All about Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2018

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

The festival will be open to the public from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th January 2018.

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

Opening Times

Thursday 25th: Noon – 10.30pm
Friday 26th: Noon – 10.30pm
Saturday 27th: Noon – 7pm

Wednesday 24th: 5pm – 9pm. Closed session for the trade and CAMRA members only. Click here for details.

Entry Prices


Thursday 25th January 2018: £4 + £3 glass hire (refundable)
Friday 26th January 2018: £7 + £3 glass hire (refundable)
Saturday 27th January 2018: £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.

CAMRA Members

Members only preview session Weds 24th 5pm – 9pm. FREE Entry (£3 glass deposit on entry)
FREE entry Thursday (£3 glass deposit on entry)
CAMRA Members attending Friday/Saturday will receive £4 beer tokens.

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
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


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