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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2016 Socials

Friday 22nd January 2016: Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Organiser:

Chris Barstow

Description:

Manchester's largest beer and cider festival has re-located to Manchester Central, having previously been hosted by the Velodrome. Over 500 beers, ciders and perries will be available to sample including several from local up-and-coming breweries including Cloudwater, Track, Squawk and Black Jack.

Booking:

Just turn up. Tickets are £6 on the door with a £3 deposit for a pint glass.

Venue/Time:

We'll be there from 7pm. Manchester Central (the old G-MEX).


Friday 29th January 2016: Junkyard Golf at the Great Northern Warehouse

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

Crazy golf with a difference! Nine holes filled with obstacles made out of weird and wonderful junk, apparently including a mind-bending UV techno section.. There are cocktails, hot dogs and a DJ to boot. We can move on elsewhere for a drink afterwards if people want to.

Booking:

Tickets are £7 and can be booked online. I strongly advise booking as soon as you can as it was really popular when it ran before Christmas. Here is the link: http://junkyardgolf.eventgenius.co.uk/events/Junkyard-Golf-29/index.html I've booked the 20:20 slot for course 2 (Gertrude). Please ensure you book the same time slot and course so we can all play together!

Venue/Time:

Meet from 7.45pm at B.EAT Street, Manchester, M3 4EN to play at 8.20pm.


Saturday 6th February 2016: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Stockport

Organiser:

Andrew Forbes

Description:

Join Andrew after the walk he is leading the same day or just turn up for the social. The programme of films is

  • A line across the sky - winner of the best climbing film
  • Curiosity - ultra-marathon
  • Denali - the special relationship between man and his dog
  • Pretty Faces - all female ski film
  • Unbranded - winner of the best peoples' film about a 3000 mile horse drive
  • Unreal - mountain biking

Booking:

Tickets are £11 + booking fee. See http://www.banff-uk.com/event/stockport-red-films/ for details.

Venue/Time:

I'll be at the Bakers Vaults from 6.30pm onwards and we'll meet outside the front entrance of the Stockport Plaza at 7.15pm. Let me know on adrw_frbs@hotmail.com if you intend to come along. The Plaza is near Stockport train station and Stockport bus station.


Friday 3rd March 2017: Curry night at The Great Kathmandu, West Didsbury

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

What better way to start the weekend than with a curry? And The Great Kathmandu does some of the best! We can then head to one of the bars on Burton Road for a drink afterwards.

Booking:

I've booked a table for 20. If you would like to come, please email me on socials@madwalkers.org.uk before Wednesday 24th February so I can confirm final numbers with the restaurant in advance.

Venue/Time:

Table booked for 7.30pm. The Great Kathmandu, 140 Burton Road, M20 1JQ


Friday 18th March 2016: Karaoke at Lucky Voice

Organiser:

Gemma Wilson and Becky Lea

Description:

Three hours of karaoke fun! Gemma and Becky have reserved a private karaoke pod for 16 people at the Lucky Voice pods in Tiger, Tiger. Meet for drinks from 7pm to build up some karaoke courage. Booth booked from 8-11pm.

Booking:

Places need to be booked in advance. Please email Gemma on gemmakatiewilson@hotmail.com if you wish to attend. The cost is £10 per person and this will need to be transferred to the MAD bank account by 5th March. Gemma will send you details of how to do this.

Venue/Time:

8-11pm - (drinks from 7pm); Lucky Voice, Tiger Tiger, The Printworks, Manchester, M4 2BS.


Sunday 20th March 2016: Their Last Manchester Derby Day?

Organiser:

Neil Bhattacharyya

Description:

Pellegrini is going at the end of the season, will United manager LVG also be on his way out? Red, Blue or neutral join us for a football feast

Booking:

Just turn up!

Venue/Time:

The Seven Oaks, Nicholas Street, M1 4HL, from 15:30 – kick off is at 16:00 http://www.thesevenoaks.co.uk


Sunday 27th March 2016: Pub meal and charity quiz in Bollington

Organiser:

Becky Lea

Description:

Following on from John Ireland's walk to Bollington, we will be going to The Crown (Bollington) for a traditional pub meal at 6:00pm, followed by a pub quiz at the Poachers Inn at 8.30. The quiz is in aid of the charity I work for - the Bridgend Centre in Bollington and costs just a donation amount of your choice.

Buses from Bollington to Macclesfield are hourly and the last one at 11:36pm. Taxis are also reasonably priced when being shared. The last train from Macclesfield to Manchester is 11:36pm.

Booking:

Please email beckysarahlea@hotmail.com to let me know if you plan to come.

Venue/Time:

The Crown (Bollington) for a traditional pub meal at 6:30pm and The Poachers Inn for the quiz at 8.30


Wednesday 30th March 2016: Strawberry Studios Stockport social

Organiser:

Jason Goy

Description:

The Plaza Cinema in Stockport is hosting an event to celebrate the music produced at Stockport's Strawberry Studios. Music by The Smiths, Joy Division, Stone Roses, The Ramones, Buzzcocks etc. And there was the good stuff too: 2 albums by Neil Sedaka!

Hosted by Clint Boon, a bunch of Manchestery/Stockporty bands will be playing covers of the greatest hits from Strawberry Studios.

Sorry it's a Wednesday night but it's a good chance to hear some great music in its home town, and an opportunity to help Seven Miles Out Arts Centre.

Flyer for the event: Page 1 | Page 2
Here's a nice potted history of Strawberry Studios : http://www.strawberrynorth.co.uk/history.htm

Booking:

Tickets can be bought online: http://www.sevenmilesoutarts.co.uk/strawberry-studios-stockport

Venue/Time:

7.30pm at Stockport Plaza Cinema, Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP


Friday 1st April 2016: 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 www.thepearltrust.org.uk and Manchester FoodCycle www.foodcycle.org

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 22nd April 2016: Charity Céilí

Organiser:

Sally Grimwood

Description:

Come and support a charity ceilidh to raise funds for Kath, a fellow MAD walker who has cancer, to enable her to access treatment currently not available on the NHS. It'll be a fun night with lots of dancing. There will also be great raffle prizes on the night

Booking:

Tickets £5 in advance online and in person (£6 on the door) https://event.bookitbee.com/6218/charity-ceilidh

Venue/Time:

7.45pm. St Kentigern's Irish Club, 36 Wilbraham Road, M14 7DW


Friday 29th April 2016: Foodie Friday and 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 music in the market place as part of the annual folk festival. The event finishes at 9pm but we can make our way into the Bakers Vaults pub, Seven Miles Out or Remedy Bar & Brewhouse.

Booking:

Just turn up

Venue/Time:

7pm in 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 12th May 2016: An Evening with Hawkshead Brewery

Organiser:

Arthur Embleton

Description:

The Knott bar is hosting an evening with Hawkshead brewery. Meet the brewer and enjoy 5 halves of their beer and a toad in the hole with onion gravy.

Booking:

£10 in advance. You can buy your ticket at the Knott Bar. You might be able to phone them on 0161 839 9229. When you've got your ticket, email me - arthur@blerg.net so that I know to expect you.

Venue/Time:

The Knott bar at 7PM


Friday 13th May 2016: Manchester Monopoly

Organiser:

Mike Dent

Description:

Based on the board game, the objective is to 'collect' properties by photographing your team mates by various street and station signs around town. Then there's community chest - follow the instructions on the card...

Booking:

Please email webmaster@madwalkers.org.uk so I know how many boards to produce.

Venue/Time:

7.20 at Exchange Square, by Selfridges - please note we will be leaving in various directions shortly after this.


Friday 20th May 2016: 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.

Booking:

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 (or check the Mad Walkers Members Facebook page for it). The last train back to Manchester leaves Greenfield at 23:27 and arrives at Victoria at 23:54


Monday 23rd May 2016: Cheese tasting at Homage2Fromage

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

I've been to this event before and it's great fun! Homage2Fromage is a very informal cheese-tasting where you get to try 8 different cheeses each month. This month the theme is ScanderGerDutch so we'll be tasting lots of cheeses from Northern Europe. Please come hungry - there will be a lot of cheese!

Booking:

Tickets must be booked in advance and cost £12 for non-members: http://www.clubhomage2fromage.co.uk/products/special Please email me on socials@madwalkers.org.uk to let me know once you've booked your ticket so I know how many people to expect.

Venue/Time:

Meet from 6.30pm ready to start cheese-tasting at 7pm. Bakerie, 45 Lever Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1FN


Friday 3rd June 2016: Stockport Beer Festival

Organiser:

John Ireland

Description:

It's a beer festival. It's at Edgeley Park Football Ground in Stockport.

Booking:

Just turn up. Admission: £5, £3 for CAMRA member

Venue/Time:

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


Saturday 2nd July 2016: Macclesfield Real Ale pub crawl (other beverages are available)

Organiser:

Becky Lea

Description:

The organisers will meet you at Macclesfield train station at 17:00 and will take you to our first stop, Brewtique, which is a beer bottle shop with a twist. The next stops will be:
6:15pm Red Willow
7:15pm Snow Goose - where we will have food. This will be either vegetarian cassouleut or beef chilli and will be £8.95
8:45pm The Wharf (where they have live music)

Trains back to Manchetser at 22:12, 22:21, 22:48, 23:08, 23:39

Booking:

Just turn up. If you would like to reserve food, please let Michele know by email richter.michele86@gmail.com by Tuesday 28th June.

Venue/Time:

17:00 at Macclesfield Train Station. Train from Manchester Piccadilly at 16:35, arrives Macclesfield 16:55


Sunday 3rd July 2016: Didsbury Comedy Club

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

Didsbury Comedy Club is a cheap and cheerful monthly comedy night that's always worth a visit but especially so this month as Justin Moorhouse and Rob Rouse will be previewing their Edinburgh shows. More info here: http://iwantacomedynight.com/comedy-clubs/the-didsbury-comedy-club/

Booking:

Buy your own ticket here: http://www.wegottickets.com/location/4838. Tickets only cost £7 but usually sell out in advance.

Venue/Time:

Meet from 7pm at Didsbury Cricket Club, 860 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2ZY.

There is plenty of parking at the venue. Public transport-wise, the tram stop is nearby or busses 42/142 stop outside. Best to get there early to avoid sitting on the front row!


Friday 8th July 2016: Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival

Organiser:

Neil Bhattacharyya

Description:

Join us for this popular annual event

Booking:

Just turn up! – Entrance fee £10 including festival entrance fee, your festival glass, a copy of the festival programme and £4 of drinks tokens.

Venue/Time:

St. Clement’s Church, Edge Lane, M21 9AE from 19:00 http://chorltonbeerfestival.org.uk


Friday 29th July 2016: Caribbean Cocktail Night

Organiser:

Siobhan Burke

Description:

It's payday, it's Friday and it's 2 for 1 on cocktails. Need I say more? If we can't get a proper summer here in Manchester then at least we can get a taste of the Caribbean here at home.

Booking:

Just turn up but 2 for 1 ends at 7pm so join me early for the best deal! It'll probably be very busy too!

Venue/Time:

From cocktail hour onwards... Turtle Bay Manchester NQ, 46-50 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LE https://goo.gl/maps/QWaFb


Sunday 7th August 2016: Blackpool Air Show

Organiser:

James Brett

Description:

Blackpool hosted the UK’s first official air show in 1909. Those from MAD who attended the show last year seemed to enjoy it - enough to ask me if there will be a repeat visit organised this year. The first planes announced to fly at the 2016 show include the Typhoon (afterburners and all!), Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber, as well as the world famous Red Arrows display team. 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 - last year we went for a ride on a heritage tram and had a meal. Regular trains back to Manchester - 16:40, 17:11, 17:40, xx:11 and xx:40 to 20:40, then 21:40.

Booking:

The show is free - just turn up! Train from the through platform at Piccadilly (10:46) to Blackpool North (arrives 12:03). Some people drove there last year and found unrestricted parking. Any questions or to meet in the crowd text 07804 479152.

Venue/Time:

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


Friday 19th August 2016: The Moss Trooper

Organiser:

Anil and Rhiannon

Description:

A few of the walkers are meeting up at the Moss Trooper for drinks on Friday 19th August 2016 for 8ish.

Booking:

Just turn up.

Venue/Time:

The Moss Trooper, Moss Ln, Altrincham WA15 6JU


Saturday 20th August 2016: Murder On The Terrace

Organiser:

Ed Bray

Description:

Come see Heartbreak Productions perform a humour laden murder-mystery in Fletcher Moss Gardens.

From Heartbreak Productions website: The scene is set – A respectable garden party to celebrate Lord Cava’s retirement and the handing over of his sparkling wine empire to his nephew, Charles Standen-Delliver. It is no secret that Charles intends to shut down the business and convert Lord Cava’s Manor (The Cavary) into a conference centre. Unsurprisingly, Charles is later found dead, poisoned, clutching Percival – Lord Cava’s beloved pet parrot. The garden party is thrown into disarray, the sardonic Inspector Back arrives to investigate and the twists and turns of a whodunit both puzzle and entertain alongside dangerous amounts of humour. Can you solve the mystery?

Booking:

Book your own ticket at http://www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk/show/murder-on-the-terrace/ I've played it safe and opted for under-covering 'Premium' seating.

Venue/Time:

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens. The play begins at 7:30, but I will be there by 7:00 to enjoy a picnic beforehand.


Friday 26th August 2016: Stockport Fringe Festival and Foodie Friday

Organiser:

Simon Bradshaw

Description:

Come and experience Stockport’s historic market place with the monthly Foodie Friday event, this month as part of the 3rd annual Fringe Festival, which takes place over the bank holiday weekend. Street food, live music and entertainment in the market place and in various venues around the square.

Booking:

Just turn up.

Venue/Time:

7pm in 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.


Friday 2nd September 2016: 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 www.thepearltrust.org.uk and Manchester FoodCycle www.foodcycle.org

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 22nd September 2017: Salford Pub Crawl

Organiser:

Aidan McGrath

Description:

A four stop pub crawl in Salford consisting of The Crescent, The New Oxford, Salford Arms, and The Black Lion.

Booking:

Just turn up.

Venue/Time:

Meet at 7.30pm at Salford Crescent train station


Thursday 28th September 2017: Glossop Folk Train

Organiser:

John Ireland

Description:

Enjoy an evening of Old English song and tunes with Chorlton’s very own Beech Band http://www.folkatthebeech.org taking the train from Piccadilly to Glossop Labour Club and back.

Booking:

Just turn up.

Venue/Time:

Manchester Piccadilly from 18.30 for train at 18:48, returning for 22.10. Return ticket to Glossop is £4.80.


Friday 30th September 2016: Altrincham Night Out

Organiser:

Jon Buckland & Mags Fenton

Description:

Night out in Altrincham

Booking:

Just turn up.

Venue/Time:

8pm Costellos Goose Green


Saturday 22nd October 2016: Messing in boats

Organiser:

Mike Dent

Description:

Take to the water on a cruise around Manchester. We head along the Bridgewater Canal, through Pomona Lock into the Manchester Ship Canal and onward to Salford Quays and Media City. The 3 hour trip includes live commentary and a bar serving refreshments.

Booking:

£18, payable via Quay Tickets. Please also email webmaster@madwalkers.org.uk to let me know you are coming.

Afterwards, I'm planning on heading round to Dukes for lunch. Let me know if you'd like to come along and I will book a table.

Venue/Time:

10.40 for 11.00am departure. I don't know how busy it gets, so we can grab seats together if we're early. The basin, outside 'Castlefield Hotel'.


Friday 28th October 2016: Didsbury Beer Festival

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

Didsbury's 9th annual beer festival with 100+ beers, ciders & perries. Food also available inside. http://didsburybeerfestival.org.uk

Booking:

Just turn up! Entrance is £5 on the door.

Venue/Time:

St Catherine's Social Club, School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6HS. The venue is 5 minute walk from Didsbury Village tram stop. I'll wait outside from 7-7.15pm to meet people before heading in. Otherwise join us inside!


Saturday 12th November 2016: AGM: The After Party

Organiser:

Kate Atty & Becky Lea

Description:

So you've done Arthur's walk and voted at the AGM, now it's time to round off the evening with a social. We've booked a table at the Indian Tiffin Room at 6pm which serves amazing dosas and lots of other yummy Indian street food (a bit different to your normal curry!). We'll then move on to the Liquor Store for drinks and then FAB cafe for those who are still standing!

To look at the menu in advance, please click here.

Booking:

A deposit of £5 per person is required by the restaurant. This will be taken off your bill when paying at the restaurant on the night. Please email socials@madwalkers.org.uk if you wish to attend and Kate will send you details of how to pay this deposit and reserve your spot. There are 25 places available.

Venue/Time:

6pm at Indian Tiffin Room, 2 Isabella Banks Street, First Street, Manchester, M15 4RL

If you just want to join us for drinks, I have reserved an area from 8.15pm at the Liquor Store, 1 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester, M15 4RA


Friday 2nd December 2016: Ice-skating at Winter Gathering

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

Come and ice-skate in the fabulous courtyard setting of the London Road Fire Station. Organised as part of The Winter Gathering festival, there will also be street food stalls, bars, markets and live music.

Booking:

I have booked 8 ice-skating tickets as part of the pre-launch sale for the cheaper price of £10 rather than £15. Email me on socials@madwalkers.org.uk if you would like one and I will let you know payment details. http://manchestericerink.co.uk/

Venue/Time:

I've booked to skate at 21.00. I'll be there at 19.15 and will wait until 19.30 before going in so we can have a drink first and have plenty of time to get our skates etc although if you cant get there until a bit later that's fine. Meet outside the London Road Fire Station, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PH. Apparently it's 1 minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly!


Friday 9th December 2016: A Christmas 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 www.thepearltrust.org.uk and SALVE International http://www.salveinternational.org who will also be selling Christmas gifts and snacks.

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


Saturday 17th December 2016: MAD Walkers' Christmas Party

Organiser:

Kate Atty

Description:

Join us for a festive knees-up at our annual Christmas Party! We have booked a private room with its own bar. Festive canapés are included in the ticket price.

Booking:

This event is now fully booked.

Venue/Time:

The Pen and Pencil, 57 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 2EJ. From 7.30pm.


Thursday 22nd December 2016: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Manchester Cathedral

Organiser:

John Ireland

Description:

Manchester Cathedral’s annual pre-Christmas festival of nine lessons and carols, with a little drink afterwards. For full details see http://www.manchestercathedral.org/events/1441/a-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols - registration by the Eventbrite link on this page is optional and free but it will help the cathedral plan for the number of attendees. A collection will be taken during the service.

Booking:

See above.

Venue/Time:

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX 7.30pm to 9.30pm, meet for 7.00pm outside the Cathedral, going onto Sinclair’s Oyster Bar for a drink afterwards.

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