Socials

Members arrange a wide variety of social events for the MAD Walkers. If you'd like to host an event, please visit the submission page.

Regular pub socials are held on the 1st Wednesday at Knott Bar, Deansgate.

Apart from the regular pub socials, and certain other events, priority on attending most social events is given to members of MAD Walkers - for full details see our Inclusion Policy


Historical Socials

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2015 Socials

Wednesday 7th January: Knott Bar Social

Organiser:

MAD Walkers

Description:

Come and meet us on our next regular Social Night on Wednesday 5th November at The Knott Bar from 8:30pm onwards.

If you are new to the group, ask for Mad Walkers. More details can be found on the New Members page

Venue/Time:

Knott Bar, Deansgate, from 8.30pm


Wednesday 21st January: Tribeca Social

Organiser:

MAD Walkers

Description:

This is our first social night at Tribeca. If it goes well, then this might become a regular venue, replacing Bluu Bar. Come and find us from 8:30pm onwards.

If you are new to the group, ask for Neil. More details can be found on the New Members page

Venue/Time:

Tribeca, Sackville Street, from 8.30pm


Friday 23rd January: Manchester Beer Festival

Organiser:

Carol Brough

Description:

After the success of last year, I thought a return visit to the Velodrome would be an excellent idea! This year there will be over 500 beers, ciders & perries, and the event will take over the whole velodrome!

Booking:

Just turn up! Entrance is £4 for CAMRA members, £5 for non members. Some concessions are available for NHS staff, students & Metro ticket holders.

Time:

7pm, Meet at the entrance/inside if arriving later.

Venue:

Manchester Velodrome, The National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester M11 4DQ. The velodrome is easily accessible by tram, the Velopark stop is a few minutes walk away. Bus 216 from Piccadilly Gardens also will get you to the Velopark tram stop.


Postponed: Back to the 1920s

Organiser:

Jon Buckland / Mags Fenton

Description:

MAD Walkers is going to travel back in time to the 1920s to Altrincham's Speak Easy bar - Riddles. For all those fans of Boardwalk Empire, Charlie Chaplin and Great Gatsby were going to be dressing up 1920s style. There's a great selection of drinks and cocktails and hopefully a jazz band.

Booking:

Email jwbuckland@Hotmail.com

Venue/Time:

8.30pm, Riddles Bar, Altrincham, WA14 1RZ.


Wednesday 18th February 2015: Regular Tribeca Social

Organiser:

Anthony Helm

Description:

Our regular pub social at Tribeca. If you are new to the group, come along and meet some other members.

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

Tribeca at 8:30pm


Friday 20th February 2015: Mad Manc Cabaret

Organiser:

Dawn Wilson

Description:

A Variety Show hosted by Terry Christian and his alias Monsignor Malachi Mary O’Rourke. The line up is:-

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Aziz Ibrahim -Former Stone Roses guitarist and Ian Brown songwriter who's also written and performed with Paul Weller , Roxy Music and even virtuoso rock super-group Asia.
  • Kerry Leigh - Host of Laughing Cow Comedy
  • Marvin Cheeseman - Comic of poetry. Comedic genius and poetry. Musicians Rachel MacFarlane, Jun Tzu, The Korsairs,The Marivaux

Booking:

Tickets are £17.50, available from the Dancehouse website. Dawn has booked some tickets on row D. Please email Dawn on dawnwilson12@yahoo.co.uk to let her know if you're coming/with any queries.

Venue/Time:

Meeting beforehand at Black Dog NWS at 7pm.

11 - 13 New Wakefield St, Manchester, M1 5NP

Or in the foyer of the Dancehouse at 8.15pm 10A Oxford Road, Manchester M1 5QA.


Friday 6th March 2015: Back to the 1920's

Organiser:

Jon Buckland / Mags Fenton

Description:

MAD Walkers is going to travel back in time to the 1920s starting off at the newly renovated Altrincham market place for a few drinks and then heading to Altrincham's new Speak Easy bar - Riddles. For all those fans of Boardwalk Empire, Charlie Chaplin and Great Gatsby were going to be dressing up (optional) 1920s style. There's a great selection of drinks and cocktails and hopefully a jazz band too.

Booking:

Just turn up

Venue/Time:

7.30pm, Altrincham Market Place (formally the indoor market), WA14 1SA


Wednesday 25th March 2015: Pub Quiz

Organiser:

Helen Morey and Ed Bray

Description:

Much more than your stuffy local pub quiz, Quizimodo is a multi media extravaganza of knowledge and stupidity. Aiming to provide more of a game show than the boring monotony of regular (rubbish) quizzes Quizimodo bring pictionary, funny clips, cracking gags, bizarre cover versions and of course kazoos to create a quiz like no other.

Booking:

Just turn up! Entry is £1 per person to the bar.

Venue/Time:

7pm (the quiz starts at 8, but books up fast so we'll head there earlier and maybe grab some food) at Odd bar, 30-32 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1ER


Saturday 11th April 2015: Wine..(and other drinks!)

Organiser:

Neil Bhattacharyya

Description:

Join us at this relatively new West Didsbury bar offering a superb list of wines by the glass as well as local micro-brewed ales and cask ciders.

Later on in the evening we may explore some of the other bars in the area.

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

8pm at Wine and Wallop – 97 Lapwing Lane, M20 6UR


Sunday 12th April 2015: Derby Day

Organiser:

Jon Buckland

Description:

Join the MAD reds and blues and neutral to watch the second derby day of the football season!

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

3:30pm at The Seven Oaks Pub


Friday 17th April 2015: A Céilí

Organiser:

Jo Harvey

Description:

Have a great night out at a Céilí, with live music and calling by ALBIREO.

No experience necessary since steps are easy to pick up as you follow the caller. The night is in aid of locally-based charities the Pearl Trust and Manchester FoodCycle.

Booking:

Just turn up! Tickets £8 on the door. £4 for children.

Venue/Time:

Doors 8pm - 2am. Dancing until 11, bar until 2.

St Kentigern's Irish Social Club, 36 Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 7DW (Car park accessible from Hart Road)


Friday 24th April 2015: Foodie Friday & Folk Festival at Stockport Market

Organiser:

Simon Bradshaw

Description:

Come and experience Stockport’s historic market place with the monthly Foodie Friday event. Street food and live folk music in the market place, with Irish Music in Seven Miles Out café. The event finishes at 9pm but we can make our way into the fabulous Bakers Vaults pub, serving a wide range of quality beers and wines.

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

7pm inside the Baker’s Vaults pub, Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1ES. The market is only a 5-10 minute walk from Stockport bus and railway stations.


Thursday 7th May 2015: Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Organiser:

Myles Heywood

Description:

Opened in 1939, the shelters were the largest purpose-built civilian air raid shelters in the country designed to provide shelter for up to 6,500 people.

This labyrinth of tunnels under part of the town centre provided shelter, and a way of life for families from in and around Stockport through the dark days of the Blitz. Carved into the natural sandstone cliffs, the intriguing network of underground tunnels offer visitors an unparalleled insight into life in wartime Britain in the 1940s.

We'll be going on an Explorer Tour just for MAD Walkers, visiting parts of the tunnel not accessible in the daytime and covering over half of the length of the tunnels, as opposed to around a quarter on the standard tours. Worth bringing a torch and an extra layer, as it does of course get chilly down there.

No doubt we'll pop round to the pub The Crown afterwards, which is a few hundred yards away, for a pint and to spin tall tales of subterranean survival against the odds!

Booking:

As we need a minimum of 15 people confirmed on the tour for it to go ahead, e-mail secretary@madwalkers.org.uk to register your interest and receive details on how to pay the £7.50 entry fee.

Venue/Time:

7pm at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, 61 Chestergate, Stockport SK1 1NE. This is about a 10-minute walk (mostly downhill) from Stockport train station. For anyone familiar with Stockport Plaza, to get from the Plaza to the Air Raid Shelters, walk 300 yards away from the A6. Note that at 7:10 we will be inside with the doors locked behind us by our tour guide who will be the only member of staff on site. So please be on time


Saturday 16th May 2015: Langley 11

Organiser:

Becky Lea

Description:

Are you willing to take up the challenge? 11 pubs and 15 miles through the beautiful countryside around Macclesfield Forest.

Booking:

If you would like a ticket, please let me know via email at chair@madwalkers.org.uk by 31st March 2015. However you can attend without a ticket, the food just isn't included.

Venue/Time:

Starting at 10:00am in the first pub, the St Dunstan in Macclesfield and finishing at roughly 10:00pm at night. Tickets are £11 and include a breakfast butty in the first pub, lunch and then a chilli in the evening. All proceeds go to charity (usually the East Cheshire Hospice).


Friday 22nd May 2015: ‘Vertigo’ at the Stockport Plaza Cinema

Organiser:

Jason Goy

Description:

Please come and see Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, 1958 psychological thriller, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Vertigo replaced Citizen Kane as the ‘best film of all time’ in in the 2012 British Film Institute's critics' poll. So if you’ve not seen it before now is your opportunity. If you haven’t been to the Plaza then visiting this beautifully restored Grade II listed building is another good reason to come along - it is a really lovely place to watch a film. And if you are the first to see Edwina Currie (she was there last time!) I will buy you an ice cream. We can go to The Crown pub after the film.

Booking:

Just turn up! You can buy online but the fees are high; tickets are £6.50 on the door. Management suggest there shall be plenty of tickets (it seats 1,314) but I advise you get there for 7pm so you have time to buy your ticket and find a seat.

Venue/Time:

The film starts at 7.30pm on Friday 22nd May at the Plaza Cinema, Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP. There is some free parking after 6pm, outside Farm Foods, opposite the cinema. I'll be in the bar from 6.45pm.

For further details please see www.stockportplaza.co.uk


Friday 29th May 2015: Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

Organiser:

Volker Funke

Description:

Famous brass band festival (featured in the film "Brassed Off"), which is also dubbed the "greatest free show on Earth". More than 100 brass bands from around the country and Europe are expected to fill the streets. The bands will be battling it out in 12 villages when they march through in a bid to earn the prize money each village has on offer. Thousands of residents and fans are expected to line the streets as the bands head out from 4pm playing well into the night, with the last performances finishing around midnight. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample food and drinks.

Venue/Time:

Greenfield Train Station at 18:30 - the 17:57 train from Victoria arrives at 18:20. At around 20:30 we will walk from Greenfield to Dobcross. If you plan to join us before or after the suggested meet-up time (I will be there from about 16:30), email me so I can send you my mobile number (volker.funke@gmx.de). The last train back to Manchester leaves Greenfield at 23:27 and arrives at Victoria at 23:54.


Friday 29th May 2015: Stockport Beer Festival

Organiser:

John Ireland

Description:

So, if one social just isn't enough for you, or Brass bands just don't float your boat, we also have the lovely annual stockport beer festival!

Booking:

Just turn up. Admission: £5, £3 for CAMRA members. See http://stockportfestival.org.uk/ for full details and also to buy advance tickets

Venue/Time:

Edgeley Park Stadium,Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD - only 10 mins walk from Stockport Station. Meet at Stockport Station for 7.15pm or at Edgeley Park at around 7.30pm.


Tuesday 9th June 2015: XS Malarkey Comedy Night

Organiser:

Anthony Helm and Stephen Jones

Description:

Join us at Zoo bar for a night of stand up comedy, at the long running XS Malarkey comedy night. The bill usually consists of 4 acts, starting with a newcomer and finishing with a headline act, so expect to cringe at times and cry with laughter at others!

Booking:

Just turn up! Pay on the door £5 standard price, or £3 if you are a member of XS Malarkey comedy club. You can also book tickets online at the XS Malarkey website.

Venue/Time:

Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8:30pm. Venue is Zoo bar, 126 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL. The entrance to the comedy club is at the side of the building on Sydney Street. The venue is right next to Manchester Aquatics Centre on Oxford Road.


Saturday 13th June 2015: Game of Souls

Organiser:

John Waterhouse

Description:

A comedy with music.

After meeting in a lesser part of Hell, two demons decide to play a game of chess using humans as pieces, during which, they try to alter the course of each pieces' destiny. Using comedy and song, our humans, all of whom are high profile famous people, find themselves in awkward situations but is thanks to the meddling demons or do we have full control over our own destinies? Find out for yourselves by coming to see the kind of people you love to hate struggle with their own egos and temptations!

Booking:

Tickets £14.50, available here or contact the Dancehouse Box Office on 0161 832 1111

Venue/Time:

Dancehouse theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester. Meeting beforehand at the Lass o'Gowrie pub, 36 Charles Street. M1 7DB at 6:30pm


Friday 3rd July 2015: Chorlton Beer Festival

Organiser:

John Ireland

Description:

Description: The Annual Chorlton Beer and Cider festival is upon us again. Full details can be found at: http://chorltonbeerfestival.org.uk/

Booking:

Just show up! They've streamlined the ticket system, so tickets are now £10 for entry, glass, programme and £5 of beer tokens.

Venue/Time:

St. Clement's Church, Edge Lane, Chorlton M21 9AE at 7:30pm


Thursday 23rd July 2015: Love's Labour's Lost

Organiser:

Helen Morey/Ed Bray

Description:

A bit of summery culture in Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens. Heartbreak productions regularly host impressive outdoor theatre productions with minimal casts, but plenty of invention. This year, they're taking on the bard. Be prepared for the show to go on whatever the weather (though you can buy undercover tickets too). The play starts at 7.30, but a pre-play picnic (or fish and chips from the excellent nearby chippy) is always a good idea.

Booking:

You'll need to buy tickets in advance from Heartbreak Productions box office. £13.50 for outdoors, £16.50 for undercover. The show will go on, whatever the weather!

Venue/Time:

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Didsbury at 6.30 for a picnic, 7.30 for the play


Saturday 25th July 2015: Bollington Beer Festival

Organiser:

Becky Lea

Description:

Beer festival

Booking:

Tickets are £6, last year this beer festival sold out. Please email Becky for a ticket.

Venue/Time:

Bollington


Saturday 1st August 2015: Transpennine Real Ale Trail

Organiser:

Lee Hesselden & Stephen Jones

Description:

Join us for an evening along the popular Transpennine Real Ale Trail. Starting at Dewsbury, we’ll slowly make our way back to Manchester Piccadilly stopping at a selection of Yorkshire and Lancashire’s best real ale pubs all in close proximity to their respective railway stations.

Dewsbury: West Riding Refreshment Rooms

Situated in the original waiting room on Platform 2, the West Riding has eight real ale hand pumps with beers from microbreweries that change on a daily basis.

Dewsbury to Huddersfield – 16:20 - 16:28

Huddersfield: The Head of Steam

Housed in grade 1 surroundings in the main buildings of Huddersfield railway station, the pub has four large rooms each with their own character.

Huddersfield to Marsden – 17:45 - 17:57

Marsden: Riverhead Brewery Tap

The Riverhead brew-pub opened in 1995, with Ossett Brewery purchasing the site in 2006. The core range of beers are named after local reservoirs, with the height of the reservoir relating to the strength of the beer.

Marsden to Greenfield – 19:28 - 19:36

Greenfield: Railway Inn

Traditional lively local with three different rooms, pool table and jukebox with half a dozen mainly local ales.

Greenfield to Stalybridge – 20:36 - 20:45

Stalybridge: Buffet Bar

Dating from 1885, the unique and famous Victorian buffet bar on the platform has retained its original marble-topped bar, back fittings and welcoming fire. Plenty of excellent ales are on offer.

Stalybridge to Manchester – 21:50 - 22:07

Manchester: Piccadilly Tap

Opened in March of this year and just outside Manchester’s Piccadilly station, the Tap has seven different cask beers and twenty keg beers on tap offering constant rotation and variety.

There’s a couple of options for grabbing a bite to eat enroute. The Head of Steam in Huddersfield serves a selection of burgers, pizzas and pub classics or alternatively on our way to the Riverhead Brewery Tap in Marsden we can stop at The Railway which serves the typical Marston’s menu and has a couple of ales on tap.

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

For those not on the walk during the day, join us in the West Riding Refreshment Rooms at Dewsbury train station - we’re aiming to be at the pub from around 15:30.


Sunday 9th August 2015: Blackpool Air Show

Organiser:

James Brett

Description:

I've had some interest from a few members of the group regarding the Blackpool Air Show. Having attended last year I plan to make a repeat visit. According to their website, the action begins with the Eurofighter Typhoon at 13:33 and finishes when the Red Arrows fly off into the distance at 16:20. The website shows a varied programme including the Breitling Wingwalkers, Chinook helicopter, Battle of Britain fighters (namely the Spitfire and Hurricane), the Douglas Dakota transporter, as well as smaller aerobatic machines. The Vulcan is also listed to display. An experienced pilot provides a commentary throughout, the sea and sky provide a great backdrop to the action.

Dress appropriately for the weather, usual food, drink etc. There is scope for people to do what they want to do afterwards - trains back to Manchester are 16:44, 17:44, 18:40, 19:44, 20:42.

Booking:

The show is free - just turn up! Train from Manchester Airport (10:29) to Blackpool North (arrives 11:59), calling at the through platform at Piccadilly (10:48).

Venue/Time:

The Promenade between the Tower and North Pier - postcode FY1 4BJ is only a short walk from the station. Timings as above.


Saturday 5th September 2015: Metrolink Pub Crawl

Organiser:

Stephen Jones and Steve Rawlins

Description:

Bored drinking in the same pubs all the time?

Armed with a coin and a dice we will take a tour of a completely random selection of Metrolink stops, the coin will decide which direction we go and the dice will decide how many stops we take, we'll then simply get off at that stop and head for the nearest pub!

Booking:

Ticket required - Adult Day Travelcard (off peak) - £5

Venue/Time:

Meet at the Bank Pub (Mosley Street) before 2pm (1pm if you want to join us for some food).

If you want to join us later on, we'll be adding a live commentary of where we are on both the members and public Facebook pages (or just message one of the Steve's).


Friday 11th September 2015: Sale Sport Club Beer Festival

Organiser:

Jon Buckland

Description:

Come and join us for the second Sales Sports Club beer festival.... More details will be provided nearer the time.

Booking:

£10 for entry which includes 3 pints. You can get your ticket in advance by visiting the beer festival website.

Venue/Time:

7PM at Sale Sports Club


Friday 25th September 2015: Spectacular venue for cocktails etc..

Organiser:

Neil Bhattacharyya

Description:

Celebrate the re-opening of the Corn Exchange with drinks at this new and quirky bar set in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

The Cosy Club, Corn Exchange, M4 3TR from 20:00


Sunday 25th October 2015: The Manchester Derby : Round 170

Organiser:

Neil Bhattacharyya

Description:

Red, Blue or neutral join us for a football feast

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

The Seven Oaks, Nicholas Street, M1 4HL, from 13:30 – kick off is at 14:05


Friday 30th October 2015: Didsbury Beer Festival

Organiser:

Neil Bhattacharyya

Description:

Join us for this popular annual event

Booking:

Just turn up! - £5 Admission

Venue/Time:

St. Catherine’s Social Club, School Lane, Didsbury, M20 6HS from 19:00. Didsbury beer festival website


Saturday 31st October 2015: Fab Café

Organiser:

Hugh Winterbottom

Description:

Meet at Bar Fringe at 20.00 and go from there

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

Bar Fringe at 20:00


Saturday 7th November 2015: AGM Dinner

Organiser:

Helen Morey/Becky Lea

Description:

Post AGM social-tasticness! We thought some post AGM socialising would be a good plan and so have the following for you delectation.....

Booking:

All MAD members are invited to the AGM. If you'd like to come to Umami, please email socials@madwalkers.co.uk Feel free to join us at Black Dog Ballroom/Tiger lounge.

Venue/Time:

The annual AGM is taking place at the Deaf Institute from 2.15pm. We are planning to stay at the Deaf Institute until around 6.30pm. We then have a booking for 20 people at Umami on Oxford road from 6.30pm. 8.30pm we'll be heading over to the Black Dog Ballroom on New Wakefield Street, and finally a plan to head on to Tiger lounge for a little dancing.


Friday 11th December 2015: A Christmas Céilí

Organiser:

Jo Harvey

Description:

Have a great night out at a Christmas Céilí, with live music and calling by ALBIREO.

No experience necessary since steps are easy to pick up as you follow the caller. The night is in aid of charities the Pearl Trust and SALVE International

Booking:

Just turn up! Tickets £8 on the door. £4 for children.

Venue/Time:

St Kentigern's Irish Social Club, 36 Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 7DW (Car park accessible from Hart Road)


Saturday 12th December 2015: The MAD Walkers Xmas Party

Organiser:

Helen Morey

Description:

As the great Noddy Holder once said 'It's Christ-mas!'. Well, it's not Christmas yet, but the tickets for the MAD Christmas party are now available! We've booked a private room at the Black Dog Ballroom, with a private bar, music, food, and even some free karaoke!

I'll email people once they've registered, but if you'd like to request any particular music, any dietary issues etc, or just have any questions get in touch at socials@madwalkers.org.uk

Booking:

If you'd like to come along, register your interest by clicking here. Tickets are the bargainous price of £8 for members and £9 for non-members. Full details for payment are on the eventbrite site.

Venue/Time:

Black Dog Ballroom, 11 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP. 8 till late.


Thursday 17th December 2015: Visit to Manchester Xmas Markets

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

Just in case anyone wasn't feeling Chistmassy enough yet, I thought I'd organise a mid-week visit to the Christmas markets. The plan is to grab some food and the obligatory mulled wine then retire to Alberts Schloss later on for another drink or two.

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

Meet at Albert Square under Santa at the town hall door. I'll be there from 7pm and I'll make sure the group stays there for a little while to pick up any latecomers.


Tuesday 22nd December 2015: Festival of 9 lessons and Carols at Manchester Cathedral

Organiser:

John Ireland

Description:

I've done this as a social over the last few years - A traditional Christmas celebration held at Manchester Cathedral, followed by a visit to a good pub.

Booking:

Just turn up.

Venue/Time:

From 6.30pm at Sinclair's Oyster Bar, Manchester M3 1SW, going to Cathedral at 7.15pm - pub afterwards TBC.

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