Thank you from our charity partner – Papyrus

At the Central Manchester Beer festival in 2017, profits of every programme sale as well as charitable donations went towards our chosen charity – Papyrus.  Papyrus recently contacted us to give thanks:

Thank you for your kind gift of £292.37 raised from the Central Manchester CAMRA Beer Festival (29/06/2017 – 02/07/3027). Your generous support allows us to keep services like HOPELineUK running. This national service receives hundreds of calls, texts and emails each month from young people struggling to cope, and those worried about them. Their reasons for getting in touch vary, but they all have one thing in common – a need for advice and support to cope when times get tough.

In addition, we are really thankful that Central Manchester CAMRA offered PAPYRUS a stall for the duration of the beer festival to help promote our charity’s services and increase awareness of young suicide with the beer festival goers. During the event, PAPYRUS staff and volunteers engaged with over 200 people – many offering kind donations, others wanting to know a bit more about PAPYRUS and some who shared how they’d been touched by suicide. The event also provided invaluable experience for PAPYRUS staff and volunteers in engaging with public. 

Manchester Needs You!

“Manchester needs you!

You probably know the Greater Manchester branches of CAMRA organise the magnificent Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and have done so since its inception four years ago. We have now found our new (and hopefully permanent) home in the centre of Manchester in the Manchester Central Convention centre – which you may know better as G-Mex – and are already planning for the 2018 (24th – 27th January) and the 2019 (23rd – 26th January) events.

While we have an excellent Organising Committee, there is always room for new blood and new and different skills. We want to give more members the opportunity to get involved in the festival and want to assure every CAMRA member in the region that we are by no means a closed shop.

Can you help?

Professional qualifications that would make our event better:

· Do you hold a Security Industry Authority badge – or would you like to be trained to get an SIA badge? We have paid for several members to gain such qualifications that some have then used to gain a new form of employment or enhance their own employment opportunities.

· Are you already, or have been, employed in the pub or brewing industry?

· Do you have design skills?

· Event Management skills?

· Organisational skills?

· Or are you just willing to get involved to ensure that our event becomes better and better every year?

Beer knowledge – if you have visited the event as a customer you will be aware of how big the event has become and how modern the event has become.

Are you interested in craft beer? We now sell craft beer in both keykeg and cask form.

We also research and purchase foreign beers from all over Europe.

Have you an interest in Cider and Perry? Mead? Fruit wines – then yes, we have bars that sell these. You could help us source and sell them.

Customer care and ‘back room’ skills:

Do you have customer care skills? Interface well with the public? Or are you a “back room” person? We have opportunities for anybody who wishes to stay in the background whether during or before the event.

· We need help in designing posters, website work, designing beer mats, thinking up a logo, ordering polo and T shirts for sale.

· Are you interested in food? You could organise the food for the Volunteers from a local hostelry? Or organise many other things?

· You could get involved with selling VIP packages?

· You could meet and greet people coming to the event?

· You could help to serve beers to customers who have paid for tasting sessions?

· Know your way around websites and coding, or systems automation? We need you.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for all aspects of the festival, both before and during it.

Many of you will have skills from your working life that we could use in the organisation of the event or during the event itself. To reassure you, many jobs in these days of electronic communications and the good old fashioned phone don’t involve a lot of time at meetings, so perhaps you could think of offering us a little of your time and helping the campaign at the same time? We’re also keen to recruit deputies – so you could work alongside more experienced members to get a feel of festival organisation.

It’s not all one way

There are benefits to helping organise a beer festival…

· We reward all participants with free beer (or cider).

· Free Volunteers T-shirt.

· Commemorative Volunteers Polo or T-shirt at cost price.

· Free food during set up and take down.

· Organised nights out during set up.

· Some travel and accommodation benefits.

· A volunteer party with food, drink and awards.

· The pride you’ll feel of putting on a nationally-recognised event that attracts more than 13,500 visitors and serves over 62,00o pints.

I promise you that you’ll be very welcome and you’ll make new friends for sure. You can do as little or much as you feel able. If this is for you, or you want to know more, just drop me an email or ring me at the number below. Or, log onto the website and look for

Graham Donning

Festival Organiser

Phone: 07961 886696 Email:

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Wednesday 24th Trade and CAMRA Members only 1630 – 2100.

Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th 2018

Manchester Central Albion Street M1 5LN

A Great Beer Festival!

The second beer festival that the Branch has run was at 53Two, a new, small theatre and event venue opposite Britons Protection, under the Metrolink bridge that runs alongside Manchester Convention Centre (ex GMEX)  – it used to be the old Baur & Millet Car Showroom some years ago
We can say that the event was a success with just 7% of the cask beers remaining at the end of the night and amongst those a selection of some 17 beers (of 73 we started with) still standing! We also had 4 food stalls selling their wares with Beehive Foods’ Scotch Eggs of various sorts (including a full English Breakfast), Just the Cheese, Oddfellows Chocolate and Howdah Snacks with their intriguing take on various Indian snacks.  All very good,   Plus, of course, a selection of various Ciders and Perrys and the odd cocktail or two!
Everybody enjoyed the venue which has a very eclectic feel to it.  With the sun cracking the flags on Saturday afternoon many of our customers sat outside in the sun enjoying their beers and ciders.  A great few days meeting many friends old and new.
Will we be back?  We certainly hope so but in the growing economy of the City of Manchester there are plans to utilise the venue as part of a new shopping centre and accommodation complex.  So, we may be back at this venue, if not we will just have to find another one, somewhere!

Central Manchester Beer Festival 2017 – Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at a CAMRA Beer Festival is great fun!

As you might imagine, putting together and running a beer festival requires a great deal of coordination.  We rely on our volunteers to help make it a success.  If you feel you can help out with the organisation, set-up, or serving on the bar; we’d love to hear from you!

The festival will be open to the public between 12 noon and 9 pm.  We will need staff before and after these times to ensure the festival is set up ready for serving to the public and to help at the end of the evening.

You can complete this registration form: Central Manchester Beer Fest volunteer form 2017 and send it back in to

Alternatively you can complete the online form here: CMBF 2017 Volunteer Form


CMBF 2017 – Volunteering Form

Please Indicate the sessions you are able to work
Festival set up
Festival Open
Festival Open
Festival Open
Festival take-down
We need volunteers for set up and take down. Please consider helping on these sessions if you cannot work any other. Refreshments (Beer, Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice) will be provided where possible. If you volunteer for an open session, please arrive 30 minutes before the start of the session to ensure there are sufficient staff for the festival to open.
By submitting this form you are agreeing to abide by the festival staff guidelines and Health & Safety guidelines, copies of which will be given to you before you start work at the festival.