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Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Saturday, January 25, 2014 -

Manchester Velodrome
National Cycling Centre
Manchester, Greater Manchester, England M11 4DQ [ map ]



Take over 300 of the finest cask conditioned craft ales, 75 traditional ciders & perries, a selection of bottle conditioned ales and some of the best imported beers around. Stick them in the centre of one of the most iconic buildings in the city, if not the country. Add the odd Olympian cycling around them and you have Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2014.

National-Cycling-CentreFinal preparations are now underway for the festival which arrives at The Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th January. The first Manchester Beer Festival since the days of the Upper Campfield Market in the 90s, it is set to be the largest ever event in Manchester. All the bars (16 of them) will be located in the centre of the Velodrome track which the public access via a tunnel which runs below the track. Visitors can opt to stay on the floor or can return to the concourse where there is seating for 1500. The concourse will also host the festival games area and a selection of food vendors.

The National Cycling Centre is home to both British Cycling and Team Sky and the Velodrome track will remain operational throughout the festival. While there is no guarantee of who you will see riding around at any given session, the Great Britain Cycling Team have daily training sessions on the track the timetable can be found at www.nationalcyclingcentre.com

The centre is located on the SportCity complex in Eastlands, close to the Etihad Stadium and Asda Wal-Mart Eastlands. It is easily accessed from the city centre being served by its own Metrolink station Velopark and plentiful buses from Piccadilly. It can be reached on foot (or by bike) via a short walk from Ancoats up the Ashton canal. Click here for details of how to get there.

In a special offer, on Wednesday and Thursday, visitors holding a valid Metrolink ticket can receive 1 discount off the cost of entry. CAMRA members get free entry on Wednesday and Thursday and a discount at all other times.

Key Facts

Opening Times
Wednesday 22nd January: 4.30 10.30pm
Thursday 23rd / Fri 24th: 12pm 10.30pm
Saturday 25th: 11am 7pm

No advance tickets pay on the door
Click here for details of prices
For group bookings, click here


Contact Info

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Really good festival, well organised, nice chilled atmosphere, plenty of space to wander around in, no long waits at the bar. Beer selection was excellent. Only downside was that I got so drunk I ended up joining CAMRA
        undercurrent25, 1/23/2014


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