Opening Times

Covering Stockport plus the southern half of Manchester ,Tameside, High Peak, North East Cheshire and Macclesfield

Opening Times is a bi-monthly A4 magazine covering beer, brewers, events and occasions in an area comprising (roughly) the south east of the Greater Manchester conurbation, with a little straying into High Peak and N.E. Cheshire. It is principally produced by the Stockport & South Manchester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Additional material is supplied by the High Peak & NE Cheshire branch and the Macclesfield branch.

The aim is for publication on the first day of the "odd" months, ie January, March, May, July, September & November. We have 7,200 copies printed each month and distribute it to hundreds of outlets.

Out of the area?
Want to guarantee your copy of Opening Times?

Then why not subscribe?

You can have 12 issues sent to your door for £11.00 (to cover postage). Interested? Then please make cheques payable to "Opening Times" and send your details and cheque to:

David Sharpe, 1 Chiltern Drive, Woodsmoor, Stockport, SK2 7BE. Tel 0161 483 3708

November/December 2017 edition

Winter Warmer Wander
CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year
Home Brewers Competition
Book Reviews: 20th Century Pub, by Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey; Real Heritage Pubs of the North West
Drinkers' Voice - Speaking up for drinkers
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
Robbinsons Annual Results
New licensees at the Arden Arms
Pub News and Awards
Brewery Updates
November Pub of the month - Reasons To Be Cheerful in Burnage with Margaret O'Brian
December Pub of the month - Ladybrook in Bramhall with Lawrence Devaney
Stagger - Stockport Town Centre with Peter Edwardson
Stagger Online - Heald Green & Cheadle Hulme with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - Baby You Can Drive My Car; Posing A Problem

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September/October 2017 edition

Stockport Beer Week
Cider Making - Looking after the product
New micro bars: Malt Disley, Disley & Vine Hop, Poynton
Stockport & South Manchester Pub of the Year - Chivington Tap, Cheadle Hulme
Cider Circuit
Arden Arms - Change of landlords
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
CAMRA Discounts - Find out where you can get money off your pint
September Pub of the month - Petersgate Tap, Stockport with Dave Pennington
October Pub of the month - Crown, Heaton Mersey with Peter Butler
Stagger - Northenden with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - Slippery Slope & A More Selective Appeal

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Summer 2017 edition

Home Brewers in action
Macclesfield Pub of the Season
Regional Cider Pub
Hogshead Brewery in Denver by Simon Miller
Manchester Beer Week
Chorlton Beer Festival
Central Manchester Beer Festival
June Pub of the month - Crown, Heaton Moor with Dave Carter
July Pub of the month - Church Inn, Cheadle Hulme with John Sutcliffe
August Pub of the month - Grove Alehouse, Hazel Grove with John Clarke
Stagger One - Stockport Market Place with Dave Pennington
Stagger Two - Burton Road - Jim Flynn checks out the flourishing bar scene
Curmudgeon - Back on the Escalator & Brewer Before Taxman?

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May 2017 edition

Stockport Beer & Cider Festival
Beatnikz Republic brewery
Recent Awards and News from around the region
Stockport Beer & Cider Festival music review
Manchester Beer Audit
Jakes Ale House
Manchester Beer Week
Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival
Pub of the month - The Hope Inn, Heaton Norris
Stagger - Jacksons Lane and Bramhall with Dave Pennington
Curmudgeon - No Magic Bullet

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April 2017 edition

A NEW Beer Festival for Manchester
Mild Magic 2017 - Visit Pubs, Drink Beer, Win Prizes
Arden Unveiling - Blue Plaque for Elizabeth Raffald
In Search of Mild - Tracking down an elusive beer with Margaret O’Brien
Meet the Distiller
Trafford & Hulme Awards
Extensive Pub & Brewery News
Pub of the month - The Blue Bell, Levenshulme
Stagger - Chorlton-on-Medlock and University with Dave Burston
Curmudgeon - Fear of the Dark - Pale Shadow

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March 2017 edition

Pubs of the Year awards
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival review
Meet the Beer Seller
New opening - Reason to be Cheerful
Letters to the Editor
Pub of the month - The Gateway, East Didsbury
Curmudgeon - Collision Course

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February 2017 edition

Stockport & South Manchester Pub of the Year
Neil Richardson Award
CAMRA Discounts
Meet the Brewer - Brendon Hall revisits Steve Dunkley at Beer Nouveau
CAMRA Awards
Pub of the month - The Mounting Stone, Bramhall
Stagger - A meander through Cheadle with Chris Morris
Curmudgeon - A Little Bit of Company

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January 2017 edition

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival returns to Manchester Central
Sudden and sad death of Roger Hall
Extensive Pub & Brewery News
New Micropub - Beer Shed in New Mills
Trafford & Hulme Branch Awards
Beers at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
Davenport Arms (Thief's Neck) - 30 consecutive years in the GBG
High Peak, Tameside & North East Cheshire Branch Awards
No Pub Left - Peter Edwardson on real ale deserts
Salford Branch Awards
Pub of the month - Remedy Bar and Brewhouse, Stockport Market Place
Stagger - Bits of Didsbury with Jim Flynn
Curmudgeon - Can This Be For Real? - Delayed Gratification

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Submitting copy?

Guidelines for submitting information to Opening Times

Each issues is laid out in the first few days of the preceding month, with final copy required by the 10th of that month.
For example, to be included in the April issue, inform the editor by March 1st, with the final copy to the editor by March 10th.

Copy is accepted in most common formats, for example:
     Documents: Word (.DOC or .DOCX), text (.TXT)
     Graphics and photos: .JPG, .PNG, .GIF, .BMP

All graphics should ideally be in hi-resolution, 100% (no compression) format or PDF with fonts included format.


John Clarke, John Clarke, 45 Bulkeley Street, Edgeley, Stockport, SK3 9HD
Tel 0161 477 1973
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The following are for one off adverts, discounts are available for ¼ page and above:
     10% for a run of six or more
     15% for a run of 12 or more
The runs do not have to be consecutive.

Here are the associate sizes.





1/8 page£ 65 90 mm 63 mm
1/4 page£105 90 mm130 mm
1/2 page vertical£175 90 mm270 mm
1/2 page horizontal£175190 mm130 mm
full page£275190 mm270 mm
full page (no border)£275210 mm + bleed297 mm + bleed