The Cider Circuit
Saturday 15 September to Wednesday 31 October 2018

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 37 pubs who sell real cider and perry. This starts in 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?

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%!

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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.This year the dates are Thursday 1st June to Saturday 3rd June 2017. 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