Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2015

The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester Branches of The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA). It will feature over 500 beers, ciders and perries. As well as a massive selection of cask conditioned craft ales and traditional ciders & perries there will bottled and draught beers from around the world and the return of our real ale in a bottle bar to drink at the festival or take home.

The festival will have bars both on the concourse surrounding the track and on the floor level inside the track. At concourse level, there is plentiful seating in the stands surrounding the track. Additional seating will be provided at floor level inside the track.

Customers with mobility difficulties are recommended to consult the access statement before deciding whether to attend the festival.  Click here to view online or here to download.

Opening Times

Wednesday 21st January: 4pm – 10.30pm

Thursday 22nd January: Noon – 10.30pm

Friday 23rd January: Noon – 10.30pm

Saturday 24th January: Noon – 7pm

There will be an invite only session for the trade Wednesday 21st January: 2pm – 4pm. If you are in the trade or press and wish to apply for tickets, click here.

Entry Prices

To purchase advance tickets click here

CAMRA Members:

Wednesday 21st: FREE
Thursday 22nd: FREE
Friday 23rd: FREE 5pm / £4 after 5pm
Saturday 24th: FREE


Wednesday 21st: £3
Thursday 22nd: £3
Friday 23rd: £3 before 5pm / £6 after 5pm
Saturday 24th: £3


Senior citizens, armed forces (including British Legion), emergency services personnel, NHS Staff and full time students can obtain £1 off Non-Members prices on presentation of valid identification. Only one discount per entry.

Metrolink promotion:

In conjunction with our transport partners Metrolink, holders of a valid Metrolink ticket for the day of entry can obtain £1 off Non-Members prices. Only one discount per entry.

Glass purchase or hire

To purchase drinks at the festival, you must have an appropriately lined glass. You should hire or buy your festival glass on arrival at the festival.

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

Glass purchase or hire will cost £3. 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 There” page.

Cash Machines

Please note there are no cash machines within the Velodrome. The nearest machines are at Asda Wal-Mart.