Wigan is the proud home of premiership football (Wigan Athletic) and
Superleague rugby (Wigan Warriors).
In Wigan, we like nothing better than a sumptuous meal of pie and peas washed down with a pint of real ale (as visitors to our annual beer festival will testify!).
There is no shortage of good pubs serving good beer in our town centre and surrounding areas.
Wigan Branch Boundaries
The Branch boundaries are shown in the map below.
Our members live within the geographical areas covered by the Branch in
Greater Manchester and Lancashire. These are the post codes WN1 to WN6 and WN8 and
a very small part of L40 (Bispham Green).
We do not cover the post code WN7. This belongs to the South East Lancs Branch of CAMRA.
Wigan now has five microbreweries and one at the planning stage (Hophurst Brewery).The breweries are listed from oldest to newest.
On 3 August 2006 saw the opening of our second brewery, Allgates, which is going from strength to strength currently brewing seven beers on a regular basis, seasonals and one-off specials. Brewery tours available by request. For further information please visit www.allgatesbrewery.com.
Prospect Brewery was founded in 2007 and being based in Wigan with it's long history of mining and prospecting it was inevitable that they would name their beers with a mining or prospecting theme. Brewery tours are available on request.
For further information please visit www.prospectbrewery.org.uk
Wellcross Brewing Company
Owned by Daryl Arrowsmith who also owns the Turks Head pub in St Helens. The brewery is being upgraded so not brewing at present.
Facebook: Wellcross Brewery
Problem Child Brewery
Problem child brewing began as an idea in April 2010. The idea was to put an “own brew” at the Wayfarer pub creating a brew pub. It is a 5 barrel plant. The first pint, “Scallywag” was brewed on the 15th June 2013. Beers are now sold localy topubs throughout Lancashire, Wigan & Greater Manchester.
For further information please visit problemchildbrewing.co.uk.
Martland Mill Brewery
Owned by husband and wife team Paul and Delia Wood the beer is brewed using a pre-owned seven barrel plant from East Coast Brewery. Undertaking test brews at the moment. For further information please visit www.martlandmillbrewery.co.uk.
Coming soon Hophurst Brewery
Wigan Town Centre Real Ale Pubs
We have produced a map of the real ale outlets in Wigan town centre.
You can print off the map which shows the locations of our real ale pubs in the town centre and create your own pub crawl.
You might find this useful when visiting the town centre especially when you come for our Beer Festival.
Wigan Town Centre Real Ale Pub map.
Whilst every effort is made to keep the information on this map up to date Wigan CAMRA cannot accept any responsibility for the information being incorrect at the time of your visit.
CAMRA Wigan produce a quarterly 'glossy' newletter "Swiggin In Wiggin" with a distribution of over 3,000 copies. Copies of "Swiggin in Wiggin" are distributed to all the real ale pubs within the Wigan Branch boundary and is also available to download from the CAMRA Wigan website.
In addtion the Branch produces a monthly electronic newletter "Booze News" for our members on email (these bulletins are also published on our website).
The electronic newsletter provides our members with the latest real ale news in the Wigan area and lists local beer festivals for the forthcoming month.
So if you are a CAMRA member living within CAMRA Wigan Branch boundaries why not email us and ask to be put on our email list.
We will only use your email address to provide you will CAMRA news. Your email address WILL NOT be given to anyone else. CAMRA takes Data Protection seriously.
Email our Membership Secretary email@example.com.
CAMRA LocAle is an initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale. The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for
quality local produce and an increased awareness of 'green' issues.
CAMRA Wigan Branch adopted the intitiative in September 2008 and encourages non-tied pubs and clubs to buy locally produced beers.
We have at present 41 breweries classed as local to Wigan (a list of our LocAle Breweries appears on our website). The Branch decided that breweries around twenty miles from Wigan town centre would be potential LocAle suppliers.
We now have 20 LocAle accredited pubs in the area holding the CAMRA Wigan LocAle Accreditation Certificate. To receive (and retain) CAMRA Wigan LocAle accreditation a pub must serve a locally brewed beer virtually all the time and of a consistent good quality.
Visit CAMRA Wigan website for a list of LocAle breweries and the list of LocAle accredited pubs/clubs.
Getting to Wigan
Wigan is just a couple of miles off the M6 motorway (from junctions 25, 26 or 27). We are situated on the main London to Scotland West Coast railway network. Direct trains run from Manchester Airport to Wigan Wallgate every hour. You can even arrive by barge and park up at the infamous Wigan Pier on the Leeds & Liverpool canal.
Come and pay us a visit.......you won't regret it. Hopefully, our website will give you a good insight into what to expect on a drinking visit to Wigan and its surrounding area.
Just enter your postcode and the journey planner will take you right into Wigan town centre.
On the Journey Planner page you will be given journey options for public transport or car.
Click on the Pieman to access the CAMRA Wigan website and our contact details.