CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival 2009 in Manchester

Ale aficionados from across the UK are preparing for the 2009 Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) National Winter Ales Festival, which takes place in the heart of Manchester in January.

Located at New Century House – and therefore placing it perfectly for people staying in Manchester’s city centre – the four-day event will see a total of 200 British and foreign beers, ales and ciders on display for visitors’ delectation.

Graham Donning, the organiser of the event, states that given the huge success of the festival in 2008, the amount of ale ordered has been increased in order to slake the thirst of visitors to the 2009 exhibition.

Sponsors of the show include the Manchester Evening News, JD Wetherspoon and Budvar UK.

Ticket info:

There is no need to purchase tickets for the event in advance, CAMRA explains, noting that they can be bought on the door. However, given the popularity of the show in recent years, queuing may be required at busy times.

Tickets are priced from 2GBP to 5GBP and the show is open from Wednesday January 21st to Saturday January 24th.On Wednesday and Thursday it is open between 16:00 and 22:30 and on Friday and Saturday between 12:00 and 22:30.

For beer fans attending the festival and staying over in one of the UK’s most exciting cities there is a wide variety of Manchester Hotels to choose from. Situated right in the heart of the city centre the Ramada Manchester Piccadilly, rated 3 stars, has standard doubles / twins inclusive of breakfast available from 70GBP.

Another deal to note is the highly rated Malmaison hotel which is located in the centre of Manchester and is within easy walking distance of all the major attractions. The hotel is offering standard double rooms at 109GBP per night. can recommend the Radisson Edwardian or the funky Abode Manchester if festival goers want to soothe their sore heads in the morning at a luxurious hotel.