21st July 2015

For Immediate Release:


Manchester Beer & Cider Festival confirms move to Manchester Central

The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival – Manchester’s premier celebration of the finest beers & ciders – has confirmed its new home for 2016 as the main hall at Manchester Central. The region’s largest Beer & Cider festival will take place from Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd January 2016. Event organisers the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) announced earlier this year that they were seeking a new home after two years at Manchester Velodrome.

Six months of meetings and negotiations has seen the organisers secure their first choice venue which will allow them to retain all the features which attracted over 11,000 drinkers to the 2015 festival and is expected to attract even more at its new central home. The festival will feature a massive choice of over 500 beers, ciders and perries across a range of bars. Work is already underway on selecting the beers with established favourites including Marble Beers, Hawkshead Brewery and Brightside Beers already on board alongside relative newcomers to the local beer scene including Cryptic Ales and Seven Brothers.

Festival Organiser Graham Donning said “We are very excited to be bringing the festival right into the heart of the city. With direct access from the newly improved Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink station and Deansgate rail station, we couldn’t have a better location for our customers who flock from across the region and indeed from all over the country to attend.”

When asked about the process of selecting a new venue he added “The last few months have been very busy behind the scenes as we sought the perfect venue. Myself and my colleagues have visited numerous venues across the city and held countless meetings to discuss available dates, logistics, budgets and all the other dull details which the drinkers never see. We are delighted that we have been able to secure an agreement with what was our first choice venue. ”

Although only three years old, the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival has established itself as one of the top beer festivals in the UK, with one of the largest ranges of beers and cider. Up to 13,000 visitors are expected to travel from all over the country and beyond to attend the festival which complements Manchester’s growing international reputation as a centre for craft beer. Hundreds of volunteers will spend four days setting up what will become Manchester’s largest pub serving over 50,000 pints over the four day event.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on Tuesday 1st September via the festival website at



Notes to editors:
1) The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

2) The 2015 festival attracted around 11,500 customers to Manchester Velodrome over 4 days from 21st – 24th January 2015.