The Cider Circuit is back for 2019

What is the Cider Circuit?

To highlight the delights of real cider and perry, Stockport and South Manchester branch of CAMRA run a 6 week long passport circuit with many pubs who sell real cider and perry. This starts in mid September and runs to the end of October to coincide with production of the new year's cider. The 6 {and a bit} week long cider circuit has been established to help you participate in CAMRA's cider month of October.


How do I join in the Cider Circuit?

The full rules, along with a copy of the card listing all pubs will be printed in the September — October issue of Opening Times and will be downloadable from here. Until then curb your enthusiasm and enjoy the summer.

Full rules can be found HERE, but roughly:
  Pick up a card at a participating pub (or on the downloadable Cider Card)
  Purchase a glass (half or pint) of REAL cider (or perry if available)
  Visit a requisite number of pubs to claim your prize*

* This year 10 pubs wins you a bottle of cider, 20 pubs wins you two bottles and all pubs for two bottles plus you are entered into a draw for a 36pint box of cider. Full details in the September & October copy of Opening Times or download a Cider Circuit card here.

Please be careful while drinking real cider and perry, as it is considerably stronger than commercial cider, often being in the range 6.5% to 8%!




57 Thomas Street 57 Thomas Street, City Centre, Manchester, M4 1NA
Angel InnRestricted20 Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EY
Ashton Tap HouseRestrictedUnit 16, Ashton Market Hall, Market Street, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 7JU
Bakers Vaults Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1ES
Bridge BeersRestricted55 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2JJ
Britons Protection 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE
Calverts Court 13 St Petersgate, Stockport, SK1 1EB
Cask  2 New Union Street, Cotton Field Wharf, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6FQ
Cheshire RingRestricted72-74 Manchester Road, Hyde, SK14 2BJ
Chiverton TapRestricted8 Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AU
City Arms 46-48 Kennedy Street, Manchester, M2 4BQ
Crown & Kettle 2 Oldham Road, Manchester, M4 5FE
Crown Point Tavern 16 Market Street, Denton, M34 2XW
Crown Inn 154 Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1AR
Friendship 353 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, M14 6XS
Gateway 882 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, M20 5PG
Head of SteamRestricted653 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, M20 6QZ
Hope Inn 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, Stockport, SK4 2LL
Jake's Ale HouseRestricted27 Compstall Road, Romiley, SK6 4BT
Jake's of Gee CrossRestricted285 Stockport Road, Gee Cross, Hyde, SK14 5RF
Lowes Arms 301 Hyde Road, Denton, M34 3FF
Marble Arch 73 Rochdale Road, Collyhurst, Manchester, M4 4HY
New Oxford 11 Bexley Square, Salford, M3 6DB
Petersgate TapRestricted19a St Petersgate, Stockport, SK1 1EB
Railway 1 Avenue Street, Portwood, Stockport, SK1 2BZ
Samuel OldknowRestricted22 Market Street, Marple, SK6 7AD
Silly Country 121 Market Street, Droylsden, M43 7AR
Smithfield Market Tavern 37 Swan Street, Manchester, Manchester, M4 5JZ
Spinning TopRestricted20 Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK4 1AA
Stalybridge Buffet Bar Stalybridge Railway Station, Platform 4, Rassbottom St, Stalybridge, SK15 1RF
Swan With Two Necks 36 Princes Street, Stockport, SK1 1RY
Tweed TapRestricted3 Hamnett Street, Hyde, SK14 2EX
Victoria 438 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BW
Ye Olde VicRestricted1 Chatham Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9ED

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Stockport Beer Week

19 September to 29 September 2019

Stockport Beer Week logo

Full listing of events

Welcome to the page for Stockport Beer Week 2019. The event is coordinated by the Stockport and South Manchester Branch of CAMRA and runs from 19th-29th September, in conjunction with National Cask Ale Week. Here you can find details of the events and experiences at venues across the centre of Stockport which we hope will show off the many places where a huge variety of good beer can be found. And it's more than just about the beer; you can also learn about pubs, the brewing process and the heritage and brewing history of the town.

We are grateful for the support of Totally Stockport (the Stockport Business Improvement District Company) as well as Stockport Council; we all hope this event will assist with the development of the Town Centre. We are also grateful to our sponsors, Robinson's Brewery, Metro Taxis and Imagine FM; without them and the venues who have agreed to take part, this event would not happen.

Click on FULL LISTING OF EVENTS to see details of the events that have been confirmed so far; however our team of volunteers are still working on other ideas, so there is more to come. Keep an eye out on this page and our social media as other events will be added when details become available.

We plan to publish a full programme of events so if you run a local pub and would like to take part please contact us via

A big Thank you to our sponsors


Winter Warmer Wander

Winter weather, Warming beers, Wander from pub to pub

Friday 9 November 2019 to Tuesday 31 December 2019

Stouts, Porters, Barley Wines and Old Ales are beer styles with a declining popularity. With the move towards lighter hoppy beers, these darker, richer brews are losing out. Though often available all year, these styles are usually associated with the winter months, especially around Christmas.

To counter this diminishing popularity, and help introduce more people to the style, the Stockport and South Manchester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale have introduced their Winter Warmer Wander.


What do I have to do to join the Winter Warmer Wander?

With nearly two months to complete the Wander, nothing could be easier. All you have to do is visit a set number of participating pubs (full details nearer the time) and drink one of the endangered beer styles. A stamp will be affixed to your passport when you select an eligible beer (not all styles will be available at all outlets). That's it! What is your excuse for not participating?

Follow this link for full instructions, list of participating pubs, Google locator map.

For more information about these beer styles visit the Campaign for Real Ale's information page by clicking here

Stockport Beer & Cider Festival

A right fine bash to finish off May!

When is it held?

Annually at the end of May or beginning of June. The start is always the first Thursday after the Late May Bank Holiday. It is now the largest local CAMRA festival in Greater Manchester and one of the top five in the North of England.

What does the Festival offer?

First and foremost a wide selection of fine cask ales sourced from around Britain. We try to keep at least two examples of all endangered beer styles eg mild, stout and etcetera available for drinking at all times so there should be something to tickle your fancy.

Secondly (but this does not mean second class) an overwhelming range of ciders and perrys. This year we had in excess of 50 varieties available, ranging from pleasantly sweet to astonishingly dry. Who says Magners is the pinnacle of cider, and as for cidré, don't get us going. Cider makers are starting to spring up all over the British Isles, even "up eer int' North" so why not come along and try a Chesher or Lancashire example?

Is it just about drinking?

No! We can also sell you a souvenir t-shirt, a variety of books or you could even join CAMRA and get complimentary free beer on us. Why not have a go on our tombola, plenty of beery prizes to be won. Our charity also bring along a complementary selection of goods.

So it's all about buying?

No! All sessions have accompanying musical entertainment ranging, in the last few years, from a 25/30 piece ladies choir to heavy rock bands with blues, folk jazz and everything else in between. The music suit is situated downstair (at football pitch level) adjacent to dining area, it will be well signposted

If all this sounds too much why not just sit out on the terraces (we are in Stockport County's ground so there are plenty of seats to go around) and watch the world go by or the grass grow! If you are a plane spotter we are excellently placed to watch aircraft incoming to Manchester Airport.

Who runs this worthy event?

Primarily members of the Stockport and South Manchester Branch of CAMRA together with assistance from the High Peak, Trafford & Hulme and other nearby branches. New members of staff are always very welcome, for more information contact Pete Farrand at

Want to know more?

Visit the dedicated website at