Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running the Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton Guildhall for the past 18 years.

In 2010 we added to this by organising an Autumn Festival, in Woolston, appropriately called Woolston Beer Festival. We repeated this the next year and it has become annual event.

In 2011 we held Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival at the end of March, returning a CAMRA beer festival to Winchester Guildhall after a gap of 28 years. This was another big success and the repeat events in 2012, 2013 & 2014 were equally so.

All the staff at our beer festivals are volunteers. Many members of Southern Hampshire CAMRA also volunteer their time to work at the Great British Beer Festival each year.

Some of our aims in running beer festivals are:

  • To serve customers quality cask conditioned real ale.
  • To promote real ale to the local community, therefore increasing its popularity.
  • To promote membership of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

CAMRA Beer Festivals

If you'd like us to email you and let you know when we're holding beer festivals then join our "beerfests" mailing list and we'll keep you informed!

  • Salisbury Winterfest XVIII – 30th & 31st January 2015
    Royal British Legion Club, 11 Endless Street, Salisbury SP1 1DL
    Open Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 – 23:00. All tickets £5, including glass & souvenir programme. Call 01722 355140 with ticket enquiries. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA.
  • 27th Dorchester Beerex – 6th & 7th February 2015
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:00 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus three ½ pints. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
  • Gosport Winterfest XXIII – 20th & 21st February 2015
    Thorngate Halls, Gosport
    Planning underway, put the dates in your diary. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
  • 5th Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival – 20th & 21st March 2015
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Advance notice: Four sessions Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £5, £10, £7 & £8 respectively, and will be available early February. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
Non-CAMRA Beer Festivals

Many beer festivals take place in our branch area, or nearby, that are not CAMRA beer festivals. Despite being unable to endorse these events, we believe that any beer festival that sells quality cask-conditioned real ales should be supported (see you there!). The information given here is purely for the benefit of readers, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

    Fri 30/01/2015
       – Sun 01/02/2015
Foundry Arms, Poole
58 Lagland Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1QG
A Music & Ale festival, but no details on their website
    Fri 30/01/2015
       – Sun 01/02/2015
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
From 18:00 on Friday, and carrying on into Sunday if the beer lasts out. A selection of 10 seasonal ales, stouts & porters plus a couple of ciders. The usual Hop Back range from the bar as well. Their website is but it doesn't carry festival information.
    Fri 20/02/2015
       – Sat 21/02/2015
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. Tickets are £5 for each session and advance purchase is essential. Over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, local wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Details are on
    Fri 27/02/2015
       – Sat 28/02/2015
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The second Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival, 18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food throughout. Tickets £6 (may be advance only). See their website
    Fri 20/03/2015
       – Sat 21/03/2015
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
The first Southsea Beerex - a collaboration with the Leopold Tavern. Real Ales & live music, Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Entrance £10 per session which also gets you a glass. See the listings page on
    Sat 04/04/2015 Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, Woolston
Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, 26A Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 7GA
Their 2nd annual festival (we must have missed the first one last year) 11:00 – 23:00, 'beer, food, music, games'. Tickets £2 in advance, or £3 on the door. See for details.
    Sat 11/04/2015 14th Wickham Charity Beer Festival
The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Nr. Fareham, PO17 5AL
About 30 beers and a few ciders. Food available during the sessions. Open 11 :00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar will be closed but you can get food. Tickets £4 for the afternoon session, £8 for the evening session or £10 for both. Includes a glass and programme. £1 discount on all tickets for buying early. See
    Sat 18/04/2015 13th Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Around 25 beers and 10 ciders/perries, plus food & entertainment. £10 a ticket including £4 of beer tokens. Full details will be on on nearer the time.

If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please email the details to us.


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