Mild Magic 2018
Friday 6th April to Sunday May 13th

Mild is an endangered species!

Until Hydes Brewery logo 2015 the Manchester region could boast the enviable position of having all four local family brewers producing at least one mild. That is until Robinson's decided to terminate all production of mild. Thankfully Hydes still brews mild and has agreed to sponsor Mild Magic for 2018.

Join us in April and May for this five week long passport trail

Mild Magic Inaugural Meander
Friday April 6

Why not join us on the opening evening (Friday April 6th) and get your first card half filled? We will be using buses (mainly 42, but others are available) to undertake this treck, so an any bus runabout or other suitable ticket/pass would be a good idea.

The starting point is the Ford Madox Brown, 1 Wilmslow Park, Wilmslow Road, M14 5FT just up the road from the Manchester Royal Infirmary, at 7:30pm. We will then use buses to head towards Stockport alighting at a number of Mild Magic pubs. There is a second chance to join up with us at the Victoria, 438 Wilmslow Road, Withington, M20 3BW in the centre of Withington village at at 9:00pm. The meander will then continue towards Stockport town centre calling at as many (or few) Mild Magic pubs as the group desires.

What does Mild Magic entail?

This CAMRA Mild Magic logo National award winning event is at heart a simple passport trail. With a 86 pubs partaking in the 2018 event, we don't ask you to do all of them. "But what do we have to do?" I hear you saying.

The Mild Challenge can be completed on any one of four levels.

To complete Mild Magic, you need to visit 12 different pubs which must also be located in 12 different areas, eg Stockport, West, Didsbury and et cetera. Do plan your visits carefully to ensure 12 areas are visited. Achieving this entitles you to either entry into Stockport's Beer and Cider Festival, or one free pint of mild there if you are already a CAMRA member. In addition to the tickets you will also receive a Mild Magic t-shirt emblazoned with the Mild Magic logo.

Upping the achievement to complete Mild Magic Extra requires 24 pubs in a total of 24 different areas to be visited, i.e. twice as difficult as Mild Magic. This increases your number of entry tickets/pints to two and the shirt is elevated to a polo shirt, again emblazoned with the Mild Magic logo. This is the most popular target, achieved by around 50 people each year.

Now the stakes get higher - Mild Magic Super - this is a little more challenging. Visit as total of 48 different pubs but they only need to be drawn from 36 different areas (but there is nothing stopping you setting a personal target of 48 areas!) For this you will receive a Mild Magic sweat shirt and 4 entry tickets to the Festival (or 4 free pints of mild for CAMRA Members). We hope that this will encourage you to visit pubs new to yourself.

The ultimate challenge is Mild Magic Ultra. To achieve this you need to collect a sticker from all 86 participating pubs. For this you will receive two Mild Magic shirts, both a polo shirt and a sweatshirt plus 6 Festival entry tickets (or 6 pints of mild for CAMRA Members).

No matter which of the above you undertake, here is a fun extra challenge, Mild Magic Scrabble. Each participating pub has an associated letter (see table below) randomly selected from A, C, D, G, I, L or M. The challenge is to collect enough stickers on a card to spell out MILD MAGIC (doesn't have to be in sequence) and you will be rewarded with an extra pint at Stockport Beer & Cider Festival (up to a maximum of 2 extra pints). This applies to everyone irrespective of whether you are a CAMRA member or not. If you decide to participat in this extra challenge, can you please help the organiser by indicating the relevant stickers on your card.

Everyone who participates will also be included in a draw for a visit to Stockport Brewing Company (date to be confirmed).

Having complete Mild Magic your card(s) need to be with the organisers to arrive by the 19th of May, 2018 (only one entry per person). To ensure you receive your tickets and beer vouchers do remember to include a large sized (postcard or A5), stamped and self-addressed, envelope. All garments will be distributed from 6pm onwards on Sunday 1st July at Fred's Ale House, 843 Stockport Road, Levenshulme M19 3PW (or as otherwise agreed). All garments are graced by a bespoke version of the Mild Magic insignia.

Download Mild Magic cards in various formats:   Word | PDF






Unicorn MAltrincham1-7 Ashley Road, Altrincham WA14 2DP
Ash Tree LAshton under Lyne9-11 Wellington Road, Ashton Under Lyne OL6 6DA
Ladybrook Hotel CBramhallFir Road, Bramhall SK7 2NP
Harewood ArmsRestrictMBroadbottom2 Market Street, Broadbottom SK14 6AX
Reasons To Be CheerfulRestrictGBurnage22 Fog Lane, Burnage M20 6EL
Crown CCheadle81 High Street, Cheadle SK8 1AA
White Hart GCheadle90 High Street, Cheadle SK8 1PX
Kenilworth CCheadle HulmeCheadle Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5DX
Platform 5 DCheadle Hulme47 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, Stockport SK8 7AA
Sedge Lynn IChorlton21A Manchester Road M21 9PN
Crown Point Tavern GDenton16 Market Street, Denton M34 2XW
Lowes Arms CDenton301 Hyde Road, Denton M34 3FF
Dog & Partridge CDidsbury North667 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury M20 6RA
Head of Steam GDidsbury North653 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury M20 6QZ
Gateway CDidsbury South882 Wilmslow Road M20 5PG
Olde Cock GDidsbury South848 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury M20 2RN
Wine & WallopRestrictDDidsbury West97 Lapwing Lane, Didsbury M20 6UR
Malt DisleyRestrictMDisley22 Market Street, Disley SK12 2AA
AngelRestrictIDukinfield197 King Street, Dukinfield SK16 4TH
Eccles Cross LEccles13 Regent Street, Eccles M30 0BP
Lamb Hotel AEccles33 Regent Street, Eccles M30 0BP
Friendship Inn DFallowfield351 Wilmslow Road M14 6XS
Great Central LFallowfield306 Wilmslow Road M14 6NL
Horse & Farrier CGatley144 Gatley Road SK8 4AB
Joshua Bradley DGee CrossStockport Road, Hyde SK14 5EZ
Smithy Fold MGlossop EastVictoria Street, Glossop SK13 8HS
Victoria LoungeRestrictIGlossop West1 Bernard Street, Glossop SK13 7AA
Vale CottageRestrictLGortonKirk Street, Gorton, Manchester M18 8UE
Grove AlehouseRestrictGHazel Grove N145 London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4HH
Wilfred Wood AHazel Grove N204 London Road SK7 4DQ
Rising Sun DHazel Grove S2 Buxton Road, Hazel Grove SK7 6AD
Hinds Head LHeatons EastManchester Road, Heaton Chapel, Stockport SK4 2RB
Nursery Inn AHeatons East258 Green Lane SK4 2NA
Griffin CHeatons West552 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey SK4 3AJ
Moortop GHeatons West172 Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor SK4 4DU
Queens CHyde East23 Clarendon Street SK14 2ND
Sportsman DHyde East57 Mottram Road SK14 2NN
Cheshire RingRestrictGHyde West72 Manchester Road SK14 2BJ
Tweed TapRestrictDHyde West3 Hamnett Street, Hyde SK14 2XE
Freds Ale HouseRestrictLLevenshulme843 Stockport Road, Levenshulme M19 3PW
Crown & Kettle AManchester East2 Oldham Road, Manchester M4 5FE
Pie & Ale DManchester EastThe Hive, Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN
SmithfieldRestrictCManchester East37 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ
Ape and Apple DManchester North28 John Dalton Street M2 6HQ
Crown & Anchor AManchester North6 Cateaton Street M3 1SQ
Moon Under Water LManchester North68-74 Deansgate M3 2FN
Grey Horse IManchester South80 Portland Street M1 4QX
Old Monkey AManchester South90 Portland Street M1 4GX
Piccadilly Tap CManchester SouthPiccadilly Station Approach, Manchester M1 2GH
City Arms LManchester West48 Kennedy Street M2 4BQ
Paramount AManchester West33 Oxford Street M1 4BH
Waterhouse AManchester West71 Princess Street M2 4EG
Spring GardensRestrictDMarple Bridge89 Compstall Road, Marple Bridge SK6 5HE
Samuel OldknowRestrictGMarple22 Market Street, Marple SK6 7AD
Park Inn MMonton142 Monton Road, Monton M30 9QD
Beer ShedRestrictMNew Mills47b Market Street, New Mills SK22 4AA
Chalkers Snooker ClubRestrictINew Mills NewtownRedmoor Mill, Buxton Rd SK22 3JT
Crown Inn MNorthenden19 Ford Lane, Northenden M22 4WE
Bishop Blaize GOld Trafford708 Chester Road M32 0SF
Kingfisher IPoyntonLondon Road South SK12 1NJ
Jake's Ale House GRomiley27 Compstall Road, Romiley SK6 4BT
Ford Madox Brown MRusholmeWilmslow Pk, Wilmslow Rd M14 5FT
J P Joule LSale2a Northenden Road M33 3BR
Volunteer Hotel ISale81 Cross Street M33 7HH
Old Plough MSale West56 Green Lane M33 5PG
New Oxford GSalford11 Bexley Square M3 6DB
Bridge BeersRestrictMStalybridge North55 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge SK15 2JJ
Station Buffet Bar LStalybridge NorthRailway Station SK15 1RF
Crafty PintRestrictIStalybridge South41 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge SK15 2JJ
Society Rooms LStalybridge South49-51 Grosvenor St SK15 2JN
Calverts Court AStockport East13 St Petersgate Stockport SK1 1EB
Petersgate TapRestrictIStockport East19a St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1EB
Remedy BarRestrictDStockport East10-11 Market Place, Stockport SK1 1EW
Hope Inn AStockport North118 Wellington Road North SK4 2LL
Railway CStockport North1 Avenue Street, Portwood SK1 2BZ
Crown Inn LStockport South154 Heaton Lane SK4 1AR
FairwayRestrictDStockport South137 Higher Hillgate, Heaviley SK1 3HR
Ye Olde VicRestrictAStockport South1 Chatham Street, Edgeley, Stockport SK3 9ED
Morning Star ISwinton520 Manchester Road, Wardley M27 9QW
Quarry Bank Inn ITimperley151 Bloomsbury Lane, Timperley WA15 6NY
Tim Bobbin MUrmston North41 Flixton Road, Urmston M41 5AN
Lord Nelson IUrmston South49 Stretford Road, Urmston M41 9LG
Goyt InnRestrictMWhaley Bridge North8 Bridge Street, Whaley Bridge SK23 7LR
Drum & MonkeyRestrictIWhaley Bridge South62 Chapel Road, Horwich End, Whaley Bridge SK23 7LB
Old Hall MWhitehoughVillage centre SK23 6EJ
Victoria AWithington438 Wilmslow Road M20 3BW

To help you find all the participating pubs, please use this interactive Google map

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Stockport Beer & Cider Festival

A right fine bash to finish off May!

When is it held?

Annually at the end of May or beginning of June. The start is always the first Thursday after the Late May Bank Holiday.This year the dates are Thursday 1st June to Saturday 3rd June 2017. It is now the largest local CAMRA festival in Greater Manchester and one of the top five in the North of England.

What does the Festival offer?

First and foremost a wide selection of fine cask ales sourced from around Britain. We try to keep at least two examples of all endangered beer styles eg mild, stout and etcetera available for drinking at all times so there should be something to tickle your fancy.

Secondly (but this does not mean second class) an overwhelming range of ciders and perrys. This year we had in excess of 50 varieties available, ranging from pleasantly sweet to astonishingly dry. Who says Magners is the pinnacle of cider, and as for cidré, don't get us going. Cider makers are starting to spring up all over the British Isles, even "up eer int' North" so why not come along and try a Chesher or Lancashire example?

Is it just about drinking?

No! We can also sell you a souvenir t-shirt, a variety of books or you could even join CAMRA and get complimentary free beer on us. Why not have a go on our tombola, plenty of beery prizes to be won. Our charity also bring along a complementary selection of goods.

So it's all about buying?

No! All sessions have accompanying musical entertainment ranging, in the last few years, from a 25/30 piece ladies choir to heavy rock bands with blues, folk jazz and everything else in between. The music suit is situated downstair (at football pitch level) adjacent to dining area, it will be well signposted

If all this sounds too much why not just sit out on the terraces (we are in Stockport County's ground so there are plenty of seats to go around) and watch the world go by or the grass grow! If you are a plane spotter we are excellently placed to watch aircraft incoming to Manchester Airport.

Who runs this worthy event?

Primarily members of the Stockport and South Manchester Branch of CAMRA together with assistance from the High Peak, Trafford & Hulme and other nearby branches. New members of staff are always very welcome, for more information contact Pete Farrand at

Want to know more?

Visit the dedicated website at