All about Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2019

Thanks for attending #MBCF19. Dates and location for the 2020 festival will appear here when confirmed.

The festival will be open to the public from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th January 2019.

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

Opening Times

Thursday 24th: Noon* – 10.30pm
Friday 25th: Noon* – 10.30pm
Saturday 26th: Noon* – 7pm

Wednesday 23rd: 5pm – 9pm. Preview session for CAMRA & SPBW members – Free Entry to members.

*Advance ticket holders will commence entry from 11.45am.

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Entry Prices


Thursday 24th January 2019: £4 + £3 glass hire (refundable)
Friday 25th January 2019: £7 + £3 glass hire (refundable)
Saturday 26th January 2019: £7 + £3 glass hire (refundable)


Senior citizens, Armed Forces (including British Legion), Emergency Services Personnel, NHS Staff, Full Time Students with valid identification
£1 off all sessions. Max one discount per entry.

Advance tickets:

Advance tickets are available from 9am on Monday 1st August. Click here to purchase.

Entry for advance ticket holders will commence 15 minutes prior to the doors opening for non-ticket holders.

Metrolink offer:

Passengers presenting a valid Metrolink ticket at the festival entrance will receive £1 beer token on entry to the festival.
Not valid in conjunction of any other offer. Only one discount / benefit per entry.

CAMRA Members

Members only preview session Weds 23rd 5pm – 9pm. FREE Entry (£3 glass deposit on entry)
FREE entry Thursday (£3 glass deposit on entry)
CAMRA Members attending Friday/Saturday will pay full price but will receive £4 beer tokens.

Society For Preservation of Beers From The Wood (SPBW) Members

CAMRA & SPBW members only preview session Weds 23rd 5pm – 9pm. FREE Entry (£3 glass deposit on entry)
FREE entry Thursday (£3 glass deposit on entry)

Groups & Hospitality:

MBCF 2019 can offer discounted packages to large groups and tailor-made packages suitable for entertaining your customers, clients or staff.Details will follow
For more information & group ticket packages see our Groups & Corporate Hospitality page.

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  (with 1/3, 1/2 pint lines) – ideal for those wanting to try the widest range of beers & ciders
1 pint (with 1/3, 1/2 & 1 pint lines) – for the more traditional drinker

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


Jury's Inn

Manchester has many thousands of hotel rooms available. For more information on accommodation visit
One 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 “BEERCIDER” when booking.