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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



Saturday 3rd November 2018: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot


Tuesday 18th December 2018: Christmas Markets 2019


Stephen Jones and Ozge Dumencibasi


A wander around the Manchester Christmas Markets for some Mulled Wine, Weiss beer and Bratwurst.



Just turn up


Meet at the Windmill by the Corn Exchange at 18:30 (we will be here until at least 19:15) before meandering through the Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square before finishing on Albert Square.

Saturday 22nd December 2018: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Manchester Cathedral


John Ireland


Manchester Cathedral’s annual pre-Christmas festival of nine lessons and carols, with a little drink afterwards. For full details see - registration by the Eventbrite link on this page is optional and free but it will help the cathedral plan for the number of attendees.


Free admisson, a collection will be taken during the service.


Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX 7.30pm to 9.30pm, meet for 6.45pm outside the Cathedral, going onto Sinclair’s Oyster Bar for a drink afterwards.

This event is likely to be very busy, so early arrival is advised.

Friday 18th January 2019: GRUB Winter Beer Festival


Alex Laver


GRUB invites you to WINTER BEER FEST 2019!

Come join us for a weekend of winter beers, top tastings and belly warming street food!

Facebook Event


Tickets cost £6. Pre-booking is advised.

Alex has bought 5 tickets so contact if you want one.

Otherwise go to the link to buy a ticket yourself - Ticket Site


Friday 19th January from 18.00.

Friday 25th January 2019: Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2019


Stephen Jones


The annual visit to the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival at Manchester Central


£10 entry fee of which £3 is refunded if you return your glass as you leave.

CAMRA members pay the same but receive £4 of vouchers to spend inside.

£1 off for Armed Forces, Emergency Services, NHS Staff and Full time students with valid identification.


1845 on the steps of Manchester Central or find us inside later on.  Updates on our location will be added to the Facebook page on the night.

Saturday 26th January 2019: Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club


Oli Fearn


TV star and current BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Craig Charles takes up his monthly residency and spins the vinyl at iconic Manchester venue Band On The Wall . Also playing live are funk band “Mansion of Snakes”


Note this is a standing event.


Bit of background on the venue.

Band on the Wall has been a cornerstone of Manchester’s thriving music and cultural landscape for the greater part of a century. Their mission is to promote equality and diversity through music and to bring leading artists from around the world to the stage – both at their award-winning Manchester venue and nationally, through touring programmes and trailblazing creative music projects.

The unusual name harks back to the building’s days as The George and Dragon pub in the early 20th Century. Regulars would affectionately refer to the ‘Band on the Wall’ as the place where house musicians quite literally played on a stage halfway up the back wall to make room in the busy pub.


Please arrange tickets independently via link below, and email once you have booked on so as I can keep track of numbers.


Earlybid Tickets are 17.50

Advance 19.50

Full price 23

Door price 25



Meet on licenced premises (Time and Venue TBC closer to the date )  in the Northern Quarter prior to going to Band On The Wall, Swan Street. Doors at the venue open at 9pm.



Saturday 9th March 2019: Daft Punk Party


Jonny Kinnear


Hi I'd like to organise this weekend social at the Black Dog Ballroom by Oxford Road Station.

The plan can be to meet somewhere for drinks beforehand at 7:30pm and the location for this shall be confirmed closer to the time.

The official blurb from the organisers is as follows:

***************DAFT PUNK PARTY***************

A tribute to the music of Daft Punk including all original studio albums and singles and the music that inspired and is inspired by the most prolific Electro duo of all time.

Music from Daft Punk's label, Roule, to Kavinsky, Justice, LCD Soundsystem, Citizens!, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Busy P, Modjo, Prodigy, Moby, Whitest Boy Alive, The Crystal Method, Eric Prydz, Hot Chip, Aphex Twin and so much more all intemixed with A MASSIVE DOSE OF DAFT PUNK JAM.


I'm happy to buy a bunch of tickets (8 or so) and then people can email me to get one or they can buy one direct from the ticket website if I run out:

The cost is £7 per ticket (£6+£1 booking fee).


Saturday 9th March 2019

10pm - 3am

18+ Only ID Required

Black Dog Ballroom NWS

11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP

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