Festival Description

The Bent and Bongs Charitable Trust, in association with CAMRA, present the 30th Bent and Bongs Beer Bash, January 31 - February 2, 2019.

Dates and Times

Opening times for the 2019 festival are:

Thursday 31 January 6pm - 11pm £3
Friday 1 February 4pm - 11pm £6
Saturday 2 February 12pm - 9pm £6

If you haven't been for a couple of years, please note the change to the Saturday that you might not be used to.
We now open straight through from noon until 9pm. That's nine full hours of beers, bands, food and fun.


The venue for 2019 is the Atherton Roller Rink.

Here's a map.

By rail to Atherton station:
To walk from the station to the Roller Rink, exit the station and walk down to the traffic lights. Turn right onto the main road and walk until you see Asda on the left. The Roller Rink is just before Asda.

By V2 bus to Atherton:
You should get off at the Co-op stop on Market St. From there it's only a short walk to the Roller Rink.
Catch the return V2 from the Mealhouse Ln stop.


We are bringing in a whole new bar for 2019 - Craft Corner - where you will find 10 delightful craft beers from around the UK.

Not forgetting of course the big cask ale bar, the foreign beer bar, the gin and Prosecco bars, and the cider bar.

Whatever your drink we like to hope there's something for you.

Music and Entertainment

All sessions will feature live entertainment.

The bands lined up for 2019 are:

Thursday night Brasswurst Bavarian Beer Band
The best Bavarian Beer Band in the north west will be giving Thursday night a distinctly Oktoberfest feel, with the occasional little twist.

Friday night The Three
A little bit of everything from the sixties to the now, The Three will have Friday night rocking and rolling.

Saturday 1pm to 4pm (ish) Cracked Flag
Would Saturday afternoon be complete without Cracked Flag? Nope! We thought not either. The jokes are terrible but the music is brilliant.

Saturday 4pm to 8pm (ish) Gin Pit

Food and Festival Fodder

All sessions will have a selection of wonderfully tasty festival fodder.

The only thing better than a drink from one of the bars is a drink from one of the bars with something tasty to eat, and we'll have just the thing:

Assorted flavours of super sizzling sausages

Bury black puddings

Roast beef sandwiches

And if you're really really lucky some home made hot pot.

New To The Festival - Getting Your First Pint

When you walk into the Roller Rink main entrance, head a few steps to your left for admission. Here you also collect your souvenir glass and festival programme.

We can't stress this enough. Look after your glass. Your glass is your drinking vessel for the whole session and is yours to keep when you head for home. Treat your glass as your friend. Hold it carefully. Keep it out of harm's way. There are no spare glasses kept behind the bars so when you turn up for a drink you need your glass.

Remember! No glass = no beer!

Do not put your glass on the barrier around the rink itself. It's too easy for it to be knocked off and break. Remember! No glass = no beer!

The festival runs on a token system. To buy beer you must first buy tokens.

The token desk is at the end of the roller rink where you came in. If you can't find it, you've probably had enough!

Once you have your tokens you can head for your bar of choice and start sampling the wonderful beers. Please do not try to pay with cash. The bar staff cannot accept it, have no way to give you any change and will just send you to the token desk to buy tokens.

Remember! No tokens = no beer!

The food folks can accept both cash and tokens.

The rink is organised into 6 bars:

- Ciders and Perrys
- Real Ales
- Craft Corner
- Belgium, Foreign, and Fruit Beers
- Gin and Prosecco (x2)

The real ales are organised alphabetically (more or less) by brewery so when looking for the beer of your choice just follow the letters.

Sponsor the Festival

If you are coming with a group of friends, why not consider sponsoring the festival? It's fun, it's friendly, and if you can all get to the sponsors' hour on Thursday it's cheaper than paying on the door.

All the details for sponsoring the 2019 festival are available here.

Or click here if you want to go straight to the sponsorship form for 2019.

If you want to know more, email us at: sponsors@bentnbongs.com and we will get in touch.


Dave 'Photo God' Green and Steve Harrison did a brilliant job in 2018. We'll be asking very nicely to see if we can get them back again for 2019. What say chaps and chapesses???

We can always use more photographers. If you have some experience and are willing to donate a few hours to a good cause to photograph future festivals please get in touch. Remember ... ask not what your festival can do for you, but what you can do for your festival.

Keep Me Informed

We run an email list so that we can keep you informed about future festivals.

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The festival has adopted the hashtag #bentnbongs for chatter about the festival. Why not tweet what your drinking, or your favourite beer of the festival or even just sing along with the band.

For fanatics, regulars and anyone who drank too much and is struggling to remember last year the 2018 beer festival details are saved here for posterity.


Please send all comments or suggestions to webmaster@bentnbongs.com