All about Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival returns to Manchester Central in 2018.

Provisional public days are 25th – 27th January 2018

More details will follow later this year

If the information you are looking for isn’t here – try our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Opening Times

To be confirmed

Entry Prices

To be confirmed


To be confirmed

Advance tickets:

To be confirmed

Groups & Hospitality:

MBCF 2018 can offer discounted packages to large groups and tailor made packages suitable for entertaining your customers, clients or staff.Details will follow

Glass purchase or hire

To purchase drinks at the festival, you must have an appropriately lined glass. You’ll pay for your glass on entry and collect it once inside.

Festival glasses will be available in 2 sizes:
2/3 pint Schooners (with 1/3, 1/2 pint lines)
1 pint conical glass (with 1/3, 1/2 & 1 pint lines)

You may keep your glass as a souvenir or return it to the glasses stand on exit for a refund.


Accompanied children will be admitted free and may remain until 7pm daily. Under 18s must remain under supervision at all times. Under 18s may not approach the bars.

Getting There

For directions and public transport info, see our “Getting Here” page.

Disabled visitors

Manchester Central is fully accessible. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival only occupies ground floor levels at the venue.

Visitors who require the presence of a carer should buy tickets for themselves for the relevant session as normal. A carer may accompany you and will be admitted free of charge subject to proof of carer status. Carers wishing to buy beer & cider must hire a glass as other visitors do. if you have special needs, please contact the organiser via our contact page.

For further information on accessibility see


Manchester has many thousands of hotel rooms available. For more information on accomdation visit

Jury's InnOne of the closest hotels to the festival is Jury’s Inn on Great Bridgewater Street which has 256 rooms available. Festival goers can obtain 20% of the Jury’s Inn room rates when booking at – just enter the promotion code “promotions” when booking.