Monthly archives: April 2013

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival Expanded

We are pleased to announce that it has been decided to extend the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2014 across four days.

The festival will now open a day earlier than originally planned on Wednesday 22nd January 2014. Entry will be FREE to CAMRA members on the Wednesday. The festival will also open an hour earlier that planned on Saturday – we will now open at 11am on Saturday 25th January.

New opening hours are:

Wednesday 22nd January: 4.30pm – 10.30pm

Thursday 23rd January: Noon – 10.30pm

Friday 24th January: Noon – 10.30pm

Saturday 25th January: 11am – 7pm

Festival Charity Sought

The first Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, to be held at the National Cycling Centre’s iconic Velodrome, Manchester in January 2014 is offering one lucky charity the opportunity to associate themselves with the new event.

The festival is being organised by the same team who ran the National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) in Manchester continuously from 2005 to 2013. During this time the festival had associations with various charities. The most recent, After Adoption, enjoyed a three-year association with the festival. During this time they managed to raise over £14,000 while also spreading the word about their aims and objectives. So successful were they that some local families have adopted children thanks to After Adoption being the NWAF festival charity.

Festival organiser Graham Donning & sponsorship manager Jim Flynn present After Adoption's Chief Fundraiser Sophie Bell with a cheque for £14,000

Festival organiser Graham Donning & sponsorship manager Jim Flynn present After Adoption’s Chief Fundraiser Sophie Bell with a cheque for £14,000

The organising committee is now inviting applications from charities who wish to benefit from a similar association for the 2014 and 2015 events.The chosen charity will be offered a free promotional stall and free rein to collect loose change from customers at the event which is expected to attract in excess of 8000 visitors. They will also be promoted on the festival website, posters, flyers and in the festival programme.

At such a large event, there are plentiful other opportunities for fundraising which could also add value to the festival customer experience. Those organisations submitting innovative ideas for additional activities will be looked upon favourably by the organisers.

Although charities are encouraged to seek their own sponsors, if required, the festival sponsorship manager will assist the chosen charity in obtaining a sponsor for their time at the festival.

Charities are invited to contact the festival organiser outlining their charitable aims, the number of volunteers they would expect to assist the festival, examples of similar events they have participated in and suggestions for activities which they would be willing to run. Applications should be sent to by no later than May 5th 2013.

For further information, contact festival organiser Graham Donning on organiser (at) or by phone on 07961 886696