All about Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2016

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival will feature over 600 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 is organised by the Greater Manchester Branches of The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).

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

Opening Times

Wednesday 20th January: 4pm – 10.30pm

Thursday 21st January: Noon – 10.30pm

Friday 22nd January: Noon – 10.30pm

Saturday 23rd January: Noon – 7pm

There will be an invite only session for the trade Wednesday 20th January: 2pm – 4pm. If you are in the trade or press and wish to apply for tickets, click here.

Entry Prices

CAMRA Members
(On door only)
Non-Members &
Advance Purchase
 Wednesday 20th 4pm – 10.30pm FREE £3
 Thursday 21st Noon – 5pm FREE £3
 Thursday 21st 5pm – 10.30pm FREE £4
 Friday 22nd Noon – 5pm £2 £4
 Friday 22nd 5pm – 10.30pm £5 £6
 Saturday 23rd Noon – 7pm £2 £4


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:

Click here to buy advance tickets.

Groups & Hospitality:

MBCF 2016 can offer discounted packages to large groups and tailor made packages suitable for entertaining your customers, clients or staff.
For more information & group ticket packages see our Groups & Corporate Hospitality page.

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 2 sizes:
Stemmed 1/2 pint 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 Here” page.

Festival Map

Click here