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Bails and Ales Drinks Festival is coming to Emirates Old Trafford

Bails and Ales Drinks Festival is coming to Emirates Old Trafford

A two-day drink and sport festival is coming to Manchester

Sports fans are being offered the chance to enjoy a two-day summer drinks festival in Manchester, combining live cricket with the FIFA World Cup final.

Hosted by Lancashire Cricket Club at Emirates Old Trafford, the ‘Bails and Ales Festival’ kick-starts with the Club’s Vitality Blast T20 fixture against Derbyshire Falcons on Saturday 14 July.

Supporters will then be able to use their matchday ticket to access the vibrant Foster’s Fan Village for a large screening of the FIFA World Cup on Sunday 15 July, as well as a Lancashire second XI friendly fixture against Nottinghamshire where James Anderson will make his comeback from injury.


Supported by Heineken, up to 20 beers will be available throughout the weekend, as well as a range of gins and soft drinks. Emirates Old Trafford will also come alive with music acts, street performers, interactive games and activities.

The premium cask ales and craft beers from local Manchester breweries, such as JW Lees, Frederic Robinson’s and Joseph Holt, include Theakstons Lightfoot, Robinsons Trooper and JW Lees Manchester Pale Ale. Steven Croft, Lancashire Cricket all-rounder, will have his own pale ale, Crofty’s, available.


Adults can get their hands on tickets for Lancashire Lightning’s home game against Derbyshire from just £8, with kids starting from £1 - enabling them to access the fun all weekend.

Football fans who would only like to enjoy the ‘Bails and Ales Festival’ on Sunday 15 June, for the FIFA World Cup final and the Lancashire second XI fixture, can gain access for FREE.

Gates open from 1pm on Saturday 14 July, before Liam Livingstone’s Lightning side take on Derbyshire in the third Vitality Blast home game of the season at 2:30pm. 

The live entertainment two-day line-up includes Manchester bands; The Claremonts, Plastic House, Flynt and Under the Covers, as well as interactive family activities with Club mascot, Lanky.

Guests will also be able to win their height in beer, and a range of other great prizes, during on-the-spot competitions throughout the weekend.

Lancashire Cricket Club CEO, Daniel Gidney, said: “Bails and Ales is back – but this year we’re going bigger than ever, with a huge screening of the FIFA World Cup final.

“We’re proud to have great relationships with Heineken and our local brewers, so the festival will offer the very best in Lancashire ales and lagers. Add this to the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of a Vitality Blast fixture and you’re on your way to a memorable day at Emirates Old Trafford.

“Whether you’re a T20 regular, new to cricket or simply looking for an exciting place to watch the FIFA World Cup final, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Lancashire Cricket all-rounder, Steven Croft, said: “I’m really chuffed to know that Lancashire fans will be able to enjoy my own pale ale at Emirates Old Trafford during the Bails and Ales festival – it should be a great atmosphere!

“The brew was produced with Lytham Brewery for my Testimonial Year and 5p of every pint will go towards two charities close to my heart – Blackpool’s Brian House Children’s Hospice and the Professional Cricketers Association’s Benevolent Fund.”

Heineken Regional Sales Director, Graeme Nicholson, said: ““We have a fantastic relationship with the team at Emirates Old Trafford and events such as the beer festival cement those links.

“I’m glad we can partner together on Bails and Ales so that more people can experience the great facilities on offer at such an iconic venue. We will also work with local breweries JW Lees, Frederick Robinson’s and Joseph Holts amongst others to provide a range of premium cask ales and craft beers.”

Tickets for Lancashire Cricket’s hotly anticipated Vitality Blast T20 fixture against Derbyshire are on sale NOW. To purchase yours, and gain access to the whole two-day Bails and Ales Festival, click here.


For 2018, guests are also invited to say at the venue’s four-star Hilton Garden Inn, with room rates available from £99 per night including a complimentary pint of ale per person when you quote “Bails and Ales” on arrival. Lancashire Cricket Members can also benefit from an additional 10% off the best available rate. For more information, click here or call 0161 868 7100. 




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