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.

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!

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • Salisbury Food and Drink Festival – 18th September 2016
    Market Place, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1JH
    This festival runs all week, but the Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA run Beer Tent is in the Market Place on Sunday 18th from 10:00 – 17:00.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 30th September & 1st October 2016
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 3GZ
    Just the dates for now, tickets will go on sale in September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 8th Hampshire Octoberfest – 7th, 8th & 9th October 2016
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 17:00 – 23:30; Saturday 'Octoberfest' 11:00 – 23:30; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 18:30. Friday evening is beer festival (over 100 Hampshire beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets Friday & Saturday £7.75 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets may be more). Ticket & card holding CAMRA members may bring one guest. Weekend and family tickets also available. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer part, others do the rest.
     
  • 19th Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 13th, 14th & 15th October 2016
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 21:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 (£8 for CAMRA members) includes £6 of beer tokens. Run by Oxford CAMRA.
     
  • 20th Worthing Beer Festival – 14th & 15th October 2016
    Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ
    11:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 –16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 for Friday sessions & Saturday lunchtime, £2 Saturday evening. Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
     
  • 18th Poole Beer Festival – 28th & 29th October 2016
    St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £10 advance only – includes glass, programme & 2 x ½ pints beer. On sale from 1st September. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • Bath Winter Ales Festival – 25th & 26th November 2016
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
    The annual beer festival has moved venue & time of year. Two sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 19:00. Up to 30 real ales and a few ciders. Entrance (advance ticket recommended) £8 – includes £2 of tokens. Run by Bath and Borders CAMRA
     

For CAMRA festivals over the whole of the UK see the main CAMRA website
 

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.
To get your beer festival listed here send an email to beerfestivals@shantscamra.org.uk

    Mon 22/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Mill House Beer Festival
Mill House, North Warnborough, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1ET
The Mill House is holding a GBBF championship ale week. A selection of Great British Beer Festival Medal winning beers, up to six on handpump at any one time. See www.brunningandprice.co.uk/millhouse/events/gbbf-championship-ale-week-aug-2016
    Tue 23/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Barley Beer Festival
The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3DE
Local Ales, scrumpy ciders, live music. The pub's website is www.barleymowsouthsea.com/html/whats_on.html
    Thu 25/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Platform Tavern Sausage, Music & Ale Festival
Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
Annual summer Sausage, Music & Ale Festival starting Thursday evening. Usually 15 real ales, daily bands and 20 different sausages. The pub's summer long cider festival will be on too. The list of bands is on www.platformtavern.com/music
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Sun 28/08/2016
George Inn, Vernham Dean
Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 0JY
Annual August Bank Holiday Beer & Music Festival with lots of bands and lots of real ale. Some details on their website www.thegeorgeatvernhamdean.co.uk/events.html
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Sun 28/08/2016
Master Builder
Swaythling Road, West End, Southampton, SO30 3AH
A selection of guest ales & ciders. One notice on their facebook www.facebook.com/themasterbuilderuk
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Real ales & cider and a bouncy castle Sunday & Monday if the weather holds out. See www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Cedars Bar (Salisbury Golf Centre)
Skew Bridge, Wilton Road, Salisbury SP2 9N
Big weekender beer and cider festival with live music. No other details yet and no website.
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Clarence Tavern, Gosport
1 Clarence Road, Gosport PO12 1BB
August Bank Holiday Weekend Special Event – includes Beer Festival, Bucking Bronco, Karaoke & BBQ. Everyone Welcome! www.clarencetavern.co.uk
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Beer & Cider Festival. 7 bands, 32 real ales, 30 ciders. Includes a hog roast and blues brothers tribute on Saturday. See www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
42nd Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot – there’s also real ale bar with 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £14.50 in advance, £16 on the gate, or £9.50 for the show only, no trains. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/the-40th-island-steam-show.aspx
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Parkstone Beer & Cider Festival
Poole Ex-Servicemens Club, 66 North Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
8th annual festival, open to all – usually 40+ beers and 20+ ciders and at 12:00 – 24:00 each day but ending earlier on Monday. No website and their facebook doesn't tell you much more. Here is the Whatpub entry whatpub.com/pubs/SED/273/poole-ex-servicemens-rbl-club-lower-parkstone
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival. 25 beers, 10 ciders, barbecue, live music and events for the family to enjoy. See www.broughtonbeerfest.co.uk
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Tichborne Arms Beer Festival
Tichborne Arms, Tichborne, Nr. Alresford, Hants. SO24 0NA
Annual beer festival, usually about 45 beers from 25 breweries, plus around 15 ciders from Mr Whitehead, JJ’s and others. Open from Friday 18:00. Live music plus food all day. See www.tichbornearms.co.uk/blog/tichborne-arms-beer-festival
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Summer Beer Festival. Usually from 16:30 on Thursday. A dozen or so beers plus ciders & perries. Details on www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Sun 28/08/2016 Royal British Legion, Blackfield
Exbury Road, Blackfield SO45 1XD
Pork & Cider Festival, 12:30 – 22:30. Plenty of music too, and open to non-members. The club's website is www.fawleybritishlegion.co.uk but there's more info on facebook www.facebook.com/events/1580289062263465
    Fri 02/09/2016
       – Sun 04/09/2016
Ale at Amberley 11
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Around 80 ales, ciders & perries from Sussex & further afield. Evening sessions are beer festival (£5 advance ticket) only whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11.50) and are available on the door only, though free entry is available to CAMRA members from 14:00 on Sunday for any remaining beer, which will also be at £2.40 a pint then. See the Ale at Amberley website www.aleatamberley.co.uk and the Amberley Museum website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/2016-events
    Fri 02/09/2016
       – Sun 04/09/2016
Child Okeford Beer & Cider Festival
Saxon Inn, Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HD
Sorry, nothing more than the dates for this one. Poster here – www.saxoninn.co.uk/Docs/Events.pdf Pub's website here – www.saxoninn.co.uk
    Fri 02/09/2016
       – Sun 04/09/2016
Cleveland Bay Beer Festival
Cleveland Bay , 1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
Real ales & a selection of traditional ciders over the weekend. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings; and a bouncy castle (weather permitting) & Funky Faces face painting on Sunday. See www.theclevelandbay.co.uk/events/beer-festival-september-2016
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sat 10/09/2016
20th Burbage Beer Festival
Burbage & Easton Royal Sports Club, East Sands, Marlborough SN8 3AN
The 20th festival with about 40 Real Ales & Ciders, and starts on Friday evening at 18:30. Music during in the evenings and a six a side cricket tournament on Saturday. Tickets are needed. For more details see www.burbagefestival.co.uk
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sat 10/09/2016
G Live Beer Festival
G Live, London Road, Guildford. GU1 2AA
Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Beer & cider festival with live music, hog roast & barbecue. Tickets £12 including glass & programme. See https://glive.co.uk/Online/default.asp?...
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sat 10/09/2016
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. It's not clear yet how much the tickets will be. Over 50 ales ciders & perries plus live music & food. See haslemerebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sat 10/09/2016
Langford Beer Festival
Langford Sports & Social Club, Steeple Langford Recreation Ground, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, SP3 4ND
30 plus real ales, 12 ciders, music, food, wine, and camping available as well. Ticket from £5. See langfordbeerfestival.wordpress.com for more details.
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sun 11/09/2016
Cuckoo Inn, Hamptworth
Hamptworth, Wiltshire SP5 2DU
A bit off the beaten track near the A36 at Landford - OS SU244197, Lat/Long 50.9759, -1.6543. We heard about this from a pub visitor but there's no other information. No website for the pub so here's the Whatpub entry whatpub.com/pubs/SAL/44/cuckoo-inn-hamptworth
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sun 11/09/2016
Merry Harriers, Hambledon (Surrey)
Hambledon Road, Hambledon, Surrey GU8 4DR
Don't confuse this for the Hambledon in Hampshire! Last year it was open 11:00 – 24:00 Friday & Saturday; 12:00 – 10:30 Sunday, not sure about this year's times. Over 20 real ales & guest ciders. Live music, stuff for kids, competitions and camping. See www.merryharriers.com
    Fri 09/09/2016
       – Sun 11/09/2016
White Hart, Tongham
76 The Street, Tongham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1DH
A selection of live music & ales. We think the dates are right. Keep an eye on www.thewhiteharttongham.co.uk/beer-festival
    Sat 10/09/2016 Silchester Beer Festival
Village Hall, Whistlers Lane, Silchester, Hampshire RG7 2NE
From 16:00. A selection of beer & cider from small independent breweries. Tickets £10 on the door or £8 in advance – includes some drinks tokens. Food, wine, soft drinks & live music as well. See www.silchester.org
    Sat 10/09/2016 Hatch Warren Beer Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. Beers from local breweries plus food and live music. Tickets £6 for non-members, members free. See http://www.hatchwarren.org/index.php?option=com_content...
    Sat 10/09/2016 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 13th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £10 for over 18's (includes glass & 2 x half pint tokens), free entrance for children. Over 240 Ales, Ciders & Perries. Multiple food options, including Hog Roast. Varied musical line-up. Tickets in advance (with bonus drink token), or buy on the door. More details on www.newburyrealale.co.uk
    Fri 16/09/2016
       – Sat 17/09/2016
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:00 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:30. 20+ real ales from 10 Hampshire brewers, plus Pimms, wines, ciders and locally-made food available at all times. Live music and quiet rooms. £3 a pint, entrance £3 including free glass. What's not to like? See their website for all details www.coldencommonbeerfest.com
    Sat 17/09/2016 Curdridge Beer Festival
Curdridge Reading Room, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge (nr Botley), Hampshire SO32 2HE
Annual local beer and cider festival. Open 18:00 – 23:00. Food available too. Tickets on sale soon, keep an eye on their website – www.curdridgebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 23/09/2016
       – Sun 25/09/2016
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2016
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. 70 real ales, around 20 different ciders and a choice of fine wines. Live music throughout the event, a wine tasting session and a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Mostly under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. Keep an eye on www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=522148&ClubID=1690 for more details.
    Sat 24/09/2016 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
9th annual beer festival. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Tickets available later. Keep an eye on www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Fri 30/09/2016
       – Sat 01/10/2016
Phoenix Beer Festival 2016
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. Three sessions: Fri evening, Saturday lunchtime & Saturday evening, but it's not clear what the times are. Tickets from £7 (discounts for multiple sessions). See www.phoenixarts.co.uk/festivals/the-phoenix-beer-festival
    Fri 30/09/2016
       – Sun 02/10/2016
1st Emsworth British Beer, Cider and Wine Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00, Sunday 12:00 – 17:00 (drink up session). Tickets £10 per session which includes a glass and some drinks tokens. See www.emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk/events/wemsfest-1st-emsworth-british-beer-cider-wine-festival
    Sat 01/10/2016 Mychett Cider & Food Festival
Mychett Community Centre, 140 Mychett Road, Surrey GU16 6AA
Just the date for now. Keep an eye on themytchettcentre.co.uk/FLEventsSpecial.htm
    Sat 01/10/2016 Pumpkin & Beer Festival, Worth Matravers
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
An annual Pumpkin and Beer Festival with a great selection and variety of beers, ales and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and live music. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/index.php/what-s-on/2016-festivals/eventdetail/604/-/pumpkin-beer-festival.html
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
Ale-ing Fest
Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HB
Over 30 beers & ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Entertainment both evening sessions. Tickets £850 evening sessions, £4.25 lunchtime session. See www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
12th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Usually a selection of 25 local real ales, ciders, a range of fine wines (and fizz!), superb locally produced food and live music from local Hampshire bands. Advance tickets £10 (includes some drinks), available from September. The pub's website is selbornearms.co.uk/events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Sat 08/10/2016 17th 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. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.org.uk/14/227/wickham-beer-festival
    Fri 14/10/2016
       – Sat 15/10/2016
6th Portsea Island Beer Festival
Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BS
Organised by Irving & Co Brewery, with 50 cask Beers, Ciders and Perries from all round the UK as well as many local favourites. Come and enjoy live music, food and a great jolly atmosphere. Friday 12:00 – 16:00 (preview session) £4, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £6, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is www.groundlings.co.uk – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Sat 15/10/2016 Four Marks Beer Festival
Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks (nr Alton) GU34 5AA
19:00 – 23:00. As well as beer, a small selection of wine and cider will available along with hot food all evening. Tickets (£10 including programme & tankard) are likely to sell out in advance, on sale from mid September. See www.fourmarksbeerfestival.co.uk for more details.
    Sat 15/10/2016
       – Sun 16/10/2016
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
A repeat of last year's event when over 30 pubs were involved in Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum – a great way to appreciate heritage buses and visit some of the island's fine pubs. The routes were very comprehensive. The buses will be free but please support them by buying the programme (£6 + p&p) which will have all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See iwbeerandbuses.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 21/10/2016
       – Sat 22/10/2016
Grayshott Firkinfest
Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey, GU26 6TZ
Friday 18:00 – 23:30; Saturday 19:00 – 23:30. About 16 beers and 8 ciders, plus wine, food & music. Advance tickets £5 Friday, £12.50 Saturday; £2.50 extra on door. See www.grayshott.com/wordpress/groups/firkinfest/gpages/2016-firkinfest
    Sat 22/10/2016
       – Sat 29/10/2016
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Sausage & Cider Festival. Live Music in the garden. See www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events
    Fri 28/10/2016 Halloween Cider Festival
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX
Another dedicated cider festival at the Shelley Theatre (part of the original Shelley Manor, home of Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein) Saturday 18:00 – 22:00. Join in for haunted fun & an evening of ghoulish cider tasting with traditionally made award winning craft ciders plus live ukulele music from The Mother Ukers. Admission - £5 (advance preferred). See shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=20087 for details.
    Sat 29/10/2016 18th Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:30 – 23:30. Over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Tickets £9 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival.html.
    Sat 29/10/2016 Portchester Community Centre Cider & Sausage Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider & Sausage festival, open Saturday 11:00 – 16:00, tickets £5. Not too many details yet on www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-sausage-festival
    Sat 05/11/2016 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2016
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
Annual cider festival with a great selection and variety of ciders and perries from all over Britain. There will be cider pressing demonstrations during the day, and apple identification and freshly made apple juice. A bit of music too. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/index.php/what-s-on/2016-festivals/eventdetail/606/-/cider-festival.html
    Fri 16/12/2016
       – Sat 17/12/2016
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
"Christmas Sessions" Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10.50 (+ possible £1.25 per ticket fee), includes souvenir glass, programme & beer token. Entertainment each session. See portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
   

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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