Opening Times

Covering the cities of Manchester & Salford plus Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, High Peak, North East Cheshire and Macclesfield

Opening Times is a monthly A4 magazine covering beer, brewers, event and occasions in an area comprising (roughly) the south of the Greater Manchester conurbation, with a little straying into High Peak and N.E. Cheshire. It is principally produced by the Stockport & South Manchester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Additional material is supplied by the High Peak and NE Cheshire branch, the Trafford and Hulme branch, the North Manchester branch and the Macclesfield branch.

The aim is for publication on the Friday at the end of the first full week of the month. We have 7,500 copies printed each month and distribute it to hundreds of outlets.

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You can have 12 issues sent to your door for £11.00 (to cover postage). Interested? Then please make cheques payable to "Opening Times" and send your details and cheque to:

David Sharpe, 1 Chiltern Drive, Woodsmoor, Stockport, SK2 7BE. Tel 0161 483 3708

May 2017 edition

Stockport Beer & Cider Festival
Beatnikz Republic brewery
Recent Awards and News from around the region
Stockport Beer & Cider Festival music review
Manchester Beer Audit
Jakes Ale House
Manchester Beer Week
Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival
Pub of the month - The Hope Inn, Heaton Norris
Stagger - Jacksons Lane and Bramhall with Dave Pennington
Curmudgeon - No Magic Bullet

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April 2017 edition

A NEW Beer Festival for Manchester
Mild Magic 2017 - Visit Pubs, Drink Beer, Win Prizes
Arden Unveiling - Blue Plaque for Elizabeth Raffald
In Search of Mild - Tracking down an elusive beer with Margaret O’Brien
Meet the Distiller
Trafford & Hulme Awards
Extensive Pub & Brewery News
Pub of the month - The Blue Bell, Levenshulme
Stagger - Chorlton-on-Medlock and University with Dave Burston
Curmudgeon - Fear of the Dark - Pale Shadow

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March 2017 edition

Pubs of the Year awards
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival review
Meet the Beer Seller
New opening - Reason to be Cheerful
Letters to the Editor
Pub of the month - The Gateway, East Didsbury
Curmudgeon - Collision Course

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February 2017 edition

Stockport & South Manchester Pub of the Year
Neil Richardson Award
CAMRA Discounts
Meet the Brewer - Brendon Hall revisits Steve Dunkley at Beer Nouveau
CAMRA Awards
Pub of the month - The Mounting Stone, Bramhall
Stagger - A meander through Cheadle with Chris Morris
Curmudgeon - A Little Bit of Company

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January 2017 edition

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival returns to Manchester Central
Sudden and sad death of Roger Hall
Extensive Pub & Brewery News
New Micropub - Beer Shed in New Mills
Trafford & Hulme Branch Awards
Beers at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
Davenport Arms (Thief's Neck) - 30 consecutive years in the GBG
High Peak, Tameside & North East Cheshire Branch Awards
No Pub Left - Peter Edwardson on real ale deserts
Salford Branch Awards
Pub of the month - Remedy Bar and Brewhouse, Stockport Market Place
Stagger - Bits of Didsbury with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - Can This Be For Real? - Delayed Gratification

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December 2016 edition

Happy Christmas to all readers and advertisers
Midland Saved - Revised plans repreive local pub
Winter Warmer Wander
Calling Home Brewers - Competition
Brewery taps - a growing trend
Quantum Brewery closes
Two socials in western Greater Manchester
Preview of Manchester Beer and Cider Festival
Trafford and Hulme's Pub of the Season - Prairie Schooner Taphouse
Letters to the Editor
Pub of the month - Crown, Great Moor, Stockport
Stagger - Ladybarn and Fallowfield with Jerry Wicken
Curmudgeon - A Place Where No-One Knows Your Name - Closed for You

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October 2016 edition

Cider Circuit
Trafford & Hulme Pub of the Season - Prairie Schooner Taphouse, Urmston
Greater Manchester Pub and Club of the Year
John Rowlinson - Award winning licencee
Good cider as it used to be - Mick Lewis
Germany Callling - Jerry Wickhen concludes his European tour
Good Beer Guide 2017 launch
Pub of the month - Blossoms, Heaviley, Stockport
Stagger - Hazel Grove with Keith Holloway
Curmudgeon - Cash is King - Ring My Bell

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September 2016 edition

Stockport Beer Week
Happy Birthday Maris Otter
Scandanavian Ales - Denmark & Sweeden
High Peak News
CAMRA Awards
Letters to the Editor
Pub of the month - Railway, Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, Stockport
Stagger - Gorton with Paul Felton
Curmudgeon - Doing What it Says on the Tin

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August 2016 edition

Baltic Pubs & Beer
Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival - Tea and Jaffa Cakes!
CAMRA Discounts
Beer in the Baltic
High Peak Pub Scene
Heard At The Bar - Pub news from around the area
CAMRA Awards
Pub of the month - White Hart, Cheadle, Stockport
Stagger - Offerton with Peter Edwardson
Curmudgeon - Hear, Hear - noise in pubs

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July 2016 edition

Left Bank Beer Festival
Stockport Beer Festival Review
Takeovers - Good Or Bad?
Stockport Beer & Cider Festival Review
Polish Revolution - Jerry Wicken explores Polands beer sceen
Trafford & Hulme Pub of the Season - J. P. Joule
Scammer ALERT!
Pub of the month - The Moortop, Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport
Stagger - Heaton Norris plus a Reddish starter with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - Out of Control

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June 2016 edition

Midland under threat - Road plan threatens demolition of popular local
Chorlton Beer Festival - previwed by John O'Donnell
Meet the Brewer - Paul Mellor of Manchester Brewing Co.
Fighting Fit - Peter Edwardson on CAMRA's Revitalisation Project
CAMRA Awards - Trafford & Hulme / High Peak / Pubs of the Year/Season
Old Tom collects a fistfull of certificates
Brewery News from around the region
Pub of the month - Heaton Hops, School Lane, Heaton Chapel, Stockport
Stagger - Didsbury with Stuart Ballantyne
Curmudgeon - Great Stuff this Bass

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May 2016 edition

Stockport Beer & Cider Festival 2016
New Beers for Bar Nouveau - Home brew compertition winners
CAMRA Discounts
Stockport Beer & Cider Festival Festival Entertainment
Manchester Cider & Perry Festival
Meet the Brewer - Chorlton Brewing Co
CAMRA Branch Changes - City Centre expands / North Manchester re-named
Manchester Beer Week
Pub of the month - Wine & Wallop, Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester
Stagger - Welcome to Levenshulme with Jerry Wicken
Curmudgeon - Care of the Community

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April 2016 edition

Mild Magic 2016
Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Awards
Save the Sir Ralph Abercromby

Central Manchester Branch Pub of the Year - Smithfield Tavern
Pub of the month - Fred's Ale House, Levenshulme, Manchester
Stagger - Mild Hunting in the City Centre with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - It's Real, Jim, But Not As We Know It

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February 2016 edition

Stockport & South Manchester Awards
Robinsons unveil seasonal range
Meet the Brewer - David Foulger of Byrne the Cake Brewing
Stockport & South Manchester - Pub of The Year
Stockport & South Manchester - Cider Pub of The Year
Stockport & South Manchester - Club of The Year
Moorhouse's Seasonals 2016
Manchester Beer Week - city-wide celebration planned for June
Stockport & South Manchester POTM Gallery - June to December
Pub of the month - The Chiverton Tap, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport
Stagger - Withington with Sue Lightfoot
Curmudgeon - Open All Hours? - Planning not Parsimony

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January 2016 edition

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
New CAMRA Branch - Manchester City Centre
Meet the Brewer - Ollie Smith of Carbon Smith Brewing
Remedy Bar & Brewhouse opens in Stockport's Market Place
Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub of the Season
New micro-pub opens in Marple.
High Peak plus Poynton Awards
Pub of the month - Grove, Ashton New Road, Clayton, Manchester
Stagger - A Friday Night Around Portwood with Jerry Wicken
Curmudgeon - A Pub is for Life, Not Just for Christmas - Selling off the Silver?

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John Clarke, John Clarke, 45 Bulkeley Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9HD
Tel 0161 477 1973
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1/8 page£ 65 90 mm 63 mm
1/4 page£105 90 mm130 mm
1/2 page vertical£175 90 mm270 mm
1/2 page horizontal£175190 mm130 mm
full page£275190 mm270 mm
full page (no border)£275210 mm + bleed297 mm + bleed