the changes will reduce the number of cars parked on streets and make the town centre safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and considers it will instead result in more turnover in parking bays creating more hazards for pedestrian and cyclists safety whilst having no effect on the number of cars within the town centre.

Knutsford councillors have also expressed concern that the reduced times will deter town centre users completing their “whilst I’m here” tasks to the detriment of the local economy.

Cllr Christopher Gray, Chairman of the Town Council’s Town Centre Committee said: “These restrictions will undoubtedly make shopping for many residents a chore and a worry as time becomes of the essence”

The Town Council’s consultation response, published below, argues that the proposals “will result in fewer visits to local businesses at a time when independent retail and small town centres are struggling the most.”

The Town Council is also concerned the proposals will impact the everyday wellbeing of the community. “Shopping and meeting friends and neighbours – often by accident – contribute greatly to our wellbeing and these proposals threaten this.” Cllr Gray added.

Objection has also been raised to the proposals to increase parking charges at a time when businesses and families are struggling financially. The Town Council highlights that the planned changes will only increase Cheshire East Council’s revenue by a measly £1,381 which does not justify the potential harm to the town centre.

The Town Council has also expressed its disappointment at Cheshire East Council’s failure to make provision for Coach Parking after many years of the Town Council calling for action. 

The full consultation response can be read here: CEC Parking Review Consultation Response.

The consultation closes on Wednesday 1st November. You can make a representation by emailing:

Lady modelling a dress and jacket

Flash Fashion Knutsford

Flash Fashion Knutsford is set to return for the Autumn Winter season on Saturday 4th November, providing the perfect opportunity for shoppers to refresh their winter wardrobe and get inspired for Christmas.

The day-long event started in 2019 as a collaboration between Knutsford Town Council and local boutiques to highlight the wonderful collection of fashion retailers in Knutsford.

The day will kick off at Lost and Found at 11am with a fashion show highlighting the latest looks from local boutiques. The show will be presented by Katy Rickett (Dexter & Jones) and feature Darren Proctor (Happy Radio). Attendees can then peruse the shops and enjoy a variety of complimentary services instore including on-hand stylists, beauty treatments, a glass of fizz and goody bags.

Participating stores and businesses include:

  • The Edit Boutique
  • Cocaranti
  • Redress at Dexter and Jones
  • Blossom Boutique
  • Paris Ladies Boutique
  • Glamorous of Knutsford
  • Willow Boutiques
  • Lanigan and Hulme
  • Pulse of Perfumery
  • Smook Styling
  • Chalk 33
  • Milania Boutique
  • Roberta Beauty Redefined
  • Kanoa Living
  • Cancer Research
  • Zapatos
  • Second hand Styling
  • Clare and Illingworth

Roberta from Roberta Beauty Redefined said “We are so excited to be involved in the Autumn Winter edition of Flash Fashion Knutsford. The Fashion Show in May was such a wonderful collaboration between local businesses and the town centre had a lovely vibe. I loved holding pop ups in Willow and Cocaranti and I can’t wait to do it again.”

Maps will be available from shops and eateries around Knutsford shortly to allow shoppers to plan their day.

Flash Fashion is kindly sponsored by Redrow and Happy Radio.

lady modelling a bag and dress
Halloween items

Pumpkin Path 2023

The nights are getting darker, and the air is getting colder. It’s time for the town to come alive with the mystical and magical, the scary and the spooky, the cackling and the crazy.

The town of Knutsford is set to welcome families of revellers to ‘trick or treat’ the local businesses and wonder in the amazement of the magical Wallwood. There will be mythical creatures to guide you through the wood and oddities to entertain and thrill.

Between the hours of 5pm and 6.30pm there will be performances from Fuchsia Dance Company and Knutsford Beats. Ask any of our other worldly guides to direct you and pick up an event brochure for details.

Knutsford Pumpkin Path takes place on Tuesday 31st October between 4pm and 7pm. Road closures will be in place on King Street and Minshull Street. Adults are reminded that this is a family event and to be mindful of this when planning their costumes.

The Pumpkin Path is organised by Knutsford Town Council and this year is generously sponsored by Slater and Gordon Group, Neptune, Knutsford Admin and Travelbag.

Follow @knutsfordpumpkinpath on Instagram and Facebook for full information of what’s going on and a pumpkin carving competition. Be sure to tag us in your spooky pics #knutsfordpumpkinpath2023

Two ladies standing with cakes

Knutsford at Home

Knutsford was a mini ‘Ideal Home Exhibition’ on September 16th, with its home and interior design shops hosting its second Knutsford at Home Event.

The event was a collaboration between home and interior shops and businesses in the town centre and coordinated by Knutsford Town Council. It offered shoppers a ‘menu of inspiration’ including talks from artists such as Diane Marsland in Holly Johnson Antiques, a Fired Earth pop-up in Detaljer plus Farrow and Ball talks from the Arthur Lee team.  The full list of shops taking part was Aperture Doors, Arthur Lee Interiors, Detaljer, The Flock of Arts, Havwoods, Holly Johnson Antiques, Kendal Quality Carpets, Oka, Sofas and Stuff, Susie Watson Designs and Terzetto Stone.

Holly Johnson co-owner of Holly Johnson Antiques said, “This was our second Knutsford at Home event and our most successful! Having Diane Marsland as our artist in residence for the day proved a real draw with guests finding her talks informative and inspiring. We also enjoyed watching customers both new and existing enjoy our showroom and its range of antiques.”

Lyndsey Dyson, of Havwoods, said: ‘’At Havwoods we really valued the Knutsford at Home event, and meeting with both new and existing customers discussing our latest flooring and cladding collections. Many visited our showroom and the Routemaster bus on the day, and we felt there was a great atmosphere present.’’

Lillie Carter of King Street newcomer Aperture Luxury Doors said, “This was an exceptional event by Knutsford Town Council. It’s great to be part of a community where we support each other as businesses to keep Knutsford at the forefront of retail.”

Sandra Curties, Knutsford Town Council’s Town Centre Manager, said, “These events are all about promoting Knutsford as a destination shopping venue and offering a bespoke shopping experience that cannot be replicated online.  We loved the way our shops worked together and seeing visitors mapping out their day using the flyers was fabulous.  We look forward to a better and bigger event next year.”

man standing with products at a market hall stall

Alpy and Becs opens in Knutsford Market Hall

Looking for a unique fragrance? Some handmade skincare or bath bombs? If so, make a visit to Alphy and Becs the latest addition to Knutsford Market Hall.

Alfonso Esposito has opened in the centre of Knutsford taking a stall in the Market Hall. Alphy and Becs was established in 2011 and specialises in handmade cosmetics, fragrances, hair care, aromatherapy, and gifts.

Alfonso said, “I am delighted to open Alphy and Becs in Knutsford Market Hall.  The traders have made me feel most welcome. I look forward to introducing our range of handmade skincare and cosmetic ranges to Knutsford residents and visitors to the town. Please come in and pay us a visit!”

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager said, “Alphy and Becs range is bespoke and made with love and care. If you are looking for a unique gift or to treat yourself do pay Alfonso a visit. If you wish to get an early start on the Christmas shopping – the stall is a must! This latest addition to our market hall means we have a full house in the market hall offering everything from vegetables and vinyl to chicken and cards. If you haven’t recently visited the market hall, please do pop in, shop local and support our small businesses”.

The Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am to 4pm. Inside you’ll find authentic Thai food, a deli offering olives and Turkish delight, a traditional barber, vinyl records, fresh fruit and veg, a butcher, greeting cards, dog treats and accessories, mobile phone repairs and accessories,  a crystal stall, and a café.

A man stood with mobile phones at market hall stall

Knutsford Mobile opens in Knutsford Market Hall

Smashed mobile screen? Lost your charging cable? Or just need a new mobile phone that doesn’t break the bank? Head down to Knutsford Market Hall and meet Asim, the owner of Knutsford Mobile which has opened this week.

Asim Qadeer has opened up in the centre of Knutsford taking a stall in the Market Hall. Knutsford Mobile offers is a handy and convenient mobile phone repairs and accessory stall, selling mobile and laptop accessories and offering repairs.

Asim said, “I am delighted to be joining Knutsford Market Hall and have been made to feel really welcome by my fellow traders.  I am looking forward to solving Knutsford’s mobile phone and IT issues so please pay me a visit!”

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager said, “a practical IT repair stall is something that we all need from time to time, so we’re pleased to welcome Knutsford Mobile to the Market Hall family.”

The Market Hall is open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am to 4pm.   Inside you’ll find authentic Thai food, a deli offering olives and Turkish delight, a traditional barber, second hand vinyl, fresh fruit and veg, a butchers, greeting cards, dog treats and accessories, a crystal stall and a café.

man stood in cafe on the corner

Cafe on the Corner joins Taste Knutsford

One of Knutsford’s much loved and well-established cafes, Café on the Corner, have joined Taste Knutsford. Taste Knutsford is a walking food and drink tour which visits around seven venues sampling from a range of independent venues.

Taste Knutsford was established in 2018 and promotes and supports a range of independent venues in the town centre including:

  • April’s Kitchen
  • Cranford Café & Sandwich Bar
  • Dexter and Jones
  • Evuna
  • Morgan Edwards
  • Hot Cocoa
  • King Street Kitchen
  • Real Fruit Creamery
  • Courthouse Cheshire
  • The Market Hall Butcher
  • The Market Café
  • The Tea Room
  • Detaljer
  • Tatton Perk

Seho Karakas, owner of Café on the Corner said, “We are excited to join the Taste Knutsford team and meet the tour guests.  We are offering a brunch or lunch option which combines the best of British with the best of Turkish!”

Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager, said, “We love arranging these tours.  The feedback we receive from guests regarding the tours is always positive with guests leaving very full! Our tour guides are knowledgeable about each venue and the town, encouraging guests to stay, linger and spend in Knutsford.”

Any small regional or independent hospitality venue can take part in the tour and if you wish be a tour guest you can book via  Private tours for 8 or more can also be arranged.

man pointing to taste knutsford sign