Famcy a trip across the Pennines to try some new tipples? You're in luck — the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival is back this month to help wash away the January blues.

The four day event will bring breweries from all over the world under one roof at Manchester Velodrome.

A spokesman for the event, organised by CAMRA’s Greater Manchester branches, said: “Breweries have been selected from across the country, from some of the longest established traditional brewers in the country to the very newest and most innovative.”

Heading to the festival? Here's everything you need to know

When is it?

The festival will run January 21-24.

Where is it?

It takes place at the National Cycling Centre at Stuart Street, Eastlands, Manchester.

How do I get there?

The closest train station is Manchester Piccadilly. From Piccadilly Gardens (Stop D) , you can catch the 216 bus to Sportcity, which will take around 10 minutes. Get off at the Visitors Centre to Sportcity, and cross Alan Turing Way, to pass through the Asda Walmart car park, and cross the Stuart Street canal bridge. You will see the entrance to the National Cycling Centre on your right, after crossing the bridge.

The centre also has its own station on the Metrolink — Velopark for National Cycling Centre.

More than 500 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries will be flowing.
More than 500 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries will be flowing.
 

What's on offer?

Drinkers will be spoilt for choice with more than 500 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries flowing.

More than 60,000 pints have been ordered in for this year’s festival - 40 per cent more than at last year’s sell-out event, when more than 10,000 visitors had drunk all 16 bars dry by Saturday afternoon.

This year there will be 19 bars featuring more than 160 UK breweries, who will be showcasing everything from traditional bitters and hoppy IPAs to cutting-edge sours and saisons.

As well as the four main bars, 10 of the north’s most exciting breweries will be also bringing their own bars to the event, including Manchester-based Blackjack, Brightside , Marble and Wilson Potter.

There will also be two cider and perry bars, featuring the likes of Manchester’s Moss Cider Project , Bolton’s Red Bank Cider Company and Dunham Massey Press, plus two world beer bars and a take-home bottle shop.

Plus there's food stall to soak up all the alcohol!

What are the opening times?

The event is open from 4pm to 10.30pm on Wednesday; from noon to 10.30pm on Thursday and Friday; and from noon to 7pm on Saturday.

How much does it cost to get in?

Entry costs £3 each day except after 5pm on Friday, when admission costs £6. There is free entry for CAMRA members every day except Friday evening, when a £4 charge applies.

Do I need tickets?

Tickets for all sessions except Saturday, when it is pay on the door only, are on sale now .