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North West Champion Golden Ale 2017

This afternoon at Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival, a panel of judges sampled the eight finalists in the North West Golden Ales round of CAMRA’s Champion Beer Of Britain competion.
The results were:

GOLD: Hawkshead – Cumbrian Five Hop

SILVER: Marble – Pint

BRONZE: Cumbrian Legendary Ales – Langdale
Congratulations to all the finalists :
Cumbrian Legendary Ales –  Loweswater Gold
Hawkshead – Iti
Hawkshead – Windermere Pale
RedWillow – Headless
Stringers – Yellow Lorry

Almost time for a beer (or 100)

After 6 months of planning, it’s festival week.

Here’s a quick run down of all you need to know. For more details on any of the info below, click here

Opening Times


You can pay on the gate at all sessions.

However, you can beat the queues with advance tickets for Thursday & Friday available here. There are no advance tickets for Saturday only as it is a full day session with people free to come and go subject to site capacity.

There is also a three day weekend pass for the price of two days available for advance purchase only. Click here to buy.


£10 per day including souvenir glass, festival programme and £4 beer token. Customers visiting a second day and bringing back their own souvenir glass can opt for an additional £2 of beer tokens instead of a second glass.

A three day pass is £20 including glass, programme & £8 tokens.

We would encourage all attendees to have cash ready but it will be possible to pay for entry and buy additional beer tokens by card at the entrance gate.

CAMRA Members

No discount on entry, but CAMRA members can claim a free half pint from the CAMRA desk in the car park.

Beers & Ciders

We have an amazing choice of well over 100 draught beers available across cask & keg. You can see a full list here

This includes over 20 beers suitable for vegetarians and vegans and a choice of gluten free ales – click here for details

There will also be over 50 ciders and perries and a full range of bottled world beers available from the bars in the car park area.


There will be a full range of food options available every day. Click here for details


Well behaved dogs are welcome (not in the beer halls). Water will be provided at the CAMRA desk


Well behaved children are welcome on Saturday until 7pm. A range of children’s activities organised by Chorlton Primary School PTA will be on offer.

Pass outs

Pass outs are allowed. You must continue to wear your wristband. If you choose to leave the site, re-entry will be subject to capacity at time of return. If site is full, entry will be one out, one in.

Drink with the stars – Astronomy at Chorlton Beer Festival

On Thursday 6th July, we bring something completely different to the festival.

We will welcome world renowned astronomer Karl Gordon to the festival to present a talk on astronomy’s most cutting edge project.

Karl is part of the team that will run the new James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in October 2018. The telescope is the successor to Hubble, and promises to deliver equally amazing images, but has a fundamental difference; this telescope works primarily in infra-red, and will be able to see through the clouds of dust that obscure Hubble’s instruments view, allowing us to view in greater detail the formation of stars across the cosmos.

Karl is an avid beer drinker and brews in his own right, so we when we heard he was coming from America to visit our festival, we couldn’t let the occasion pass.

Karl will give a half hour presentation on the James Webb Space Telescope in the upper church hall at 7.30pm, followed by time for questions (and beer of course).


If you are heading to the Blue Dot at Jodrell Bank over the festival weekend, this is your perfect warm up.

Entry to the talk will be on a charitable donation basis (tickets to the festival must be purchased separately). Spaces are on a first come first seated basis and will be limited due to the size of the hall.

NASA’s page on the James Webb Space Telescope can be found here:

Karl maintains his own page on astronomy at